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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:
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:
#495
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
590
pDev:
7.83%
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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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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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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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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 590 ratings
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