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 Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of john0721
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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 -12.4%
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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Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shilt for the share.

Dark black pour with a small tan head that retained as a ringlet; some oily streaks left on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee overshadowing the bourbon. I actually think the coffee detracted from the taste in this beer, in that it clashed a bit with the bourbon. Fairly roasty taste, between the dark malts and the coffee, with a bit of astringency coming from the latter, bourbon and oak, notes of cocoa and vanilla bean. Body was on the heavier side of medium, carbonation was low, mouthfeel could've been smoother. My verdict remains in didn't help this beer. It didn't kill it, it was still good, but probably my least favorite of the varieties.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #38, 2012 vintage, signed by Todd, and sent my way as an extra. Thanks, Chris,

The standard Eclipse pour, this beer is a very dark brown/black with a thin, brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The nose really brings to mind Vietnamese coffee, especially the way the coffee and the base beer sweetness (especially the caramel) blend. A moderate bourbon presence is felt, rather simple in character with rye whiskey(?), vanilla and a little coconut. Alcohol is well-hidden. What makes this beer stand out in the Eclipse pantheon is how the focus isn't wholly on the sweeter notes - the coffee really does add an interesting twist, moreso than I would have imagined.

The palate opens with a blend of coffee (starting to fade, I think) and base Eclipse. The coffee is mellow, a medium to mild roast, with some fruit and a moderate acidity. The acidity does clash with the sweetness, though, especially in combination with the bourbon. The blend of flavors does make me think of a tootsie roll, one with a touch of cola-like spice. The base Eclipse is enjoyable as always. Coconut, vanilla and a touch of booze (which further clashes with the more delicate coffee character). The bourbon is spicier than most Eclipses, making me wonder if the base here was a rye whiskey. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is boozy with a mild coffee character, along with a touch of fruit and vanilla. Quite yummy, recommended.

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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 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 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 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 hops202
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 22Oz Bottle run # 2 - Poured into stone snifter

A - black with one finger head - seems thin

S - strong coffee, lots of chocolate. Barrel notes barely there.

T - still lots of coffee and chocolate. Quite tasty but lacking the bourbon barrel finish.

M - medium - leaves you wanting more

O - Great bourbon barrel coffee stout, but other 50/50 variants are far better. Not even close to BCBS Coffee.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Subtler bourbon flavor. The coffee is very raw. Not a strong coffee aroma. "Green"coffee aroma.

Taste - Coffee is sharp but green again. Sharper than the bourbon. The bourbon is smooth and flavorful, but subtle. Dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon lingers and sweetness isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish. Bitterness from the coffee.

Overall - The coffee doesn't really add any more than it detracts from the barrel flavor. I didn't have to trade through the roof for this one, thankfully.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white/light tan head. The smell is the best part of this beer. Smooth, fresh coffee hits the nose hard, it's very nice. I'm also getting mild bourbon, dark fruit, and some caramel. The taste was a bit of a let down after smelling this beer. It was a good coffee stout and I enjoyed it, but I can't say I thought it lived up to the hype. There was a touch of bitterness in the finish. The bourbon was there, but I would have liked it to be a bit stronger. This was more of a refined coffee stout than I expected. I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense beige head that left a nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of ground coffee. Nice woody bark like coffee scent. There is some light chocolate notes. Perhaps some hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is big on coffee and roasted barley. Slightly bitter from the roast but fairly smooth considering. Again light chocolate and cocoa notes. Some torched caramel sweetness.

The feel is well bodied. Sweet notes hit off to start but is quickly balanced by the roast and coffee bitterness. A touch sticky in the finish.

Very good coffee stout. Oatmeal would be a good addition to smooth out the flavor.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2013
Mini snifter

A: Pours deep brown leading to black. Get a touch of head. Faint tan. Some alcohol feet. Lot a lot of lacing.

S: Coffee grounds. Some light chocolate notes. Initially I thought this want barrel aged at all because we didn't get a lot of barrel notes. Vanilla mixing in with the dark chocolate and coffee. Mocha.

T: Bitter cocoa and coffee. Not espresso. Tastes good. No barrel on the palate aside from the vanilla that I smelled and tasted.

M: Full bodied.

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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 stakem
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scores for this review based on the "party bottle" 2012 with swirled wax: Bomber poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan film resting across the top. Some brown clarity is noted around the edges of the glass when held to the light.

The aroma opens up like your typical eclipse offering without the coffee really being all that bold. As it warms up and breathes it becomes more noticeable and integrated with an earty and roasty feel with a little citrus quality as well. A littke raisony with chocolate towards the back. The coffee really comes out once it gets warm.

The taste is of boozy alcohol. Some roast gets progressively earthen with a citrus-like coffee bean bite. A long roasted aftertaste with a solvent alcohol burn. The coffee while enjoyable in the aroma is a bit lost in the flavor profile. I realize this is a year old coffee beer, but I would have liked to seen the flavor aspect hold up as well as the nose.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A pleasatly roasty and delicious brew with subtle enough coffee nuance ro be enjoyable and slightly different from the rest of the eclipse lineup. The nose was unfortunately the best aspect of this beer. I wouldnt mind killing a new bottle of this when the java version is releases this year.


12/18/13 update:
The new 2013 version has wax that looks like the purple Elijah 12 but faded and with sparkles in the wax. The biggest difference between these years is that the fresh batch has a huge roasted coffee aroma that totally dominates with a slight roasty grain presence. It smells absolutely fantastic. The taste is slightly acrid, burnt and filled with solvent alcohol. The neutral alcohol flavor fills most of the flavor profile. The coffee is sadly lacking in flavor and only reveals itself in the aftertaste with a bit of stale or spent coffee flavor and a hint of citrus. If re-rating this, I would drop my score down in the 3.8 realm for the newest batch. The barrel aging of this blend is lost and the flavor isnt that great. It feels more like a totality variation that an eclipse variation.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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 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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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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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Lavender Pearl wax bottle run No. 1 Vintage 2014.

Out of the bottle comes out with mahogany classic brown, but a little thin looking. Fills the glass with a classic dark walnut brown, nearly black with not much head creation. Nice simple tan thin bubbles, but barely a finger of head but dissolves to a nice collar and a leopard like lacing along the edges in spots. A bit of a filmy top. Not one of the better looking Fifty Fifty Eclipse brews I've had.

Jesus this aroma is truly perfection. Wonderful piping coffee and charing roasted malts. Excellent fruity tones coming off of this which really smells like blueberry. Dark bitter chocolate notes and a small bit of heat, the perfect warmth of boozy character that doesn't smell overly strong. Some hints of leafy tobacco notes also. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced, one of the best smelling coffee stouts I've had to date.

Palate comes nicely, but is let down by a surprisingly weak body that doesn't even hit of barrel aging round character. A bit thin and wet mouthfeel, doesn't make the palate last or coat, but the flavors are at least there and big. Big charring roast on first sip, with piping warm coffee to match. Much of the fruit character really opens up in the mid palate, cherry, blueberry and some light tannic wood character, almost sawdust tasting. The finish though is a bit bitter forward and dominates, but easily tolerable, with a good amount of roast bitterness which is quite accentuating a tobacco menthol and seemingly hop character. It dominates and then lets all the other tones and flavors disappear.

Overall this seemed like it would be gangbusters but even being let down it's still a solid brew. That aroma is just gangbusters though.

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