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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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186 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Reviews by Blanco:
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, with a tan head. Starts of frothy, but sort of falls back. Lacing is evident though mostly transparent and filmy. Smells of bourbon, malt and caramel. More like a barrel-aged barleywine than a stout. Taste is sweet, slightly fruity, hints of wine almost, followed by the booze. Alcohol presence is warming. Though the taste is sweet, aftertaste is somewhat dry, strangely. Vanilla and toffee as well. Medium bodied.

After being so impressed with the 12 year Elijah Craig, I'm sort of disappointed in this one. Has a fruity toffee presence that I'm not enjoying as part of the profile of this stout. It's certainly not bad, but I was definitely expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:39:37 | More by Blanco
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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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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-09-2014 08:28:44 | More by JonnyBeers
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-07-2014 00:22:34 | More by topdown
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-03-2014 16:20:40 | More by spinrsx
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-19-2014 05:33:03 | More by megamass
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2014 05:46:37 | More by zestar
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-30-2013 20:54:20 | More by weeare138
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-25-2013 18:56:54 | More by JMBSH
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straightlambic

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-19-2013 17:37:05 | More by straightlambic
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-15-2013 00:49:41 | More by BillRoth
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Rado

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-08-2013 22:12:08 | More by Rado
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socalbrewlvr

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-17-2013 11:30:49 | More by socalbrewlvr
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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-13-2013 19:26:23 | More by Kegatron
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

09-12-2013 18:06:42 | More by CityofBals
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-03-2013 19:23:16 | More by BMart
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BrandonDZ

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2013 21:39:05 | More by BrandonDZ
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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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Zbeetleman

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

07-07-2013 06:18:20 | More by Zbeetleman
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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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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-03-2013 12:44:36 | More by mmcnaughton
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-02-2013 07:33:19 | More by beernads
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-18-2013 02:33:16 | More by warnerry
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-08-2013 01:17:57 | More by billab914
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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.