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

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%


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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bronze wax, 2012 blend, but I have no idea what the blend is.

4.0 A: Black color. A little over one finger of creamy tan head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Smells good enough, but there isn't much of a main focus. Among the aromas you will find leathery bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A bit of tannic astringency, good amount of oak, and some vanilla. Reasonably complex, but not a lot of depth. Light booziness.

3.0 T: About the same as the nose, but leaves me unfulfilled. Leather, caramel, coffee, chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and mild roastiness. Not a lot of maltiness or body. Again, pretty complex, but not much depth.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking body and creaminess.

3.0 D: I liked last year's Grand Cru a lot better. This one lacks power big time. It's still not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:24:15 | More by DavoleBomb
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Indistinct bourbon aroma. Chocolate and sweetness.

Taste - Same muddled bourbon flavor. The sweetest of all the variants I've had. Lots of chocolate and booze.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Drinks like a blend. Tasty, but nothing unique about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:41:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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pants678

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:47:51 | More by pants678
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 14:45:28 | More by stakem
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mjyoung

California

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for sharing.

A: Mmmm it looks pretty darn dark. Creamy tan one finger head, but with the viscosity of slightly watery oil. Definitely a compliment as it looks DELICIOUS.

S: So many good things come across in the nose, but it's well-balanced, as nothing is supremely dominant. Bourbon, chocolote, oak-y vanilla, licorice; all of these contribute to a wonderfully enticing nose.

T: Not getting too much of a difference from the nose, but if I had to nitpick... It's a bit smoother and cleaner than the nose would suggest. No hint of alcohol, and remarkably buttery, this here is a good Eclipse. I approve whole-heartedly.

M: Smooth, appropriately carbonated, but with a respectably heavy body. Good.

O: Good. Great. Maybe not fantastic, but very very good. It's a beer that compares fantastically well to everything I've had except for maybe some of the other Eclipse beers. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:23:59 | More by mjyoung
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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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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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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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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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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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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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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