Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
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From:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #389
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
96
Ranked #910
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 7.6%
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
433
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 14, 2021
Added:
Dec 02, 2010
Wants:
  238
Gots:
  285
SCORE
96
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
Notes: Our award winning Imperial Stout aged in specially curated oak bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries. Then, each limited edition batch is identified by the color of the wax top. We always try and have one Eclipse on tap at the Brewery, and our limited release bottles are available until sold out.
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Found this at 50% off - so "reasonably" priced.

2017 bottle - with wax seal.

Pours beautifully - although the head doesn't last long, but that was expected.

Pleasant sweet smell.

Incredibly smooth to drink. Seriously. I imagine the abv is way higher than what is printed on the bottle, and it really hits, in a good way.

Excellent beer - don't know if I would pay full price though!
Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 bottle, drank out of a tulip on 10/26/20. 11.9%

Held up quite well after 7 years and had amazing head retention - quite a handsome beer. Very dark in color. Smell mellow and chocolate. Tasted the same, almost had a milky something to it. It did have a tiny bit of roast. No evidence of bourbon. Feel was somewhat on the thin side.

All in all I think this was somewhat past it's prime, but not knowing what it was intended to be, I'll never know. What I do know, is that without the bit of roast and mouthfeel, I almost felt like I was tasting a Tree House stout. This was my first Eclipse so I'm looking forward to trying another one of the Eclipse versions soon, and a fresh version. Cheers!
Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is from 2012, black wax. The Evan Williams single. The bottle says 9.5%

Pour is lively for an eight year old stout, but still not overcarbed. Medium fizz, good body, a bit of a head.

Aroma is booze, milk chocolate, and caramel. Quite straightfoward, but excellently balanced, with whiskey sharpness dulled ever so pleasantly by sweet stoutiness.

Tastes very good. Very drinkable. Also very tame. This probably would have been better 3-4 years ago. But even with aging it's still a very commendable and well-balanced beer.

The flavor is surprisingly light. Smooth, but surprisingly light. Age has turned this into chocolate milk. Some sharp vinous nodes at the very tip top of the the pour but after that split second it is pure chocolate throughout the rest of the sip with some ghostly wisps of bourbon appearing on the finish a good second after you've swallowed. Rather straightforward, but still very enoyable.

If, in 2020, I had to price a bottle of the 2012 version of this I'd put it around 40 bucks or so? I know that's a weird and gross way of judging a beer but that's the sad reality of the world we will in. It's very good, but you can find better. It's a neat thing to taste aged, but again you find better.
Aug 19, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2016 vintage

Rich, dark, chocolatey, sweet bourbon, oak barrel, brown sugar, mapley molasses, toffee, dark caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, honey, dried fruit, with earthy piney hops
Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by StrandsideMB from California

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 version aged in oak barrels with a green waxed cap on a 1 pint bottle. Pours a dark Black coffee, with a 1 finger khaki brown head and the consistency of used motor oil. Smell is of bourbon, honey, alcohol, sugary molasses and black currants. Taste is smooth, with little bit of a fizzy bite. Sweet honey and molasses up front, with black licorice and burnt sugar in the middle, followed by a little leathery tannin, then a warm to hot bourbony burn on the back end, that does not overwhelm. A very smooth beer for 11.9 % alcohol. I’d say if I ever came across it again I’d buy another bottle if the price was not cost prohibitive. Definitely a good-great barrel aged imperial stout.
May 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A 22 fl. oz. waxed bomber, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a one and a half finger tanned head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, toffee, coffee, bourbon, vanilla with a hint of licorice.

Taste: Moderately sweet, bourbon, fruit cake, raisin, fig, light roast, chocolate, molasses, honey, licorice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Not enough roastiness as it was overpowered by the sweetness and bourbon. Body was also lighter than I prefer my Imperial Stouts to be.
Aug 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Maybe the best I’ve had of theirs so far. 2017 vintage, think I have it the right amount of age. Great looking, healthy foam and lacing. Smell is perfect amount of oak and booze. Taste is on target-boozy but not too hot, base comes through as well. It’s not oily nor is it heavy, and it’s an excellent sipper. All around phenomenal and the first one I’ve had of the series where I didn’t feel like I overpaid. Going to have to try some Evan Williams after this.
Jul 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by sweetbrew82 from California

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2010 vintage, been holding this for a while

Pours practically no head, a little dark colored small fizzy head and lacing, inky pitch black beer no light, and long legs

