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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
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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 Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. #520, 2011. Huge thanks to generous BA KevSal for including this as an extra in a trade awhile back!

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing wall from the surface of the beer to about 1/4 inch up. Pours black with red orange highlights and leaves leggy spots and swatches of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: hah, smells like a bottle of bourbon. Hope it doesn't taste as hot as it smells.

In the glass, it's still boozy, with slight caramel and vanilla, and a strong, spicy bourbon aroma. Chocolate comes out and really grows, along with a light toffee aroma that builds up strongly as well. Some great smoky notes sort of accent everything else... hard to describe, but nice.

While not the perfect/ultimate aroma, it's telling that I'm keeping the beer in my hand, held up to my face, while writing notes in my notebook, rather than putting it down at any point (not my usual procedure).

Taste: Wow, first impression is that I'm drinking a bourbon milkshake. What a mouthfeel; excellent. Lots of caramel and vanilla oak up front, with interesting malt and spirit nuances through the middle. Bit of a roasted malt and lingering hop influence through the semi-dry finish. Perfect bitterness and dryness to emphasize the spicy flavors and keep the thick, creamy feel and caramel/vanilla flavors in check.

Each sip basically yields bold barrel flavors, a prominent, well-done base beer--decent amount of roasted malt and caramel malt, with some complimentary hops (I thought Willamette, but online research says German Perle, which are described as "Minty bittering and good "green hop" aromas," which is what the "lingering hop" flavor here is like--had to look up German Perle because I have not used them myself).

This is what a barrel aged stout is supposed to provide: strong, consistent base flavor, with intriguing, constantly evolving (some wine and brandy reminiscent flavors, spicy bourbon, more expansive chocolate and vanilla notes, etc), but always complimentary nuances.

Basic flavor evolves as well, with a strong and welcome anise flavor through the finish that helps balance the heavy barrel influence up front. This is a spectacular beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfection. Thick, creamy full bodied. Low but sufficient carbonation. Dry enough finish to balance the decadence. Spot on; exactly what a barrel aged imperial stout's mouthfeel should be.

Overall: I've been sipping on this beer for about 2 hours now, and it still commands my complete attention for each sip. Masterfully put together beer. Will definitely seek out more Eclipse variants in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:46:40 | More by Pahn
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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.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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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.

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

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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.

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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.