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:
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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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237
Gots:
287
For Trade:
25
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 1432 of 2010

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with just a hint of bubbly froth; a few spots of lacing

Smell: Vanilla, chocolate and marshmallow underpinned by oaky Bourbon tones

Taste: A hint of roast and we are off into a marshmallow and vanilla world of sweet flavor; boozy harshness picks up, in the mid-palate, with oaky Bourbon tones adding a slightly harsh character; the marshmallow and vanilla sweetness returns to linger in the finish though the Bourbon lingers, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A fine beer but this one didn't meet the expectations I had for it; a bit too sweet and a bit too thin

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Photo of hops202
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black Wax Top poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage - bottle run # 2.

A - heavy jet black with some mocha head that hangs around

S - lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, some chocolate roast. Smells rather delicious.

T - more bourbon and vanilla but the whiskey is not overpowering. Reminds me of BCBS in a way but not over the top with the bourbon. There's some great marshmallow flavor in there along with some slight berries which really balance it out.

M - moderate with a fair amount of carb sting but not too bad and certainly not too hot on the alcohol either.

O - Great BA imperial stout. It has achieved the much sought after integral equilibrium of bourbon and stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge, dark brown head, with absolutely fantastic retention. Brew is black as night. Slick, thick lacing as the head slowly dies down. Beautiful beer.

Whiskey, oak, and vanilla notes are very prominent, but they don't quite drown out the chocolate malt and roast barley, accentuated by a hint of cream. Similar aroma proportions to BCBS, but a different overall feel. Whiskey notes are sharp but not overpowering.

Thin, sweet whiskey up front; chocolate malt and roast barley next; strong finish of whiskey; vanilla, oak, and berries are present throughout. Very, very tasty, but not genre-defining like BCBS has become.

Slightly thin for the style. I would definitely prefer it a lot thicker. Very full-flavored; lively, with a nice alcohol and carbonation sting. A little heat, but not too bad.

The contrasts to BCBS are worth mentioning, because this is where the beer falls just shy of true greatness. It's a very, very tasty beer, very drinkable, and the Evan Williams barrels definitely gives it a distinct and unique flavor. Maybe that's enough to make this your personal favorite; it's a little pricey to try on a whim, though.

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Photo of GJ40
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter. 2012.

A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head.

S - Beautiful bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate notes.

T - Very flavorful but also very well balanced. Smooth with no rough edges. The bourbon aspect certainly leads but the IS base offers a great foundation. This beer is great from start to finish. And it's very warming.

M - Creamy and silky with a low carbonation.

O - An interesting beer but not sure it's worth the exorbitant price tag.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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