Fifty Fifty Imperial Eclipse Stout – Evan Williams 23 Year

Posted: April 18, 2015 in American Double/Imperial Stout, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Reviews

I picked this beer up awhile back at Trenton Road Takeout. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 11.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to, “An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer. An eclipse is a type of syzygy. The term eclipse is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse, when the Moon’s shadow crosses the Earth’s surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. However, it can also refer to such events beyond the Earth–Moon system: for example, a planet moving into the shadow cast by one of its moons, a moon passing into the shadow cast by its host planet, or a moon passing into the shadow of another moon. A binary star system can also produce eclipses if the plane of the orbit of its constituent stars intersects the observer’s position.”

Random: As expected, the Phillies are playing like crap.

This beer poured with a one finger, light tan head that dissipated slowly with some lacing left on the glass. It had a black body with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was big with notes of espresso, vanilla, oak and dark, roasted malts. The taste was really nice. First, I got oak and vanilla. Then, espresso and dark chocolate came through. The booze was really well-integrated and it barely made an appearance. Despite being such a big beer, it didn’t hit you over the head with intensity, which was really nice. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation, making this a great sipper. It had a long finish with oak, vanilla and espresso. For $33.75 a bomber, this broke down to $1.53 per ounce, which is definitely expensive, but well worth it for one of the best beers of the style that I’ve ever had. Get your hands on this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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