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

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Beerontwowheels, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chance for sharing.

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. Typical Eclipse appearance. The aroma offers a hint of coffee, big oak presence, light roast and a touch of coffee. Delicious flavor. A standout in the Eclipse series. Beautiful balance, wonderfully smooth on the palate. Very tasty.

Huhzubendah, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gobzilla, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AgentMunky, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

smekermann, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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.

HopHead84, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Azrael
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Azrael, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DJButters, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

KevSal, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

pokgye, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Swervine44, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DaveJanssen, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 10, 2012
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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