Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
Bottle at Stone's Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Bartender's recommendation for choice. Complex, some coffee,roasty aroma, above-average mouthfeel. Boozy. Very dark brown. Coconut and wood from barrel ageing. Some chocolate, bitter overall. Decent for style but overated.
01-22-2012 22:01:33 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of Retsinis.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Eclipse treatment with some nice aromas and flavors.
04-09-2012 04:22:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3/5 rDev -28.1%
Bottle #86. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours near black with almost no head. A few mocha bubbles, but that's about it. Very thin mocha ring for a bit. A bit troubling. The nose has quite a bit of bourbon. Fairly smooth, but also a lot of heat. Chocolate and moderate roast in the background. The flavor is fairly boozy, though the bourbon character of it is quite nice. Milk and dark chocolate in the background. Medium body with very low carbonation. Fairly hot. Medium-full body.
Hopefully this was just an off bottle. I will revisit the next time I have one.
01-27-2012 01:10:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-14-2014 18:43:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
Like the other variants, black in color with minimal head formation. Lots of roasted malt and almost a mild char. Quite a bit of vanilla and whiskey. A fair amount of booze but some nice chocolate and molasses. The flavor is a bit heavier on the roast and char than some of the other varieties. Not all that much sweet malt flavor or spirit. Some whiskey and booze with moderate vanilla notes on the palate. Good, but not the best from the series.
07-18-2012 21:43:21 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Smell: A good mix of brandy and bourbon. Fruity berry notes alongside caramel, vanilla, faint char and smoke. Subdued alcohol.
Edit: There's apparently no brandy barrel Eclipse in this blend.
Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet brandy, vanilla, oak, bitter chocolate. Becomes more fruity and tart toward the mid-palate, and ends on a slightly acrid tar note with heavy oak lingering on the palate. Feels a bit thinner than other Eclipse variants this year. Has some good flavors, but surprisingly it feels a bit more harsh and unrefined than the single barrel versions. That's not to say it isn't good, but I do prefer several of the other 2011 Eclipse variations.
12-23-2011 06:55:36 | More by largadeer
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle from Lush. Served in a Jester King tulip.
A - Typical low carbonation Eclipse appearance. A partial ring of bubble and wisps show up, but not much else. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.
S - Initially this is heavy on the dark roasted malts, licorice, oak, and bourbon. It's surprisingly boozy for an Eclipse variant, and has a light solvent character that I'm guessing is from the brandy barrels. As it warms up the sweetness increases a bit and some of the melted chocolate and vanilla flavors creep in.
T - Taste is more typical of Eclipse, with maple, brownies, honey, baker's chocolate, and a light licorice finish. There's significantly less oak and whiskey than the aroma suggests. Gets a touch hot as it reaches room temperature, but otherwise it's pretty enjoyable stuff. Not much overt brandy here - I'm curious what went into the blend.
M - Body is a bit bigger than some of the other Eclipse variants and slows into the medium-full range. Minimal carbonation, nice residual stickiness, and a bit of tannic character as well. Some definite warming alcohol too.
D - It's an enjoyable barrel-aged stout, but doesn't live up to the heights of the Eclipse series. It's also surprisingly hot and harsh for a 50/50 offering, although some of those flavors dissipated as the beer warmed up. If you have bottles of this version, I'd recommend giving them a few more months - I suspect they'll age nicely.
01-02-2012 22:52:49 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Shared by Matt the other night just because. I'll have to bring some tasty the next time we hang out. I had heard mixed things aobut this beer but the one we shared was awesome.
Beer is dark brown with a mild haze at the corners of the beer, thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, low retention, looks almost still but fine.
The aroma is sweet, oaky, woody, nice, strong, boozy, I really like it.
Beer is medium in body, a little thin on the finish, oaky -- most woody one I've had thus far. The booze is all front palate, nice, sweet, an almost coconut type flavor up front, light roast, no bitterness, nice finish, not dry. I'd have it again.
01-31-2012 02:26:28 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-26-2013 22:57:09 | More by Rifugium
4.38/5 rDev +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.
03-10-2013 05:29:50 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-04-2012 15:25:56 | More by mdfb79
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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