Name: Eclipse Imperial Stout
Brewery: FiftyFifty Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Truckee, California
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.5%
First Brewed: 2012
Eclipse Imperial Stout pours black with a tan head. Bourbon and oaky vanilla notes are apparent on the nose, balanced by a rush of aromas and flavors: dark chocolate and dark fruits, coffee and toffee, molasses and licorice… the list is long.
Eclipse… FINALLY! We have been dying to try this beer for ages. Then Brian posted about it a few weeks ago and I asked if he would be willing to share. I just wanted a small 3 ounce pour… He gave me half a glass! I could smell it as he was pouring it, and well… It smells and tastes incredible. I would love to do a vertical of these, but they are expensive.
At first, I had no idea what barrel this was. The wax looked silver. Then it looked white. Apparently it is beige. But I explain that after the review as Sheryl did some digging while we were reviewing this. Let’s just say this beer is so good I didn’t wait until it was warm to drink it. It was delicious cold, so I can’t imagine how good it was room temperature. Anyway, I am writing this after we have reviewed it. So… There’s that. Now on to the review!
In the Glass: I expect this beer to be black. It is! This bottle is also from 2012, so while I expect it to be hot, it should also have toned down a little bit. However, I can smell it from here. Oh, and it was a pain opening this bottle. I hate it when they cover the bottle cap with wax.
The beer had a really nice head at first, but it has since turned to a nice thin brown layer on top. I am pumped to try this.
Aroma: I bet it smells like booze. I bet it also smells like whiskey. This bottle had silver wax, which means it was aged in Evan Williams barrels. Unless I am doing a vertical, I couldn’t care less what barrel they used.
Whoa… That smells like bourbon. That’s not a bad thing. I am getting a TON of caramel and toffee notes on the nose. I also bet this gets better as it heats up. Here we go. Cheers!
Flavor: wow. That smells like booze and tastes like booze. That is super sweet, too. I love it. That is REALLY good. Those same aromas I was getting I am picking up in the flavor, too. What is the ABV on this again? Oh, only 9.5%? It tastes like 15%+. Weird. Oh well. It is delicious. I could see myself drinking a glass of this while smoking a cigar. It’s a cigar beer!
I just grabbed the bottle and it says, “BR 1 2012.” I wonder what the BR stands for.
Mouthfeel: it is nice and thick and has a lovely smooth mouthfeel. It coats your palate with flavor and just sits there several swallows in. I did take a sip and swish it around in my mouth a little. The bubbles were noticeable, but not overwhelming. I just really love the flavor.
Aftertaste: wait… It’s not Evans Williams barrels. Also, the bottle says it is made with honey. Brian and Sheryl are looking it up and it is apparently Gourmet Haus. Huh? What does that mean? It is a special blend apparently. I’ll drink to that!
I’m really glad we got the chance to try this and the conversation we shared with Brian and Michelle. I asked Brian to comment on the beer. “I like it, but that’s not a very good quote. I’m trying to think of something funny and witty to say. I’m happy to have had it. It drinks like a higher gravity beer.” That is all.
Eclipse Imperial Stout – The bottle says: “NA”
UPDATE: Hold up… Wait a minute. It is not the Gourmet Haus, but Bernheim Wheat. Ugh. This isn’t a good thing for this brewery to do. Oh well. SO good; I’ll rate this a 4.5/5 on untappd. Cheers anyway!
We are lucky to have good friends that let us try beer they bought for free! Thank you, Brian and Michelle. They offered to share their bottle of Eclipse with us.
The beer is very dark in the glass, basically black. Brian poured it well, so it didn’t have much head to start with and mine doesn’t have any now. It’s thick and since the color is dark, you really can’t see through it at all. It smells good, like dark chocolate. After the second sniff, I’m getting a very boozy scent too. Let’s see how it tastes.
It does taste pretty boozy. That’s definitely the first taste that you get. It tastes like dark chocolate and booze. Both of which I like! It’s actually pretty good. This is a good one, and I could definitely see myself drinking it again, if the price was right.