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/ 585 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:
#499
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
585
Liked:
566
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
7.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
288
Trade:
25
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon are quite strong with some coffee notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some coffee notes with black chocolate and some nice vanilla notes with smooth bourbon notes on top of it. Body is full with good creamy texture and medium carbonation with no alcohol notes perceptible. Very nice beer and definitely makes me want to discover more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of brystmar
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I somehow forgot to include this review in my mass copy/paste from EverNote after our big tasting in March. 2010 Evan Williams (black wax).

Pours just like the others. Bourbon, roasty malt, chocolate. Some mild figs hidden in there too. Smooth bourbon character imparts boozy warmth as I drink. Really doesn't seem much better or worse than -- or even that different from -- the others. A few friends said this was their favorite from recent tastings, but it definitely doesn't stand out to me amongst its peers.

Overall, this finished middle of the pack; '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. And honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of these beers. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle. I didn't write down the bottle number. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head and not quite black. Wisps of lace, but otherwise a rather lackluster-looking stout. Not impressive.

Smell - Oh man that is awesome barreling. Bourbon. Complex bourbon, if that makes sense. Vanilla and oak. My only issue is that I can barely smell the stout.

Taste - Really great barrel flavors again. Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Caramel and chocolate come through, but the stout still isn't shining. It's all about the barrel here.

Mouthfeel - Thin, but no booze. Low carbonation, as I would have expected given its appearance.

Overall - The barrel is perfect. The stout is mediocre. Tough to rate the beer, but it's still damn tasty.

Edit: Lowered the numbers on this after having it next to the other Eclipses. Definitely a cheaper booze.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to mini tulip
2010 Vintage, Evan Williams barrel, black wax
Bottle number is indistinguishable
Sampled 29JUN12

Many thanks to Grant for the trade quite some time ago.

[A] Less than a half finger of medium dark brown head, bubbly, with short retention. A paper-thin collar remains for now, but seems likely to disappear. Pitch black body with almost no transparency. Even at the thinnest points, only a thin layer of dark amber-brown can be seen. Beaded strands of lace line the glass after each tilt but quickly slide back down to the surface.

[S] Big bourbon strikes first – very clean. The honey component sets in next, along with a very dark, semi bitter chocolate and a rich rendered caramel. Earthy hops. Light soil. Mild roast.

[T] Purely an extension on the nose. Bourbon and barrel up front. Honey and dark sugars creep back in at the end and leave lingering sweet notes for the final impression – with a little bit of bourbon to bring about a pleasant warming sensation.

[M] Semi-thick front palate which gains a substantial amount of body from mid-palate on. Very creamy towards the end of the palate. Gently tingling carbonation throughout. The mouthfeel and nose are my favorite aspects of the brew. The flavor lingers long but is not cloying at all.

[O] This is one fantastic beer. Nearly a perfect ‘5’ in at least two areas…..but just shy. Two years ago, my score would have been significantly higher – and it’s pretty high as is.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jbuddle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Gushue3 for sharing this. 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours one shade shy of black with no head. One arc-like swath of lacing coats the glass during the tasting. Nose is exquisite - bourbon, malt, brown sugar, booze and a trace of soy sauce. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavor profile comes off a bit thin. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body - somewhat thin for a barrel-aged beer. Carbonation is almost still. Overall, an easy drinking example of the style, but a bit too subdued in my opinion.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for obtaining this beer for me.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and considerable lacing. Right off the bat, I have to say this beer has the look of a beer that has seen some pretty serious barrel aging. The nos is quite impressive and is about what I expected from this beer, as I get considerable bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and some light licorice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, with the chocolate, vanilla and bourbon taking center stage. The beer is a bit boozy and sweet, but I expected that, and is not really something I mind too much in an RIS. Also, the touch of licorice in the finish helps to tame the sweetness somewhat, and enhances this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and fairly full, in what comes across as a low carbonation beer. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, despite the noticeable bourbon and alcohol. The finish is long and very, very smooth in this beer, and this is undeniably a very tasty beer.

Hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this, but nevertheless, this is pretty impressive.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz black waxed bottle into a snifter - 2010 vintage #1912

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a small brown head that fade to a ring leaving very little lacing.

S: The nose reveals huge barrel notes like vanilla, molasses, and a touch of charred oak along with the chocolate and earthy honey from the base beer.

T: The taste is a bit less impressive than the nose but still good. Nice flavors of vanilla, molasses, chocolate and a touch of honey. Not as complex or intense as the EC 12 from 2009.

M: Feel is a little thin for the style but relatively creamy.

O: One of the better Eclipse beers I've had but not the top by far. The taste falls a bit short of excellent though. Could be the age...

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96.8% out of 100 with 585 ratings
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