Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #220
Ranked #894
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
Notes: Lavender Pearl wax.

The 2013 version had 4Roses, High West Rye, High West Bourbon, Elijah Craig12 Eclipse and blended with a bigger Imperial Stout known as Totality Squared(aka Masterpiece) Starting gravity for the Stout was 31.5* Plato vs Totality's 26.5* Plato. Different hops, fermented with a blended yeast(s).
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Photo of kitch
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl. oz. waxed bomber, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a orangey dark brown hue and a one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, dark malt, coffee, chocolate, with a splash of piney notes and licorice.

Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma with lots of roastiness, coffee, chocolate, oak, hints of licorice, pine and a light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Not as thick and heavy as I hoped for, for this style, but otherwise, aroma was brilliant and flavours were balanced and went well together. Not sure the honey was showing, but nevertheless, this was good.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As far as I can tell this is a 2014 bottle of Eclipse Java Coffee. Is that wax purple or lavender pearl? I would have guessed purple, but the person who gave it to me had written 'coffee' in sharpie on the wax, so I'm guessing it's lavender pearl.
Either way, it's BR/1 2014, so the first bottling run from 2014.
Thanks John for sending me home with this!

Pour is the colour of black coffee. Just this side of obsidian, with a nice powder-brown head with interspersed big soapy bubbles. Good retention.

Still has a big rich espresso aroma backed up with layers of fudgy chocolate and an almost nutty/roasty character.

Flavour is rich black coffee... chocolate dipped espresso beans. Straight up, it's dipped espresso beans. Complete with the little bite at the end... I can almost feel the crunch of the bean between my teeth. Hint of molasses and wood in the third quarter, but the finish is the coffee bean and a dry cocoa powder chocolate. This is phenomenal.

Body isn't thin, but I like my big stouts as chewy as can be and this is medium at best. That's picking nits, though. Unassuming but present carbonation. Lingering finish of rich coffee and fudgy ribbon.

This is wonderful. I've heard that coffee drops off fairly quickly, but at 5 years out, it's still going strong on this one. I have not tried it fresh, so I can't say if this is a function of the aging, but everything is so intricately entwined and mellowed out and just rich and luxuriant and incredibly well done. I'm a huge fan.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage; drank 6/11/14 @ the Kid's.

Brown/black hue.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Chocolate syrup nose with hints of roasted coffee.

Thick, smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

The flavor opens to a chocolate bomb with some muted coffee notes; as it warms, oak & booze emerge, & the coffee gets more assertive.

In the upper echelon of coffee stouts, for sure.

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Photo of stevoj
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Catch up rating from notes, 2014: Taster at annual Imperial Stout share, courtesy of Darrell. Pours out a an oily black/mahogany, small tight beige head. Aroma is full of rich notes, chocolate, coffee, caramel, some sweetness, whiskey barrel. Taste is roasty and sweet, molasses, bitter, boozy. Nice slick, smooth feel. Excellent!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass doesn't hold a head, only a couple of spots of tan at the edges, no lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted grain, coffee grounds, maple syrup, mineral water.

Taste: Slightly sweet start quickly goes dark and roasted, a touch of barrel wood, a hint of piney hops, and back to a slightly sweet finish. A nice tour de force of flavor but all balanced and complementary.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, almost flat carbonation, oily texture manages to finish pretty clean.

Overall: It's the dog that didn't bark, alcohol. It's in there, but it's under a lot of flavor and goes unnoticed. Well crafted and tasty, I'll be looking for others.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of coffee with light green peppers notes with some roasted/black chocolate malt notes. Taste is also dominated by coffee notes with lightly bitter roasted malt with some chocolate malt notes and light green peppers notes which are more or less pleasant. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable but I could have done with less green pepper notes.

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Photo of drizzlemybeerzle
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick black, with a medium head. For the coffee version, I was anticipating a strong coffee flavor. However, that flavor profile was absent. The over flavor is very good for a BA stout, but if this was called a normal BA stout I wouldn't even have noticed the difference. Strong flavor, very smooth overall, but for a BA coffee stout, did not quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As its reputation precedes it, the Eclipse series sat down in 2013 with rye whisky, bourbon and coffee for a medley of tastes that's become quite legendary even before the first sip.

FiftyFifty's Java Coffee Eclipse Stout pours a very dark garnet, nearly black and crowned wit a dainty skirt of creme. Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee and spicy booze tease the nose while nuances of coconut, caramel and charred oak play modestly underneath. Its rich taste is nutty, toffee-like and showing hints of molasses, honey and sorghum.

