Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle I shared at jmgrub’s tasting.
2011 vintage. Bottle # 1502.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, and alcohol. Taste is the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Eclipse treatment but I am not getting any real brandy aromas or flavors from it.
04-17-2012 00:37:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Bottle #1451. Served in a SAVOR wine glass, and split with Amyliz4.
Pours near black with a good light mocha head. Very bubbly and thin, receding to a thin cap fairly quickly. Collar throughout. The nose has distinct brandy notes pushing to the front. Some sweetness and oak, along with a mild cherry presence. A good portion of chocolate and a bit of booze come through more as it warms.
The flavor is focused mainly on the brandy, with a touch of oak and very light vanilla. Chocolate makes for a good base with a slight bit of roast. Slightly boozy. Medium-full body with a mild chewiness. Good body and nose, but the back-half and finish were a bit boozy and need to balance out a bit. Maybe a few more months for this before it reaches optimal drinking age. I look forward to revisiting this one.
01-28-2012 13:48:37 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.45/5 rDev +7%
This brew poured out as a very nice black color with a dark tan head on top. The lacing and retention were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer reminded me of fresh tobacco, with some sweet boozy malts and wood in the mix. The taste was very good, It's just got some quality levels that this goes through. Had some boozy heat with some thick creaminess to it in the mouthfeel, Overall this beer was quite good. I look very forward to trying the other two I have that are from different barrels.
01-29-2012 22:50:33 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance is typical of Eclipse, pouring a clear dark brown that lies opaque in the glass, topped by a small but lasting head.
Fantastic nose on this one, bringing me back to that initial keg of Brandy Eclipse that was on tap at the brewery in 2010. Brandy is prominent, of course, contributing sweet fruitiness, brown sugar and creme brulee that's complementary to the roast, anise and dark chocolate notes of Totality.
Big brandy barrel flavors wash the palate first, fruity and sweet, lightly tannic. Licorice, dark fruit and brown sugar seem more prominent than the big chocolate notes I get from the bourbon barrel versions of Eclipse. The body is silky and full, carbonation at a moderate, gentle level. Not much heat, and mild in the finish with lingering sugary dark fruit flavors. The brandy barrels contribute little bite, making this one of the more accessible and easy drinking Eclipse variations.
12-29-2011 09:20:43 | More by largadeer
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Forget who shared this one, but thanks! Served in a Cigar City snifter.
A - Surprisingly carbonated for an Eclipse. A half-finger of tan foam settles to some wisps, a thin collar, and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with a glint of red at the fringes of the glass.
S - Aroma is quite sweet in comparison to the Grand Cru I recently had - the brandy barrel is front and center, imparting some sweet red fruits, oak and light perfume flavors. Dark chocolate, anise, and roasted grains are in the periphery. Alcohol is better hidden than the Grand Cru as well.
T - The base beer shines through more substantially in the taste, with dark chocolate and roasted malts balanced by red licorice and fruity brandy flavors. Quite sweet mid-palate but finishes with roasty bitterness and a bit of spirit alcohol bite.
M - Full-bodied, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy. One of the heftier offerings in the series. Some moderate alcohol warmth in the finish - I doubt this is actually 9.5%, but it's nowhere near as hot as the Grand Cru was.
D - Not my favorite barrel treatment of Eclipse, but still a very enjoyable and somewhat unique barrel-aged stout. I'd have this again, but not at the ridiculous price it was selling for locally. If you like sweet and fruity imperial stouts, this will be right up your alley.
01-24-2012 22:40:37 | More by MasterSki
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from futhurgone; Thanks Rob! Another want of mine…always excited for a new Eclipse beer. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #1840.
a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for four to five minutes and leaves an inch throughout drinking, with spotty lacing on the glass. Looks awesome.
s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, brandy, oak, molasses, sweet cherries, sugar, and some toasted malts. Nose is nice but quite sweet.
t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, fruity malts, brandy, alcohol, oak, light vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and toasted malts. Again, pretty sweet but I like it.
m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation, thick and chewy. The low carbonation makes this one super smooth and easy to drink, and there isn't really any alcohol heat. Very nice body for a stout; a tiny bit more carbonation and it would be perfect.
o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and another good Eclipse variant, though it isn't nearly as good as the other versions I've had so far (PVW, Evan Williams, 12 Yr EC, and Four Roses). I've thought those 4 were outstanding and this was very good. I guess it's because of the barrel, but this one is much fruitier and sweeter than the others, thought the body is nice. I liked it, but prefer my stouts not quite as sweet. Definitely worth checking out, but not if you can have one of the other 4 variants over this one.
03-08-2012 01:25:58 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
On-tap at Beachwood II,
A: Pours black with a heaping big head of dark tan foam, nice thick lace.
S: Has that familiar brandy barrel character which I like so much, fruity with dark chocolate and a hint of smoke.
T: Very grapey, this entered my mind on the first sip. Solid flavours, lots of dark malt character, hints of vanilla and smoke.
M: Full-bodied, frothy yet biting carbonation. Nice finish.
O: Another solid Eclipse beer. They're good that's for sure, but is 'good' enough to qualify the price point, that's still up in the air.
12-19-2011 03:55:08 | More by Halcyondays
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle # 1446, 2011 vintage.
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted, smoked malt aroma with a decent barrel presence that seems to be nicely integrated into the base beer. There's some toasted oak, vanilla and coconut but the spirit/brandy is much tamer here than in the other treatments. Some boozy brandy sweetness but there's room for the strong malt presence to shine. Pretty robust smelling with smokey charcoal along with roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, toast and dark chocolate. Decently balanced but the brandy presence could be a touch stronger for me.
Full bodied with a stronger barrel presence than I anticipated. Sweet brandy and vinous dark fruit notes along with dry, toasted oak and vanilla. Still, it's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer and doesn't overpower the roasted dark malt flavors. The oak compliments the robust malt and the brandy sweetness counters hints of burnt toast, espresso, oatmeal and chocolate cake. Really well balanced and the ABV is excellently masked, with little to no heat.
11-14-2012 06:36:48 | More by corby112
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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