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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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:
We started with a 350+ day old Elijah Craig 12 year barrel, and then we blended in a sweeter, less oaky barrel of Mellow Corn Whiskey Eclipse. We topped the blend off with a younger barrel of Evan Williams Eclipse that brought a more robust, boozy bourbon character to the mix.

Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
61
pDev:
7.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. "Steel Gray" wax so I presume this is the correct listing.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Smells good, but it's tame by Eclipse standards. Leathery, sweet bourbon with notes of coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate from the base, but not much else (as is always a complaint from me). Lightly boozy with a light solventy note, but smooth overall.

3.0 T: Like the nose, it's not bad, it's just tame. Chocolate from the base, but otherwise it doesn't do it for me. The bourbon is more mellow than almost all other variants I've had. Still, it has a nice complexity - leather, sweet raisin, roast, oak, vanilla, apple, and melon.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but too damn light (my other persistant complaint).

3.0 D: Not my favorite, but still worth a try if you are a fan of the brand.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BDeibs
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Eclipse release party, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Looks like all the Eclipse beers do: near black to black with dark chocolate highlights beneath a thin dark brown head that fades to a lasting collar leaving spotty lace. Right away I can detect the buttery smoothness of the EC barrel on the nose, and when I sip I get more of the same. Chocolate, marshmallow, leather and dark fruit come through alongside the buttery and spicy oak. Caramel brings up the rear and I get a lot of tobacco in the finish. Warming mouth, medium-full body with fairly bubbly carbonation (more so than other beers from the night). Overall I thought this was a really great and unique blend of the variants. EC12 is one of the best and I’m glad it dominates. Good job guys.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan film. Some lighter brown is seen around the edges. Pretty solid retention that holds with a webbing across the top and patchy lacing on the glass

The smell includes notes of tang and earth. Citrus and alcohol abound with chocolate-like malt character. Seemingly no smooth barrel presence but the more I smell this, the more alcohol comes forward with a neutral feel to it. This might sound dumb but this almost smells like shine, not your typical spirit let alone barrel aged.

The flavor includes solvent alcohol with a minor earthen feel and a bit of base roasty aspect that has hints of citrus. Some raisony or almost plum-like fruity aspects and lots of burn from a neutral sort of spirit. I get little to no barrel presence from this but almost a vinous touch towards the back.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Quite boozy and enjoyable but certainly a different monster from all the other eclipse brews but im not totally sold on this being a total success. It is almost like all the boozy barrels got tossed into this blend. Maybe with some extended age this could benefit but here and now its a harsh beast.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | 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 - Sharp bourbon aroma. Nothing subtle about it. Hefty liquor flavor. Strong corn aroma. Chocolatey.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Dies down to a dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon comes back in the back end and gives it a bitter bourbon finish. Corn flavor persists all the way. Sharp flavor.

Mouthfeel - Loses its creaminess with this treatment. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Reminds me of the Old Fitzgerald treatment. Strong corn presence.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Azrael
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Lots of nice barrel notes, Elijah Craig 12 coming through, good vanilla, oak. A little thin, I was expecting something thick and viscuous like Black Tuesday for $33. These beers are becoming really pricey in the past few years, not buying them next year. Still not sure why I can't just make the blend myself with a bottle of Elijah Craig 12, Mellow Corn, and Evan Williams.

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Photo of nygannon
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GreatBloomer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of readbaron
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, char, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, char, earth, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick 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 very good beer that is tasty, but comes across pretty strong and boozy to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Lightly tanfoam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and splotches of lace. Very dark brown body with some reddish-brown transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of oak and whiskey at first blush. A tiny bit fusel and spicy actually - perhaps from the Evan Williams addition? The fudge and honey notes of the Totality base are in the periphery, along with more char and roast than you'd expect from Eclipse. Sweetens a bit as it warms up, and I enjoyed it quite a bit more at room temperature than cold.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter, with more dark chocolate and fudge and less bourbon and oak. Also less boozy, with some anise and vanilla mid-palate before yielding to espresso bitterness in the finish. More what I was expecting.

M - A bit thinner than the typical Eclipse. Lightly sticky residuals, but surprisingly clean actually. More carbonation as well, with fairly minimal alcohol heat. Actually drinks like a >10% stout, unlike some of the other variants.

D - An enjoyable beer, but squarely in the middle of the Eclipse pack. I'd certainly drink it again, as I refilled my glass a number of times, but it's more of a nifty treat for Eclipse fans than an essential item.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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