Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
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From:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #517
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,349
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.98%
Ratings:
467
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 28, 2021
Added:
Dec 07, 2012
Wants:
  90
Gots:
  116
SCORE
95
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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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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

**
03/28/21

2017 Bottle to snifter.

Aroma:
Sweet Coffee on the nose, roasted barley, little touch of bittersweet chocolate .

Taste: Mildly bitter chocolate, Lots of oak Decent whisky flavour. Some hints of coffee, but others dominate. Cola. A little smoke comes out as it warms.

Feel:




**

Mar 28, 2021
 
4.24 by Mikexw from New York on Nov 22, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2015 vintage, BR/1. 4th of July beer.

It was good, but showed clear signs of age. Oxidizing malt, mildly metallic & a bit of green pepper. The honey shines, with notes of rye, boozy oak, & stewed fruit. Finishes with mild roasty bitterness; coffee mostly gone, though. Smooth & warm.

Jul 09, 2020
 
4.38 by jakecattleco from California on Nov 10, 2019
 
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Sep 01, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

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.

Aug 29, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by kemoarps from Washington

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.

Aug 22, 2019
 
4.04 by nmann08 from Virginia on May 14, 2019
 
4.4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Mar 09, 2019
 
4.06 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
 
4.44 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Jan 19, 2019
 
4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Nov 23, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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!

Sep 11, 2018
 
4 by SaraMatt from California on Sep 02, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HardTarget from Texas

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.

Aug 25, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Aug 04, 2018
 
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jul 07, 2018
 
4 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Jul 04, 2018
 
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Jul 01, 2018
 
4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on May 20, 2018
 
4.27 by Muss42 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by drizzlemybeerzle from California

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.

Mar 26, 2018
 
4.04 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Mar 22, 2018
 
4.74 by petewheeler from Maryland on Feb 03, 2018
 
4.13 by ScubaLeon from New York on Feb 02, 2018
 
4.28 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 20, 2018
 
4.03 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2018
 
4.28 by ruzzal from Texas on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.27 by chewy6935 from Michigan on Dec 22, 2017
 
4.25 by Danielr26 from Michigan on Dec 22, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Dec 05, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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.

Dec 03, 2017
 
4.07 by Lucnifter from California on Oct 03, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BoldRulerVT from Vermont

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.

Sep 29, 2017
 
4.19 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Sep 25, 2017
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 27, 2017
 
4.4 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Aug 22, 2017
 
4.44 by SMH_NWI from Texas on Aug 22, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rkarimi from Colorado

07-19

Jul 20, 2017
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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