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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers BrandyImperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 141
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brown/purple wax top.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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Photo of scottfrie
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010. Thanks for sharing Abel.

A: Pours black with a very thin film for a head. Not much lace.
S: Big notes of brandy with a little bit of char and peat.
T: Sweet notes of brandy, caramel, vanilla and some sweeter dark fruits. Brandy is almost syrupy, and the peat and char comes through in the finish. Greasy caramel, milk chocolate, and a bit of toffee shine in the aftertaste. Peat is a bit astringent.
M: Greasy and slick mouth, medium body, low carbonation. Needs a few more bubbles and it could be thicker.
O: Not the best of the Eclipses. I’d drink this again, but I prefer the others over this.

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

popery, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Dooper and I were very fortunate to be able to try the whole 2010 - 2008 series. This was the third one we opened. Thanks to everyone who made these good times possible. A shout goes out to jbeatty for sending us this one. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010
Bottle: 388
Wax: Brown

APPEARANCE: All the 2010 bottles basically look the same. Thin, transparent pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades relatively quickly to a faint wisp and ring. Black body, quite transparent, with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Just too light and transparent for the style, unfortunately.

SMELL: Very mild on the nose. Weak even. Some brandy for sure and then some light notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Though not off-putting by any means, it’s simply too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front, but some brandy, roasted flavors and notes of dark chocolate come out at the finish. Smoky notes as well. A bold but dry aftertaste of brandy and some roasted chocolaty flavors is there and gone. Some heat at the swallow on this one as well. A little unimpressive, though decent enough. Probably the most mild of all the variants.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation, much like the HH ‘09. Heavy and thick enough on the palate, creamy enough as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Unfortunately it gets slightly watery as it sits in the glass, but it starts out quite good.

OVERALL: Just too mild and boring to be at all interesting. There’s nothing wrong with this beer per se, but there’s nothing impressive enough to make it worth drinking really. I would put this near the bottom of the series, and the only reason it isn’t dead last is because it wasn’t offensive like the JD version was. It looks like they retired this, for whatever reason, and that was probably a good choice. Skip this one and try one of the others. Some of the other variants have much more character and complexity than this.

Jeffo, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.7%

imperialking, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle # 481 - 2010 release - Thanks Schwaeh

A; Black with one finger head that descended into a thin off white lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Brandy, sweet dark fruit, roasted malt, vanilla.

T: Hints of brandy, vanilla, slight chocolate, raisins roasted malts.

O: Overall a little more sweet than the other variations I have tried , still it's a solid beer with a nice smooth finish and aftertaste.

InebriatedJoker, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -1.7%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of PerHops
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours like you'd expect. Syrupy, black as midnight, with a very light tan head that sticks to the top of the glass. This one smells good, but I don't pick up a lot of brandy barrel. On the nose I get chocolate, cherries and bananas. The one is heavy duty! Pretty smooth considering the ABV and brandy barrel aging. The alcohol is evident, but not dominant. Dark fruit flavors pair well with the chocolate and light espresso finish. Gets even darker as it warms up. Leather, earthiness, raisons, brandy more evident. This is a heavy duty stout. Share this one and you should enjoy it.

PerHops, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of LancashireSam
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

LancashireSam, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 2010 Vintage. Pours thick black with brown edges and a small bit of thin tan head. The nose has hints of smoke, a little meaty, notes of vegetables with light roasted malts and some fig and plum fruits in behind. The flavor is roasted malts, slightly vegital, sweet in back with lots of sugar. Medium body, a little thin in back, smooth feel and low carb. Off malts, overly sweet, smallest amount of barrel presence, weakest of all.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ChrisPro, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +22.9%

stevefinny, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

alalvarez75, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of claaark13
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#463, poured into a Founders snifter.

A - Pours black with no head whatsoever. Nothing. I let it sit for a few moments and then give it a sift. The slightest amount of tan begins to surface, then sits for just a little bit. Certainly looks better once agitated, so I'll bump this up to a 3.5.

S - Dark fruits, little chocolate, slight sweetness from the brandy. Not any heat, which is a plus.

T - Brandy is there from start to finish. Dark fruits are emphasized as well, slight dryness in the end evident of the barrel. Nothing boozy about it and the brandy helps give a slight sweetness with the honey. Little bit of chocolate. Little bit of oxidation in the flavor upfront. Nothing too dominating, just a nicely balanced and smooth flavor.

M - Medium going on light. Really not much body here. Just barely enough to carry the flavor through, but that actually may be in part due to the very low carbonation.

O - This beer is just a little too light for my liking. It is all personal preference, but this is just on the lower end...especially for the asking price. Flavor is very nice though, I enjoy how the brandy helps accentuate the base beer as opposed to the other variants.

claaark13, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +22.9%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -26.3%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +22.9%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Retsinis, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +22.9%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NCBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at a January tasting as part of the entire '10 lineup, and it was the favorite for most of the attendees. Decided to open it again 8 months later and see if it still as tasty.

Poured a dark brown with some ruby highlights along the edges into a DFH snifter…can't recall the carbonation from the initial pour, but this one is flatter than expected, with virtually no head whatsoever…it does, however, leave a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

Smells of brandy, vanilla, dark fruits, milk chocolate…just a great aroma, and makes you just want to enjoy the smell and not even take a sip, but….

The taste follows the nose, with the chocolate, brandy and vanilla coming through, although my wife picks up some toffee-like flavors. This is just a really tasty brew…these guys know how to brew a BA stout.

As is the case with all of the BA Eclipses, this is one velvety smooth brew…the flatness took away a bit of the enjoyment, but it's still a top-notch BA stout, and one that I would gladly drink again.

NCBeerFan, Aug 28, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.