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

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 196
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 4.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 110 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Burgandy wax.
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Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage enjoyed from an eclipse snifter.

a - nine more black. All eclipse beers are stunning...they have a gorgeous shine and a thin head that is gone quick leaving sparse islands of bubbles on the surface.

s - nose is really pleasant. Big bold chocolate infused with sangria. Deep fruit from the brandy. Way more fruity than the Christian bros one I tried not too long ago.

t/m/o - big lush flavorful brew. Big chocolate roast. The brandy adds an element of fruit and booziness. It works well but doesn't seem as silky as other eclipse beers...seems a touch fizzy, fizzy for an eclipse so it still is fairly smooth and goes down easy for such a big beer. Pulls off the brandy treatment well, but doesn't hold a candle to the bourbon variations in the series. (774 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1210th Review on BA
Bottle CBS snifter
22oz Burgundy wax

Bottle #16??

App- Almost an opaque black with brown highlights. More burgundy on the edges. A nice two finger brown head fell with so-so cling.

Smell- Sweetness prevails like the brandy it was aged in. Roasty like a good stout with a large amount of oak and some milk chocolate.

Taste- To begin its very smooth. Much more so than the others. Tastes likes small belgian rich chocolate with the brandy and oak creating a rich layered stout.

Mouth- A rich and creamy medium body with a medium low carbonation. Brandy sweetness very forward.

Drink-An outstanding treatment. Very rich and smooth with huge pockets of flavors as mentioned. One of the better variants of the 2011 series. (744 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from 22oz bottle poured into snifter (on New Years eve) supplemented by notes taken from the tap version consumed at the release.

A: Pours a very dark near black with reddish edges beneath a finger of dark mocha brown head that bubbled away into a thin wispy film.
S: Sweet, almost fruity smelling, with notes of rich malts, green apple and boozy brandy barrel.
T: Sweet like the nose with strong notes of brandy. The barrel really dominates in this version. I get notes of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and a hint of cola as well. Sweet yet spicy at the same time. The finish is woody and full of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of brandy all the way. As this beer reaches room temp the brandy comes out even more and the fruit isn’t as strong.
M: Medium-thick body that is full but not the fullest, boozy but smooth mouthfeel with even carbonation.
O: The bottle seemed fruiter than I remember the tap version being at the release. This is definitely a brandy lovers beer. Rich and strong but very easy to sip on. Definitely not the smoothest or richest of the different Eclipse treatments, but this is one of the better ones. (1,159 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (735 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1079, 2011 batch.

A: Very dark brown pour, not quite black. Big billowing dense head, light brown in color. Fades slowly, leaving a pretty heavy coating of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Very fruity, lots and lots of dark fruits. Cherry, grape, and berries (raspberry/blackberries I would say) mainly. Sweet and a bit sharp with some alcohol sting in the nose. Slight metallic twang to boot.

T: Again, very sweet and fruity up front. Loaded with dark fruits to the hilt. Nice chocolate and some chalky char comes through in the middle and into the finish. Sharp alcohol in the finish as well. Lingering dark fruits and honey between sips. Awesome.

M: Not as heavy as you'd think but still plenty full. A touch chalky sometimes.

O: Awesome barrel aged stout. I've had the rittenhouse rye version too and that one was completely different while still being excellent. I did find the rittenhouse rye one slightly better but not enough to justify the leap down to 4.0. Regardless, this one is sweeter and very fruity. Great brandy flavor and aroma goes well with a chocolatey/roasty stout. Well balanced and delicious. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (834 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty.

The aroma is fairly sweet, with lots of maple syrup, bittersweet chocolate, brandy, roast, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of wood. This is far sweeter and much different than all of the bourbon variations, though it's also the least transformed in comparison to the base beer, Totality, which is already a fairly sweet stout.

