Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 204 ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend
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:
Burgandy wax.

Added by MasterSki on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
204
Liked:
190
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
8.87%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
108
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 01/08/2012
Vintage: 2011 Brandy BA(Burgundy Wax)
Type: 22oz. Bomber #1805
Glass: Snifter Glass

Received this beer in a trade from fortsambo, thanks! Decided to crack this brew for the Steelers wildcard playoff game, needless to say the brew turned out better than the game.

Poured a dark black in color w/ a 1 finger tan head that left medium amounts of sticky lacing. One knock was it appears a tad thin for the style, but it is barrel aged. The nose was aromas of brandy, oak, molasses, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. The taste was about the same, starting off w/ brandy sweetness, followed by big oak, and finishing w/ molasses/dark chocolate a touch of hop bitterness and charred malts. Full bodied and lush. The flavors really stick to the palate. For the style this brew is very drinkable as I almost polished off the bomber myself, but then again it was a very close game.

Overall, this brew was excellent and I would happily drink another bomber in the future.

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Photo of fnoffagain
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 from sholland119

22 oz. bomber with a little remnant of wax, shared with a couple friends.

A - Black as night with a light tan frothy head. Good bit of lacing. Looks like we've got ourselves a stout. 4.0

S - Tons of cherry and plum on the nose. I think it's a bit cold and needs to warm...Little bit of yeast and maybe some oak. Touch of char...After some warming, the barrel aging really starts to shine. Even more fruit and I'm really thinking this is cognac. 3.5

T - Not much taste at first, but then a big hit of vanilla and coffee. Huge alcohol flavor. This is definitely barrel aged. I wouldn't 100% say bourbon at this point. Some good chocolate malt and a lot of fruit is showing up. Thinking it could be brandy actually. Much more caramel and sweetness as it warms. This reminds me of those chocolate covered cherries with the liqueur that my grandpa gave me as a kid. Good stuff....Also starting to remind me of cognac black hole (Pointed out by my buddy). This is definitely not bourbon. 4.5

M - Sharper carbonation than I would've expected, but not ridiculous. Pretty full-bodied, especially for being -bal aged. Definitely some heat here, we've got ourselves. After a number of tastes, the carbonation is starting to wear on my tongue a bit. 3.0

O - Delicious, delicious beer and great way to start things off, Scott. I would happily drink this beer again. Even with the heat, I find myself going back for more and more. This great brew gets better and better as it warmes. 4.0

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Nice looking mocha head. Good retention for a big beer. A few patches of lace.

Chocolate and roasty notes up front. A bit of dark ripe fruit, oak and a soft brandy end.

Lots of chocolate, with some roasty components, but not overly harsh. Dry oak feel. Some brandy, and general boozy flavors, but still rounded out well. Some darker fruits.

Medium body, with a light, fluffy feel. Flavors are very well rounded. Nothing harsh or out of place alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Nice beer.

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Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep burgundy engulfing all light with a large frothy tan head holding fantastic retention leaving chunky dollops of lace.

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and some dark fruit aromas dominate the nose. Light brandy like grape notes, hints of wood with a leathery note deep in the back.

Thick creamy, fluffy and slightly sweet. Fudge, milk chocolate, cocoa, very light brandy and wood notes, alcohol burn in the chest. Layered black fruits, heavy cream, cherry, currant, berry, light leather component, caramel, and more. Very nice but would have liked some more barrel character.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a waxed bomber into a 22 oz. (LOL) Founders CBS snifter. There's nothing like being able to pour an entire bomber into a snifter at once. Pours an anthracite kinda black with a caramel foam that rises to the width of your pinkie finger. The nose is lovely A bit boozy, with a nice shot of grapes. The brandy treatment is indeed evident here. The taste reveals a tight mirror of the nose. There's a winy, floral, and dark fruit them to to the taste. It truly is lovely. The ABV is well integrated. The mouthfeel is incredible. Smooth and creamy, without the slightest lingering aftertaste. It's gone instantly. When you swish this around in your mouth, it foams up nice and thick and feels so wonderful on the tongue. It also releases the full flavor of this beast. What's awesome about his beer, is that if feel more than comfortable tackling it on my own. Feel free to be selfish with this one. Share at your own peril.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from 22oz bottle poured into snifter (on New Years eve) supplemented by notes taken from the tap version consumed at the release.

A: Pours a very dark near black with reddish edges beneath a finger of dark mocha brown head that bubbled away into a thin wispy film.
S: Sweet, almost fruity smelling, with notes of rich malts, green apple and boozy brandy barrel.
T: Sweet like the nose with strong notes of brandy. The barrel really dominates in this version. I get notes of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and a hint of cola as well. Sweet yet spicy at the same time. The finish is woody and full of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of brandy all the way. As this beer reaches room temp the brandy comes out even more and the fruit isn’t as strong.
M: Medium-thick body that is full but not the fullest, boozy but smooth mouthfeel with even carbonation.
O: The bottle seemed fruiter than I remember the tap version being at the release. This is definitely a brandy lovers beer. Rich and strong but very easy to sip on. Definitely not the smoothest or richest of the different Eclipse treatments, but this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to have a sneak peak of this while helping out with bottling. Then had 2-3 samples the night of, one of my favorites (the brandy always is). Dark pour, tan head, 1/2" in height.

Aroma was just awesome. Best smelling Eclipse, even better than last year's. More complex, higher on the chocolate, vanilla and smoke, less on the brandy sweetness. This was chunkier.

Taste, pretty damn good, easy to drink, silky without the sweetness. There's still sweetness, and probably more than any other version other than the rye, but its more of a brown sugar kind of sweetness, which is a little more tolerable with the other flavors in this kind of beer. The base beer (Totality) seems like its roasted qualities are on better display in this barrel. That is one base beer that doesn't get enough stroking.

When I want to convert or expose people to something they wouldn't think they might be into dark beer wise (you know the I don't drink any dark beer types) I break this out, tell them I hate Brandy, but I love what it does here. More often than not, people have their eyes opened. Can't wait to open a bottle of this. Possibly even better than last year's (a tough burden to overcome).

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is typical of Eclipse, pouring a clear dark brown that lies opaque in the glass, topped by a small but lasting head.

Fantastic nose on this one, bringing me back to that initial keg of Brandy Eclipse that was on tap at the brewery in 2010. Brandy is prominent, of course, contributing sweet fruitiness, brown sugar and creme brulee that's complementary to the roast, anise and dark chocolate notes of Totality.

Big brandy barrel flavors wash the palate first, fruity and sweet, lightly tannic. Licorice, dark fruit and brown sugar seem more prominent than the big chocolate notes I get from the bourbon barrel versions of Eclipse. The body is silky and full, carbonation at a moderate, gentle level. Not much heat, and mild in the finish with lingering sugary dark fruit flavors. The brandy barrels contribute little bite, making this one of the more accessible and easy drinking Eclipse variations.

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Photo of emaciated
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of amrozga
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of lballstar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mthomas84
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a heaping big head of dark tan foam, nice thick lace.

S: Has that familiar brandy barrel character which I like so much, fruity with dark chocolate and a hint of smoke.

T: Very grapey, this entered my mind on the first sip. Solid flavours, lots of dark malt character, hints of vanilla and smoke.

M: Full-bodied, frothy yet biting carbonation. Nice finish.

O: Another solid Eclipse beer. They're good that's for sure, but is 'good' enough to qualify the price point, that's still up in the air.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rudeboy916
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jodan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brandy Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 204 ratings
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