Nose plenty of the base beer, thick fudgey chocolate, cocoa, some roasted malt and coffee notes, baking spices and licorice as well as cookie dough and a touch nutty, caramel, thick vanilla barrel notes, light bourbon, soft aged malt and a little winey chocolate,

Taste rich thick layers of chocolate, dark chocolate cocoa, fudge, caramel, a little cookie dough and baking spices, mild vanilla and some barrel notes, also a bit of bourbon but not a ton, rich intense malts, then medium bitterness from roast and mild earthy spicy hops, a hint of coconut barrel notes, mild fluffy vanilla nougat candy bar, with fair amount of sweetness, light aged dark malt character, light alcohol flavor, sticky sweet finish and a little intense fudge

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy almost chewy, some warming tingly alcohol but not much, light but good enough carb for the style

Overall def aged, lost some of the barrel but thankfully not oxidized, and has that aged malt character which is nice
Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.63 by sohearn from Alabama

Mar 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by thoglund from New York

Mar 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Jan 03, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of chocolate and oak with some caramel and vanilla. Light smoke and coffee.
T: Taste is chocolate with some green apple skins. Nice oak and roasted malts with some caramel and vanilla as well. Strong coffee presence with some hints of burnt sugars toward the back along with a little charred wood. Slight molasses like note as well on this one. On the finish this one is pretty barrel forward with some nice caramel and vanilla notes followed by more chocolate and coffee with some residual oak.
M: This beer has a body that is definitely at the fuller end of the spectrum with a slightly creamy feel. Carbonation is on the low end but it is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really great beer. The different barrels all bring something a little different to the party while the notes provided by the base beer really play well with the barrels. This is another fine example of the series.
Nov 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- very grainy nose, almost smells like fresh mash. Barrel notes popping through, providing oak, bourbon and vanilla. Undertones of chocolate and caramel

T- lots of initial notes of chocolate & caramel, immediately followed by dark fruit notes of fig, raisin & prune. Mid-palate gives notes of barley, boozy oak and vanilla. The finish gives some molasses, char and anise

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- nose was simple but complexity opened up on the flavor, another solid Eclipse variant
Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by QuakeAttack from California

Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by KingforaDay from New Jersey

Jul 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Jun 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.42 by cd34 from Illinois

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

May 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by MeLoynes from Missouri

May 05, 2018
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
These beer have a unique flair to them. I have wanted to try these beers but at 30 dollars a bottle that is a little steep to try a beer I have never had. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A hard pour on the beer produced a one finger medium tan head. The head is creamy and foamy with poor retention. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 37 dark brown to black in color. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The bourbon in the beer really pulls through. The aromas in the beer is vanilla, caramel, oak, citrus, earthy, burnt sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malts, bready, char, and yeast.

The flavors in the beer is bourbon ( vanilla, caramel, and oak), citrus, earthy molasses, burnt sugar, yeast, bready, dark roasted malt, espresso, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and hot.

The body of the beer is full, medium-plus carbonation, and a full long finish.

The beer is rich and full flavored. A lot is going on in the beer. The beer is balanced and the harmony is a bit rough. The does not hide the 12 percent alcohol and drinks boozy. Nonetheless, the beer is tasty.
Apr 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by grapeshops from California

Apr 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Jeez... This is unforgettable....

Loaded with bourbon and chocolate fudge... A touch thin but the incredible flavor hides any faults...

I loved the beer and hope I can find a bottle again on my next trip to Nashville...

Truly sublime... Incredible....
Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.56 by Bum4ever from California

Mar 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by shivtim from Georgia

Jan 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by GaToWyo from Colorado

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by Mike from New Hampshire

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by SDRedDevil from California

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Opaque black body; thick, creamy, light tan head. Heavy aroma of chocolate; charred sugars; faint sweetness of dark, dried fruits; subtle notes of bourbon. Bittersweet chocolate flavor; deeply roasted malts; woody booziness; initial sweetness changes into an interesting blend of alcohol with some husky, charred grain bitterness. Heavy body, thick and viscous; perceptible residual sugars yet dry overall due to the high ABV and dark, dark grain bill.

The bottle lists this offering as BOTTLE RUN No. 1/2013. I paid $34.99 for this beer (there are other fine offerings that cost way less, yet I've never tried a Fifty-Fifty Eclipse series imperial stout). I wouldn't pay that much again for this but this is most definitely a very solid, very well-made barrel-aged imperial stout. It does have impeccable balance and depth, taming the high ABV overall with rich and savory dark grain flavorings. I don't know if this would have been better if tasted a few years earlier, but I have no complaints per se with waiting several years before trying this behemoth. Good shit...
Nov 30, 2017
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 628 ratings