Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017) | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017)
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4.27/5
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17 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brotherloco on 12-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
pDev:
3.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out the darkest brown/black color, with 2 fingers of light brown colored head------------ the aromas are of chocolate, dark fruit, Carmel, spice, lesser coconut, cognac and cinnamon------------ the flavors are of fudge, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla and lesser tobacco, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a medium roasted bitter finish---------------- overall this was a delisious complex barrel aged stout, I was picking up a lot of brandy and bourbon notes, this beer was super smooth for 11%

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass via draft @ Alewife 10/16/2018

color is a nice jet black
smell is bourbon and chocolate notes
taste follows the nose exactly with bourbon up front and semi-sweet chocolate on the backend
alcohol burn is minimal
not a top shelf BA Stout, but it's good just the same

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alexsergio
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it's losing it's great flavor.... i'm done 'cellaring'.... it's a fraud for most brews

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hittin' up these grand cru reviews. The grand cru looks pretty much spot on like the overwhelming series of the Eclipse beers: Pours black but not dark AF black, it goes dark brown to the edges and has a brown 1/2" head. Aroma hits the usual suspects: chocolate roasted malt, bourbon, oak, coffee roast like tendencies.

The taste is the culmination of everything in the nose and otherwise Eclipse. A nice mellow slight sweetness accompanying a hearty dose of bourbon influence. Slight bitterness, slight charred effect. Light nuanced smoke and dark fruit notes even, very light, this is clearly not a Russian Imperial Stout despite that descriptor, its just a barely there influence. Very light caramel influence (maybe it was the salted caramel Eclipse influence) that you generally don't see in the other Eclipse beers. Once again, they've made a very good, albeit very expensive grand cru. I dunno, tough to pay more for a bottle of this than you would for a 4 pack of KBS. . .

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive, tantalizing and in truly seductive fashion, the FiftyFifty Brewing Company never disappoints with their Imperial Eclipse Stout series. And the 2017 Grand Cru version sits at the crossroads where all of the other varieties converge for a well balanced, well rounded and highly complex session.

Pitch black and rolling into the glass like syrupy espresso, a light creme of froth soon dissolves and leaves a rich, robust and spicy sweet scent behind. Chocolate, molasses, dark roast coffee, toast, whisky and a savory sherry scent swirls on the nose in a truly mesmerizing aroma. But the savory display is just getting started as chocolate covered espresso beans, the slightly burnt edges of brownies, blackstrap molasses and a robust nature of black walnut ensures a rich and roasty taste throughout.

With the sweetness applying a firm grip on the middle palate, the dark and roasty taste of espresso brings a slightly burnt, slightly smoky taste to the sweetness for balance and depth. A more savory collection of flavors roll onto the tastebuds with a strong suggestion of sherry, madeira and port wine that hinge on soy sauce, but backing off to favor the taste of red grape, currant, blackberry and black cherry- all on the aggressively grilled side. A moderate bitterness brings up the late palate with a taste of caramel sweetened coffee once more.

Full, lavish and unapologetically rich, the beer foregoes any attempt to become drinkable, smooth or soft. Jam packed with a plethora of culinary art, each sip brings new flavors as the stout warms and the palate slowly acclimates to the beer's strength and complex flavors. A long, savory and brandy-like spice lays tracks of fortified wine, rye whisky and coffee liquor on an extending aftertaste.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_cheffin_j
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Grand Cru (2017) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 17 ratings