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Imperial Eclipse Stout - EC by FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout
9.50 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 02/25/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 10 19 5 9 2010
22oz Bomber

Cheers to Rockstein for splitting this bomber with me! 50/50 is a black hole of a beer, the room darkens and my smile widens with the pour. The milk chocolate head rises super late from the black body to a cap of foam after the pour. After a few minutes in the snifter the head settles to a thin ring and leaves little chunky lacing behind with each small swirl of the glass. The looks alone tell me this is a stout to be reckoned with.

It would be tough for more complexity to be jammed into the nose of this stout. The bourbon barrel qualities pop through first with sweet, lightly spiced bourbon, handfuls of toasted coconut, and vanilla galore. Soon after come the hugely complex stout characteristics. Butterscotch and a plethora of dark fruits make up for the main body with a somewhat sweet, somewhat spicy bourbon finish.

The flavor profile somehow manages to trump the incredibly rich nose. The barrel characteristics I mentioned in the nose go expertly hand in hand with the huge stout body. Butterscotch works from front to back but isn’t overly sweet like in most other stouts that bring butterscotch. The dark fruits roll through mid palate after the barrel aging characteristics start to fade and integrate into the overall flavor. There’s a crazy cotton candy like airy sweet finish that wraps this beer up beautifully. A touch of spiciness from the bourbon lasts for a few seconds after each swallow. The complexity of this beer comes together amazingly well. There is no part that dominates the others.

Just like the other aspects of this beer the mouthfeel has been nailed. The body is thick, rich and coating but fades a few seconds after each sip. A lot of these big stouts are sticky sweet but this one walks the line perfectly. A touch of warmth on the swallow cuts what sweetness is present and makes for a luxurious mouthfeel.

I could easily sip the night away with this 50/50. The balance between sweet and heat & barrel and stout make a great compliment to one another. It’s rare that you run across a stout that’s this big, robust, and complex that’s so easy to drink.

50/50 Elijah Craig is one of the best stouts I’ve had in recent memory. I could easily live with a few more of these floating in my fridge. This is a stout worth seeking out without a doubt. Thanks again for the pour, Dave!

Reviewed: 2/25/10

Served In: Snifter

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 02/25/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 11 19 5 9 0
Murf did it again with another spectacular hookup, neverending thanks my brotha. Poured from a 22oz. (annoyingly) wax-topped bomber into a Darkness snifter for me and another glass for Joe. 50/50 for TBS review #50 :thumbup:

Pours out a thick and viscous dark-black color with mahogany hues along the edges when held to a light. A late rising 1inch mocha head appears slowly and ;eaves decent lacing and a foamy thin cap. Super thick and rich looking.

The smell is absolutely wonderful and showcases the EC barrel aging superbly. An explosively aromatic mixture of woody oak, deep vanilla and caramel bourbon, roasty/chocolatey malts, and even some dark fruity notes of plum/black-cherry. Deep, complex, sweet, roasty, a bit hoppy in the backgroun…it has it all, and it all blends together wonderfully.

The taste is seemingly even more intense and rich with plentiful barrel notes. A huge wave of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and oak hits first before the sweet/roasty combo of chocolaty malts and cocoa-infused dark fruity sweetness with hints of spicy hops and maybe a touch of espresso. The layers integrate beautifully and really work together for the most part instead of all vying for attention.

The mouthfeel might be my favorite aspect of this brew, even among its other amazing traits. It has a lower, soft level of carbonation paired with a big, chewy, and sticky feeling body to it but still finishes velvety and smooth with little alcohol heat. A touch of bitter-sweet and roasty bite adds a nice balance to the buttery-smooth sweetness. Insanely smooth for being so huge/flavorful…just about as perfect as they come for the style.

This is one of the most easy drinking yet super-intensely aromatic/flavorful BA stouts I’ve ever had. The more I sip it the more I appreciate its complexities and utter smoothness. The price was a bit high but everything else about this beer is magnificent. I couldn’t recommend it more highly as a near perfect example of the style.

Price: $22.00 Served In: Snifter

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