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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#687
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
436
pDev:
6.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
117
Trade:
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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As its reputation precedes it, the Eclipse series sat down in 2013 with rye whisky, bourbon and coffee for a medley of tastes that's become quite legendary even before the first sip.

FiftyFifty's Java Coffee Eclipse Stout pours a very dark garnet, nearly black and crowned wit a dainty skirt of creme. Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee and spicy booze tease the nose while nuances of coconut, caramel and charred oak play modestly underneath. Its rich taste is nutty, toffee-like and showing hints of molasses, honey and sorghum.

As the flavors move along, the sweetness begins to slowly waver and the barrel and coffee character begins to take command of taste. Coffee brings its soilish earthen character to the middle palate. Scorched earth leads to a gritty barrel char with light campfire, alcohol spice and bold oaken tannins. Broadly bitter with woodsiness, coffee and rye husk. Still a underlayment of honey sweetness remains for balance and complexity.

Full bodied and rich on the late palate, the beer's whisky spice, oak tannin and slightly astringent coffee grounds gives the beer an ease in drinkability but also a slight distraction in taste and powder fine texture. A long and roasty taste rolls into the aftertaste with peppercorn and smoldering embers.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate with bourbon kick. Not to mention the coconut hints. This stout warms the palette and the throat and the belly. This felt like a curling up next to a fire.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a snifter.
Pours near jet black with very minimal dark caramel colored head.
Aromas are a lot of roasted coffee, roasted malt and light levels of bourbon.
Flavors are really nice and the bourbon isn't terribly prominent. Nicely balanced with chocolate, coffee, bourbon.
Mouthfeel was good but Id like a touch thicker here.
Overall, delicious beer. Way too expensive for what it is though.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rkarimi
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark lush brown close to black color. Light film of a head appears and sticks and then slides down into the beer. The smell starts off with a dry coffee bean to dry cocoa bean, somewhat roasty, somewhat sweet. Some honey does come out as it warms. The taste was moderately sweet with a light sticky cocoa aftertaste and mildly sweet to roasty sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body (guessing that’s because of the age, not sure where my roommate kept this). Carbonation is subdued, once again, I’m guessing due to the age. Somewhat sticky but not cloying. Overall, for a Double/Imperial Stout, awesome. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiburon
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Among the best ever coffee stout bombs that I have ever had. I was skeptical because it is aged in oak barrels, but very little oak on my palate. Very mild bitter taste, which I was not offended by.

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Photo of rab53
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #2800, might as well make a gem of a beer part of this.

This beer has went through some relatively minor tweakings over the years. Different barrels, different (albeit substantially similar, just bigger) base. Different coffee? I don't know. But damn if that Myra girl from the coffee place in Reno isn't the finest thing I've ever come across, something about that name too, there's a beautiful one I work with as well.

Anyways, great mixture of bourbon, coffee, oak, roast going on here. I have to admit, there is quite a bit of variety in the bottles. Sometimes its like there is almost no coffee at all. Sometimes its the greatest coffee beer of all time. Its never bad, just the coffee is hit or miss is what I'm saying. Just the right amount of carbonation and body.

Expensive though.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured a deep brownish black. Tons of carbonation even with sitting for a bit. Wow, nose right off the bat is impressive. Tons of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and earth. Really surprised by the aroma considering the age on bottle. Taste is right in line with aroma, honey on the finish. Mouthfeel is the only down I have, very much on the thin side. Overall really impressed with this offering and how well the coffee and bourbon held.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer was jet black with a mocha colored head.

Smell - There was a nice coffee nose that betrayed a certain level of sweetness.

Taste - Chocolate, honey, and dark coffee were all in the mix. The chocolate is slightly bitter, but so good.

Mouthfeel- The beer was smooth with an almost creamy milk stout texture.

Overall- Its not my favorite Eclipse stout, but it is very solid.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of epyon396
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 436 ratings
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