The flavor is far more simple and less complex than the bourbon variations. The brandy, sweet chocolate, and roast make for a nice combination, but it lacks the depth I hope for in a barrel aged stout. Also, the honey is quite present and pronounced in this variation. That all being said, this stuff is still delicious--it's just that the other variations set the bar so incredibly high.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A fine beer, but a bit too sweet. I was hoping for more transformation from the barrels. (1,106 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep burgundy engulfing all light with a large frothy tan head holding fantastic retention leaving chunky dollops of lace.

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and some dark fruit aromas dominate the nose. Light brandy like grape notes, hints of wood with a leathery note deep in the back.

Thick creamy, fluffy and slightly sweet. Fudge, milk chocolate, cocoa, very light brandy and wood notes, alcohol burn in the chest. Layered black fruits, heavy cream, cherry, currant, berry, light leather component, caramel, and more. Very nice but would have liked some more barrel character.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #2219. Served in a brandy snifter.

A vigorous pour gave me a finger and a half of dark beige foam on top of a dark brown/black brew. Holding it to the light reveals a root beer tinged color. Head settles to a dense creamy ring. Nice big swoops of lacing left in glass.

Aroma hits me with more initial alcohol than I've smelled in other varieties of Eclipse. Milk chocolate malty notes lie underneath but are more subtle. A dry and dusty barrel presence hangs around in the background. Vanilla and oak.

Flavor is initially really sweet and roasty. Chocolate malt, espresso, tobacco, dark fruit, vanilla ice cream. This flavor transitions into a highly spirited (as in booze) brandy-like sting. A little astringent. Finishes with a rich and creamy roasted bitterness, with some sweetness lingering as well.

Mouthfeel is great on this one. Full bodied, creamy, slick, and nicely carbonated, if a touch sharp. A real pleasure to sip.

Overall another very good Eclipse, but perhaps a touch astringent compared to the bourbon varieties I've tried. (1,086 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2011, bottle 1447) that is breaking in my CBS snifter. Very big thanks to Arbitrator for going above and beyond and facilitating my receipt of this fine beer. Been thwarted a couple of times in opening this, so really been looking forward to it.

A - Pours a very, very deep brown color. Clarity looked good on the pour, but in the glass not a shard of light passes thru, even towards the edges. A finger of creamy and dense dark tan head sits atop the beer for a good long time. Head slowly falls but continues to leave behind a thick and creamy collar and thin surface layer. Rings of foamy lacing coat the glass.

S - Brandy is noticeable up front, sweet, sugary, a bit of dark fruit, hints of vanilla, light booze, some dark roast underneath, light milky chocolate, maybe some cherries. Lots going on in here, but still remains balanced and the aromas mesh together quite well.

T - Quite fruity up front as the sip hits the tongue. I'm getting cherries and brandy up front. This fades slowly into a mild boozy presence in the middle which then drifts towards a chocolate assault. Milk chocolate mixed with some darker and more bitter chocolates blend together...I almost get the impression of a Black Forest chocolate cake topped with milk chocolate frosting, dark chocolate shavings and the great faintly noticeable cherry schnapps mixed in...dip that in a brandy reduction and the picture is complete. Dark roasty flavors including a bit of coffee lingers past the swallow well into the aftertaste. To me, this really comes across as a rich dessert in a glass.

M - Medium to full bodied, smooth and a bit frothy carbonation gives a bit of a milk shakey impression. Really well controlled booziness here. There is a noticeable warmth and liquor impression from the brandy barrels but not even close being described as overpowering or totally dominant...rather, the barrel complements the base beer nicely and only enhances. I'm gonna call the mouthfeel here close to perfect.

O - After hearing so much about the Eclipse "family" of beers, and never having experienced any of the versions before, I had high expectations coming into this, especially since the brandy version seems to be considered one of the best varieties this year. All I can say is that I am definitely not at all disappointed. Probably helps that I really love brandy straight or in a good dark roast coffee so perhaps this was set up for success with me. At any rate, this is definitely up there with my stouts of all time...here's hoping that the other varieties at least are in the same ballpark as this one is for me. (2,612 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. 2011 vintage. Bottle #488. Shared with schen9303. Poured into a Cigar City snifter

Pours 1 finger, dense, light mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is dense, opaque black. Lacing is thick, stringy, with nice stick. Oily legs.

