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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011

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BA SCORE
93
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 53
Gots: 127 | FT: 10
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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Photo of shangwang
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrJoe82
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

***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!

Photo of kaseydad
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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.

Photo of Azrael
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.