Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.34 | pDev: 5.76%
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend
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mhksuccess from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is dark and nice head on it
smell is heavy vanilla coffee
taste is chocolate vanila nice coffee very smooth
the mouthfeel is creamy
overall this is a great beer very enjoyable and easy to drink

Dec 21, 2014
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 01, 2019
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drewone from California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Jun 03, 2014
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largadeer from California

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2015
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2015
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lonewolfcry from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 26, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Riprap for this bottle in my continuing quest to ingest all things Eclipse. And for the haters that say it’s thin or this or that? Well, they’re idiots. All of them. You too, if you’re one of them. 22oz. bottle with purple & white wax split with my wife.

The pour is after dark. Looks like every other Eclipse stout, which speaks to its consistency. Or maybe speaks to it being a stout? I’d be really confused if it was green. The smell is what I want to have shoved up my nose when I’m in a coffin: vanilla, coffee, marshmallow, sweet chocolate. But mainly vanilla. Real, lovely vanilla.

Eclipse Stout – Vanilla Java has less of the title & more of the Hershey. Strong chocolate is on the front lines mingled with a shot of strong coffee, the combo reminds me of a lovely chocolate shop in Belgium where we stuffed our faces with enough chocolate to kill a small sperm whale. Except less good. The vanilla has an unreal edge. Strong bitterness mid-palate, bare echo of barrel, nice sharp oak. Finish is winter skin dry, I can feel the skin flaking off my tongue.

I have a reverence for the Eclipse stouts, but this one just didn’t measure up to what you'd find on The components just don’t work together well enough. Good.

Apr 04, 2015
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 21, 2015
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busternuggz from California

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Opaque black with a 1/2" coffee colored head. Recedes to a thick ring. Leaves spotty lacing.

BIG vanilla bean on the nose, followed by some toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate, white chocolate chips, cola, nougat, subtle coffee, caramel syrup.

Again, heaps of vanilla on the taste, followed by dark chocolate, bitter coffee, brownies, caramel, marshmallows. Earthy, bitter, alcoholy vanilla bean on the finish, like I'm chewing on one; it's a bit much. Vanilla is much more prominent than the coffee.

Somewhat viscous, medium body. Smooth, ends clean.

I had thought that this would be best fresh, but the vanilla is so prominent I'm going to age the other one to see if it mellows some. Wish the coffee was more present too. It's a good beer, but the vanilla overshadows everything else and leaves a distracting aftertaste.

Dec 26, 2014
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billab914 from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 22, 2015
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 25, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
BR 1
Vintage: 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear dark brown and yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with very good retention. Clear black body with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good full cap and leaves lots of good lacing down the glass. A ring and slight wisp remain until the end leaving lots of nice lacing as the glass empties. Good looking though slightly lighter for the style.

SMELL: Nice coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, bourbon, coconut and butterscotch on the nose. Cacao powder as well. Really nice, balanced and bold aromas. Lovely.

TASTE: Not quite as impressive as the nose had led on, but still nice. Coffee, sweet cream and vanilla up front. Flavorful enough, with some bitter coffee and chocolate at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of bitter espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, coconut, bourbon and oak. Sweet milk chocolate as well. Really nice stuff though the nose is perhaps a touch more impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff all around. Nose is perhaps more impressive than the palate, but it's impressive and enjoyable non-the-less. The look could be a bit blacker, but that's really the only minor complaint worth noting. These Eclipses have really improved over the last couple years and this is good evidence of it. Recommended.

Jul 05, 2015
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2016
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kaseydad from California

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours all the Eclipse beers.

The smell is great! Vanilla, marshmallow, toffee, chocolate chip...and more vanilla. I could smell this all day and night. Really nice aroma.

The taste is chocolate/caramel and vanilla swirl with a dash of booze burn. Not harsh. Slightly hoppy on the swallow but the overall sip and swallow is divine. Light coffee roast and tobacco.

Overall I was looking forward to this gem and was not disappointed. The vanilla flavor is really shining through and the overall taste is sublime at the moment. A bomber is easy drinking and I would definitely recommend drinking it now to ensure the vanilla swirl is still present. Really well done..

Dec 24, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Sep 16, 2014
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CHickman from New York

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottled 2014, Bottle Run No. 1: Pours pitch black color with zero sign of light coming through and a thick 2 finger creamy dark tan head that faded very slowly and left very good spotty lacing, a creamy layer on top and rings as it went down.

Smells of burnt coffee grinds, burnt cappuccino, smoke, cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla, oak, burnt grains, charred wood, hints of red wine, bourbon, more coffee like a burnt Starbucks and a whiff of floral hops. No clue how that light aroma of hops come through with all the rich, burnt coffee and lingering booze, but it does show up and adds even more complexities to this lovely aroma. The coffee really is the star of the show and works well with the malts and barrel notes.

