Imperial Eclipse Stout - German Chocolate Cake
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - German Chocolate CakeImperial Eclipse Stout - German Chocolate Cake
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
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Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
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3
Ratings:
7
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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019
Pours a very dark basically black beer with no real light coming through, large tan foamy thick head with moderate retention, fair soapy lacing

Nose explode with dark chocolate and sweet German choc cake, rich velvety moist cake and dark chocolate frosting, vanilla layers as well, then as I get closer I get more imperial stout, heavy dark roasted malts, black malt, chocolate malt, roasted coffee, a bit of charred malt with slight smokey note to it, plenty of vanilla and some baking spices, a bit of toasted oak barrel and light bourbon in the background, but coconut is barely there

Taste brings lots of rich flavors again, layers of chocolate, fudgey choc, cocoa, dark chocolate frosting with some moist chocolate cake and baking spices, into char and roasted malt, some coffee but a sweet Brazilian coffee with sweetened condensed milk and caramel kinda thing going on, coffee ground notes, with layers of vanilla again, even a touch of cinnamon maybe (but from the roast or barrel not actual spice), light toasted oak, a little buttery even, cookie dough, with fair bitterness from roast and spicy hops, coconut is there, not very strong but at least it's there, smooth and rich, chewy like even, bourbon is there but also on the lighter side, drier finish but a bit sticky, a flash of warming alcohol but mostly smooth, bitter roast and spicy hops lingering with layers of chocolate

Mouth is fuller bod, smooth rich chewy and a little lush, light warming alcohol but mostly smooth esp for 12%, medium foamy carb

Overall pretty solid beer, I really like the chocolate and vanilla aspects and even tricks my brain into moist German chocolate cake, leche condensada even, alcohol was smooth, roast levels were done well, very nice beer, but coconut and bourbon were on the light side keeping this from really high numbers,

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Photo of MikeWard
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a goblet. 2019 release.

Looks excellent in the glass. Black as night body, allowing no light to penetrate. Initial pancake on the griddle head shrinks to a ring and faint covering.

Aroma lightly of bourbon, some chocolate and dark skin fruit.

After allowing the beer to warm, I get the chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. There is a warming bourbon background. One of those rare beers that delivers exactly what it claims to.

Mouth is full, finish a warm vanilla chocolatey wash.

Overall, really enjoying this sipper of a beer. Far better balanced with the barrel aging than some other brewers manage. And all the advertised flavors come through.

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Photo of IKR
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 Vintage
500ml bottle

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a medium sized foamy beige head that slowly faded. The head was fairly long lasting and stayed thick for a while. so far so good.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, moderate coconut and chocolate aromas. I also pick up some mild vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon, coconut, chocolate, roast malts, moderate vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and some drying tannic oak notes. Fifty Fifty did a good job in creating a German chocolate cake profile. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes, dark chocolate notes and mild oak notes. Very cohesive taste profile.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Not the thickest Imperial Stout but not bad.

Overall: A tasty good beer. Fifty Fifty did an admirable job in crafting a German chocolate cake inspired imperial Stout. I hope they re-brew this one.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - German Chocolate Cake from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 7 ratings