Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
04-16-2013 05:43:57 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
04-14-2013 21:13:27 | More by ngeunit1
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
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
03-26-2013 01:15:51 | More by jeonseh
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
4.09/5 rDev -1.9%
***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!
03-08-2013 12:09:46 | More by papat444
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
03-07-2013 02:10:34 | More by kaseydad
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
02-14-2013 06:35:10 | More by AgentMunky
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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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