As the flavors move along, the sweetness begins to slowly waver and the barrel and coffee character begins to take command of taste. Coffee brings its soilish earthen character to the middle palate. Scorched earth leads to a gritty barrel char with light campfire, alcohol spice and bold oaken tannins. Broadly bitter with woodsiness, coffee and rye husk. Still a underlayment of honey sweetness remains for balance and complexity.

Full bodied and rich on the late palate, the beer's whisky spice, oak tannin and slightly astringent coffee grounds gives the beer an ease in drinkability but also a slight distraction in taste and powder fine texture. A long and roasty taste rolls into the aftertaste with peppercorn and smoldering embers.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate with bourbon kick. Not to mention the coconut hints. This stout warms the palette and the throat and the belly. This felt like a curling up next to a fire.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a snifter.
Pours near jet black with very minimal dark caramel colored head.
Aromas are a lot of roasted coffee, roasted malt and light levels of bourbon.
Flavors are really nice and the bourbon isn't terribly prominent. Nicely balanced with chocolate, coffee, bourbon.
Mouthfeel was good but Id like a touch thicker here.
Overall, delicious beer. Way too expensive for what it is though.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark lush brown close to black color. Light film of a head appears and sticks and then slides down into the beer. The smell starts off with a dry coffee bean to dry cocoa bean, somewhat roasty, somewhat sweet. Some honey does come out as it warms. The taste was moderately sweet with a light sticky cocoa aftertaste and mildly sweet to roasty sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body (guessing that’s because of the age, not sure where my roommate kept this). Carbonation is subdued, once again, I’m guessing due to the age. Somewhat sticky but not cloying. Overall, for a Double/Imperial Stout, awesome. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Among the best ever coffee stout bombs that I have ever had. I was skeptical because it is aged in oak barrels, but very little oak on my palate. Very mild bitter taste, which I was not offended by.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #2800, might as well make a gem of a beer part of this.

This beer has went through some relatively minor tweakings over the years. Different barrels, different (albeit substantially similar, just bigger) base. Different coffee? I don't know. But damn if that Myra girl from the coffee place in Reno isn't the finest thing I've ever come across, something about that name too, there's a beautiful one I work with as well.

Anyways, great mixture of bourbon, coffee, oak, roast going on here. I have to admit, there is quite a bit of variety in the bottles. Sometimes its like there is almost no coffee at all. Sometimes its the greatest coffee beer of all time. Its never bad, just the coffee is hit or miss is what I'm saying. Just the right amount of carbonation and body.

Expensive though.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured a deep brownish black. Tons of carbonation even with sitting for a bit. Wow, nose right off the bat is impressive. Tons of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and earth. Really surprised by the aroma considering the age on bottle. Taste is right in line with aroma, honey on the finish. Mouthfeel is the only down I have, very much on the thin side. Overall really impressed with this offering and how well the coffee and bourbon held.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer was jet black with a mocha colored head.

Smell - There was a nice coffee nose that betrayed a certain level of sweetness.

Taste - Chocolate, honey, and dark coffee were all in the mix. The chocolate is slightly bitter, but so good.

Mouthfeel- The beer was smooth with an almost creamy milk stout texture.

Overall- Its not my favorite Eclipse stout, but it is very solid.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I find the Eclipse lineup to be perennially mediocre, and this was no exception. Pours out thin and pretty see-through. Smell is very muted. I almost smelled nothing. Had to put my nose almost into the beer. I picked up some very bitter coffee. Not much else. Taste was like a thin stout, mixed with a cheap cup of coffee. Very bitter coffee finish. It got a bit better as it warmed, but it was nothing special.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet chocolate sweet bourbon oak dark chocolate. Same look and thick body.

Overall I liked this one quite a bit; obviously the most coffee and light bourbon.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle - Vintage 2016

Pours pitch black with a dense creamy brown foam head. Smells like roasted coffee, dark chocolate, honey, with some oak barrel and mild hop notes. Tastes like huge roasted coffee, dark chocolatey malts, some honey, with oak barrel and mild hop notes. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice barrel aged imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass

A: Beautiful black body with a dark mocha head that disappears quickly.

S: light bits of coffee, anise, chocolate, leather, a little oak deep roasted malts.

T: Taste follows the nose the coffee isn't overwhelming more like it supports the base beer rather than making it disappear. Lots of leather, chocolate, and roasted maltiness with just a touch of sweetness on the end.

M: Fuller with a nice viscosity.