Nose is chocolate, fudge, sweet soy sauce, molasses, booze, and very subtle roasted malt in the back. Nicely aromatic but good balance too.

Opens sweet soy sauce, prunes, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Brandy presence emerges a bit towards the middle and sweetens this one even further. Fudge and roasted malt at the end give this a slight bitterness. Finishes sweet with some molasses and more cocoa in the aftertaste. Solid.

Medium body with light carbonation. Oily and warm in the mouth and warm going down. Moderately smooth with a hot finish and sticky, lingering aftertaste. Great body.

As far as the 50/50 Imperial Eclipse series, this is rather middle of the road. Still, that makes it a far-above-average imperial stout and definitely not one to miss out on! (1,035 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Nice looking mocha head. Good retention for a big beer. A few patches of lace.

Chocolate and roasty notes up front. A bit of dark ripe fruit, oak and a soft brandy end.

Lots of chocolate, with some roasty components, but not overly harsh. Dry oak feel. Some brandy, and general boozy flavors, but still rounded out well. Some darker fruits.

Medium body, with a light, fluffy feel. Flavors are very well rounded. Nothing harsh or out of place alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Nice beer. (561 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2011 vintage, bottle # 3091
Mini nonic pint glass (4oz)

A: Pours a deep black color. Completely opaque. Some carbonation because I got a half finger of slightly tan head. Not a ton of lacing. Slight alcohol feet. Lots lacing.

S: Getting lots of that brandy barrel on this one. More than what I have read in other reviews. Lots of dark fruit and candied sugar. Overwhelms the roast.

T: Lots of dark fruit sweetness. Heavy prune. Rum soaked raisin. Then you get that roasted malts. This is completely different then the other variations I have had where it was more vanilla, caramel, oak, etc. Some what dry finish.

M: Medium leading to full. (650 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 version, bottle 448. Thanks to Abel for being my proxy for these beers. BTW, opening this beer was freaking annoying.

Appearance – Pours into my Surly Snifter with a utter black viscosity and two fingers of great looking mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing.

Smell – Bittersweet cocoa, vanilla, oak, brandy, roasty malts.

Taste – Heavy dark roasted malts and nice bittersweet chocolate up front. Lots of brandy barrel at the beginning also. Nice dark fruits such as dates and figs, nice oaky flavors, and slight ash.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Honestly, I really enjoyed this Eclipse variation. I enjoy stouts a bit dryer and less sweet. This was perfect in balance to me. A hint of sweetness mixed with bittersweet cocoa and roasted malts. Pretty darn good. (846 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF. Poured from a bomber into a tulip and reviewed blind.

Pours dead black. The head is a dense, fuzzy medium tan that get to about a finger tall before fading to a fleece-like ring.

The nose bends crumbled cocoa with smoke and a smooth, date-like fruitiness. Sweet vanilla notes round out the rougher edges as it warms.

Tangy dark fruits take over the front of the flavor along with subtle anise notes and just a little chocolate. After the swallow, wood smoke rolls in, its bitterness amplified by notes of burnt bread, cocoa and toasted oak. Fairly high alcohol flavor. Little bit of spicy hop bitterness with lingering roast and fruity tang.

Medium-light carbonation rubs the tongue with tiny bubbles inside a soft, velvety body that’s not too heavy, not too light. Alcohol is big enough to numb the tongue and warm my cockles.

Well, hmm. The balance in this version of Eclipse is nice, but the brandy doesn’t impart much. Wish there was a bigger showing from the barrels. (1,021 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during last night's bottle share. Thanks to rlmartin, rmjavanut, hoppymcgee, and whartontallboy for contributing to this 11-bottle Eclipse tasting!

