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).

Added by DarthKostrizer on 12-07-2012

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3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lacks anything resembling a decent mouth feel.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I find the Eclipse lineup to be perennially mediocre, and this was no exception. Pours out thin and pretty see-through. Smell is very muted. I almost smelled nothing. Had to bring the nose almost into the beer. I picked up some very bitter coffee. Not much else. Taste was like a thin stout, mixed with a cheap cup of coffee. Very bitter coffee finish. It got a bit better as it warmed, but it was nothing special.

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3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3.32/5: Weirdly vegetal and imbalanced; good drinkability doesn't save it from its extravagant price

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Fairly thin coming out of the bottle with quite a bit of light coming through. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, oak, whiskey and metallic nails. Different, but intriguing. Taste is sweet, but balanced. Strength of the coffee remains and combines with the barrel character. Cocoa powder, lots of earthy wood and a touch of dark fruits. Body is slightly more full than expected, low carbonation, and extremely rich. Fair amount of heat from the alcohol.
I really like the balance, but it lacks the depth of some flavors (vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, etc) that I prefer in the style. Crazy rich. Good, not great.

$30 for bomber

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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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 ChestSplitter
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber; the dude at the beer store I was at was recommending all of these Eclipse Stouts; I went ahead and dropped the coin for this one.
Pours opaque near-black. What you'd expect from a big ol' stout.
Smells wonderful, but the bourbon smell dominates the coffee smell; this is NOT like smelling a coffee porter or Breakfast Stout.
Tastes like bourbon more than anything else. This is, I guess, what happens when you take a nice beer and put it in bourbon barrels for a while. There are enough hints of coffee and chocolate, but barely. The dominant thing here is bourbon.
Mouthfeel is thick, just a big beer all the way around.
Overall, if you like barrel-aged stouts and the bourbon-forward character that results from that process, then you would be hard-pressed to do better than this. My own rating here is subjective, and beers like this remind me of why I prefer non-barrel-aged stouts.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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