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

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4.34/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#492
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
588
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Ciocanelu
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma has lots of sweet bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, dried dates. Taste is full of dried fruits like dates and figs, bourbon is in the background, adds just some complexity without booze or sweetness. Body is quite light for the style. Really complex flavors, smooth and mellowed out.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/20/11 notes. Shared by Desaparecido; thanks Ed! 2010 vintage, bottle 1434. Tried side by side with the 2010 vintage of Four Roses.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of thick tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks exactly the same as the Four Roses version, and looks amazing.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and light caramel malts. I thought the EW version had a lot more alcohol in the smell than the 4 Roses version; I preferred 4 Roses here.

t - Taste is amazing. Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and light caramel. I found the taste a lot better than the 4 Roses version.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, thick and smooth. Very nice and not too hot.

d - Overall I thought this was an amazing stout. It looked and had the same mouthfeel as the Four Roses version, and while I enjoyed the smell of the Four Roses better, I thought the taste of this one got the edge. Either way, both are great stouts that I would love to try again.

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

Snowed in with nothing to do but enjoy all the goodies I have saved. I decided to open this one last night after dinner to hang around for a while and play wii. Served into a snifter.

The pour was black as night with a lovely tan head of about an inch and a half that faded down to nice lacing that thoroughly coated the sides of the glass for the entire session. Deep smoked notes hit me first, rum, vanilla, hints of oak and a deep burnt cocoa fill the air. Immense aroma and flavor as each sip coats the palate with a peat and chocolate soaked in bourbon flavor. Really clean with molasses, vanilla and brown sugar really just come jumping out at you. Long slow finish leaves the smoothness just right on the palate.

For my opening into the 2010 series I am very impressed. A show stopped for sure. Green wax here I come.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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 orangesol
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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 womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this, and several others. In the past two days I think I've had this four times.

A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity to it and a fairly sizable tan head.

S: Starts off with a big vanilla aroma along with tons of milk chocolate. The bourbon is very apparent, but doesn't bother me. Quite a bit of caramel, molasses, and a decent level of roasted malt character.

T: The bourbon is quite apparent here and provides some warming alcohol. Again, the chocolate and vanilla are the stars of the show, almost like chocolate milk at times. Decent caramel notes, too. Not really all that roasty, but still enough to keep it from being overbearingly sweet.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Really silky on the tongue.

D: This one was a bit different bottle to bottle. Some had a bit more alcohol flavor, but most were absolutely fantastic. I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles shared by Lunch and Thorpe429. Thanks Paul and Mike!

The beer appears very dark brown, nearly black. The head is 1/4", and generates a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings bourbon and a general boozy quality, as well as roasted malt. Unsurprisingly, it smells like a barrel-aged stout.

I actually thought the beer tasted better than the aroma would have led me to believe. The beer is slightly sweet throughout, making this a good bottle for sharing a few ways, as one snifter was just right. Bourbon and roast are up front, with more subtle flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coffee playing a secondary role.

The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence throughout, though not necessarily in a negative or distracting way.

Overall, a tasty brew, and one I would happily enjoy again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Bottle #2466, and I'm not sure if it really matters here, but this is from 2010. It pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, light oak, light vanilla, cocoa, light molasses, and roasted malts. The taste happily brings in more of the same, along with more chocolate, more roast, and more molasses. Nice. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, with a barrel treatment that seems to really help things. Yeah, it's a bit on the thin-ish side, but it really doesn't hurt things too much in this case.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage shared with some friends.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roast lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This version was probably the smoothest that we sampled tonight.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 588 ratings
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