Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by DarthKostrizer on 12-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,052
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
455
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
120
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 SaraMatt
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -13.3%
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 brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drizzlemybeerzle
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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 byronic
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chewy6935
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +10.5%
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 Lucnifter
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 455 ratings