Tastes like it smells with rich fresh coffee beans and burnt coffee grinds up front, followed by dark chocolate, cappuccino, smoke or ashy notes, cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla, oak, burnt grains, charred wood, light black licorice, heavy bourbon, Starbucks bold coffee, floral hops, peat moss and more woody and earthy notes. The bitterness is aggressive as I expected from the nose and initial flavor blast, but the coffee seems to give way to the chocolate and vanilla; the burnt and roast notes remain a constant, and while this beer warms you up the alcohol is not overbearing. The earthy complexities from the oak barrels come out more as it warms and I found this extremely flavorful and a nice slow sipper. Bourbon lingers with a mild sweetness as it fades.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for such a bold brew, but it is creamy and slick, flowing down easier than it should considering the ABV. Aftertaste is pretty bitter, with the coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and floral hops all showing up again before it fades to bourbon, oak and a mild sweetness.

This was in my wheelhouse and really enjoyable. It may be too bitter and too coffee heavy for some people, but I love a great coffee stout especially with bourbon barrel aging to enhance the dynamics and complexities. I will definitely seek this out and try to drink it again. Thanks to my cousin 'Boccu' for hooking me up with this bottle.

May 09, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a matching eclipse snifter. I guess they have officially run out of wax color options as this one utilizes a double dip/color pattern. The brew is dark brown in color with a khaki head. As the cap fades, some webby lace sticks.

The smell is big with vanilla upfront and almost a nutty grain aspect. Some citrus and earth/char roast. Once warm a fairly noticeable coffee character emerges that was previously muted.

The flavor has sticky vanilla sweetness upfront blending to some nutty grain. A hearty carbonic character is noticed as well as herbal earthiness and day old coffee oils. More coffee comes out as it warms but it fails deliver any fresh coffee inclusion.

This is medium bodied with a very smooth feel somewhat exaggerated by the vanilla additon. It has a moderate level of carbonation and the alcohol is well integrated. I thought something was up with this bottle, but after drinking a couple other versions of eclipse this year ive found that im not really digging the base beer this year.

Mar 03, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. 2014 release.

A: Pours very dark brown, near black, with a couple fingers of very dense and velvety mocha colored head that faded into a wispy and splashy film made up of large bubbles.
S: Smells exactly as advertised: coffee and vanilla. I’d say the coffee dominates with rich and roasted scents, but the vanilla is easily noticeable with a sweet whole bean smell. I get hints of toast, chocolate, and leather as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, roast, a touch of leather, and obviously vanilla. The finish is bitter from a blend of dark chocolate and black coffee flavors, and the aftertaste has lingering notes of roast, sweet vanilla, and a hint of tobacco leaf and caramel.
M: Thick body, chewy full mouthfeel, sweet up front and bitter in the finish, full and thick carbonation. Thicker than many of the variants from previous years.
O: The perfect blend of coffee, vanilla, and base flavors. The vanilla is not cloying and the coffee isn’t overbearing. Straightforward and delicious.

Apr 05, 2016
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siege06nd from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 22, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12/29/14 notes. Got some futures of this, 2014 vintage. Side by side with the 30yr Spanish Rum variant. Like this better though not one of their better ones. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark brown head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Lots of coffee, some sweet choclate, vanilla, cream, roasted malts, burnt malts, and some bakers chocolate. Medium body, thinner than some of the other variants, and smoother...good, not hot at all.

Overall I liked this, and it got better as it warmed up, but I still don't like it as a lot of the past bourbon versions. The nose was awesome and had a ton of coffee to it, it just wasn't as flavorful in the taste, and had a thinner body. Worth checking out and still a very good beer, but next time I'd pass and get another EC/EV/RR bourbon one.

Jan 05, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 03, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The coffee and the vanilla go together perfectly. The balanced between the two flavors is phenomenal. The oak, roasted malt, and chocolate do not really come through but the coffee and vanilla go together perfectly.

Dec 28, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance of coffee and vanilla qualities all around.

Jun 04, 2014
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IKR from California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a moderate dark beige colored head that slowly faded.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla and mild Bourbon.

Taste: The coffee and vanilla make their presence known initially, followed by some roast malts notes and mild oak notes. The coffee and vanilla are definitely present and feature prominently but integrate well in the taste profile.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. I've been drinking a of of Bourbon County Stout lately and the body here is a bit thinner than that of the BCBS.

Overall: My first beer from my recent Eclipse shipment and so far so good. The coffee and vanilla are a nice addition and both fit in well in this beer. i have one more which I don't think I will sit on too long in fear it'll lose it's unique coffee and vanilla taste profile.

Dec 15, 2014
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Skunkdrool from California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Jun 03, 2014
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 70 ratings