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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews:
65
Ratings:
402
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
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93
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115
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa covered coffee bean flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that has a fantastic blend of cocoa and coffee qualities.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i anticipated a much more coffee heavy experience, this is actually rather relaxed on the coffee front, until it warms up in fact its almost hard to notice, but once it does, the coffee really expands out of it, especially in the finish, which carries no acidity at all and a great mix of earthy soil and charred bitterness, its really good stuff. a blend of some of the more interesting barreled editions of this, with what i remember from the elijah craig 12 being the most forward, that sweetness is there. not majorly bourbon heavy though, i get notes of dark chocolate dessert and vanilla crumble coffee cake, a nice mix of the light and dark sides here. the coffee is tough to pick out on the front end. only with temperature is it there, and even then only in the finish. nice burnt barley undertones and a lot of bourbon on it, its just layered and great. one thing i love the most is the texture, its not s thick or syrupy as others, and as such, drinks only as patiently as i choose. the honey is more subtle in this one than others, dryer too, but its still a very rich beer. this whole series is rather special, i wish i could afford to cellar a number of them, but the coffee in this one adds a layer that i love. bakers chocolate heavy though, woody, worthy of the nearly 30 bucks they fetch for this, and i don't often say that...

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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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Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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 place...coffee 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 Huhzubendah
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Oline73. Thanks Steve.

The beer appears dark brown with a thick tan head. The aroma brings a huge dose of coffee. Additional notes of roast and chocolate, but coffee takes center stage. Oak presence asserts itself much more in the flavor than in the aroma. A bit tannic with bold coffee. Very tasty. What a treat.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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 MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Very dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - A nice mix of coffee, honey, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, and semisweet chocolate. Base beer shines through more than some of the other Eclipses, and the coffee presence is restrained and more integrated into the flavor profile than some of the palate-raping coffee stouts I've tried.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of the Totality base's sweetness and honey, with coffee, oaky vanilla, and bourbon all working harmony to round out the flavor profile. The coffee lingers into the finish but avoids being overly bitter or astringent. No obvious alcohol.

M - Medium chewy body, pleasant moderate carbonation, roasty and tannic from the coffee, and a dryish finish. Really smooth, with well-concealed alcohol.

D - We had this side-by-side with BCS Coffee and this is a much more subtle beer. I love them both, but I think I could drink substantially more of this one in an evening thanks to the lower ABV and reduced palate fatigue. Hope Todd does this variant again some time.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of vfgccp
4.61/5  rDev +8%
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 HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/21/2012

Thanks to Arthur for this.

A: Black with a finger of frothy beige mass. Scattered lacing.

S: Nutty dark chocolate and subtle coffee. Delicious bourbon and vanilla notes. There's a little dark toffee in there accompanying earthy notes. Some coconut is present.

T: Firm bourbon presence with a nice vanilla profile blending with rich chocolate. Subtle but evident coffee with some nutty notes and a touch of earth. Light booze presence with lower medium bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. There's a light spiciness and I'm not sure where it's coming from. Strong licorice and molasses throughout.

M: Sticky, silky, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Full body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Arthur told me the coffee was fading fast on this and I believe him. It's subtle but still evident and a welcome addition. Stronger in the aroma than in the flavor. This is the best bottle of Eclipse I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -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 GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of two variants of this series I've tried. The EW was slightly better, but this was still incredibly enjoyable. Purchased at AJ's in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black color. Might be dark brown, but still very dark. Foamy, dark head forms, about one finger. Small amount of lacing but not much.

Smells great. Sweet coffee, slight bourbon.

Tastes amazing. Dark, roasty malt flavors intermingle with sweet coffee, mild oak and vanilla from the bourbon, and chocolate. The coffee, as I drink more of this beer, starts to give off a slight tartness that's almost fruity. The coffee beans used for this beer are very tasty. The bourbon flavors are mild, since it's a blended BA beer.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation.

A great treatment of Eclipse. I'm not sure if any beer is worth the money for this series, but very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 lavender waxed bomber Bottle run #2 poured into tulip, 24/12/13

A black liquid with deep cola edge, enough clarity to see some bubbles going up the side and they feed a fast falling three finger mocha foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S lots of chocolate and coffee, faint woody bourbon barrel, chocolate milk, coco powder, more coffee grinds and some sweetener and just a little booze

T like the nose but more of everything, the barrels still faint but I get more then the nose, coffees ramped up a couple notches to espresso levels, chocolate comes out as fudge, if you don't like coffee stay away from this one, luckily I'm an addict and I'm loving this stuff, think dark chocolate covered dark roasted coffee beans

