Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Eclipse '11 Grand Cru
A: Pours basically pitch black. Initially got about a cm of light tan head. Reddish hues towards edges when held up to the light. Not as thick as I was expecting.
S: Chocolate and soft vanilla in nose for sure. You do get a little bit of that fruity sweetness, probably from the brandy barrel that was blended in as well as the bourbon variations. The normal oak notes are there as well.
T: Up front nice touch if chocolate sweetness. It's more of a blend of creamy milk chocolate and some semi sweet or dark chocolate. Definitely pulling those rounded vanilla/oak notes. Year has helped this guy. No booze. No heat. Very nice. Long finish.
M: It's full bodied but not overly thick.
01-04-2013 15:45:15 | More by inlimbo77
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
Eclipse Grand Cru 2011 sent a while back by Dan, thanks!
Dark brown color with garnet highlights and a small ring of bubbles for head. Smells a bit alcoholic with some vanilla and caramel. Roasty, dark and a bit tart but still smooth. The thin body, while disappointing, lets the alcohol come forward nicely. Overall it is a good beer but I am still to drink any Eclipse worth its price.
12-24-2012 08:34:10 | More by tewaris
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak, some light coffee, some vanilla, and a bit of roastiness. The taste has a light sweetness with chocolate, bourbon, light coffee, some roastiness, and vanilla. The finish has decent alcohol and a bit of bitterness. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not the best of the Eclipse variations. It seems to have quite a bit more alcohol presence than the others.
11-01-2012 06:31:00 | More by jethrodium
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
Bottle 1470, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.
Complex aroma with the barrel character nicely integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the spirit presence is pretty mild with lots of oak, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee, toasted malt, oatmeal and coffee bean. Not overly roasted, however, with lots of chocolate sweetness and barrel. Smells like an oaky, bourbon filled chocolate dessert.
Medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. There's still a substantial malt backbone but it's slightly overpowered by a strong dry, toasted oak presence. Similar to the aroma, the spirit is somewhat tame with lots of dry, earthy wood followed by very subtle marshmallow and coconut notes. I wish there was more of this and the spirits used in the blend but these elements are drowned out a bit by the wood. As it warms the boozy sweetness becomes a bit stronger and the malt backbone comes more to the forefront. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor balanced by chocolate dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, coffee bean and oats followed by toffee, caramel and fudge-y chocolate. Some boozy heat in the finish making this variation a bit tougher to drink. Still, it's pretty easy for me to drink. I just wish it was a bit more complex and had more balance.
10-31-2012 07:26:33 | More by corby112
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Another blind review via the blind bif #7. Bottle 2a shared with Frankenstorm.
Pours opaque, deep purple to black in color. No head just a loose crop of bubbles that fall to a ring. Small webs of lacing.
Smells like a box of high end assorted chocolates. I smell chocolate liquor, nugget, dark fruit jelly's, hints of whiskey, and vanilla. Its aroma is finely balanced, and begs me to taste its dark allure.
I taste caramel, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate liquor, nugget, anise, and hints of dark fruit. A bit too sweet, and lacks the balance that its aroma has.
It has a medium body which does not hold up to its huge flavor profile. Lightly carbonated, a little bit bitter, a little bit hot. A nice sipping beer.
A nice beer on this stormy night. Wonderful aroma, and flavor, It could use a bit more body...IMO.
Thanks to slaphappysnark, & stupac2 for the bottle.
10-30-2012 04:20:16 | More by sitarist
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle number 2719 from the 2011 vintage. Poured in to oversized CBS snifter.
A - Dark brown on the pour and settled black. Only a very thin layer of medium brown head that took the form of light bubbles that were scattered across the top of the beer.
S - Sweet bourbon and brandy notes up front with a huge vanilla presence and some oak coming through from the barrels. some roast and sweet molasses in the background.
T - Bourbon up front with a big oak and vanilla presence. The brandy is detectable as well but to a lesser extent. Semi-sweet chocolate, roast and sweet molasses flavours come through from the base beer to compliment the barrel characteristics.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
O - This was my least favourite of the five 2011 Eclipse variants that I have tried, but it was still a solid beer that I would be happy to drink again.
09-28-2012 23:55:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Bottle #355. Bomber poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a dense, black with no head and very spotty lacing but thick, viscous, and oily legs.
Nose is sweeter than I expect. Honey, sweet booze, plum, prune, chocolate, and cocoa powder and fudge create a slight graininess. Despite being a "grand cru", this one's not quite as appetizing as some of the others. Still very solid though.
Opens sweet. Honey, cocoa, fudge, and chocolate. Some molasses and plum add a slightly odd flavor towards the middle. Booziness awakens towards the end but this time, it doesn't add too much to the flavor profile. Ends sweet honey and dark fruit. Honey and molasses on the finish. Decent but this one doesn't stand out as one of the better blends.
Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with some bubbles going down and a nice bit of heat. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. The eclipse series always seems to have great feel.
One of my least favorite from the eclipse series is still a very solid beer. Too bad it comes from a line where most of the other versions are better. There's just something missing here whether it be the lack of barrel character or lack of dimension in the flavor.
09-20-2012 02:01:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7 at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach for the Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Black with a tan head. Chiefly a battle between chocolate, vanilla and caramel, with a boozy thread throughout. Honestly rather tame for a 'Grand Cru.’
08-26-2012 07:25:44 | More by illidurit
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz bottle poured into snifter
Pours an inky black with a frothy, bubbled tan head resting on top. Spotty, patchy lacing all over the glass, with a swirled cloud of retention on top.
Heavy scents of bourbon with oak and vanilla. Decent amount of sweetness with roasted malts and warmth. A few hints of dark fruit with alcohol and dark fruit. Chocolate and roasted notes warm the nose.
Sweet and boozy up front with a swirling bourbon flavor and oaky vanilla. Warm and roasty throughout, the barrel components really dominate from top to bottom. Roasted dark malts, chocolate, cocoa and molasses. Burnt sugar with vanilla and warming alcohol. Finishes sweet and sticky with bourbon soaked chocolate cake.
Full body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Heavy, slow sipping drinking with plenty of barrel character from top to bottom. This isnt the best of the Eclipse series, but the mesh of bourbon flavors is quite unique.
08-26-2012 02:37:12 | More by xnicknj
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
A: poured a dark as night black with a thin collar head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: lots of booze heat rising from the glass with a blend of brandy and bourbon but had vanilla, oaky, brown sugar, and roasty chocolate malts coming through as well.
T: plenty of roasted chocolate malts upfront on the palate alongside good vanilla oaky character, brown sugar, hints of coconut, brandy bourbon booze combo, and caramel molasses accents.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, oaky, very mild fruity, boozy and silky finish.
O: very solid from beer from the series but was not my favorite. Really glad to have tried it though.
08-24-2012 10:10:56 | More by Gobzilla
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
Reviewed from notes
22oz waxed bottle
A - Pours black with a one finger khaki head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some nice lacing to be had...
S - Caramel, roasted malt, molasses, oak, vanilla, and raisin. Bourbon comes through a little heavier than on other variants...
T - Caramel, molasses, roasted malt, and a little raisin. Good amount of vanilla and oak come through with some bourbon on the finish, Bourbon comes through alot smoother than in the scent. Chocolate is present, but is alot more subdued than the other Eclipses...
M - As expected, the body is light for the style, and leaves alot to be desired. Carbonation is on the moderate side...
O - My least favorite of the 2011 variants with the Buffalo Trace. Besides the EC18, I have been fairly disappointed with Eclipse seies this year. All in all, just not worth the price imo...
08-24-2012 02:38:24 | More by comfortablynumb1
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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