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

Photo of Tiburon
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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 +3.7%
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 +1.9%
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 dwagner003
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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Photo of epyon396
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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 abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochraneg
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of RyeSoSerious
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SomethingClever
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +4.4%
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 teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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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