Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottle 884 of 2011
Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a modest head that leaves a nice smattering of lace
Smell: Fruity brandy aromatics with undertones of chocolate, caramel and licorice
Taste: The brandy flavors jut forward off the bat and blend delicately with the chocolate, fruit and licorice; the sweetness stays on an even keel with the chocolate and the alcohol; very smooth, but slightly sweet finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation; velvety smooth
Overall: One more Eclipse to go and this is the smoothest of the bunch; while I prefer Bourbon to Brandy, this is a really well done Brandy barrel treatment; it may not be the most complex but it sure is well-balanced
05-06-2014 01:13:26 | More by brentk56
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolates notes with some light soy sauce notes and quite a bit of residual sugars is different than the other BA Eclipse. Taste is also a good mix between some rich black chocolates notes with some light soy sauce notes with quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Body still has the nice creamy and oily texture with good carbonation. Interesting but I found the sweeter side to his varieties less interesting.
02-14-2014 19:31:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
A: Same as always, black with a mocha head.
S: Sweet wine, raisins, rummy canded fruits, a little vanilla and some oak in the nose.
T: Sweet candied rummy fruit, a little orange, a little lemon, vanilla, sweet chocolate and oak.
M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.
O: I wouldn't buy a bottle of this for $30, but I'd be glad to get it in a sampler with other eclipses again. Not too many beers are worth $30, at least taste-wise, but this is definitely a very tasty beer. I'd love it if they did more rye barrels, as well as scotch. I think Scotch is the one thing that's always been missing from the series.
01-18-2014 16:42:31 | More by BierJager89
4.09/5 rDev -1.7%
Bomber #2396 poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. Consumed immediately after the Christian Brothers Brandy version. The bree appears a dark cola brown thats lighter around the edges. Some big bubble formation rises atop and collapses before really forming any significant cap. Legs of clear alcohol coat the glass.
The smells contains chocolate and raisony alcohol. A little earthen with roast and suggestions of coffee. The barrel presence is mild with a bit of fruity tang and soft vanilla-like oak with a hint of spice somewhat like cinnamon.
The taste is boozy like chocolate covered raisons and a bit of fruity alcohol. Some soft vanilla blends into raw oak and some lingering woodiness. The bitterness is like day old strong coffee.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is complex, interesting and shows off the spirit seemingly moreso than the barrel that was used to age the brew. Having drank this after the other brandy version, there are some definite similarities but I actually liked the vanilla barrel presence on this one and the overall cleanliess/roast more than the single barrel.
10-22-2013 14:52:04 | More by stakem
4.54/5 rDev +9.1%
so, the 2011's are still running around out there in the wild . . . . ? hope they age well!
pours a dark, dark mahogany with no foam. just a filmy layer sitting on top as typical of the style.... beaded lacing down the side.... nice....
smell is of wood and alcohol and, secondarily, brandy...
taste is . . . thin. well, thin-bodied. heavy alcohol presence. not of the existing content, but of the residual left by the casking. sweetness develops as it sits on the tongue. $45 bucks at Stone Bistro, $40 at Churchill's Pub in San Marcos.... commands quite a value, eh? is it worth it? some stouts are thick, and yet some are thin and contain a fair abv. I like this one. I think I like the first one I had better (Fitzgerald?), but probably because it was a whiskey and not a brandy. the brandy seems to impart a particular sweetness. but these are very good brews and i'm happy to have stumbled upon them. I suppose when one understands the ingredients and process which actually produces a beer, then it can be understood why it costs so much. as opposed, of course, to the ones which are all hype and do not deserve your money.
but this is a good one. I like it. a lot of flavor in the thin-bodied liquid. a nectar, of a sort... cask-aged brews can be very nasty, if not done well. these seem very well done. just my opinion.
08-23-2013 21:41:49 | More by pkalix
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.