Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
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:
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
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
403
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
113
For Trade:
17
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 403
Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky to be able to sample both the 2013 and 2012 versions of this together. Cheers to ScottO for the 2013 edition and to cpferris for the 2012 party bottle.

From a bomber into a snifter
Review is for the 2013 with comparative notes for the 2012

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with good retention. Clear black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and coats the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some good lacing down the glass. The 2012 looks essentially the same here. Like all the eclipses, the body is too light in color and transparent, but the head and lacing look really, really good on these two.

SMELL: Roasted coffee, burnt grains, some sweet cream and dark chocolate on the nose. A bit of roasted, burnt marsh mellow and vanilla notes here as well. Very aromatic. The 2012 has much less roasted coffee, if any really, but lots of sweet cream and vanilla with a more pronounced barrel and coconut component. Both smell great.

TASTE: Roasted grain and coffee beans up front with sweet cream and caramel as well. Big finish of coffee bitterness, some dark, bitter chocolate, vanilla and sweet cream notes with a touch of bourbon and alcohol underneath. Quite flavorful, with plenty of roasted coffee bitterness, sweet caramel and some cream flavors as balance. More oak and bourbon come out as the beer opens up and as it lingers on the palate. Enjoyable, complex and quite interesting. The 2012 is much different, as the coffee isn't nearly as much of a player, but the sweet cream, vanilla and caramel are quite decadent, and the oak and coconut from the bourbon barrels play a much more prevalent roll in the flavor profile. Both are very different, but very good as well.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, creamy, goes down okay with a bit of a burn and finishes slightly dry. Some heat lingers, but not much. The 2012 is much the same but a touch lighter on the palate. Still very creamy though.

OVERALL: Surprisingly good, as I'm not usually a very big fan of the Eclipse series. Both vintages are solid, but for very different reasons. The 2013 is definitely a coffee imperial stout first, as the coffee plays a much bigger roll in the nose and taste than in the 2012. That said, however, the 2012 is quite decadent, with really nice sweet cream and vanilla flavors, as well as a more forthcoming barrel presence in the taste profile. I might say the 2012 is more enjoyable at this point perhaps and I probably would score it a 4.5 for taste, but that is a matter of preference, as the grainy, burnt coffee flavors in the 2013 might not be for everyone. Regardless, both of these are great on their own and I'm glad to have had the chance to try them both together. Thanks again for the bottle guys!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to hefman for kicking me this bottle, which I’ve been lusting after for quite some time. This is the first year I haven’t ordered a bunch of Eclipse & I might regret it. We’ll see. 22 oz. bottle split with my coffee loving wife.

The pour is full Eclipse black with a healthy, hard head for a big brew. Smells like a big, strong, sweet pot of coffee. Beer? Perhaps. Is sweet a beer?

Java Eclipse is making happy in my frontal cranial orifice. Wow. A gorgeous bouquet of java or bean or coffee or whatever hits the palate like a ton of Juan Valdez. But before the coffee machine hits Folgers levels, the sweet malts intervene, & the bourbon rears its head & cries out with a joyful noise. Mid-palate brings a few subtleties, a soft acorn or two, mild bitterness, vanilla, faint chocolate. The end lists into eternity & beyond with the barrel & the java mingling beautifully. Creamy, thicker than the regular Eclipse lineup. I could have easily taken the entire bottle, but would have needed to do so in secret, or face the Wrath of Wife.

This kind of brew is what gives coffee beers a good name. The lineage is good, the look is good, the beer is better than good. The world would be a better place with more beers like this one; excellent, & knocking on the steel door of elite.

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Photo of richj1970
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Old Guardian glass. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours a dark murky black with one finger mocha colored head that settles after a few minutes to a thin cap, and leaves a slight oily film on the surface. Some light lacing,

S: Fantastic smelling beer. I might buy another bottle just to inhale the aromas again. Strong espresso, and rich dark chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon lingering around in the back. A light fruity note - maybe blueberry.

T: Tons of bold espresso flavors mixed with very rich quality dark chocolate. Vanilla, and brown sugar.

M: Full bodied and fairly carbonated for a BA beer. A slight dry and sweet finish.

O: A truly wonderful beer combining many of my favorite flavors - coffee, chocolate, bourbon. My only wish is that it was more affordable, but on the other hand I don't have to fight a line of folks to buy a bottle.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Love the look of these guys. 3rd one i've had and all are dark dark brown with a big mocha head and messy lacing. This Coffee is letting in less light around the edges than the other 2.
smell: Rich roasty coffee and cocoa. Theres the honey roasty milkshake thing too.
taste: again, roasty coffee up front. a bit of a bitter, spicy thing i haven't gotten form the others. The bitterness is gentle, blooms a bit and lingers far into the finish.

