Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #880
Ranked #3,179
4.22 | pDev: 7.82%
Mar 01, 2022
Dec 13, 2016
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-BrandyImperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy
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4.16 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

10th release edition, 2016/12/16
Pours a smaller fizzy foamy tan head with med-lower retention, little lacing, decent legs, jet black color

Nose plenty of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roasted coffee, fudge, a little caramel and nougat, a touch of touch dark fruits and apple brandy like, some char notes, milk chocolate, vanilla oak

Taste brings more sweet malt, plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, etc, with more caramel, nougat, a little marshmallow, cocoa powder, light bitter roast, coffee, some dark fruits and a touch of apple brandy, vanilla barrel notes, but not a ton of brandy or barrel in general, mild sweet finish, some bitter roast and coffee grounds

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy foamy med carb, very light warming alcohol

Overall decent, wish the barrel came through more

Jul 11, 2021
4.39 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 10, 2020
4.44 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 05, 2020
4.5 by archero from Texas on Jun 27, 2020
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4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

2016 vintage

Pours dark with a dense creamy tan cappuccino like foam head. Smells like sweet apple brandy, baked apples, chocolate, smoky roasted malts, coffee, molasses, dark toffee, caramel, vanilla, honey, oak, some dark fruits, with earthy piney hops. Tastes real nice and balanced with rich apple brandy, oak barrel, honey, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark toffee, molasses, some dark fruit, baked apples, with earthy piney hops. Feels medium fuller bodied, creamy and thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice apple brandy barrel aged imperial stout with honey.

Mar 17, 2020
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

2019 Eclipse. Nice looking new label.

Pours a translucent brown with a finger of medium brown head.

Nose is bright, sweet barrel presence. Mild fruit notes. Getting some cinnamon and malt. But mostly the barrel dominates. Not overbearing but dominant. Nice scents coming out of this brew.

Taste follows the nose. Bright, sweet barrel notes. Oak is strong as well. Initial sweetness followed by a hint of tart fruit. Malt blossoms out much more. Smoky roasty quality. Coffee like. A mild sweetness persists throughout. Not too heavy or sticky.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an Imperial Stout. Smooth, mild carbonation, very drinkable, but the thin medium body is a little disappointing.

Overall a smooth, mellow brew. Apple brandy bringing a different barrel profile than the typical bourbon. Quite enjoyable.

Feb 20, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black cholate notes with sweet barrel-aged notes is enticing. Taste is a mix of sweet black chocolate notes with some apple brandy notes, light woody notes with a sweet finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and faint warming alcohol notes. Enjoyable but not one of my favorite from this series.

Dec 30, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

Had a 16oz crowler can filled at Park Towne Beverage in Royersford.

So smooth, considering the Style, the ABV, and the barrel aging. Far more Apple than Brandy

Dec 27, 2019
4.07 by jakecattleco from California on Nov 10, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle (2017 vintage) as part of a trade with @Mikeoxlong. thanks man!
Pouring the beer into my snifter, the beer pours a pitch black color with no light passing through even when held up to the lights. A thin but dense and creamy beige head foams up and remains as a sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling.
Aroma is a little boozy right off the pour with a mix of brown sugar and some dark chocolate. I also get a bit of fruity note, apples possibly but also maybe more of something like a pear. Interesting fruit character,but difficult to place. There is definitely some booze and a bit of dry toothpick wooden note in the background, but generally the nose is sweet. Hops not present on the aroma.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture, surprising how soft it is on my palate! Very fine carbonation that is a little tingly and the swallow makes for a slight stickiness that coats as it glides down my gullet. A little bit of warming booze after the swallow too.
Flavor is generally sweet with chocolate, brown sugar and some apple flavors mixing together. I also get a little bit of booze and brandy sweetness here. The apple notes are definitely more green apple, like a granny smith and not sweeter like gala variety. Again, I dont find any hop character on this beer.

The beer is very enjoyable in flavor, but the physical traits caught me off guard a bit with just how smooth this beer is. Very nice Imp Stout. Would buy up any additional bottles I found of this one @mikeoxlong!!

