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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011

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BA SCORE
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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%


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.

Copper wax.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of black chocolates notes with some rye whiskey notes also clearly identifiable. Taste is a very enjoyable mix of rye whiskey notes with light woody features with some rich black chocolate notes and some warming alcohol notes. Body is quite full with an oily creamy texture. Very nice barrel-aged stout with a good balance between the different flavours.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 18:43:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.1.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head that just sits there.

S - Lots of boozy whiskey, a touch of sweet chocolate and maltiness.

T - Smooth sweet chocolate then plenty of bourbon.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - A nice bourbon and sweet chocolate, super smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:59:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 112 served in a Dogfish snifter.

Poured thin with no head, just some minor white swirls on the surface. Jet black with little transparency. Smelled of bourbon and roasted coffee. Vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol in the taste; definitely a sipper with a lot of strong flavors. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light and watery.

Overall a solid beer, but I'm questioning the price point when compared to other barrel aged stouts like KBS or BCBS. Still, a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 11:46:34 | More by shangwang
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch (obviously). Looks like bottle 2221 maybe?

A: Pours jet black with a big fluffy light brown head. Hate fades slowly leaving substantial fluffy walls of lacing behind. Good retention too.

S: Kind of a non-descript bourbon aroma. I assume age and the blending has mellowed it. Caramel and toffee mainly with some sharp chocolate and char. Hint of fruity alcohol. Nice mix of bourbon and roasted malt.

T: Sweet sweet caramel up front with some honey perhaps? Sharp roasted malt with hints of coffee but mainly it's dark chocolate. Chocolate gets even more bittersweet in the finish, turning almost into a baker's chocolate type of flavor. Very tasty with hints of caramel and oak still floating around.

M: Medium-heavy body. Very smooth and borderline creamy.

O: An interesting beer. I've had several of the Eclipse variants and this one is definitely a lot more subdued and mellow. It may be because of the blended nature, or due to the age, or perhaps both. This is probably the easiest drinking variant I've had so I have to give it credit there. Bourbon is a lot more mellow than I'm used to and the dark chocolate stands out big time as a result. I love big roasty beers and especially dark chocolate so that scores more bias points from me. Excellent brew. Drink it sooner if you prefer the heavy, heavy bourbon character. This one is great as-is for me though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 04:11:51 | More by Dope
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, number 1674. Pours dark brown black with a thin bubbly tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted fudgy chocolate malts, black licorice and a little bourbon.

The flavor is huge - lots of roast chocolate malts, black licorice, some sweet honey and quite a bit of booze with a bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's a huge flavorful beer. It's quite bit over the top especially in the alcohol, but I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:43:57 | More by Beaver13
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ngeunit1

California

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, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, spicy rye, brandy, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, oak, spicy rye, Brandy. molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin, grapes, and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The complexity of the different barrels comes through nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:13:27 | More by ngeunit1
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of eclipse drinking.

A - Dark chocolate wih light brown head

S - Light bourbon, chocolate, and oak

T - Chocolate, light roasted malt, vanilla, caramel. The roasted malt and dark chocolate make itself known in the middle. The finish is sweet milk chocolate

M - Medium body with a slight watery presence to it. Light roasted aspect remains in the finish

O - Solid eclipse with good barrel presence that provides some vanilla and caramel sweetness

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:15:51 | More by jeonseh
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We opened this up at our Eclipse tasting the other night. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a very dark brown/almost black color. This beer had a very nice sweetness level to go along with the bourbon. I think this has come together quite nicely and it is a very complex beer. Bourbon, dark fruit, and mild vanilla notes are quite nice. I would definitely have more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:29:50 | More by oline73
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage (Bottle #1741)***

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: A thick foam forms on top of a very dense body. Thick sheets of lace slather the sides.

Smell: Sweet a bit, brown sugar, pungent overripe fruits, raisin cookies, coffee.

Taste: Vanilla, coffee, honey, dark fruits, cocoa beans, smooth oak, slight heat in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Feel is awesome. Mix of creaminess, low carbonation and a coating feel.

Overall: Very much liked it though it does pack a punch if only 9.5%. Be warned!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 12:09:46 | More by papat444
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kaseydad

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this over a year ago and wasn't that impressed. A year later? Let's review...

Nice carbonation pop after cracking the cap. Pours a black ale with a decent amount of light brown head. No lacing to speak of.

Getting huge sweet chocolate whiffs. The barrel definitely is rising through as well. Fain green apple. Syrup. Molasses.

The taste is again...huge chocolate. Sweet chocolate and cocoa abound on this. Roasty. There is still a decent amount of barrel in this too. Slight burn as it slides down. Tad of a bitter aftertaste. Good, good stuff.

Slick mouthfeel. Not as thin as some of the other variants.

Overall I am very happy to have waited the year for this. I think it's the perfect time to drink it now. The blend is working as a team perfectly. Not sure which barrels were used but very nice work here. Had I reviewed this on my first bottle, this rating would be lower. Patience is a virtue when it comes to the Eclipse.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:10:34 | More by kaseydad
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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: Incredible! Soft vanilla, ensorcelling spirits, and gentle-sweet yeast.

