Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
144
From:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  17
Gots
  47
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey
Notes: The wax color for this bottle is "metallic gold".
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like thin oil or thick coffee. It sits in the glass a chocolaty black with a nice little scrim of bubbles that initially made a head above the beer. The head/scrim is a creamy yellow color with khaki hints and is made of nano bubbles that make a smooth and creamy appearance as they pack together. Lacing from the beer is slick, and the legs are light but definitely apparent on the glass. On the nose, this beer is all about the whiskey. Big, bristling and sweet alcohol rush the nose bringing hints of corn alcohol, and sticky corn syrup. This is a phenomenal whiskey-scented beer; it is fresh and snappy on the nose. Beneath the whiskey sits gentle caramel roast alongside tropical coconut, and some slight dark raisin notes. My girlfriend picks up hints of salted caramel as well. On the tongue, the beer tastes hot in alcohol with sticky sweetness coming from the malt and the whiskey mingling. The finish of the beer is dry however, leaving a light bite of acid in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as spicy alcohol with hints of coconut. The coconut eventually folds out on the tongue into sweet corn whiskey with touches of tannic oak that works to dry the cloying sweet whiskey flavor. Malt plays second fiddle in this beer, lacing a light caramel undertone to the beer and appearing as a mellow candied caramel in the aftertaste. The finish runs hot with cloying whiskey and a touch of coconut and tannic oak. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body with a very soft carbonation. The beer feels smooth and velvety, showing a little of the honey as it caresses the tongue. It bites a little on the tip of the tongue as the beer finishes, which cuts back on the softness of this beer, but it still is quite a soft beer. Overall, this is a hugely whiskey-heavy beer, but it tastes great because of it. My bottle was several months old but the whiskey was still hot as ever on the tongue, and provided a nicely complex flavor for me to ponder. It was a little too hot in alcohol for what I normally like in a barrel-aged stout, but it was still very good to sip on and very tasty. The beer was also gigantically pricey, but my girlfriend is amazing and bought it for me and I thank her greatly. A beer worthy of a try, though I don’t think I will get it again; this is a great beer to split among friends.

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Curiosity got the best of me on this bottle...

A- Well, looks like the others, black, obviously light body

S- This is where we get disappointment relative to the other two. This just kind of smells like harsh grain alcohol at first...and some roastiness in the background...nothing really all that appealing.

T- taste is better, initially more Stout dominant, some coffee and roasted malt, but then it finishes just....awkward, you can "taste" the grain alcohol heat, but doesn't come off as a burn...its interesting, but not in a positive manner, more in a simple "how'd they do that??" but not enough to save this.

M- yeah, the thin mouthfeel just lets that weird grain alcohol in your mouth and nothing else.

O- eh, least favorite so far.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 144 ratings