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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2015) | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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4.29/5
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67 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2015)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
67
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
20
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours your standard eclipse color but this bottle had a great thick light brown head after a vigorous pour. Solid sheets of lace down the glass. Looks better than most others I've poured.
S: Mellow booze, sweet sticky caramel/chocolate, mild roast. Raisin. No one thing stands out.
T: Pumpernickel bread toast/spice flavor mixed with chocolate syrup, caramel, and vanilla in the finish; toasted marshmallow, creme brûlée and chocolate fudge in the aftertaste. Subtle kiss of bourbon and mild booze.
M: Thick mouthfeel and chewier carbonatiom than many of the other treatments.
O: Definitely a decadent blend with a perfect balance of sweet and spice. Potent but complex. Drinks well with a thicker richer mouthfeel than I remember. One of the best in recent memory and reminds me of why I originally love this brand.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DVMin98
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 gold wax bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark brown body, one finger offwhite head, short retention, bits of lacing. Looks about right for a 50/50 stout. Smell is dark fruit, slight cardboard, milk chocolate, a bit of paint thinner, bourbon. The oxidation seemed immediately apparent to me. Flavour is a bit better though; the oxidative components aren't as strong here. Milk chocolate, light fudge, complex spirit flavours perhaps cognac and bourbon; touch of dark fruit and cherry as well. Light roast, caramel. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, fairly good carbonation, a bit hot on the finish. Oxidative properties perhaps are attributable to the particular barrels used, perhaps there is sherry in the mix, for example- but it didn't make for a great look on this one.

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Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz gold waxed dipped bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle run no.: GC/2 2015
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a somewhat thin, dark brown/black and was topped by a super tight and frothy, two-finger tall crop of tan colored foam. Outstanding retention. The head slowly fell to a lasting bubbly cap. Copious amounts of streaky lacking stuck along the glass.

The aroma initially was pretty unexciting. A crisp, dry yeasty quality was noticeable. Touch of roast. As the head faded, the roasty notes intensified. Somewhat char-like. Big boozy notes came through as well. With time, a bit of oxidation appeared. Wet cardboard for sure. Later in the session, the oxidative notes subsided and the roast and booze took over. Some piney hops appeared as well. Hint of cola spice. Toward the drink's end, the hops really intensified.

Oxidative notes were also apparent in the flavor profile, but they were definitely not as prominent as in the aroma. Loads of roast on the front end. Some sweet chocolate fudge and brown sugar too. Espresso came through in the center. Moderate amount of oxidation on the back end and the finish. There was a big boozy presence and loads of char as well. Bitter, piney hops also came through strong. Like in the nose, the oxidation subsided as the beer sat. The hops however really intensified, dominating with the roast by the session's end.

Terrific mouthfeel. Creamy, viscous and nearly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervesce. Slick and plush on the palate.

Wow, what a strange beer. I cannot remember the last time I had something that changed so dramatically over the course of the session. While I have enjoyed most of FiftyFifty's Eclipse Stout variants, this beer definitely was not my thing. Even with over a year of age on this bottle, it still drank like a super hoppy and raw rendition of the style.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mixture of the 2015 Eclipse beers. As usual, black and brown, 1/2" brown head. Aroma, I think this one excels, great mixture of bourbon and rye going on, roast as well. Good stuff.

Taste, hits those good notes, even if muddled about Eclipse. Plenty of bourbon, char, American oak, chocolate, cocao, vanilla, roasted malt. Mouth feel is a smooth experience. Mild sweetness that helps cover the alcohol. Carbonation on point. Getting a super mild amount of dark fruit at the end of this as it has warmed up even more. Would put the overall score higher if these weren't on the high end price wise comparatively to other barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After waiting a year and having a less than stellar experience with the Cognac version I felt I needed to open another bottle from 2015 to see if quality has deteriorated across the board or if I just had a bad bottle.

The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki cap that fades leaving a full wall of spotty lace.

Aroma seems papery with oxidation, milk chocolate, minerals, citrus and roast.

Taste has some neutral spirit booziness, mild wood, coffee-like earth and roastiness. Some caramelized sweetness and a mild green vegetal feel.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Im not sure what has happened with this series I use to love so much but its no longer as good as the eclipse I remember. I now regret buying futures for 2016....hopefully they are better than this.

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Photo of rawfish
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siege06nd
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2015 (Gold Wax)

A: Pours an opaque get black with 1 fingers width of dense, light mocha colored head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Aroma is roasty, leather, tobacco; some charred oak and whiskey-like characters. Subtle sweetness. Not nearly the barrel presence of other variants I’ve had in the past. Cocoa. 4.25

T: Sweeter than the aroma. A big honey and syrupy sweetness. Big barrel characters with lots of charred oak and bourbon barrel notes. Bourbon characters are huge. Lots of roasty notes; cocoa; coffee. Fantastic mix of sweetness, barrel notes, and roasty. Killer. 4.75

M/D: Very smooth, full bodied but not thick, carbonation low but appropriate, ABV is exceptionally well masked and drinkability is excellent. Silky smooth mouthfeel. 4.5

O: Excellent beer. I love the 50/50 Eclipse series, and although this isn’t my favorite variant I’ve had (that title goes to EC 20), its exceptional nonetheless. 4.5

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Photo of tbone1384
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pstam87
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2015) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 67 ratings