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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012)
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pkalix

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

08-25-2013 01:47:32 | More by pkalix
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largadeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-14-2013 07:52:12 | More by largadeer
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

02-18-2013 05:31:58 | More by Phillyz
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

02-26-2014 16:03:40 | More by dfhhead25
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-15-2012 06:46:24 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-18-2013 18:15:06 | More by Sparger
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-18-2013 18:02:10 | More by KWMiles
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stoppertb18

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-27-2013 22:42:20 | More by stoppertb18
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-03-2013 19:22:20 | More by BMart
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:24:58 | More by BierJager89
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chance for sharing.

The beer looks just like every other Eclipse beer for crying out loud. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, a touch of marshmallow. Beautiful flavor. Light to medium in body with moderately low carbonation. The beers in this series either seem to run together or stand out among the crowd. This was a standout for me. A lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:45:38 | More by Huhzubendah
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deereless

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:28:35 | More by deereless
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scottfrie

California

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours near black with two fingers of dense, light brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving spotty lace.
S: Black coffee, licorice and dark chocolate dominate. Sweeter hints of dark fruits and booze are detectable.
T: Butterier than the nose suggested with very mellow and well integrated flavors. Cocoa, caramel, woody oak, vanilla, sweet booze, brown sugar and maybe molasses and few fig-like dark fruits are present. The finish is buttery and smooth and the aftertaste has figs and roasted coconut as it warms. Not as much anise as the nose.
M: Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel, just a faint hint of booze, low carbonation, and full body. Less warming alcohol burn than some of the other varieties.
O: A very mellow, balanced, and smooth sipper. Top five Eclipse variant for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 18:16:54 | More by scottfrie
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:41:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DJButters

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-19-2013 19:49:35 | More by DJButters
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-19-2012 06:49:43 | More by jmccraney
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 00:36:35 | More by CGMLS3
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EliSpitzner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-07-2013 19:20:44 | More by EliSpitzner
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-22-2014 04:03:47 | More by kevindp9
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-18-2013 19:56:25 | More by baybum
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-09-2013 05:48:48 | More by Kelp
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-15-2013 05:42:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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henskejk

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-02-2013 21:05:02 | More by henskejk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 18:26:57 | More by MasterSki
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oline73

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at an Eclipse tasting next to the 2011 blend. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

I don't think this one has come together nearly as well at the 2011 version. There are some nice chocolate and dark fruit notes, but it was still a bit boozy. I'd be interested in trying this one again down the road a year or two. As it stands now, it was good, but it didn't stand up to some of the other versions.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:44:10 | More by oline73
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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