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 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
583
Reviews:
181
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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237
Gots:
286
For Trade:
25
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (2012 batch) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours with almost a finger of light mocha-brown head. Retention is poor, but the head leaves some alcoholic legs and spotty lacing on the glass. The beer is black and opaque.

S-The smell is rich and boozy. I get significant bourbon, with lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar. I also get a lot of roasted flavor, milky chocolate, and a hint of plum and other dark fruits. The bourbon is right up front.

T-The taste, like the smell, is heavy on the bourbon flavors with lots of vanilla, caramel, oak, and booze. Underneath the barrel, I get some dark fruit and raisin, cocoa, and heavily-roasted malts. The alcohol is almost too hot (even though this bottle has been sitting in the cellar a year) and amplifies the bourbon-y qualities. The whole package is pretty sweet (as in sugary sweet) even with the healthy dose of drying oak.

M-Surpisingly, this brew has a fair bit of carbonation (for the style). The carbonation leads to a lighter than average mouthfeel.

O-This is a good beer if you like a little beer with your bourbon; it is complex, shows the barrel well, and drinks nicely, if a bit boozily. Although this beer packs more heat than its 9.5% ABV would lead you to anticipate, the booze and bourbon aren't really a problem, except to the extent that they mostly drown out the base beer...just know what you're in for. While not my favorite Eclipse, this brew will do just fine.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of spicelab
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber split 4 ways at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Molasses-hued pour, near black in glass. Firm tan head drops stealthily over a couple of minutes to a film. Attractive lace trails on swirling.

Good amount of barrel in the nose with appreciable honey and coconut notes, but mostly emphasising the drier aspects of the barrel. Solid toasty, liqourice and rubber base beer elements underneath. Compact and contained.

Less roast, more coconut and dark brwon sugar sweetness. Big and growing chocolate fudge presence.

Quite viscous but medium bodied, with mild, dusty carbonation and emergent booze heat.

Like all the Eclipse beers, this is tight. Very easy-going with a near perfectly calibrated barrel influence.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a dense cappuccino colored head. Good retention.

Aromas really pop. The bourbon brings heavy vanilla and oak. Fudge brownies, leathery earthy smells, espresso.

The fudge and coffee intertwine naturally with the vanilla. The oak lingers on the back of the tongue with a slight boozy heat

Heavy and smooth body with low carbonation. Very smooth.

I love these eclipse variants but wish the price tag was about $10 less. They're fantastic, but there's better for a more reasonable cost.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black wax, 2012, bottle number: BR 1. At fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out completely opaque black. Off the pour a wonderful looking khaki colored head that cascades to about 2 fingers. Keeps a thick retentive layer and shows lots of thick lacing the whole way down. Shows a lot better head and lacing than your usual barrel aged stout.

Sweet caramel, oaky vanilla, some bourbon booze,not quite as much as expected, dark dried fruits, hints of wood and roast.

Sweeter than most of this style which makes it extra enjoyable for me. Sweet caramel/ toffee, a nice black licorice, raisin, dark fruit combination, dark chocolate,maybe even some nuances of honey and wood. finishes with some really nice sweet caramel and bourbon.

Solid mouthfeel.

This was my first of the eclipse series and for me it was very enjoyable, lives up to the hype. I look forward to trying the rest.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 583 ratings.
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