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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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a tan head. Chocolate, and boozy whiskey in the nose. Coffee, roast grain, and a bit of chocolate flavor, medium thick body and fairly high carbonation. Nice enough overall, too much carbonation, but a nice smoke, coffee character that lingers on the palate.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Trilogy31
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2018. Pours an almost midnight black with a faint espresso hue at the edges, with a thin mocha cap that quickly recedes and leaves very light lacing though the head is revived easily with aquick swirl of my duvel tulip. The nose hits you with bourbon soaked alcohol esters, booze soaked plums, dusty, earthy barrel, slight stale coffee. Taste brings rich caramel, fig, soaked dates, spicy full bodied bourbon barrel with a sprinkling of cinnamon and vanilla and a hint of molasses. The taste really saves this beer at least for me compared to the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel with the oaky tannins cleaning up after the booze and sweetness though it does finish a bit thin. Iwould love to rate this all 5's as im sitting on a lot of bottles but i cannot tell a lie. I honestly would take a kbs in quality and price over this any day - tough standards i know but for 25.99 per bottle it should have been mind blowing.

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Photo of alexhahn82
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as Hell! 1 Finger head with medium dissipation, Poured into a 10oz. goblet (They won't sell it in anything else on tap).

S - Hints of the Evan Williams, a very distinct bourbon smell. But that takes a back seat to the HUGE toffee, chocolate, almost brownie like scent.

T/M - Taste is of thick, chewy chocolate and finishes with a bourbony oak, almost a hint of dark cherries.

Overall - When cold its a chocolate bomb, when warmed up the bourbon shows its teeth and bites in! A top tier bourbon barrel though its NOT a bourbon bomb, Very, very similar to Parablola (But waaay better!)

PP (Price Point) - $7.99 for a 10oz. goblet in June of 2011, considering with came out in December 2010, this is well worth it, wish I lived closer to the brewery so I could enjoy it more often!

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Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into chouffe tulip thanks to largadeer. My first eclipse.

A- Creamed coffee colored head, 1cm that settles and frosts the glass very nicely. Beer is deep brown/black.

S- Nose is caramel, molasses. Gingerbread even. Hmm. Spicy, sweet.

T- Very bourbon heavy. Vanilla, oak, caramel, semisweet chocolate. Bit of smoke. Nice finish, good lingering flavors, a bit boozy in the finish.

M- Perhaps a bit thin? I could go for a bit more roastiness... but I appreciate the lack of a big char that leads to some pretty tasty bourbon notes. Lots of bourbon here.

D- Fairly high.. tasty... I'm curious to try the base beer. This one's all about the bourbon.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up because I always hear about them and I have never gotten my hands on one since I've been a BA.

Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head. Dissipated to a super thin film with OK lacing.

Aroma I think is the best part. Lots of dark fruits and toasted sugars and caramel. Smells awesome.

Taste is awesome but not the best stout I've had. Very roasted but with a nice caramel malt that has some good dark fruit flavor. A slight bit of bourbon and oak. As it warms up the roast gets a little more harsh and the booz becomes a little more apparent. To me it seems to be lacking something in flavor that other barrel aged stouts have.

Mouthfeel is heavy and I wouldn't want to drink a whole 22oz by myeself.

Overall a solid BA Stout but there are some better ones for sure. I would probably get it again but $22 for the one bottle when beers like Abyss and Parabola are considerably cheaper I think I will have to pass.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger brown head and some lacing.

S-Good deal of bourbon, nice chocolate. roasted malt and slight coffee.

T-Very bourbon heavy, nice chocolate and roasted malt as well. Tad bit of vanilla and coffee.

M-Medium bodied and nice carbonation.

O-A middle of the road Eclipse variant. The bourbon really shined through. I was shocked such a bad bourbon made a good beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Sammy - Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 650ml into a tulip. Tasted alongside 4 other variants.

Black with a tan head. Nose has some fruitier bourbon notes, chocolate, oak, light vanilla and some brown sugar. Bourbon at the front on the palate, alcohol, and dark chocolate/roast well into the finish.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany / espresso colored - dark brown around the edges and black through the center. No visible sediment or haze. Tan colored head rose around the fringes, but barely.

S: Bourbon, oak, cola, molasses, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Very sharp scents, especially weighted toward the bourbon.

T: Sharp American oak is dominant. Bourbon flavors of vanilla, toasted oak and coconut blend with rich chocolate and molasses malts. Black coffee is prevalent throughout. So many bold flavors that it actually borders on harsh. Definitely not a subtle beer.

M: Good density and viscosity. Not much carbonation. Slightly tannic, likely from the oak.

O: Good bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout, but (if it's actually possible?) too much oak.

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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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Photo of rab53
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this one.

A: pours black with maroon highlights, appears a bit thin for style/abv, some lacing, minimal head retention

S: starts off with heavy oak the is melded nicely with notes of vanilla, marshmallow, rich cocoa, and bitter earthy hops on the finish

T: robust chocolate starts things off and gives way to mellow vanilla and a touch of coconut, a little bit of bitterness on the end. Nice balance.

