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:
584
Reviews:
181
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
287
For Trade:
25
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Photo of LancashireSam
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near black with a thinnish bubbly dark brown head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Buttery notes of caramel, marshmallow, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells smooth with no harshness.
T: Very smooth, integrated flavors of caramel, brown sugar, butter, bourbon barrel spices and chocolate. At this point this beer is incredibly smooth. The aftertaste is sweet and lingering.
M: Thick body, smooth, chewy mouthfeel with warming bourbon that is far from hot.
O: Definitely one of the best Eclipse variations out there. This beer is drinking really well right now, open one up.

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Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last beer we opened up during our epic tasting last weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with just a little light coming through the very edge of the pour. There is a layer of tan head.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt up front with a strong presence from the bourbon barrel. The bourbon dominates the smell of this beer.

Taste: This one is quite hot from the bourbon. Dark roast and some sweet dark fruit notes. The finish is bitter. Not a ton of sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with some heat from the bourbon. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked the bourbon to be a bit less hot. A bit more malt sweetness coming out would have been alright with me.

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Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, really almost black, but not quite, with a slight transparency. Forms a small, light tan head and leaves some light light lacing on the way down.

S: Smells strongly of bourbon and oak with roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol rounding out the aroma.

T: Much like the aroma. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and oak. A little vanilla as well.

M: Full bodied with lighter carbonation. Virtually no bitterness, with a slight alcoholic heat.

O: A very nice beer. Rather complex, yet still quite drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 10 vintage. Pour is jet black and thin tan head. Nose is woody, bourbon, and some light chocolate. Sweet malts, sugary, and some dark fruits in the flavor. Dark chocolate underneath with bourbon and wood coming through strong. Full bodied feel, dry finish and low carbonation. Overly sweet with loads of wood and heat. Less complexity than the 4 roses and just as unintegrated.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Jimdrinksbeer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BrewerB
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2276, picked up at Healthy Spirits when this beer was initially released.

Poured a dark black with a thin tan head that partially retains.

Very inviting nose. Caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Bourbon character noticeable but not overwhelming.

Taste didn't live up to the expectations set forth by the nose. Harsher alcohol presence detracting from the enjoyment here. Some vanilla woody notes along with dark chocolate and caramel.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Slightly oily.

A solid offering from a brewery I'd expect nothing less of in this department. I have another bottle of this particular version and am going to sit on it for another year or two, expecting improvement with a little more age.

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Photo of shanghai55
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of hopluva1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Vdubb86
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SDDanC
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to badboyrsl for sharing this. Poured into rodenbach tulip. Pours very thick, small cocoa tan head, disappears quickly leaving a ring. Completely black. Large alcohol bubbles. Nose is intense bourbon, dark fruits, lots of alcohol burn. Taste is sweet, the honey adds a great edge, bourbon comes out up front then ends with a hot roasty, dark fruityness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, not too much carbonation makes it almost velvety. The full bodiedness lingers in your mouth. This definitely earns a world class rating, it is complete and extremely well crafted. I am glad to have tried it

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 584 ratings.
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