T: Good, but light and short. Fruit, chocolate, and old ale yeast. Very brief.

M: Soft and flattish.

O: One of the best smelling Eclipses, with a good, soft, taste, but not a lot else.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 06:35:10 | More by AgentMunky
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with an oily sheen, and a tiny ringlet of bubbles on top. Aroma of dark malts, bourbon and wood, dark fruits and anise. Taste was pretty similar to the smell, dark malts, molasses and licorice, a pretty strong bourbon quality, with a hint of fusel alcohol, baker's chocolate, and a bit of subtle smoke. On the heavy-medium body, lower carbonation, boozy, but still fairly smooth, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:57:09 | More by Rifugium
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eclipse '11 Grand Cru
22oz, Btl#2035

A: Pours basically pitch black. Initially got about a cm of light tan head. Reddish hues towards edges when held up to the light. Not as thick as I was expecting.

S: Chocolate and soft vanilla in nose for sure. You do get a little bit of that fruity sweetness, probably from the brandy barrel that was blended in as well as the bourbon variations. The normal oak notes are there as well.

T: Up front nice touch if chocolate sweetness. It's more of a blend of creamy milk chocolate and some semi sweet or dark chocolate. Definitely pulling those rounded vanilla/oak notes. Year has helped this guy. No booze. No heat. Very nice. Long finish.

M: It's full bodied but not overly thick.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 15:45:15 | More by inlimbo77
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse Grand Cru 2011 sent a while back by Dan, thanks!

Dark brown color with garnet highlights and a small ring of bubbles for head. Smells a bit alcoholic with some vanilla and caramel. Roasty, dark and a bit tart but still smooth. The thin body, while disappointing, lets the alcohol come forward nicely. Overall it is a good beer but I am still to drink any Eclipse worth its price.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 08:34:10 | More by tewaris
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jethrodium

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak, some light coffee, some vanilla, and a bit of roastiness. The taste has a light sweetness with chocolate, bourbon, light coffee, some roastiness, and vanilla. The finish has decent alcohol and a bit of bitterness. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not the best of the Eclipse variations. It seems to have quite a bit more alcohol presence than the others.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 06:31:00 | More by jethrodium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 1470, 2011

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Complex aroma with the barrel character nicely integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the spirit presence is pretty mild with lots of oak, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee, toasted malt, oatmeal and coffee bean. Not overly roasted, however, with lots of chocolate sweetness and barrel. Smells like an oaky, bourbon filled chocolate dessert.

Medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. There's still a substantial malt backbone but it's slightly overpowered by a strong dry, toasted oak presence. Similar to the aroma, the spirit is somewhat tame with lots of dry, earthy wood followed by very subtle marshmallow and coconut notes. I wish there was more of this and the spirits used in the blend but these elements are drowned out a bit by the wood. As it warms the boozy sweetness becomes a bit stronger and the malt backbone comes more to the forefront. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor balanced by chocolate dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, coffee bean and oats followed by toffee, caramel and fudge-y chocolate. Some boozy heat in the finish making this variation a bit tougher to drink. Still, it's pretty easy for me to drink. I just wish it was a bit more complex and had more balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 07:26:33 | More by corby112
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sitarist

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another blind review via the blind bif #7. Bottle 2a shared with Frankenstorm.

Pours opaque, deep purple to black in color. No head just a loose crop of bubbles that fall to a ring. Small webs of lacing.

Smells like a box of high end assorted chocolates. I smell chocolate liquor, nugget, dark fruit jelly's, hints of whiskey, and vanilla. Its aroma is finely balanced, and begs me to taste its dark allure.

I taste caramel, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate liquor, nugget, anise, and hints of dark fruit. A bit too sweet, and lacks the balance that its aroma has.

It has a medium body which does not hold up to its huge flavor profile. Lightly carbonated, a little bit bitter, a little bit hot. A nice sipping beer.

A nice beer on this stormy night. Wonderful aroma, and flavor, It could use a bit more body...IMO.

Thanks to slaphappysnark, & stupac2 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 04:20:16 | More by sitarist
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2719 from the 2011 vintage. Poured in to oversized CBS snifter.

A - Dark brown on the pour and settled black. Only a very thin layer of medium brown head that took the form of light bubbles that were scattered across the top of the beer.

S - Sweet bourbon and brandy notes up front with a huge vanilla presence and some oak coming through from the barrels. some roast and sweet molasses in the background.

T - Bourbon up front with a big oak and vanilla presence. The brandy is detectable as well but to a lesser extent. Semi-sweet chocolate, roast and sweet molasses flavours come through from the base beer to compliment the barrel characteristics.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - This was my least favourite of the five 2011 Eclipse variants that I have tried, but it was still a solid beer that I would be happy to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:55:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Bottle #355. Bomber poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense, black with no head and very spotty lacing but thick, viscous, and oily legs.

