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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn 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:
The wax color for this bottle is "metallic gold".

Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
50
For Trade:
5
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. 2012 vintage, bottle no: BR/1 2012 is written on the bottom left of the bottle.

Pours a dark, viscous, opaque color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing is present on the glass throughout. Looks to be about 55 degrees SRM.

Smells of whiskey, roasted malt, vanilla notes, caramel. There's an awesome nose on this brew. A lot of whiskey character along with the sweetness of the black malts.

Tastes of sweet whiskey, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, coffee, and fig. Awesome flavor! You get the whiskey notes up front with a dry finish. Definitely a well rounded brew that benefits from aging. Can't wait to try another in 2-3 years.

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous on the tongue with a sweet sensation up front followed by a dry feeling on the finish. Low carbonation on this one, but that is characteristic of the style.

Overall a great whiskey barrel aged stout. Definitely one to pick up if you haven't!

Cheers!

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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, tan head. Nose of rich cream, raw honey, milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a toasted grain overlay, and a backbone heavy on chocolate and coffee. Subtle vanilla highlights, with a slow warmth as you go. Very smooth, with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste, and subtle whiskey highlights that sweeten. Smooth, slow finish. Solid beer.

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass

Appearance- Dark, oily, and viscous. As expected. Not much lacing.

Smell- Strong boozy mocha, burnt coffee, and a very present corn alcohol sweetness. Hints of barrel aromas are clearly muted by the corn alcohol notes.

Taste- Strong dark chocolate espresso, that moves quickly into corn sweetness. There's a bit of astringency that pops up, but it is very subtle and aged out, and gets dragged back down by big creamy chocolate notes. Think slightly boozy cocoa puffs. The mellowed-out corn booze flavor actually suits this pretty well. The spent barrel aging loses some caramel and oak, but the flavor is still strong and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous, and palate-coating, but not overly chewy.

Overall- It's definitely unique among BA stouts, in that it lacks the character of a wet-bourbon barrel aging. The loss of the caramel and spicy oak notes that would normally be present in a bourbon barrel, are quite pleasantly replaced with corn sweetness. I'm a bit surprised that it worked so well. Perhaps some age in the bottle took the hard boozy edge off, but either way, it came out rather balanced and unoffensive. I would love to try the others in the series, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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