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

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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 Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by largadeer on 12-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#729
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
608
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
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240
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292
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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of cd34
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MeLoynes
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of grapeshops
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tilley4
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....

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shivtim
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GaToWyo
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of KAP1356
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
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...

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

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

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

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