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

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143 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
143
pDev:
8.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big nose of corn whiskey. Lacey on black body. Smooth, drinker honeyish, syrupy.Chocolate (really cocoa), some burnt malt. Boozy a bit. Not bad and decent drinkability.Just an average imperial stout overall. Drying, a bit more so than the others I have had in the series.Bottle from Premier split with Liam.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

2012 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, cookie dough, and a fairly harsh alcohol aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is a bit jarring in terms of the sharp alcohol scent you get after the pour.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

surprised this one doesn't have more allegiance on here. lovely stuff really, every bit as good as the elijah craig versions. the pour is inky black, motor oil in color but not that thick. looks the same as the others, with a patch tan head. the nose is sweeter from the honey like usual, but there is a different sweetness too, more pronounced, from the corn whiskey I can only assume, that isn't present in the others ive had. there is also that familiar toffee and licorice complex, nice. the flavor is awesome, vanilla and clover honey and a weird booze profile. woody and rich, tobacco notes in the finish and some bitter burnt barley to go with that sweetness from the honey. complex and gorgeous. alcohol seems stronger in this one, a little more burn, and maybe a little thinner too. carbonation is very relaxed, but the mouthfeel is still creamy and full bodied. this would make a fine dessert for any meal, and is absolutely a bottle to share at this price and this richness. possibly my favorite version of eclipse yet!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from...Edgemont, I think

Poured into a proper 5050 Eclipse snifter, an opaque, dark, brown-black liquid capped off with a small tan head that retained well; minimal lacing. Big whiskey aroma, oak, dark malts. More of that whiskey in the taste, a bit distinct from the other Eclipse variations I've had, notes of oak barrel, dark malts, burnt marshmallow, unsweetened cocoa, caramel, touch of vanilla. Heavy-medium body, pretty stiff with booze, felt like more than 9.5%, but still nice and smooth. A nice sipper. Very good overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 - Chocolatey with a sustained bourbon character. Lots of sharp alcohol, maybe even that raw corn whiskey aroma, but I could be making that up because I know it's corn whiskey. Tough to discern.

Taste - Lots of harsh whiskey flavor. Harsh is a harsh term. It's still a nice barrel character. Sustains the corn whiskey character throughout, with just a bit of a sting in the back end. Chocolate, of course.

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

Overall - Interesting barrel character for sure, but not the most impressive.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by myself and one of my bestest friends in tout de monde, chez Paul. The beer looks like an Eclipse stout. If you're not sure what I'm ranting about, consult any one of my other completely useless reviews of Eclipse beers.

Mellow corn? Are you for serious right now? Don't be trifling B.

I'm not sure what Sasquatch or pilgrims have to do with this beer, but I gotta say I'm not exactly feeling like this beer resembles anything Midwesterners slather in margarine and feast upon as if they were ground rodents.

Smooth and runny feel, like a sexy silky brunette goddess in clear heels perched in a moonlit motel window as she realizes she has to take a huge, runny dump.

I can't wait to drink the next Eclipse beer, which will almost certainly be crazy similar to this one. Hellz yeah.

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3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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. Mellow corn whiskey huh? We finished our tasting with this one. The corn whiskey has a huge presence in this beer, I would have preferred it a bit softer or mellowed.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin tan head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Some lighter brown coloration is noted around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is tangy with earth and roast. Some solvent alcohol and almost a mineral and sulfur inclusion. There is quite a bit of fruitiness present that extends beyond the normal raisony character of most eclipse brews. It almost hints towards apple but not quite gone that far into fruity but it is close.

The taste is tangy with fruity alcohol almost like the previously mentioned apple or coder but not really. Some earth and oak elements are present blending into raisony solvent alcohol. The amount of perceived residual sugar is interesting as it really drives home the fruity ascents of this iteration in a much different way than the other treatments. The aftertaste is a bit musty withngrain to apple or pear skins.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Still quite boozy for being a "younger" eclipse offering. I enjoyed the touch of extra fruity charcter and sweetness but some of the other elements going on in it are not that favorable. This is a unique one for sure.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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