Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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 +1.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of timmy2b
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage Lavender Wax. Pours a dark almost black color with a cloudy dark brown head. Light espresso, chocolate and a small amount of bourbon in the nose. Very smooth drinking beer with a light amount of all flavors. Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel, light amount of fruit and Bourbon. Not as heavy as I expected in the mouthfeel. Amazing drinking beer, price point is high, but I would drink this again and again!

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2015 vintage with lavender wax, poured into a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter glass. Enjoyed on 2.12.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, thinner texture as it pours with a khaki head, two fingers that has amazing retention and fantastic lace. The aroma is of acrid coffee roast, chocolate, sweet grains, oak, bourbon and linger stone fruits. The flavors have big coffee character, rich and roasty, light fruit acidity with intense chocolate flavor, charred oak, boozy bourbon and sweet vanilla. The flavors really make up for the weak and almost unpleasant nose, complex, rich and rewarding. The mouthfeel is good, coating with a medium body, higher than needed carbonation but with an easy and warming finish.

Verdict: A nice coffee version of Eclipse from FiftyFifty. Lightly roasty, good balance and very pleasantly complex. The body is typical of Eclipse, a bit thinner and more lively than necessary, but never a distraction. The nose on this beer is definitely subpar for the series, but on the whole, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of ccg
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage (lavender wax)
L: Pours with a finger of khaki foam. There is immediately noticeable lacing, and the head stays there for a long time, eventually fading into a nice layer of light-color bubbles.
S: The smell is a mellow mix bourbon and coffee with a hint of oak and chocolate and smoke. It reminds me of Big Bad Baptist.
T: Again, it is similar to Baptist, but much smoother and less bitter. At first there is a slightly metallic flavor on the finish, but at it warms and opens up, that gives way to a chocolatey sweetness.
F: The carbonation makes it a bit crisp on the tongue.
O: Quite good. The coffee is well integrated into the beer, although it does somewhat overpower the barrel character.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottle

Pours a deep black coffee colour with zero light penetration. 2 fingers of espresso crema coloured foamy head that settles to a thin lawyer around the rim.

Huge cold brewed coffee aroma, deep and rich and not acrid whatsoever, followed by dark cocoa powder, wet new leather. Round and smooth from the barrel aging.

Cold brewed sweet coffee, cocoa nibs, liqueur, and turbano sugar. Finishes with milk chocolate and slight hints of smoky wood.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BeerTheater
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 release. Very well done, if not for the wax and the price point i'd call this a grand slam. This beer shines in the taste dpt. Glad it's not a super sweet beer. However, maybe not the best barrel character being shown but all the other flavors are spot on and delicious. This is a very smooth beer. I love the coffee taste it carries and the stout flavors we all love. Roasty, chocolate and full bodied. It's great, and maybe they prefer to showcase the java before the barrel, but i'd prefer more barrel character and perhaps a thicker body. I'd drink this anytime.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get to drink this beer.

Pours jet black with a tight head with a hissing carbonation. Not much lacing, but still nice imo, head doesn't dissipate completely for 20 minutes or so.

Smells wonderful! Coffee, peanut butter and vanilla with some salty burnt wood and toffee sweetness. Very good aroma.

Flavors have a slight bite to them with some bourbon quality, coffee and burnt sugar mix in with a woody and toffee finish that's really fantastic.

Mouthfeel is slick and thick, not as chewy as I had hoped, but still great.

Great stout, price point is fucked though. I reviewed the beer though, not the msrp.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A tale of two beers...coming out of my cellar at 53-55 degrees I couldn't taste any coffee at all. Over the course of an hour and more, the coffee really began to assert itself and it became a completely different drinking experience for me. A very nice coffee stout but....the price point....UGH.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version. Opens with strong bourbon and coffee notes. However there is minimal coffee tatse and almost tastes like a normal bba stout. Two years of age has probably caused most of the coffee flavors to disappear so would be interested in trying a fresher version

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color into my snifter. A medium thick dark tan head on top. The nose is mostly very strong coffee with very little of the barrel aging coming through. The taste follows the nose a very strong harsh coffee taste with which the barrel aging seems lost in. The mouth feel is smooth. This is my least favorite of the Eclipse Stouts I have had. Surely not worth the price.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, reviewed fresh.

A - A little thin in the pour but really nice in the glass. Dark chocolate body with 2 fingers of tan head. Outstanding retention and ok lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Rich, bold cold brewed coffee with touches of almond, cream, French vanilla, and a hint of oak.

T - Lives up to the nose. Delicious, smooth medium roast coffee, touch of oak, chocolate liquor, cream, light caramel, and espresso.

M - Probably the weakest part of the beer, but still excellent. Light body for the style, but smooth and well balanced. Great staying power.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Beersnake1
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'13 vintage. Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Lots of head on a slow pour. Jet black in appearance - very nice.

Taste - very little coffee, but a lot of bitter notes. The barrel aging doesn't come through too much. Seems more like a typical imperial stout. Wasn't as impressed as I was hoping.

Overall, this isn't bad. However, not worth $30. I would definitely not buy this again.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark brown/black pour with minimal tan head. Can tell from the appearance that this one will be a bit thin. Smell is roasted sweet malt and cocoa powder, coffee hit in the back. Flavor is roast and bitterness right up front, fades into espresso punch with a light barrel hit at the end. Mouthfeel is relatively thin for the ABV, high carbonation makes this one add up to a crisper body than the style usually dictates. Overall a decent brew but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Victoria's Gastropub in Columbia. Shared with the wife. Pours black with no head, really. Aroma of spicy coffee, roast, light wood/oak. Flavor follows with a nice punch of strong coffee followed by a nice roasty backbone and sweet malts, with just a hint from the bourbon barrels in the backdrop. Feels a bit heftier than other Eclipse beers I've had, but still not especially rich. Pretty easy to drink, and overall pretty nice. Among the better in the series that I've had.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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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