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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We started with a 350+ day old Elijah Craig 12 year barrel, and then we blended in a sweeter, less oaky barrel of Mellow Corn Whiskey Eclipse. We topped the blend off with a younger barrel of Evan Williams Eclipse that brought a more robust, boozy bourbon character to the mix.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012)
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. "Steel Gray" wax so I presume this is the correct listing.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Smells good, but it's tame by Eclipse standards. Leathery, sweet bourbon with notes of coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate from the base, but not much else (as is always a complaint from me). Lightly boozy with a light solventy note, but smooth overall.

3.0 T: Like the nose, it's not bad, it's just tame. Chocolate from the base, but otherwise it doesn't do it for me. The bourbon is more mellow than almost all other variants I've had. Still, it has a nice complexity - leather, sweet raisin, roast, oak, vanilla, apple, and melon.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but too damn light (my other persistant complaint).

3.0 D: Not my favorite, but still worth a try if you are a fan of the brand.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:20:38 | More by DavoleBomb
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-10-2013 16:57:52 | More by mendvicdog
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-09-2013 20:50:14 | More by duceswild
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Eclipse release party, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Looks like all the Eclipse beers do: near black to black with dark chocolate highlights beneath a thin dark brown head that fades to a lasting collar leaving spotty lace. Right away I can detect the buttery smoothness of the EC barrel on the nose, and when I sip I get more of the same. Chocolate, marshmallow, leather and dark fruit come through alongside the buttery and spicy oak. Caramel brings up the rear and I get a lot of tobacco in the finish. Warming mouth, medium-full body with fairly bubbly carbonation (more so than other beers from the night). Overall I thought this was a really great and unique blend of the variants. EC12 is one of the best and I’m glad it dominates. Good job guys.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 19:04:32 | More by scottfrie
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan film. Some lighter brown is seen around the edges. Pretty solid retention that holds with a webbing across the top and patchy lacing on the glass

The smell includes notes of tang and earth. Citrus and alcohol abound with chocolate-like malt character. Seemingly no smooth barrel presence but the more I smell this, the more alcohol comes forward with a neutral feel to it. This might sound dumb but this almost smells like shine, not your typical spirit let alone barrel aged.

The flavor includes solvent alcohol with a minor earthen feel and a bit of base roasty aspect that has hints of citrus. Some raisony or almost plum-like fruity aspects and lots of burn from a neutral sort of spirit. I get little to no barrel presence from this but almost a vinous touch towards the back.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Quite boozy and enjoyable but certainly a different monster from all the other eclipse brews but im not totally sold on this being a total success. It is almost like all the boozy barrels got tossed into this blend. Maybe with some extended age this could benefit but here and now its a harsh beast.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 13:36:33 | More by stakem
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Sharp bourbon aroma. Nothing subtle about it. Hefty liquor flavor. Strong corn aroma. Chocolatey.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Dies down to a dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon comes back in the back end and gives it a bitter bourbon finish. Corn flavor persists all the way. Sharp flavor.

Mouthfeel - Loses its creaminess with this treatment. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Reminds me of the Old Fitzgerald treatment. Strong corn presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:56:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-13-2013 20:44:40 | More by Kegatron
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-27-2013 00:27:42 | More by claaark13
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Azrael


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Lots of nice barrel notes, Elijah Craig 12 coming through, good vanilla, oak. A little thin, I was expecting something thick and viscuous like Black Tuesday for $33. These beers are becoming really pricey in the past few years, not buying them next year. Still not sure why I can't just make the blend myself with a bottle of Elijah Craig 12, Mellow Corn, and Evan Williams.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 06:09:52 | More by Azrael
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nygannon

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-03-2013 22:43:24 | More by nygannon
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-24-2013 16:34:35 | More by orangesol
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GreatBloomer

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-30-2013 02:09:01 | More by GreatBloomer
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-17-2013 01:30:41 | More by AlexFields
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readbaron

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-03-2013 16:45:53 | More by readbaron
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Lightly tanfoam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and splotches of lace. Very dark brown body with some reddish-brown transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of oak and whiskey at first blush. A tiny bit fusel and spicy actually - perhaps from the Evan Williams addition? The fudge and honey notes of the Totality base are in the periphery, along with more char and roast than you'd expect from Eclipse. Sweetens a bit as it warms up, and I enjoyed it quite a bit more at room temperature than cold.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter, with more dark chocolate and fudge and less bourbon and oak. Also less boozy, with some anise and vanilla mid-palate before yielding to espresso bitterness in the finish. More what I was expecting.

M - A bit thinner than the typical Eclipse. Lightly sticky residuals, but surprisingly clean actually. More carbonation as well, with fairly minimal alcohol heat. Actually drinks like a >10% stout, unlike some of the other variants.

D - An enjoyable beer, but squarely in the middle of the Eclipse pack. I'd certainly drink it again, as I refilled my glass a number of times, but it's more of a nifty treat for Eclipse fans than an essential item.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:07:06 | More by MasterSki
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-10-2012 02:09:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
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pokgye

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-16-2012 05:26:54 | More by pokgye
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bird22

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-03-2013 05:03:21 | More by bird22
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HopHead84

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/20/2013

Bottle into a snifter. Thanks!

A: Black with a substantial tan frothy head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Lots of milk and dark chocolate. There's a slight bittersweet quality to it. Vanilla blends with bourbon, coconut, and caramel. Roasted malt meets a whisper of coffee and very little licorice. Hardly any alcohol in the nose. Comes off as mellow and balanced.

T: Big chocolate profile with a little oak and lots of vanilla. Much less licorice than other Eclipse variants and that's a positive. Very mellow in the alcohol category. There's a little raisin and banana flavor in there. No idea where that's coming from but it's not estery, seems like some byproduct of the barrels or the blend. Bourbon is pervasive.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. Smooth, sticky, silky mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice blend. Noticeably different from the traditional Eclipse flavor profile with less licorice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 17:14:18 | More by HopHead84
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-08-2013 22:14:58 | More by Rado
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AgentMunky

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-14-2013 05:58:48 | More by AgentMunky
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-17-2013 20:30:42 | More by TurdFurgison
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-04-2013 12:47:41 | More by BMart
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radio2525

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-18-2013 20:16:17 | More by radio2525
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle we opened up at the Eclipse tasting. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This one was one of the standouts for me. The smell wasn't overly sweet but it did have a nice dark fruit component. I also got some roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. The taste was a bit hot, but still very good. Dark fruit and bourbon that still managed to be smooth enough. There was a chocolate note along with the roast. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:47:18 | More by oline73
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.