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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black and totally opaque. 1/4 tan inch head and good retention for a small pour

Smell: The nose starts off with just a touch of bourbon and oak and then you get faint traces of the base beer coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate

Taste: The beer itself is a bit on the sweet side. The barrel aging definitely introduced a oak character to the beer that was not in the base beer. But besides that I dont think the barrel again really did a whole lot for the beer. I only got faint traces of bourbon

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and definitely leaves a nice coating in your mouth

Overall: Very good beer but not quite great but highly recommended and I would love to get more bottles of this

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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 264

Appearance: Pours jet black with and tannish foam, along with a nice foam and some light lacing.

S: Sweet Oak and Bourbon, a nice honey malt, along with some graham cracker

T: Sweet bourbon, sweet oak, honey, graham cracker, some dark fruit, and some nice dark chocolate to finish.

M: The mouthfeel is nice with some light carbonation and a nice creaminess to it.

O: Overall, by far one of the best Eclipses I have had! I was lucky enough to try this at the 2010 prerelease party, and since then it has really turned into something amazing! I cannot believe how it has aged into such an amazing beer. I am absolutely amazed by how everything comes together in a really well-balanced packaged; you get the taste of the Totality( the base for Eclipse), with its sweet honey and dark chocolate, coffee characteristics, along with the sweet bourbon and sweet oakiness from the barrel. Everything comes together perfectly.

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3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle # 608, cellared just shy of 1 year.

A: Poured from the black waxed sealed bomber bottle in a tulip glass, the beer is a black thick motor oil, with about 1/10 of an inch of head that forms to just a film resting on top, and then quickly dissipates to just razor thin ring of bubbles. When swirled, the light film of lace resurfaces. Light coating on the glass.

S: Initial scents are of oak, bourbon, mild vanilla, toast, and dark 80% chocolate. Also there is the touch of alcohol heat, medium roasted malt, and a mild touch of espresso.

T: Mirror the nose, flavors of vanilla, bourbon, medium roasted malt, oak, and dark chocolate. As it warmed, nuances of toast, a touch of honey, and a kiss of pepper are also present.

M: Light carbonation, light viscosity, mildly sticky.

O: Smooth. Having had totality, the barrel aging treatments do wonders to the base beer, though the beer, imo, could be improved with a better base beer recipe, as this I enjoyed, totality I would pass on. Though perhaps that is why the infusion is as remarkable as it is.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle #2296 purchased at Toronado in SF. No Cable Car so I figured this reasonably priced bottle would do the trick. Notes from SF trip.

A- Pitch black pour into a tulip with a mocha-brown head, silky texture and good retention. Frothy ring leaves some cryptic lacing webs down the glass.

S- Instantly reminds me of the good Bourbon aged stouts. The age on the beer gives it a relaxed, melded aroma, nothing feels harsh at all. Nice blend of whiskey, oak vanilla, caramel (aged), roast malt, cocoa.

T- Smooth and relaxed aged Bourbon aged stout. Roast malt, cocoa, whiskey, oak, vanilla take on an aged caramel malt sweetness very well. Some raisin and cherry dark fruit notes.

MF- Slicky, oily and thick body with low carbonation. A nice warming feel from the alcohol.

Reminds me instantly of Parabola 2011. A great blend of flavors and nothing harsh jumps out and takes over the beer. The aged flavors work out great. Thought the bartender was going to murder me after he had trouble getting the wax off the bottle, swearing profusely with a knife in his hand.

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3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010, bottle #1389. Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. The second variant we opened. Certain parts copied over from the other Eclipse reviews.

A – Thin, semi-dark brown coloring. Lacking any sort of considerable head but showing a decent amount of alcohol on the sides of my glass.

S – Definitely more phenolic than Heaven’s Hill 2010. A bit harsh on the barrel aromas. Needed some sort of spice or sweetness component to cut the dominant bourbon and oak. Chocolate and roasted undertones.

T – Again, a rougher form of bourbon barrel upfront with a leathery, oaky finish. Considerable alcohol burn and warming on the backend.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is expected, decent medium-length finish.

D – Feels less integrated than Heaven’s Hill and Four Roses. The finish is the weakest component of this beer, by far, and it needed more age to mellow the bourbon and alcohol tones.

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4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle thanks to UMNbeerhunter. This one was allowed to warm for a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

FiftyFifty Evan Williams aged Eclipse pours a solid black. The first pour yields only a finger or so of caramel head, but the second pours brings up two. Head retention is very good, but lacing is practically nonexistent. The nose has a lot of the components of a very good barrel aged stout, but the balance between them is a bit out of whack Oak and bourbon are the main events here, with rich milk chocolate and vanilla playing secondary notes. Ideally those would be flip flopped. The flavor acquits itself a bit better. Sweet milk chocolate and a nice vanilla note lay down the baseline. Where roasted coffee would provide the counterpoint in a regular stout, bourbon and oaky tannins come in here to balance things out and add a layer of complexity. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, carbonation is mild and out of the way, and there's a certain chewy quality to the body. The body could still stand to be a little more rich and full though. The Evan Williams aged Eclipse Imperial Stout is a very tasty beer, and a good one. I probably wouldn't trade what it would cost to get another bottle though, there are other just as good barrel aged stouts out there.

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