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

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 50
Gots: 125 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Copper wax.
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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 68
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1014th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22oz Copper Wax

Bottle 1760/2011

App- A bit more crimson in color than the Rye. More alive with a bit of red in it and a bigger head to it. A tad more cling and lace. A really good looking stout in the glass.

Smell- A bit more stringy alcohol on this nose with a bit a grainy note. A bit of melting chocolate with oak, vanilla and toffee and maybe some sort of roasted nut in there.

Taste- A really good blend but not mind blowing or very smooth. I like the blend with a bit of the oak and the dark ripe fruits. I really feel this blend is more a very good quad and a very good stout were layered with more vanilla and sweetness behind it.

Mouth- A bit more thin medium than a previous bottle of the Rye. A tad more smooth and lacking bubbles on the finish. A bit of a residual fruit and vanilla and burnt oak flavor.

Drink- I am celebrating with this for a new job. Glad I got this one out of the way. I will look forward to the other versions to be a bit more smooth and layered. A good stout but the single treatments are probably much better.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Eclipse.

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with three fingers of light beige head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smells of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak, baker's chocolate, and brown sugar.

Taste follows smell. Dark chocolate, bourbon soaked dark fruits (raisins/plumbs/figs), brown sugar, coffee, tobacco, leather, touch of clove like spice. The finish is smokey, leathery, and tannic acompanied by some dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety smooth, nicely textired carbonation.

One of the best Eclipse versions. I'd rank it below Pappy and Elijah Craig 18, and higher than the rest of the versions I have tried.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HovsepJO
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on what I remember last night and that isn't much considering how much I had to drink today through sunday football... lol anyway,

Appearance: pours a very dark brown/black body with a nice lace. carbonation was clear and satisfying. brown head.

Smell: best part of the beer. aroma included hints of coffee cocoa raisins and dozens of other things but I simply don't remember what..

Taste: tasted much like it smelled. although a rook, probably my favorite beer yet. Thank goodness I've got a second.

Mouthfeel: pleasant on the palate. Alcohol was well hidden. The flavors were fresh. The carbonation was excellent. I wouldn't wait on this beer.

Overall: 4.5/5. Honestly a phenomenal beer. As I said above, I am a rook, but this beer was extremely satisfying. I'm just excited for the ec 12, ec 18, and brandy I've also got in stock. The Bruery provisions really hooked it up this last thursday...


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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with a small 1/4 inch khaki colored head. Instantly forms pretty thick lacing along the sides of my glass.

Smell - Sweet chocolate malts and some coffee, slight brandy and/or sweeter spirit aroma, a real array of different bourbon aromas. The bourbon aroma is very complex, so many great bourbon flavors going on at once it is hard to concentrate on anything individually. Definitely unique in this regard. Even though there is alot of barrel action going on, the malts are still the majority of what i smell. Bursting with doughy, chocolatey, roasty flavors.

Taste - More of an even coffee/chocolate flavor than the aroma would lead one to expect. Bourbon, vanilla, nutty, subtle coconut and just when you think you may be tasting the slightest alcohol hotness the malt finishes creamy and smooth. Coffee is very pronounced in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, perfect. The 9.5% abv is perfect for this style for me. Not too thick or thin, perfect richness to hold up to the barrel treatments. Perfect carbonation.

Overall - This is a phenomenal beer. I must warn I haven't gotten into any of the other variants from this year quite yet. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer from start to finish. Tons of flavors going on at once, which is enjoyable but almost too intense. The blending of all of these great barrel treatments might be too much on the pallette, i spent a while contemplating while i enjoyed this beer. This beer is somewhat of a benchmark for me, easily being top 3 as far as complexity to digest and understand. Great beer/brewery and i am looking forward to trying the other bottles from this release. Thanks for another great beer Todd.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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