Nose is sweeter than I expect. Honey, sweet booze, plum, prune, chocolate, and cocoa powder and fudge create a slight graininess. Despite being a "grand cru", this one's not quite as appetizing as some of the others. Still very solid though.

Opens sweet. Honey, cocoa, fudge, and chocolate. Some molasses and plum add a slightly odd flavor towards the middle. Booziness awakens towards the end but this time, it doesn't add too much to the flavor profile. Ends sweet honey and dark fruit. Honey and molasses on the finish. Decent but this one doesn't stand out as one of the better blends.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with some bubbles going down and a nice bit of heat. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. The eclipse series always seems to have great feel.

One of my least favorite from the eclipse series is still a very solid beer. Too bad it comes from a line where most of the other versions are better. There's just something missing here whether it be the lack of barrel character or lack of dimension in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:01:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/03/12 notes. Bought this is Philly a few months ago for about $26.99 at the new store in Ardmore, PA, The Beer Shoppe, their opening weekend. Poured into my Bruery tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #65.

a - Pours a pitch black color with a few very dark brown bubbles when poured aggressively, and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, though not much head.

s - Smells of whiskey, roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel malts. As it warms up, a little vanilla too. Whiskey is very strong and up front here, moreso than the other variations.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, and vanilla. Taste has much more caramel and more vanilla than the nose, and the whiskey is hidden a little better, though still prevelant.

m - Medium to thick, full body and low carbonation, with some alcohol heat. Little bit harsher than the other variations.

o - Overall I am a big fan of the Eclipse series, and this is a good beer, but this is probably my least favorite of the Eclipse's I've had so far. I felt the whiskey was a bit harsher and more prevelant than the other 6 or so variations I've had at this point. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good beer, but if you can choose between this and any of the other variations, I would go with one of the others.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 15:25:56 | More by mdfb79
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illidurit

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 7 at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach for the Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Black with a tan head. Chiefly a battle between chocolate, vanilla and caramel, with a boozy thread throughout. Honestly rather tame for a 'Grand Cru.’

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:25:44 | More by illidurit
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours an inky black with a frothy, bubbled tan head resting on top. Spotty, patchy lacing all over the glass, with a swirled cloud of retention on top.

Heavy scents of bourbon with oak and vanilla. Decent amount of sweetness with roasted malts and warmth. A few hints of dark fruit with alcohol and dark fruit. Chocolate and roasted notes warm the nose.

Sweet and boozy up front with a swirling bourbon flavor and oaky vanilla. Warm and roasty throughout, the barrel components really dominate from top to bottom. Roasted dark malts, chocolate, cocoa and molasses. Burnt sugar with vanilla and warming alcohol. Finishes sweet and sticky with bourbon soaked chocolate cake.

Full body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Heavy, slow sipping drinking with plenty of barrel character from top to bottom. This isnt the best of the Eclipse series, but the mesh of bourbon flavors is quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:37:12 | More by xnicknj
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Gobzilla

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin collar head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of booze heat rising from the glass with a blend of brandy and bourbon but had vanilla, oaky, brown sugar, and roasty chocolate malts coming through as well.

T: plenty of roasted chocolate malts upfront on the palate alongside good vanilla oaky character, brown sugar, hints of coconut, brandy bourbon booze combo, and caramel molasses accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, oaky, very mild fruity, boozy and silky finish.

O: very solid from beer from the series but was not my favorite. Really glad to have tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 10:10:56 | More by Gobzilla
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

22oz waxed bottle

A - Pours black with a one finger khaki head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some nice lacing to be had...

S - Caramel, roasted malt, molasses, oak, vanilla, and raisin. Bourbon comes through a little heavier than on other variants...

T - Caramel, molasses, roasted malt, and a little raisin. Good amount of vanilla and oak come through with some bourbon on the finish, Bourbon comes through alot smoother than in the scent. Chocolate is present, but is alot more subdued than the other Eclipses...

M - As expected, the body is light for the style, and leaves alot to be desired. Carbonation is on the moderate side...

O - My least favorite of the 2011 variants with the Buffalo Trace. Besides the EC18, I have been fairly disappointed with Eclipse seies this year. All in all, just not worth the price imo...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:38:24 | More by comfortablynumb1
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brotherloco

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #1920. Served in a brandy snifter.

A vigorous pour reveals half a centimeter of dark beige foam that quickly settles to a thin ring on top of a very dark brown opaque beer. Mild amounts of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of slightly oxidized dark fruits. Sherry, port, and red wine notes. Backed up by sweeter vanilla and marshmallow notes. A moderate amount of alcohol on the end of the draw.

Flavor is sweet, but not overly so. There's a lot of graham cracker grain flavor mixed with vanilla and caramel notes. A good bit of roasty bitterness emerges in the middle and through the finish. Long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste along with a decent amount of alcohol, but not as much as in the aroma.

Medium bodied with medium-low soft carbonation. Doesn't get too thick and drinks well.

This version of Eclipse seems to round out a lot of the components of the other versions I've had. I imagine that's the goal with a brewmaster's blend, so great job.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:12:09 | More by brotherloco
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.