Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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4.21/5
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-BrandyImperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brotherloco on 12-13-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,632
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
57
pDev:
6.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head which retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate with some allspice and some slight apple aroma and some hints of roasted malts
T: Taste is brandy and apples with some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors. There's a little oak in there as well but not a lot. On the swallow this beer is brandy sweetness with some lingering roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of things with a silky and smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but below prickly which is fine for the style.The beer has a slightly dry finish as well.
O: Overall, this is a really interesting take on the beer. The apple brandy barrels are a nice twist on an old favorite. I think the sweetness of the spirit hides a lot of complexity that the base beer brings to the party. It's still very good and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of ChrisG523
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i have had a fair few of these now, and this might be the best of the lot for me, priced insanely fairly downtown at tupelo honey, cheaper than i have seen at retail, 2016 vintage. the beer is rich and heavy in the glass, dense shiny black with deep brown head, low rising but very stiff and lasting, sticky looking and a little intimidating. the smell of this is crazy, i still get the distinctive floral honey of the base beer right up front, amazing that it can come through such a huge dark malt base, it gets me every time. the apple brandy is intense too, i used to get whacked off of the stuff every christmas eve, and this certainly brings back some of those memories and feelings, it is impossibly forward here as well. the flavor is absurd, the fruitiness and richness of the brandy bringing up the honey in a wonderful way, its fall and winter in one, oaky and robust, earthy and intense, still packed with a ton of roast and coffee character, but made delicate by the apple element as well as the honey, both almost in front of the grain in the taste, but mild in nature comparatively speaking. espresso and maple syrup and toffee, its sweet, but there is plenty of bitter almost charred grain at the end to balance, slippery and smooth, sleek and gentle, not even boozy when it warms up. the brandy instead of whiskey is brilliant for this impressie base stout, it highlights its best features in a new way to my palate, and all at our table are blown away by the unique flavor profile and insanely high quality of this beer. this has to be my favorite version of this so far!

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown body, looks black at first. Couple of fingers of beige head, oily legs, ample lacing. About as good looking as an imperial stout can get.

Smells of chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and tar. There's a whiff of coconut, some toffee and/or salted caramels, and a touch of yeasty spice as well. Chocolate and some slightly acidic burnt malts take center stage.

Tastes of chocolate, some brown sugar, a hint of tootsie rolls, and plum/raisin sweetness. There is a touch of honey. The finish is a bit sweet, but mostly tar.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than many BA stouts at this abv. Still some stickiness to it. Finish is quite dry, despite some sweet notes on the palate.

The more BA Imperial Stouts I have, the less I like the style. But the Eclipse series never fails to impress. If you can find it, try it!

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev -5%
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 57 ratings