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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/ all Eclipse bottles. Scent is boozy. Spicy, along with booze and dark chocolate. Sweet vanilla with some lovely chocolate chip cookie aromas...especially as it warms. Almost fudge-like. Taste is more boozy than the aroma implies. Spicy, cinnamon-like bourbon, with little wheat character. Boozy cherry and chocolate...more booze. This one is pretty hot. Taste is not getting any cooler. Hot booze with fudge and sweet bourbon. Some maple syrup and cinnamon. A little harsh compared to the other version. Mouthfeel is good...medium bodied, somewhat syrupy ad boozy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, one of the most interesting variants of Eclipse. Not the best.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. BR-3, Vintage 2012.

Very little head is produced on the pour, what does manage to form is a thin pencil head that dissolves quickly to a 1-2mm pencil thin collar. Head was a light tan mocha. Body color is a very dark walnut brown to black, quite hard to see through, otherwise looks alright, but not a giant wow looking brew.

Nose hits with caramel and salted peanuts up front. In the back some of the honey sweetness comes out, hinting even at floral sensations. A little bit of silky chocolate, with downplayed roast quality. Really nice smelling brew.

Palate brings a real unique experience. Real nice hit of honey sweetness upfront, matching a nice smooth and silky texture. Caramel whiskey sense hits in the mid palate, with malts and roasty character, with the finish concluding with a real nice whiskey sting. The most noticeable thing after the finish is a big black licorice component, that just lingers forever and nicely with a chewy property. The licorice slowly takes over and dominates, removing some of the caramel whiskey and chocolate first impressions, but the malt character starts to open up while sipping on the brew. There might even be some hop like bitterness in the finish, which matches well with the licorice.

Overall I am real impressed with this one, it's also quite unique. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, bottle number BR1 2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin tan bead, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Has a nice aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

T- Nice blend of chocolate fudge and dry, woody whiskey. Has some sweet flavors of molasses, vanilla and bourbon, as well as some roasty coffee and grain flavors.

M- Full-bodied, has a rich, creamy feel with a very dry, roasty finish.

O- A very tasty beer, has a lot of the great chocolatey malt and bourbon flavors that make the Eclipse series so great.

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Photo of inlimbo77
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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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: not sure where I got the bottle from.

Man, this bottle was filled to the brim. I've never seen a bottle with no headspace like this. Poured into an Eclipse snifter (second version, upraised barrel logo) at cellar temperature. Pitch black with a controlled cap of tan head that sank to a wispy layer / thick ringlet, leaving webs of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, sweet chocolate, vanilla and whiskey, nice note of coconut in there too. Taste was very nice up front, lots of whiskey, but quite smooth and mellowed out in terms of heat, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut; mid-palate brought in more of an oaky profile, roasty bitterness, and some leafiness, which remained into the finish. Body was medium-full, mouthfeel was again smooth up front, but thinned out a little in the finish. Moderate carbonation, low heat for a big beer. Enjoyable overall, with the aroma being the best aspect.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
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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Photo of maximum12
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I waited over 24 hours after my box of Eclipse landed to break open the first one; I believe that shows admirable restraint. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour of FiftyFifty Brewing Co & Wax Museum is standard dark of the moon, & always lively for a bigger stout. Nose takes a compass to find: bit of wheatiness, barrel, sweet malts. Not far off standard.

Eclipse Bernheim Wheat Whiskey blazes a new trail for the Eclipse series; this isn't the barrel-heavy stout of past variants. The whiskey barrel is fairly subtle, & the base stout of chocolate & sweet malt comes on strong. Alcohol is far more present that in the past & warms several body cavities. Very grainy, roast arrives late. There's an aftertaste I can't put words too, but it's vaguely wheaty - I'm going to assume that's the Bernheim. Lowest point on the beer is the m'feel, the distinctiveness of the whiskey leaves a thin taste to the beer. Never felt that way about another Eclipse. Disappearing quickly. Very quickly. Eyeing my wife's half.

This grew on me quickly, from "Eh, huh" to constant lip-smacking (my dear wife pointed that out). Unique barrel makes this a truly unique experience, for which points are always awarded. Another excellent Eclipse variant.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-12-24 in Columbia, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger head from an aggressive pour. Medium lacing.

S - Whiskey aromas of coconut, vanilla. Since this is aged in a wheat whiskey barrel, it doesn't have the traditional bourbon barrel aroma, which is nice for a change. This is more mellow. There's some medium roasted grain and a whiff of chocolate. Very pleasant.

T - Oh my. Like sipping irish coffee and eating a fudge brownie with honey and molasses icing, coconut sprinkles and wheat whiskey-soaked cherries on top. It's not too sweet and is well-balanced with some char roast and bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Silky smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this one. The use of the Bernheim Wheat Whiskey barrels really works. Almost as good as Founders KBS.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a 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, wood, and whiskey. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is strong but quite tasty.

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Photo of bootlegger1929
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter.

Looks black and pours thick. Not much head but still decent carbonation throughout the drink.

Smells fantastic. Best part about this brew. Not much alcohol on the nose which is great and there's notes of chocolate and toffee along with whiskey and vanilla. Again. Great. As balanced as a barrel aged stout can be.

Taste follows the nose. Alcohol comes out more as it warms. Also has a very warming feel in the belly. Lots of chocolate/toffee/Caramel notes in the taste. Awesome.

Drank really well when a little colder. Thick and coating. Thinned out as it warmed. Not a lot of carbonation but worked well for the style.

Overall great. What I would expect from this series after those that I had last year. Have 5 more variants right now that I can't wait to break out over the next few months.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second straight night of Eclipse.

Pours a black/dirty brown colored ale with a nice beige head. Minimal lacing if any.

The smell is a great whiskey/chocolate hybrid. Slight burning of the nostrils when breathed (sp?) in deep. Some dark fruits as well. Cocoa. Fudge. Alcohol.

The taste is great! Just the right amount of warm booze swirled into the stout. Chocolate fudge with a dose of whiskey. Reminds me of those booze filled chocolates. As it warms (as expected) the alcohol definitely comes out to play. It does overpower what's happening in this session, but not offensively.

The only drawback is the mouthfeel. Too thin for all that's going on here. If FiftyFifty could somehow make this a tad thicker, this would rule!

Overall I really liked this. It blew the Rebel Yell variant away. The quality of the whiskey may have made the difference. It is blended great...props to the brewmaster. I say drink this now as aging may only bring this beautiful brew down.

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Photo of PerHops
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one looks like you'd expect. Very dark if not jet black with a thin tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S- Surprisingly less boozy than I expected. Thought this one would be abrasive, actually smells great!

T- Follows nose in that there is very little if any alcohol noticable. Tons of caramel, a little vanilla, chocolate, tiny bit of coffee on finish.

M- Drinks very well. Heavy on the tongue but enough carbonation to keep it lively,

O- This was much better than I expected. I'm going to grab another one for sure!

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