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#192 ranked American Imperial Stout | 11.90% ABV

FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Notes: Fall availibility. 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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95
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Reviews by TheCuriograph:
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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just getting into this series, and I've yet to be disappointed. Went into the Java (2012) with unreasonably high expectations:

A - Monolithic black, with a surprisingly full tan head.

S - Vanilla, hazelhut, espresso and massive baker's chocolate, with notes of black cherry, pipe tobacco and toasted coconut. Each swirl conjures fresh pipesmoke and molasses.

T - All of the above, but accented with some fruit - fig and blackberry preserves - and something like peanut butter. The taste is more like dark chocolate mousse than coffee (though admittedly the coffee might have faded with time).

M - Heavy, sticky and hot on the tongue.

This is what I'm talking about. I wouldn't mind taking up permanent residence in this bottle. Not to speak ill of everyone's favorite coffee stout, but I'd take Eclipse Java over BCBCS any day of the week.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 johnInLA
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JSBILK
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Whatup14
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bomber split into seven glasses for Stoutfest III. Black body identical in appearance to the Four Roses and Evan Williams versions. Good head retention and nice blankets of lace.

S- Fair Bourbon presence but more wood and peppery whiskey feel than the other versions mentioned in the appearance. Fairly strong coffee presence above the roasted malts and oak barrel feel.

T- Coffee truly opens up here and differentiates this from the other Eclipse versions we have tasted so far. Bitter coffee grounds and fresh medium roast coffee above the bourbon and decent roast malt base. Cocoa, peppery whiskey, fresh toast oak and slight vanilla.

MF- Medium thick body like the other variants lacking a bit of creaminess it could certainly use. Carbonation at a medium level with a roast bitterness in the finish. Slight warming on the palate.

The coffee stands out quite a bit and adds an aspect that the Evan Williams and Four Roses were missing, they both lacked a base but had great whiskey flavors. Fresh roast coffee lingers on the palate, especially in the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Bagman007
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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