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Photo of john0721
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, pours black with light brown head, good lacing.

The nose is all coffee.

Flavor: Coffee, some vanilla and dark fruit.

Dry, mild to moderate bitter finish.

Overall, the flavor is more balanced than the nose but the coffee still dominates from start to finish.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage poured into a snifter.
Pours a pitch black with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.
The nose is roasted stout, chocolate, coffee, and slight bourbon.
I was surprised with the bitterness on the palate and the lack of bourbon. But otherwise a solid stout.
The mouth feel was a little thin but nothing to gripe about.
A good stout but not worth the price tag. I would like to try other variants.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory. Sampled a few days after the Enijah Craig version. A solid stout, like the others in the series, but I expected to feel the coffee more.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Black in body with a thin ring of dark brown foam atop. This already looks a touch thicker than other Eclipse variants. Slightly oily sheen. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with dots of stick.

The coffee aroma is very well integrated into the base, delicious aroma of Eclipse: chocolate, smooth, integrated bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a wave of cold-pressed coffee. Very nice.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is not a coffee-bomb of a barrel-aged stout, like BCBCS, for example. The coffee is present, but only complementary, as opposed to boldly in-your-face. Nice layers of chocolate, some roast, bourbon and oak, and a bit of vanilla push up against the added coffee element. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very nice, and definitely thicker than most of the other Eclipse variants I've tried.

A wonderful nightcap.

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Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 HopAttack3
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by leftyhyzer at NWI tasting

A - Dark coffee brown with lighter chocolate accents. Small mocha colored head

S - Dark chocolate, fudgy browny, light coffee, sweet cream, and a slight alcohol presence

T - Sweet vanilla, light cream, and coffee upfront. The finish is a slight bitter coffee presence. Coffee is really the main flavor throughout.

MF - Light body with an astringent finish from the coffee. A bit too thin for me

O - Solid coffee beer with good flavor throughout. There really isn't much barrel presence and it is a bit thin. This is a solid coffee stout but not worth the effort to track down one of these bottles.

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Photo of lambpasty
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, lavender wax capped, from bottle run numero 2 of 2013.

This beer pours a pretty convincingly solid black, with the slightest of basal cola edges, and one fat finger of bubbly, frothy, and ultimately creamy mocha head, which leaves some nice approaching storm system lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bitter espresso, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, dry hot cocoa mix, restrained roasted caramel malt, a subtle barrel character - more grainy wood than the usual caramel/vanilla/spice/booze scoreboard - and a bit of musty ashiness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter in its bearing - lightly toasted caramel malt, hard toffee, bittersweet cold coffee, a more aggressive Bourbon spicy grain and natural vanilla booziness, free radical chunky chocolate, and a dry ashy earthiness.

The carbonation is fairly involved in its edgy peppiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the alcohol seeping in a tad, which doesn't seem to affect the airy creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the coffee persists in the form of one of those hideous java house diabetes concoctions, and the cocoa, caramel, and whiskey-tinged booze round things out.

While the coffee essence here is indeed prominent, it's hardly overbearing - I've had worse (or better, depending on your outlook) in recent coffee porter examples. It's the tame, well-rounded accompanying imperial stout that gets me - seemingly simple, but really a dense palette of sweet and bitter, charred and alcoholic, no one note taking over, rather, they're all laudable for their strength among and despite each other. One of the better versions of the Eclipse series that I've yet tried, and that from an avowed java heretic.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of whatname
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. waxed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dark, dense black brew with no head. Lacing is layered, thick and patchy with good stick. Thick, oily legs too. Good looking beer.

Nose is big mocha, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. A touch of a lactose/cream undertone. Real rich, deep, and delicious. Pretty aromatic too. I like it.

Opens coffee, mocha and chocolate. Cocoa powder, fudge, leather and burnt malt in the middle. End is more coffee and cocoa. Aftertaste of molasses, leather, and mocha. Pretty straightforward but the coffee is big and bold here... something I don't always get out of coffee imperial stouts.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily, thick, and slick in the mouth and goes down smooth. Messy finish with a long, sticky, lingering finish. Great for the style.

I've been very impressed with the beers from the 50/50 Imperial Stout series and Coffee Eclipse is no exception. The flavors here are pretty straightforward but the coffee is big, bold and in your face. Feel is great as always and overall this one is just as advertised. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of woodchip
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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