Nov 09, 2019
4.19 by shelby415 from Oregon on Nov 03, 2019
4.31 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Aug 18, 2019
4.17 by Bandi from New York on Aug 17, 2019
4.27 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2019
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2.22/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
by ArrogantB from Colorado

On tap at the brewery in Truckee. I could not finish a 4oz sample this was so bad. Flavor was like terrible brandy, smoke, just a muddled mix of garbage. How did this not get dumped? I feel bad for anyone who bought bottles.

Jul 24, 2019
4.38 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

2018 bottle. poured into an Aslin anniversary glass and allowed to warm.

L: Small very light tan head, not much retention. Only a thin ring left. Beer is almost completely black, but still a little bit in the dark browns.

S: You can definitely sense the Laird's (or whatever the apple brandy brand is) and the barrel. Also an alcohol presence.

T: Definitely dominated by the brandy barrel and baked apples, including allspice, cinnamon, etc. Very nice in that regard. It does seem to push the base stout a bit to the side and the finish is a bit alcoholic.

F: Full-bodied. A little bit of carbonation. Construction and balance are pretty good, but I feel the base stout is overshadowed a bit much and it gets boozy as it warms.

O: It's a nice variant on a stout. I do love Laird's and the like.

Jun 30, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by emyers from Illinois

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with a half-inch tan head

Nose: Roasted malt and apple brandy. Fairly strong alcohol presence.

Taste: Apple brandy up front with a nice base of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild alcohol heat on the finish. Very good balanced flavor profile.

Feel: Full-bodied, medium-low carbonation. Very smooth.

Jun 16, 2019
3.9 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jun 14, 2019
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Apr 30, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

I was excited to sample my first ever Eclipse variant. Since the single bombers are simply too darn expensive for me, I waited until I found a variant on tap for a more reasonable price. This was the 2016 version of the Apple Brandy Eclipse.

I thought the offering was a solid and well-above-average stout with a potent roasted flavor profile. However, I got very little "barrel" in the nose or flavor. Since I enjoy Apple Brandy (especially in the Fall), I was looking forward to a nice blended flavor. That part was disappointing.

If every variant is this light on the barrel, then I must wonder both what all the commotion is about and why the price-tag for this beer is so high.

Feb 18, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is earthy, leafy with wood and baked apple notes. Taste is sweetish at first with caramel, brandy and dried fruits on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking and complex.

Feb 04, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mishi_d from Romania

Dark brown color with tan head, aroma is apple compote, roasted malt, wood, honey, earthy, taste is medium sweet, lightly bitter, medium body, medium carbonation.

Feb 04, 2019
4.23 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 22, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki. Head retention is great. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, bready malts. Apple brandy, char, caramel, and molasses add a nice kiss of heat and sweetness. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, bready malts with char, apple brandy, caramel, molasses, and burnt sugar. It has nice ebbs and flows of heat and bite and sweet and soothing. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a chewy, filling texture. Overall, a great beer with nice sweetness.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Dec 14, 2018
4.1 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Nov 07, 2018
4.1 by paulish from New York on Nov 07, 2018
4.32 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Nov 01, 2018
4.44 by QuakeAttack from California on Oct 29, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Another bottle liberated from the clutches of CA! It’s told me it’s happier here. Little does it know it’s slated for slaughter tonight. Blue-waxed 2017 22 oz. bottle split with my wife as a nightcap.

The pour, it is almost like a moonless night, where the moon has gone behind something. I know there’s a word for that. Aroma is muted, but there is some barrel, brown sugar, chocolate, & something in the cherry family.

Imperial Eclipse Stout – Apple Brandy Barrel Aged brings the Eclipse family to a new transit (ha!). The barrel makes a marked appearance, & almost makes the stout seem fuller somehow, but it’s far more apple than brandy, just like Wham! is more Michael than Ridgeley. Smooth green apple, more alcohol than this line usually brings, brown sugar, mild roast, & enough oak to crush a double-wide. Full frontal malts. Fuller than older Eclipses (less transit, more occultation), but still plenty easy to down.

Not the best of the series, this one needed cuddling & pillow-talk before it opened up. Is it OK to call it it? Very good brew.

Oct 27, 2018
4.4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2018
4.35 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Oct 14, 2018
4.25 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Aug 12, 2018
4.5 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Jul 05, 2018
4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jun 09, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Apr 22, 2018
4.25 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2018
3.74 by joemochas from Florida on Apr 07, 2018
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple-Brandy from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 93 ratings