Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
BA SCORE
98.1%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 431 ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee
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:
#682
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
431
Liked:
423
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
6.96%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
119
Trade:
17
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.05/5  rDev -6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | 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: 98.1% out of 100 with 431 ratings
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