MF: somewhat thin for style...doesn't really detract from the overall experience, medium carbonation

O: this is a nice exhibition of well executed bourbon barrel aging, only wish is for a little more body

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Photo of muttyd
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 version

As expected, thick black creamy pour with a thin tan head. Head settles into a faint ring. Wish the head persisted throughout. Looks rather bland at first glance.

Nose hits all the right notes: whiskey burn, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Some molasses in their as well. Flavor follows the nose with a very prevalent whiskey flavor in the finish. Sweet, but well rounded with enough roasty flavor to balance it out. Almost no hop flavor, as it is overpowered by the big barrel flavor. Thick and creamy, coats the mouth. Solid overall, but not as good as the Elijah Craig.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short creamy tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of vanilla.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger notes of vanilla and oak. Some alcohol is perceptible, but this is all from the bourbon. As the beer begins up, you can start to pick some hints of the underlying stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon lends some warming to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a lot of bourbon in the smell and taste, so much that it almost obscures the rest of the beer. It seems to mellow out a bit once the beer warms up, but this beer could use a fuller body to support all of the bourbon.

Note: Bottle Run No. 1/2013

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Photo of IPAchris
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to largadeer for sharing a bottle of this at the post RS tasting. 2010 bottle pored into a taster glass.

A - Pours pitch black with a small off white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Oak, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, and some alcohol heat dominate this one. A bit of caramel sweetness mixes well with the dark roasted malt core.

T - Quite similar to the nose but much more balanced. Plenty of oak and bourbon from the barrel mix well with the chocolate, caramel, alcohol, and dark roasted malt from the base beer. Very nice stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. A bit hot but still a pretty good feel none the less. Finish is a bit hot with some lingering dark roast.

D - Pretty high. I really enjoyed this one. I have been pretty impressed with all the barrel aged stouts I have tried form fifty fifty to date. I hope I get to try the other ones in the future.

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Photo of jshusc
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon, roast malts, mild vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes and mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation Fairly thin bodied for the style.

Overall: Good beer. A bit more Bourbon and hop forward than the 2011 Elijah Craig I recently had, but that could be due to the aging and the fact the 2011 I had was on tap.

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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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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-wise, it's the same as any other beer in the series, and surely similar to most beers of the style: dark, opaque black, with a small, dense cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet, maybe a few random trails of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses; not a hop to be had. Dark malts in the taste, fairly roasty, notes of dark chocolate and espresso, burnt caramel, vanilla and oak with a solid bourbon quality, warm but not quite hot with booze, touch of anise in the finish. Body on the heavier side of medium, carbonation adequately low, a quite enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very little caramel colored soapy head rose from the intense black brew. Not overly thick. No lacing.

Pasty, vanilla (tons), Bourbon resin, intense chocolate, molasses, rich black wood..

Whoa. Sweet, but not a sugar bomb... High carbonation, only slightly detracts from rich flavorful flavors. Chocolate, molasses, toasted coconut, strong vanilla, bourbon heat kick, but you can tell it's faded a ton... Zero bitterness, but, nice fade of tobacco at the back end..

Another GREAT Eclipse series brew... It's hard to pay the $30 price tag, but damn is it worth it.. Evan Williams version is highly recommended, but I prefer the EC 12. Happy 2013 to all.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xnicknj
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tasters - 2012 vintage - thanks gillian

Pours an inky black with little head, lacing or retention. Small lining of tanned film rings around the glass.

Rich chocolate soaked bourbon nose with oaked, boozy warmth. Residual vanilla sweetness with caramel and roasted dark malts. Cocoa, chocolate cake and alcohol.

Warm, sweet and boozy right up front. Chocolately tones with cocoa and caramel, vanilla and oaky char. Thick, burly malt backbone; roasted, dark and soaked in bourbon. Nice combination of sweet, boozy and roasty. Finishes with boozy chocolate.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, creamy and slick on the tongue. I've enjoyed all of the Eclipses so far, although I'm definitely realizing the price tag probably isn't worth it. Also, extensive aging (I still have a number of 2010 bottles) may or may not be necessary, depending on what you're searching for from these.

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Photo of Devi0us
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into my trusted
tulip...

A- Pours a deep rich black with dark brown edges when held up to light. Had a 2 finger mocha head that slowly morphed into a ring. Left stick lacing on the glass.

S- Bourbon and Vanilla dominate the senses. Slight alcohol smell due to the barrel aging.

T- Bourbon, caramel and vanilla sack your palate like it was a QB with no left tackle. Slight alcohol heat but not at all unpleasant. In fact, it was welcomed. Says it was brewed with honey but I don't notice it.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- This is the first brew I've had the pleasure of tasting from FiftyFifty Brewing. I'm definitely going to try more offerings from this brewery after tasting this BadBoy...

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