Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
BA SCORE
96.8%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 586 ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by largadeer on 12-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#498
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
586
Liked:
567
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
7.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
289
Trade:
26
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 586 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of jvillefan
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tony210
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look : pours pitch black with a light tan head that quickly dissipates leaving fairly large bubbles That forn a ring around the glass.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, coconut , vanilla , molasses.

Taste: very sweet at first - lots of honey. Then comes the chocolate, vanilla, hint of coconut, a little caramel. Finishes like a bitter espresso shot, does not have a lingering finish.

Feel: Surprisingly light and bubbly.

Overall: I like this beer, but it is a bit sweet for me. I would try a few of the other variants just out of curiosity, but this is not by any means a go to beer. I think the reason it is widely available is because it is so expensive.
8/6/17
Bomber
4.5 rating

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Photo of pstam87
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rab53
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma has lots of sweet bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, dried dates. Taste is full of dried fruits like dates and figs, bourbon is in the background, adds just some complexity without booze or sweetness. Body is quite light for the style. Really complex flavors, smooth and mellowed out.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, dark brown to the edge of the glass. Aroma, smells like bourbon.

Taste offers up much in the way of every other Eclipse variant pretty much: oak, chocolate, bourbon, nuttiness, some roasted coffee malt flavors. I thought this one brings the smooth and the chocolate more than most other variations.

While Evan Williams might not be the high pedigree bourbon (hey I have it at my bar) it definitely contributes to this excellent beer. Same with Rebel Yell (although not as good as this one).

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is for a 2013 bottle opened in 2016.

Surprisingly, there is still a ton of carbonation. It pours pretty thick and creamy. On the nose, it is still quite boozy and I'm getting lots of cola and almost blueberry like character. In the taste, there is a huge barrel presence - a little over powering. However, it does finish pretty well leaving a nice sweet aftertaste with just enough bitterness to round it out.

Overall, I wouldn't pick it up again. It is a solid offering, but there are way too many superior choices to justify its price.

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Photo of stevoj
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Catch up rating from Saturday's RIS bottle share. Thanks Rich! What a way to cap the night. A standout from start to finish. Warm, welcoming boozy aroma, taste brings in elements of wood and whiskey, and lots of sub-currents of chocolate and molasses. All around excellent.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So I laid down the big money a couple years ago to buy the 2013 Eclipse Evan Williams Black Wax. Had no idea what to expect as reviews were all over the place. Now it's April 2016 and time to taste. My buddy @RossiDaMan was nice enough to help me drink this one.

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours black with very little head.
S - The aroma is strong. Lots of molasses, black licorice, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol.
T - Flavor follows the nose. I have no idea what this tasted like fresh, but this beer is incredibly well balanced.
M - Mouth feel is a little thick and sticky while carbonation is low.
O - This beer is outstanding. It's not BCBS, which I think is perfect, but it is close. Now I need to find a few more bottles.

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Photo of ryanflc
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WynnO
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smi69
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96.8% out of 100 with 586 ratings
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