Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
BA SCORE
4.14/5
128 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
128
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
45
Trade:
4
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

2012 vintage (in case future vintages are made). You'd better believe I made some Macbeth/Birnam Wood jokes whilst drinking this... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a half-finger or so of tan foam. The nose is mostly filled with whiskey and oak, though some mild roasted-malt and dark-chocolate notes come through as well. The taste brings in more of the same, with the whiskey yet again dominating the proceedings. At least it seems like good whiskey... The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively watery feel. Overall, a pretty good barrel-aged stout, but one that, like its brothers, suffers from a lack of strength-of-base-beer and thinness.

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3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this open yesterday at Ale Arsenal in San Carlos, CA. Apparently a 4 year old bottle? Anyhow - this unfortunately was the worst eclipse I've had. Look was standard, very dark cola appearance. Nose was pretty nice, understated oak, really really faint whiskey, dark chocolate, caramel, some coconut notes. Taste: Jeez, this was waaaay waaaay too sweet! The sweetness was overpowering and I struggled to finish my glass. My co-workers couldn't finish theirs due to this. Also, no barrel presence. Maybe extremely faint, but you shouldn't have to look that hard for a barrel presence in a $30 bottle. Dark fruit, sweet chocolate candy, caramel, sweet coconut. Overall taste wasn't bad or anything, it's just that there was nothing to offset the sweetness. No oak, no char, no whiskey, no bitterness, no nothing. Just like pouring brown sugar down your throat. Feel: Fairly thin, but generally that's what's expected of eclipse. Overall: happy to try, but for sure a big letdown. Here's hoping that my '15 High West Bourbon eclipse is much better!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Eclipse Bernheim, bottle purchased at Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia for thirty dollars and consumed on August 23 2015.

As with most Eclipse beers, the painfully thin mouthfeel ruins it for me. When I drink a big, expensive, vintage beer like this, I expect a big boozy body and outrageousness. Drinkability is high, but there is no excuse for the weak profile.

The nose is spectacular, though, with intense barrel notes, wood and that sharp-and-sweet, bready aroma of the wheat. Better as it warms up, honey aromas, age.

Too bad the rest of the beer refuses to follow that beautiful nose.

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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage shared with some friends.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel, spices and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, lots of ethanol and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty alcohol lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This one while tasty seemed to be the least integrated flavor wise and had quite a harsh alcohol presence.

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, some lace. Honeyish, smooth. More coconut from the wood dominating the taste. Nicer than the bottles in the series I have had before. Mild roasty and whiskey aromas.Perhaps not as complex as any other excellent imperial stouts. Good drinkability.Bottle from Premier, split with Liam.

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3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 2012 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours pitch black. Maybe some reddish hues around the edges of the glass. Thin layer of light tan soapy head. This faded more quickly than on the Mellow Corn version I recently drank. Leaves some sticky lacing bits, but not a ton.

S: Good amount of toffee and caramel. Chocolate goodness. Basically pulling more of the base stout then the barrel, even with those nice toffee aromas. Wheat whiskey notes? I guess it's more mellow.

T: Really pulling a good base stout character. The barrel is giving some added flavor, but it strangely blends well. I like this more than Mellow Corn, which I thought was extremely pronounced booze. On the finish you do get a touch of booze warmth. It's certainly mellow though.

M: Full bodied. Creamy.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 - Bourbon, sugars, chocolate, vanilla. Eclipse aroma blah blah.

Taste - I think this is the 12th and final variant of the day. It either tastes just like the blends or I can no longer distinguish the flavors. Hefty bourbon, but indistinct. Sharpness from the whiskey isn't quite like the other single barrel variants. Chocolate and vanilla. Sweet.

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

Overall - My palate is so fatigued by these beers. Tough to tell if doing all 12 bottles at once was a great idea or a terrible idea.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. "Beige" wax that can look white (like EC20) in certain lighting. Big thanks to anotherjoe for this. My bottle has the word "Reserve" written above the bottle no. box, whatever that means. 2012 vintage, BR/1.

4.0 A: Black color. Super aggressive pour yielded only one finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is decent given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Robust wheat whiskey nose. Leathery with strong wheat, coconut, melon, and a touch of spiciness. Roasted barley and lots of chocolate from the base beer. Notes of vanilla and oak. Booze is held well in check. This has a great nose. Easily one of the best from 2012.

4.0 T: Taste is nearly as potent as the nose, despite the base beer not having legs to stand on (at least not after being barrel aged). Leather, wheat, coconut, more wheat, light fruits, spice, and earthiness from the barrel along with vanilla and oak. Chocolate and a light roast from the base. Quite delectable.

3.5 M: While it still isn't thick enough for my liking, this one is a bit thicker than the other ones, though still just a heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and super smooth with a light tannic finish.

4.0 D: I'm not quite ready to start using the new 0.25 score increments, so this gets a 4.0. One of the better Eclipses, especially if you like the taste of wheat.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle is 3 years old at the time of opening. Poured into a matching eclipse snifter. Its black in color with a mocha head.

Smells sweet with chocolate, mild vanilla, caramel and coconut. A faint mineral element and char then boozy bourbon.

Tastes bitter with char and coffee earthiness. Mild fruity alcohol tingle. Some layers of sweetness and caramelized sugars to contrast the earthy char.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Nice stuff, very easy to approach and goes down a little too easy in comparison to other eclipse varetals.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brownish almost black color with minimal head. The head forms after some swirls to about 0.25 inches and its a nice solid tan/orange color. Very dense and frothy actually. VEry nice looking brew.

Aroma starts off with delicious fudgey chocolate notes. Notes of chocolate cake and milk cocoa powder. Nice mild vanilla spice and sweetness form the barrel are notes. Deep rich caramel notes with some mild underlain dark chocolate bitterness and slight coffee roast can be perceived. There is also a nice undercurrent of dark fruits. Prunes, raisins and dates.

Flavor starts off with boozy caramel sweetness. The barrel is more pervasive in the taste than in the nose. Notes of dark fruit follow the boozy sweetness and are richer and more pronounced and blend very well with vanilla and woody bourbon notes. There is a slight boozy burn that rises above near the middle of the beer. This is perceived right before some nice chocolatey fudge notes warps up the initial fruit and caramel sweetness. The finish has some nice grainy and slightly roasted coffee notes that gives the brew some balance. Carbonation is low and body is rich and medium-heavy.

Overall. Much improved from the Rebel Yell version. Nice bourbon barrel sweetness with caramel and vanilla notes a plenty. There is also a yummy mix of chocolate and notes of dark fruits with this brew.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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