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 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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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 34
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to meliot2811 for (a) shipping me this lovely addition to the FiftyFifty collecting in my liver & (b) pointing out all the mistakes on my home page. Jerk! But I forgive you for sending me such excellent beer. Actually, I love you now. Ahem. Anyways. 22 oz. bottle with yellowish wax split with my wife.

Pour is strangely lighter than most of the series, almost a darker muddied brown, with typical low carbonation. Have to wet the tip of my nose to get much: whiskey, light roast & chocolate. Not much going on here.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey let's loose a hard roundhouse. Alcohol shin to the throat, heat settling into my tongue, much more barrel-forward than most of the series. There's a nice roast holding it up, along with chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, maybe a sliver of coconut. Ridiculously drinkable; I could have taken this solo (& wish I had!). Silky smooth like most of the Eclipse, which is weird considering the supernova of alcohol.

Haven't been quite as wild about the 2012 offerings as some of the previous series, but this is a Mauer line drive in my book. The heavy hand of whiskey melds gorgeously with the base beer & comes out better than the sum of its parts. Excellent, wonderful beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Budinetz
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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!


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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-lack in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Bourbon, roasted and burnt malt are the main flavors.

T-Bourbon, roasted and burnt malt. Slight coffee as well.

M-Medium bodied, slightly watery and not much carbonation.

O-Had side by side with the Bernheim Wheat, this was clearly the inferior one. Still a good beer but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a very dark brown color...a few highlights around the edges. Moderate retention and nice lace.

Nose is sweet malt, dusky chocolate and light fruit. Lots of alcohol...wood is light. Pretty balanced between the various stout aromas you typically get. I just got back from Tennessee and tasted some corn whiskey (aka moonshine) and I definitely get a little bit of that in there.

The heat tastes more like an 11%'er...the moonshine really 'shines so to speak, pun intended. The base beer shows the same balance I found in the aroma....nice fruit, chocolate and molasses flavors. Good beer..but for the price, there are probably some better values out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with garnet highlights around the edge. A long lasting brown head made of creamy bubbles.

S: Strong chocolate aroma with a moderately-strong caramel malt sweetness. A medium oak character bringing medium vanilla with a fairly strong whisky-like booziness.

T: A good deal of chocolat, roast, plums and prunes with a strong caramel sweetness. The balance is strongly towards the sweet side with a sweet finish. Medium-strong oak and vanilla flavors.

M: Full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Substantial warmth.

O: A rich flavor stout with a a fair amount of alcohol presence balanced by malt sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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