O: Great beer, but I still think the Elijah Craig is still the only one worth shelling the money out for. This tasted really close to EG just a touch sweeter.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 - poured into BCBS stemmed glass. Picked this up thinking it was the Elijah Craig - was immediately aware of my error after smelling this beer - it has a very nice, but not too overpowering coffee nose. The coffee flavor has held up well over the years - like the smell, the coffee taste isn't too overpowering like some other coffee stouts. Mouthfeel is good, perhaps just a bit on the thin side. Overall, I'm not terribly disappointed that I bought the wrong bottle, this is definitely one of the better Eclipse variants I've had. Looks like I'll have to fork out another $30 if I still want to try the EC, though.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very, very good bourbon barrel aged stout. If it were $5 less per bottle, I'd recommend it highly. If it were $10 less a bottle, I'd sing its praises easily. But it takes a lot more for me to say a $26 bottle of beer was worth it, and this falls short of, say, BA Yeti or Rye Whiskey Abyss. It's an extremely competent stout, and if you ind yourself with a little more spending money, check it out if you're curious. I don't regret buying this beer, but I'm not likely to chase all the other variants, or really any of them.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy and creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice leaving behind

S- a nice mix of coffee and dark chocolate up front, along with notes of mocha fudge & toasted walnut. The bourbon barrel is subtle, but does add some earthy wood, creamy vanilla & a hint of caramel

T- coffee is surprisingly still quite bold up front with a big blast of espresso, vanilla & heavy whipping cream sweetness. Mid-palate brings some dark chocolate fudge notes, along with some caramel sweetness. The finish brings out the subtle bourbon barrel notes, that add some spicy wood that balance out the sweetness up front. Lingers of more coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy silky finish, abv has mellowed out nicely

O- coffee has survived nicely after the aging, everything has meshed very well to create a great drinkability. One of the best Eclipse variants I've had

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Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a large shared bottle.
Loads of dark chocolate and a moderate level of coffee.
Great balance and very well done mix of roasted grains. Perhaps just a touch to sweet.

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Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Thank you, fonduevoodo! Creamy light tan head. Great nose, fudge, roasted coffee, sweet smooth bourbon, a little red twizzler, and a touch of marshmallows.

Taste is quite sweet, smooth bourbon flavours but no heat or weird booze flavours. Coffee is there but there's a slight astringency that doesn't go well with the bitterness of it. Lots of wood.

Maybe this would benefit from a little time ...not to smooth it out booze-wise, but maybe calm down the astringent bitter. Anyways, give the baby his bottle. It's good stuff.

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color. One finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retebtion lasting for most of the duration. Streaks of soapy lacing cling to the glass on the way down.

Complex and extremely inviting aroma with an excellent blend of robust gourmet coffee, barrel character and imperial stout notes. Coffee is only 10% of the blend but somehow stands out against the dark roast and bourbon barrel. Silky gourmet roast, coconut and slightly nuttiness sweetness. EC stands out as it warms with spicy bourbon and boozy sweetness. Delicately charred oak with toasted coconut and prominent silky vanilla/gooey mallow sweetness. Barrel notes are excellent in the nose complimenting the coffee and masking the acrid roast of the dark malts. Subtle burnt malt presence under the barrel with dark chocolate, oatmeal and charred toast. Silky dessert like sweetness with decadent German chocolate cake, fudge, bakers chocolate, caramel and toffee. This beers smells incredible!

Chewy and viscous full body with a deeply roasted, robust coffee presence that's nearly perfectly integrated into the EC version of eclipse. Dry and slightly bitter with gourmet coffee/espresso bean, some bitter dark cacao, hazelnut and light nuttiness. Great coffee flavor standing up to the barrel notes and complex malt bill. Barrel only 46% of blend but comes trough with sweet, spicy spirt l, delicately charred oak, silky vanilla, gooey mallow and toasted coconut. More roast than other variants due to heavier stout presence but it compliments the coffee and dry barrel notes. Could use more bourbon but is there just enough to meld with the coffee and sweeter dessert-like malt flavors. Chocolate coffee cake with caramel, dark cocoa and toffee. Heavy roast with charred oak, burnt toast, bakers chocolate and fudge. Nice balance of barrel, coffee bean and toasted malt. Could use a bit more bourbon to counter the wood, coffee and dry roast but this beer is deceptively smooth. The high ABV is excellently masked making this strong beer deceptively drinkable. Almost gave up on this series but this variant has given me hope for future releases.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 464 ratings