FiftyFifty, Eclipse HW (High West) 2019, Imperial Stout, 12.4%
Brewery: FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
One of the most epic beer tasting experiences you will ever have (so says the brewery!) That is what you get when you take their Totality Imperial Stout and age it in oak bourbon barrels. That extra step adds a plethora of flavours to the already rich Imperial Stout. At first taste there is a large presence of dark chocolate, espresso and warmth from the alcohol of the beer. Oak barrel character then comes into play with hints of vanilla and coconut, followed by mild bitterness from the hops, and then a nice long lingering finish with hints of tobacco, dark dried fruit and more chocolate. Eclipse is a wonderful companion with dessert.