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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 118 | FT: 8
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.

Burgandy wax.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011)
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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Another ridiculously delicious brew, poured from bottle #1942, 2011 batch, into a snifter. This has been sitting in my house at room temp for 3 years, opened 09/26/2014, and tastes basically perfect.

I don't see the point in reviewing each Eclipse variety from scratch...if anyone is intersted in my first review, here's the link http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14936/55063/?ba=rand. But to quickly note the uniqueness of this bottle, I remember drinking this fresh, early 2011, and it was hot and a little too boozy. As expected, aging has rounded out its astringent, prickly aspects (and beer at this level doesn't NOT need to be at cellar-temp, unless you're aging for a long-ass time), yielding a decadent beverage that proves the entire Eclipse project is an exercise in patience. Any grape-y, off-putting sweetness from the brandy barrels has rolled into dark-chocolatey goodness. Amazing.

rand, Sep 28, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Afroman, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

orangesol, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

1424IpA, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

IrishColonial, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mikeburd1128, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DaPan, May 19, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

brentk56, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Cyclone8, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

PaulUH, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

topdown, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Rish907, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Sparky44, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Rado, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

hopswap1, Nov 15, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

stakem, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.