Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
2011 vintage into a snifter.
A: Black with an enormous frothy light brown head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nice looking beer.
S: A lot of Totality and a mellow barrel presence. Anise, licorice, oak, molasses, and a lot of roasted malt. Just a little vanilla and brandy. Pleasant coco notes.
T: Rich dark chocolate with a fair amount of booze and roasted malt. Heavy on the licorice and roasty bitterness. Subtle brandy and dark fruit with a touch of vanilla. Lots of booze and bitterness in the astringent roasted licorice finish. When the beer warms up it begins to taste like Robitussin.
M: Full body with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming.
Overall: Not a fan of this. The combination of licorice Robitussin and brash alcohol did not make for a pleasant drinking experience. I won't be finishing this bottle.
11-25-2012 05:29:55 | More by HopHead84
3/5 rDev -27.9%
650 ml bottle. 2011 version. Pours a dark brown with a small tan chocolate head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big brandy, some plum, light oak, a hint of marshmallow, and a quite boozy. The taste is sweet with brandy, marshmallow, some light roastiness, a bit of oak, and a lot of alcohol. The finish has a decent bitterness and is quite astringent. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It was very boozy and the flavors did not come together all that well. The astringency also took away from the beer.
05-03-2012 08:14:41 | More by jethrodium
3.28/5 rDev -21.2%
A: Doesn't appear completely black, although light seems to have a tough time passing through it. Thin head like all the Eclipses I've tried so far. Swirling produces a tan cream that fades right back down quickly. Beer itself looks thin as well.
S: Sweet brandy, mixed with some heavy booze. Some nice chocolate and cherry, but not much as far as the base stout goes. Easy to pick up the barrel and some vanilla/oaky aromas.
T: Easily the smoothest I've tried of the series so far, but that doesn't necessarily help the stout. Comes off sweet and lacks roastiness until late where a small amount of bitterness creeps up. Reminds me of a jar of brandied cherries, with some chocolate aftertones.
M: Thin, big shocker there. It's smooth, but finishes boozy and almost with a tart cherry thing going on. Perhaps these are just familiar brandy flavors to me.
O: Everyone knows these beers aren't worth the price, but can't help but buy them. Gotta catch'em all. Not my favorite variation without question. Too sweet and lacks the stout underneath.
02-28-2012 05:58:21 | More by kiddynamite920
3.55/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #1727. Burgundy wax so I have the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy/frothy light brown head. Retention is good at first and gets great for the last half finger. Tons of lacing is left behind.
3.5 S: The brandy brings out the chocolate in the base beer quite well. Otherwise, earth and lightly vinous brandy persists. Not much else going on though aside from a light roastiness.
3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Big chocolate. Vinous, fruity brandy. Light roastiness.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Boozy finish and aftertaste.
3.5 D: This is a pretty good brandy barrel stout, but I'd prefer a more sturdy stout that this.
03-29-2012 02:08:43 | More by DavoleBomb
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
2011 vintage, bottle # 3138. Burgundy wax. 22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip.
A: Pours a dark black body with dark brown edges. A one finger height of tan head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin cap. Sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet brandy on the nose with nice unsweetened chocolate. Toasted grains. Raw oak and some subtle dark fruits.
T: The taste is much more oaky than nose. The brandy is there, but seems a little disjointed from the base beer. The finish is sweeter with some chocolate and roasted malts, but it seems like the beer is in two parts.
M: Medium bodied with a slight chew. The alcohol is slightly overbearing, even at 9.5%. Not really well hidden. The finish is a little astringent.
O: The taste was a little disjointed and the alcohol was a little too prevalent. Not the best of the Eclipse series. Would pass over this in the future.
07-08-2012 00:33:57 | More by Treebs
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
After trying the Rittenhouse Rye version of this beer, I was excited to try this since I loved the other and have never had a brandy barrel aged beer before.
This beer poured black with a 1/4 inch tan head.
The aroma was of dark fruits, cherries, chocolate, and wood.
The taste was very much fruit forward with some chocolate flavors blended in. I didn't detect as much flavors from the barrel but definitely got a lot from the brandy. The fruit and brandy flavors seemed to almost enhance the bitterness in the finish as the hops were much more detectable than the Rye barrel version of this beer.
This would be great for somebody who loves chocolate covered strawberries. This was a nice mix of the fruit and stout flavors, however after having tried it I think I'll stick to the other versions of this beer.
02-07-2012 00:29:09 | More by jonvan04
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
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Brandy Barrel Aged version with the Burgandy wax. Got this one in a trade with ShanePB, thanks man it was super tasty now I want to try and score the other variations of this. Enjoyed this past weekend with a couple friends enjoying the great outdoors.
Pours a deep black with a nice creamy mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing on the glass, the beer just clung to the sides of the glass when swirled around. Smells of coffee, oak light hints of dark berries, figs maybe some plums were all intermingled. It was a really nice full bodied smooth beer. Carbonation was fantastic. It was a little more mellow in the taste department compared to other BA stouts I’ve had (not overy complex). Light hints of coffee and chocolate along with oak and a little alcohol were all present on the tongue. I was hoping for more brandy. This beer was a really good mellow BA variation and I believe all who were tasting wish we had more. I hope I get the chance to try the other variants at some point!
05-14-2012 14:29:35 | More by cps98
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Thanks, (?spycow?)! Poured into Darkness tulip.
A - Pours black, light mocha-colored head, thin collar.
S - Chocolate, light booze, light roast. Not overly complex here, yet still enjoyable. The booze isn't too much and the sweetness is spot-on for me to enjoy. Just pretty straight-forward -bal.
T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate, smooth booze, oak. No real roast or caramel, but the sweetness and booze are enjoyable and work well together. No barrel notes, and it's hard to pick out anything but sweetness, chocolate, and brandy booze. Again, solid but not blowing me out of the water.
M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy finish.
O - A solid barrel-aged stout and a nice variant in the horizontal. That said, I'm more of a fan of the Buffalo Trace then this one, and will score accordingly. Good, give it a try.
02-01-2012 16:45:13 | More by Sean9689
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
22oz into goblet.
Beautiful looking beer. Short coffee ice-cream-colored head over a deep, opaque brown body.
Decent aromas that won't knock you over. Strangely, the first thing I picked up was concentrated apple juice. Cocoa, caramel, and a touch of char round things out. The brandy fruitiness continues to dominate, though.
Flavors and mouthfeel make this pretty damn easy drinking for a brandy barrel aged impy stout. Vanilla is pretty prominent. Some sweet, creamy white chocolate, along with dose of black licorice, and a kiss of charred wood in the finish. Maintains its smooth mouthfeel throughout.
I just can't get enough of these, as I feel they're very well crafted. Glad I picked up two of each, even with the huge dent in my wallet.
02-19-2012 04:03:28 | More by BeerImmediately
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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