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

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1757th Review on BA
Bottle to Bavarian Lodge Tulip

2012 Release

App- A very dark brown. Bordered on black but never reached it. An amber/garnet edge formed and then was gone when the small aggressive 1/2 finger brown head poured and was gone. Made way to a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- An aromatic beer with strong chocolate on a large whiff. The ensuing notes bring a bit of roasty malts with a touch of corn lightness. Its a bit sweet and smooth with a bit of oak. The booze is not very heavy but adds a depth to this one, this seems creamier and lusher than others to me. Maybe the corn does it? So why does an AAL smell like ish then?

Taste- As it warmed to over 55F, it became a bit more creamy and tastier. However, this one was a bit smoother than all others. Had a bit of corn and vanilla and chocolate on the back but doesnt give the boozy variant burn as others have. Nice variant but not the tastiest one. Its getting up there with the EC's to me though.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a large creamy body to it and a low- medium carbonation. The after taste leaves residual booze and some oaky chocolate with a touch of a corn like sweetness that I attributed to a coconut/vanilla blend.

Drink- Its an eclipse stout for sure. Has that underlying flavor that each variant had. This just was just smoother than others but not in the class of the other variants I prefer. As mentioned above, this was getting closer than the others to the EC series.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, snifter.

A: Pours near black with raisin highlights and a thin short lived light brown head. Spotty lace.
S: Smells creamy and smooth with the alcohol being very hidden on the nose. I get tons of vanilla and smooth chocolate.
T: A little more complex than the nose with flavors of woody barrel, oak, leather, chocolate and raisins. The finish is bitter with dark chocolate and dark fruits, and the aftertaste is full of vanilla. Tastes age already with very mild notes of whisky and butter.
M: Thick, creamy, smooth, mellow and slightly buttery. This is drinking great on tap.
O: I thought this rivals aged bottles of my favorite variations from last year. It maybe could have used a bit more barrel presence but I cannot wait to see how the bottles of this turned out.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, bottle number BR 1 2012, gold wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with an inch of thick, creamy khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Sweet aroma, lots of corn and alcohol, charred wood and coconut/caramel sugars. It smells nice, it's just a bit mild.

T- I actually really, really like this. The corn lends a mild sweetness, which combines with coconut, vanilla and caramel sweetness that really nicely complements the chocolate, roasted grain and wood flavors. Roasted bitterness is restrained, this is definitely one of the more sugary, although not in a cloying way, Eclipses I've had recently. You get some flavors of sweet corn alcohol, but I'm getting very little heat.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry.

O- A really interesting addition to the series, the corn whiskey lends some unique sugary and boozy flavors that work very nicely, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a medium-sized dense chocolate milk colored head. Fades somewhat slowly but then hangs around forever. Never fully goes away. 1/4" of foam remains perpetually. Almost perfectly solid wall of lacing too.

S: Hmph, pretty much smells like grain alcohol. Never had corn whiskey but this practically smells like vodka barrels. I get some oaky vanilla character, a bunch of coconut and then just a touch of chocolate. Very strong alcohol, obviously.

T: Hmph (again). Very interesting. Don't really get any real whiskey/bourbon character up front. It's boozy and has some obvious coconut mixing with chocolate and some char. Kinda sweet with a bunch of vanilla that kicks in after the initial taste. Long lingering drying char in the aftertaste with some sweet corn mixed in. Boozy overall with a grain alcohol character throughout, but especially in the finish, contributing to the dryness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. A little drying from the oak and alcohol in the finish.

O: Very hard beer to score. Never had corn whiskey so I feel like I'm kinda guessing at the taste and smell aspects. I did my best. Very hot right now as this is extremely fresh. Feels a little over the top, even for me - and I am well accustomed to strong, boozy beers. Having said that, it is quite unique (never even heard of a corn whiskey barreled beer before) and quite complex. Despite the harshness it is surprisingly smooth underneath and goes down well. Still, not as flavorful or complex as the other variants I've had so I can't give it that great of a review. It is also noticeably hotter than any other variant I've had. Not sure if that's purely an age thing or a result of extended barrel aging or just the nature of corn whiskey (again, never had it). Worth trying but definitely only once - especially for $30.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012 vintage
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a really deep dark brown. Some reddish hues on edges. Slightly tan head. Tight bubbles. Layer. About a quarter finger. Some alcohol feet.

S: Actually smells a little boozy at the moment. It's an interesting whiskey smell. Never had corn whiskey, so assume that's what in smelling. Some vanilla and slight caramel. Char. Light roast. Chocolate.

T: Up front, you get bitter chocolate. Also, a little roast coffee. Again, that interesting whiskey flavor. Still getting the normal caramel and vanilla. Some warmth in back of throat. Not a crazy long finish.

M: It's a lighter full bodied beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks, VaTechHopHead!

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass.

Upon first whiff, I can tell this is probably going to be the weakest of the bunch when it comes to FiftyFifty's barrel-aged stouts. The corn/cheap whiskey element is pervasive, with an unchecked abrasiveness not typically found in a high-quality barrel-aged stout. There's elements of roast and chocolate underneath, but they're hidden. Not particularly appealing, though not bad.

The flavor isn't nearly as complex, layered, and decadent as other variations in this series. The corn whiskey element is great here, though not particularly harsh. It just tastes cheaper and of less quality than the other variants. Some roast and mild chocolate are detectable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable, sure, but not great nor worth the price tag.

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