Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers BrandyImperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy
BA SCORE
4.08/5
86 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers BrandyImperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown/purple wax top.

Added by largadeer on 12-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
86
pDev:
14.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
25
Trade:
2
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this in a vertical (and horizontal?) tasting of 27 different Fifty Fifty Eclipse variants / vintages from 2008 through 2014. Had the 2010 and the 2011 Brandy Barrel versions, both excellent.

Poured opaque with a light lacing that dissipated rather quickly.

The brandy didn't fully materialize in the flavor profile - but the beer was oh so smooth in the mouthfeel. A cooling alcohol burn was consistent throughout though not overpowering at all. Plenty of chocolate, a smidgen of raisin and plum - a bit of sweet stone fruit. The finish was smooth and warming. Remnants of a slightly sweet vanilla bean flavor lie on the palate. Overall an exceptional entry in a fathomless library of barrel-aged variations.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this trade awhile back.
Bottle 54
2010 Vintage

Pours a wicked dark brown/black color, hardly any head and no lacing either, carbonation looks to be pretty minimal so it's a bit worrisome it may be flat.

Smell has a rich roasted malt aroma backed with touches of dark fruit, cocoa and a subtle oak brandy, a mellow but well blended aromatic.

Taste is not a "slap your mouth it burns" stout which is refreshing since sometimes it can be heavy handed when it comes to barrel beers, the roasted malt contributes a strong char character with the barrel-aging not overwhelming the base beer, the subtle dark fruit and chocolate have a good layering of flavors with the oak and brandy showing up last, carbonation is quite low but not flat, could definitely have used a few more bubbles to make this beer more full bodied and creamy than syrupy and sticky.

Mouthfeel flaws aside, this is an excellent example of how to age a beer in barrels, the brandy does not overwhelm the beer itself or make it burn on every sip, instead it adds just enough flavor and complexity to complement.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears a dark brown to black cole with a thin tan penline of head that that doesnt really maintain that well. A swirl revives the cap that is quick to fade leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma contains plenty of earth and roast. A little spicy character almost like cinnamon mixes with some raw oak qualities moreso than the expected fruity or vinous brandy notes. Also, some sulfur comes out with swirls. It isnt until the brew really warms up that it gets quite fruity in alcohol with almost a raisony character typical of the other eclipse variations.

The taste is raw, bitter and earthen with a surprising amount of citrus to almost grassy hop elements. Some fruity alcohol tang like brandy is present but with a lingering bitter chocolate to woody aftertaste. The barrel presence has a hint of spice almost like cedar (just like the nose suggests) but remains more neutral and raw oak in flavor than anything elsez

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is strangely complex and very much different than the other eclipse variations. The brandy in this one almost had it leaning towards a barrel aged black ipa of sorts which was unique. Admittedly, this was one of the barrel treatments ive been holding on to the longest and it was in the top 3 I was most excited to try since I really like brandy barrel aged beers. Unfortunately, while enjoyable it falls mid-range in the series overall as far as my enjoyment level.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle served in a snifter. Beginning of drinking most of the 2011 and 2012s over multiple tastings

A - Dark chocolate with a small milk chocolate head 3.25

S - Dark chocolate, light green apple, slight caramel, vanilla, and light bourbon but not much. 3.25

T - Bitter chocolate, light caramel, slight apple and almost lemon. There is a slight boozy bourbon that comes near the finish. The apple and lemon just don't seem to fit too well with the rest of the flavors boozy bourbon near the finish 3.25

M - Medium body with slight creaminess with light stickiness

O - Decent enough stout but not too good overall. The bitterness and apple / lemon flavors throw this off. Also, there is only a slight brandy presence as it appears the barrel didn't add too much

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Christian Brothers Brandy from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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