This Brandy version was nicely balanced with a hearty roasted malt backbone that supported the brandy's sweetness nicely. Refreshingly balanced: not too much booze, not too sweet, not too roasty. Most of the other barrel varieties over-emphasized the barrel flavors, so the mix of flavors here was certainly welcome.

Overall, the '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. But honestly, I was mostly unimpressed with the Eclipse variants. Bourbon County Stout is superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again. (737 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (902 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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. (752 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 from sholland119

22 oz. bomber with a little remnant of wax, shared with a couple friends.

A - Black as night with a light tan frothy head. Good bit of lacing. Looks like we've got ourselves a stout. 4.0

S - Tons of cherry and plum on the nose. I think it's a bit cold and needs to warm...Little bit of yeast and maybe some oak. Touch of char...After some warming, the barrel aging really starts to shine. Even more fruit and I'm really thinking this is cognac. 3.5

T - Not much taste at first, but then a big hit of vanilla and coffee. Huge alcohol flavor. This is definitely barrel aged. I wouldn't 100% say bourbon at this point. Some good chocolate malt and a lot of fruit is showing up. Thinking it could be brandy actually. Much more caramel and sweetness as it warms. This reminds me of those chocolate covered cherries with the liqueur that my grandpa gave me as a kid. Good stuff....Also starting to remind me of cognac black hole (Pointed out by my buddy). This is definitely not bourbon. 4.5

M - Sharper carbonation than I would've expected, but not ridiculous. Pretty full-bodied, especially for being -bal aged. Definitely some heat here, we've got ourselves. After a number of tastes, the carbonation is starting to wear on my tongue a bit. 3.0

O - Delicious, delicious beer and great way to start things off, Scott. I would happily drink this beer again. Even with the heat, I find myself going back for more and more. This great brew gets better and better as it warmes. 4.0 (1,510 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased by me

A-- Dark cola and settled black. Just touches of ruby at the base and at the collar. Original head was two fingers of a slightly orange mocha colored head. Fell to just above film through drinking. Good head retention and lots of lines and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Soft at first and quickly sped up. Brandy, green apple, cherry, oak, vanilla, molasses and plumb. More fruit driven at first and then changed to more of the darker fruits and barrel characters as got more air.

T-- Mirrors the smell a lot. A lot of brandy through each sip but more and more a lot of molasses, oak, coffee and brandy. Early on were cherry and apple notes. Slight amounts of hoppiness to this early on but after a few sips and air the barrel notes took over.

M-- Thin body and dominated by the barrel. Lots of molasses and plumb. Slightly slick and oily but finishes pretty clean and a big brandy finish with molasses, cherry, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Medium carbonation and lighter body for the ABV.

O-- ABV is well hidden through drinking until the end and it creeps up on you in a big way. For a rather thin body the barrel does a lot for the beer. Lots of flavors in this and pretty easy to drink. Solid, solid beer and worth seeking out. Just give it time to breathe. (1,312 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a waxed bomber into a 22 oz. (LOL) Founders CBS snifter. There's nothing like being able to pour an entire bomber into a snifter at once. Pours an anthracite kinda black with a caramel foam that rises to the width of your pinkie finger. The nose is lovely A bit boozy, with a nice shot of grapes. The brandy treatment is indeed evident here. The taste reveals a tight mirror of the nose. There's a winy, floral, and dark fruit them to to the taste. It truly is lovely. The ABV is well integrated. The mouthfeel is incredible. Smooth and creamy, without the slightest lingering aftertaste. It's gone instantly. When you swish this around in your mouth, it foams up nice and thick and feels so wonderful on the tongue. It also releases the full flavor of this beast. What's awesome about his beer, is that if feel more than comfortable tackling it on my own. Feel free to be selfish with this one. Share at your own peril. (932 characters)

Photo of rand
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

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. (913 characters)

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.