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

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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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no score

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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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Kegatron, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -28.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mixed_master7, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

pkalix, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mmcnaughton, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of bird22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
4/5  rDev -4.1%

djmichaelk, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +19.9%

jwat, May 26, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

pmarlowe, May 20, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kelp, May 13, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

warnerry, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ScottP, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ngeunit1, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened again on 10.28.13
2011
B076

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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

ThirstyJoe77, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

oldp0rt, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Satchboogie, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AgentMunky, Feb 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

carteravebrew, Feb 13, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.