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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:
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 13
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, oak, brown sugar coffee in the nose.

T: Sweet milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee.

M: Full bodied and pretty smooth.

O: A bit too sweet but really tasty, a nice blend of eclipses.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this blend is amazing. so thankful to have been able to kick off the new years celebration with a brew like this. dark and thick like the others, but this one has some really different characteristics. the nose is a little sweeter, probably due to the mellow corn addition, which i remember being very sweet. secondly, the finish is strongly whisky flavored, and although ive never had the evan williams addition, i can taste that specific spirit here, particularly on the back end. the honey is also more pronounced than i remember, i think i liked the 9.5% abv base beer better than this years 11.9% base beer, something about it seems smoother and silkier and more delicate. no alcohol heat to this at all, and all the usual chocolate, coffee, and char notes come through in varying proportions. i love the feel of this beer, thick and palate coating but it drinks much lighter than it is. i am not sure if they have blended others or not, but this was really well done, a special bottle for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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