Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle 2118 into a Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.
A - Pours a very deep brown/black, though clearly translucent on the pour. A solid one inch of creamy brown head. Pretty good persistence.
S- Lots of fruit in the aroma, with rich chocolate coming in right behind. Booze-soaked (I'm not a brandy drinker, so I can't say whether it is a brandy aroma) raisin is prevalent. A bit vinous. Quite nice.
T - In contrast to the aroma, chocolate is the dominant flavor, followed by the dark fruits, red wine and alcohol.
M - Haven't had an Eclipse in awhile, but this seems to have a thicker mouthfeel than then other variants I've had. Nice and creamy, but still not heavy. A bit dry on the finish.
O - Very enjoyable. The brandy notes seem to bring a very slight harshness to this, but still a nice twist on the barrel aged stout.
04-14-2013 19:32:16 | More by warnerry
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.
S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, Brandy, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze.
T - Sweet chocolate and caramel malts, Brandy, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin, figs, dates and other dark fruits, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet finish.
D - Great barrel aged stout. The brandy barrel is a nice touch and the dark fruits come through a bit more.
04-14-2013 01:44:10 | More by ngeunit1
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle opened again on 10.28.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a tan head that fades slowly.
S - Sweetness, then bourbon and bitter chocolate.
T - Sweet brandy, chocolate, roasted malts. Nice.
D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.
O - Swwet and drinks very easy. Great version.
04-11-2013 00:25:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Poured into a sampling glass. 2011 vintage. From notes. Reviewed 12 February 2013.
A: Pitch-black with cola edges and a light brownish head.
S: Sweet grapes and strong liquor. Deep and complex.
T/M: Bright and tasty, with a great soft aftertsate. Brandy is evident, grapes, but it's perhaps oversweet.
O: It's okay. Not my favourite. Stick to the whiskey barrels.
02-14-2013 06:44:32 | More by AgentMunky
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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