M medium- full, not as thick as you might guess by looking at it, bubbles cream it up a little, a little heat and heavy amounts of coffee grinds and char on the finish, I'll be tasting this one for a while

O much like the Evan Williams I had the other day I'm having a hard time believing this is this is nearly 12%, great beer if your a coffee lover because its rather intense, I'm digging the flavor the most

I'm getting perked up by caffeine and downed by booze at the same time, kinda feels weird but I'll get by. great beer with massive coffee notes perfect for the java junkie like me

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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 cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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 maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to hefman for kicking me this bottle, which I’ve been lusting after for quite some time. This is the first year I haven’t ordered a bunch of Eclipse & I might regret it. We’ll see. 22 oz. bottle split with my coffee loving wife.

The pour is full Eclipse black with a healthy, hard head for a big brew. Smells like a big, strong, sweet pot of coffee. Beer? Perhaps. Is sweet a beer?

Java Eclipse is making happy in my frontal cranial orifice. Wow. A gorgeous bouquet of java or bean or coffee or whatever hits the palate like a ton of Juan Valdez. But before the coffee machine hits Folgers levels, the sweet malts intervene, & the bourbon rears its head & cries out with a joyful noise. Mid-palate brings a few subtleties, a soft acorn or two, mild bitterness, vanilla, faint chocolate. The end lists into eternity & beyond with the barrel & the java mingling beautifully. Creamy, thicker than the regular Eclipse lineup. I could have easily taken the entire bottle, but would have needed to do so in secret, or face the Wrath of Wife.

This kind of brew is what gives coffee beers a good name. The lineage is good, the look is good, the beer is better than good. The world would be a better place with more beers like this one; excellent, & knocking on the steel door of elite.

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Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev -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 rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Some coffee, was expecting more, chocolate, roasted malt some oak and sugar as well.

T- Starts with coffee, like the nose I was expecting more, nice blend of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Good balanced, but I like a real dominating coffee. Oak and roasted malt as well.

M-Medium in body, almost watery not much carbonation.

O-A good beer, maybe not worth the price tag. Still wish that there would have been more coffee.

Edit: Much better super fresh

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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 scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle consumed Dec 2012. Thanks Chad.

A: Normal eclipse look (raisin to near black with a small head). Looks fairly thick and delicious. Spotty lace.
S: Rich coffee beans and dark chocolate fill my nose. One of the more potent smelling coffee beers I've had, probably due to its freshness. I detect hints of vanilla mixed in with the coffee ground scent as well.
T: Big chocolate fudge sickle taste mixed with super rich and extremely bitter coffee grounds. One of the more richer and smoother of the Eclipse treatments. Vanilla comes through more as toasted marshmallow along with flavors of oak, raisins and buttery EC 12. The bourbon is not strong, but its balancing, smoothing, presence is felt. The aftertaste is very bitter and lingers with chocolate and coffee long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body but a medium-thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is normal. Could be slightly thicker but this beer is very smooth and creamy and drinks very well. No warming alcohol detected.
O: Drinks like a rich coffee stout. Bourbon doesn't stand out but where it lacks the coffee steps in. One of the more flavorful, unique, and delicious Eclipses made yet.

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Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1, 2013. 11.9%

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, dense medium/dark brown head. Top notch head retention with a very, very slowly fading head. Thick, heavy and continuous lacing. The 50/50 IE versions have some of the best appearances of any beer, IMO.

S: Pure roasted coffee beans. Wow, great coffee aroma, clearly high quality. There's some chocolate, giving it somewhat of a mocha character. Not really getting any bourbon, maybe just in the alcohol sting when swirled. Absolutely mouth watering.

T: Ahh there's the bourbon. Initially it is a very bourbon-coffee flavor. It tastes like coffee that someone spiked with bourbon, that's the best way I can describe it. Caramel, toffee and lots of oak combined with the mildly bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. Great roasted coffee beans and chocolate from start to finish. Aftertaste is some bourbon and oak and coffee (what else?). Lingering coffee beans for a lonnng time between sips. No real sign of booze despite the big ABV.

M: Quite heavy, noticeably more so than the other variants (9.5% vs 11.9%). Bourbon isn't as strong as the other variants as well, so it doesn't cut the sweetness or thickness quite as well.

O: Pretty seriously good brew. Bourbon is not nearly as hot as in many of the other variants, it's either weaker or the coffee is overshadowing it. It's a nice layer of complexity but not the star of the show like the other variants. The coffee steals the spotlight in this one. Very tasty brew. One of my favorite variants but it's quite different than the rest at the same time.

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Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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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