Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Back, like all other eclipses, with a mocha head.
S: Sweet, more Brady forward, some bourbon vanilla character, sweet candied fruits, oak and alcohol in the nose.
T: Vanilla forward with sweet chocolate, coffee, some candied fruits an rummy alcohol.
M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.
O: This is about the median eclipse from the 2012 batch, in terms of it's overall appeal. They're all excellent, but not all are so good as the four roses (may have been 2011), EC eclipses (also might have been 2011), Rittenhouse or the GHS blend. Definitely worth a try, but 30 bucks? Im not so sure. During beer week in SF I was lucky enough to try the whole lot of them in an epic vertical. $12 for the whole thing. Thats about a tenth the price of buying all the bottles. Look for something like that if you live in CA, around your town's beer week.
01-18-2014 16:24:58 | More by BierJager89
4.26/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle opened on 10.5.13
No Batch or Barrel info on the bottle.
A - Pours a very dark ruby red-brown with a fluffy, dark tan head with good retention.
S - Sweet and a touch of alcohol, smooth chocolate and coffee.
T - Smooth and sweet chocolate, silk and easy drinking.
D - Good carbonation and a medium body.
O - Sweet and light. Silky and very easy drinking.
10-23-2013 19:41:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Bomber into a matching Eclipse snifter and drank side by side with the '11 grand cru. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki head that displays decent retention.
The aroma contains a pleasant amount of coconut and caramel extracted via the barrel aging along with some earthy to roasty grain inclusion. The booze aspect has mild tang to fruity element but not distracting at all. The way this blend shows the barrel is pretty nice and mellow verses some of the other offerings from this same year.
The flavor is roasty with plenty of alcohol. Notes of earth and something almost solvent in the booze department with lots of fruit and more grainy chocolate in the aftertaste. Whereas the nose showed the smoother side of barrel aging, the taste is much more aggessive and sharp.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A nice change of pace in the eclipse series but strikingly similar to the other blend. Big points for the aroma of this one, the taste just didnt pair up as nicely. Enjoyable yet maybe best enjoyed with a little age on it to smooth out the rough edges.
10-21-2013 14:45:28 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Black with a tan-ish head. Thin when I expected big puffy Belgian foam.
Not much of a nose. Tinge of Ginger? Little acrid fruit?
As sharp a flavor as you can ask for without being just piercing, though, not as mean as the whiskey rye version. Has a Belgian way about it with candied flavors that end on a sugary bite on the edges of the tongue. I'm not getting the dark fruit but has just a wonderfully rich chocolate. Reminds me of de Struise's Black Albert. I don't think It needs to mellow out but that sort of gritty charcoal from Belgian yeast could be fun.
Thick but smooth as you'd want from the style.
06-08-2013 02:47:51 | More by pants678
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Medium viscosity, tightly packed head that dropped quite quickly and kept a espresso colored ring around the edge of the glass, the beer itself is obsidian dark with only a hint of light sneaking in at the edge - 4.25, S: Intensely sweet nose of candied figs, pureed dates and plums, there is also some noticeable whisky and deep charred wood, amazing nose all-around - 5.00, T: The nose did not mislead the palate on the sweetness factor, extremely sweet - candied prunes and baker's chocolate, vanilla and whisky are also evident, mocha-like flavor and a hint of smoke buried in the beer, the layers of malt don't disappoint - 4.25, M: Medium mouthfeel with a velvety chew, envelopes the tongue - 4.50, D: All around an exceptional beer and a wonderful sipper, the nose is one of the most exciting and complex I've experienced in quite a while - 4.25
05-21-2013 03:28:35 | More by deereless
4.19/5 rDev +0.5%
3L bottle shared by Sean at Dark Lord Day. Served in an Alvinne snifter.
A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Very dark brown body. Looks like Eclipse.
S - A mix of oak, bourbon, honey, chocolate, and mild vanilla. A bit hotter than many of the Eclipse variants, but not excessively so; otherwise quite nice and balanced.
T - The taste is less boozy, with dark chocolate, anise, light oak and honey, dark fruit, faint roastiness. Seems less sweet than other variants I've had. Much more mellow and smooth than the aroma suggests.
M - Smooth, medium-full body that shows some roast and tannin in the finish. Lower carbonation, and mild alcohol warmth after small glass. Seems a bit heftier than some of the other variants.
D - I like this blend better than the 2011 Grand Cru, as it's significantly less hot out of the gate. The 3L got consumed, which is a feat in and of itself. One of the better variants I've had recently in any case.
05-03-2013 18:26:57 | More by MasterSki
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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