Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011
206 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copper wax.

Added by MasterSki on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Khazadum
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great body, good stockinred and lacing. Looks well with decent carbonation.

Sharp sticky molasses, deep dark fruits, nice sharp ethanol, alcoholic sweetness. It's got one of the best eclipse barrel nature.
Very complex and super sweet. Molasses, dark fruit, Belgian candied sugar. Ethanol is all over the place. It's making the beer an of flavors.

Thick, syrupy, intense sticky flavors. Amazing how different it is from other eclipses.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Hoops4life511
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the release party. Split with basilcrow, SneezyAchew and AutumnBeerLove.

A: Pours like the other ones, near black, thick looking, with a thin dark brown head that faded into a thin collar that left a few spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: This beer smells very smooth and buttery. Vanilla is strong but I also get some chocolate and light bourbon.
T: Smooth, rich, and buttery notes of chocolate, wood, strong vanilla, leather and a hint of bourbon. The finish is lightly warm and the aftertaste is creamy and lingering.
M: Thick body with a very smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.
O: One of the best of the whole series. A perfect blend of barrels. I wish I had purchased more bottles.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Matt the other night just because. I'll have to bring some tasty the next time we hang out. I had heard mixed things aobut this beer but the one we shared was awesome.

Beer is dark brown with a mild haze at the corners of the beer, thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, low retention, looks almost still but fine.

The aroma is sweet, oaky, woody, nice, strong, boozy, I really like it.

Beer is medium in body, a little thin on the finish, oaky -- most woody one I've had thus far. The booze is all front palate, nice, sweet, an almost coconut type flavor up front, light roast, no bitterness, nice finish, not dry. I'd have it again.

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Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oglmcdgl for popping one of these open.
Copper wax bottle into Chimay Goblet.

Imperial Eclipse Stout Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co is a black stout with a dark tan bordering on brown cap that left some splotches on the glass.

Smell is what you would expect from the style, dark chocolate with slight vanilla notes and oak toppled by the blend of bourbon BA'ing resulting in bourbon and stout. I May have smelled the honey used, but that could be my mind.

This is nice, not as large than I was expecting in body, yet tons of flavor from the barrel without losing the base beer. Nice hits of oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, cocco, and some roasted malt.

Feel is a little thin for the style. I kind of like that as it makes it easier for me to drink, and Im sure it helps to pick up more of the barrel in a thinner stout. The carb was a bit lacking, yet not dead.

Great beer, but let's be real, at 30 dollars per bottle it's insanely expensive, a bit insulting actually. In the end it's another big stout with bourbon.

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Photo of groetman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been calling my name since I got it. Shared with Matt & Krissi tonight.

The beer has very little head. The color is dark brown. The head is oily and does stay around for a while.

The aroma brings a lot of oak, followed by bourbon. Lots of wood (that's what she said!). Straightforward in the aroma, which is dominated by barrel character.

Again, lots of barrel flavor, which I love. Silky smooth on the palate. Low carbonation. Perhaps too low. Some more carbonation would be beneficial. I still thought this was a delicious beer. A bit tannic with a mild sharpness in the back. Overall, really good. A departure from the norm. Well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle #86. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with almost no head. A few mocha bubbles, but that's about it. Very thin mocha ring for a bit. A bit troubling. The nose has quite a bit of bourbon. Fairly smooth, but also a lot of heat. Chocolate and moderate roast in the background. The flavor is fairly boozy, though the bourbon character of it is quite nice. Milk and dark chocolate in the background. Medium body with very low carbonation. Fairly hot. Medium-full body.

Hopefully this was just an off bottle. I will revisit the next time I have one.

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Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to petesuphi for opening a bottle of this one for us to try.

A - Pours black with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down the glass. Just like the others it has very little head.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts, oak, bourbon, chocolate, licorice and toffee. An overly charred aroma comes to light as it warms up, not really sure where that is coming from.

T - Starts off with some rich sweetness consisting of vanilla, chocolate and toffee giving way to a nice bourbon kick, leaving the pallet coated in dry oak tannins long after the finish. Pretty damn tasty, could use some time to mellow out.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. This one feels a little bigger than its counterparts. A little sweeter than the others with some more heat.

O - I liked this one a little more than my rating would indicate. It has a ton of good going for it but it is still a little hot at this point. Glad I got one of these sitting in the cellar, can't wait to try it again in the future. Has the potential to be great.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Bottle # 2425

A- Not the most attractive looking beer, no carbonation, thin bubbles on top that dissipate to nothing, pitch black color.
S- Nice bourbon aroma, buttery vanilla, slight dark fruits, some sweetness comes out, cocoa, no heat in the aroma.
T- Interesting, I was expecting this to be thicker, really thin, some bourbon, nice buttery vanilla, slight cocoa, a little disappointing.
M- No carbonation at all, really thin, watery, smooth drinking, abv is hidden.
O- Alright beer had so much potential, the lack of carbonation played a big factor in my overall impression of this beer, really thin, watery mouth feel, nice bourbon characteristics but the lack of carbonation dropped this beer down in my books.

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Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Stone's Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Bartender's recommendation for choice. Complex, some coffee,roasty aroma, above-average mouthfeel. Boozy. Very dark brown. Coconut and wood from barrel ageing. Some chocolate, bitter overall. Decent for style but overated.

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Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MBrausen
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter

A. Pours a dark caramel brown, nice 2mm head of foam that fades to a very nice ring

S. Smells of Caramel, dark chocolate and a very light toffee.

T. Tastes of toffee, nice milk chocolate, bitter chocolate and very light caramel.

M. Medium body, very dry with mild carbonation

O. A very good beer. Sweet and a little sugary, and a tiny bit bitter and tart. I really liked this beer a lot. I think this one is worth searching out.

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Photo of mindspin315
2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very interesting looking beer. Poured no head whatsoever. Dark body...deep brown teetering on black. Looks like dark water in a glass. No lacing, no carbonation, and no head when poured (I poured it aggressive too)

Vanilla, toasted oak, and bourbon upfront. Chocolate, coffee, and dark cherry/plum sweetness in the background. Mild char graininess.

Drinks a lot more like an Old Ale than an Imperial Stout. Absolutely no carbonation and also the body is quite thin. For an Imperial Stout I'd like a medium-full bodied beer. The beer starts out with some flavor and mouthfeel complexity but finishes thin with not to much of an aftertaste. Charred roasted malt bitterness on the tongue. Hints of dark bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, leather, roasted maltiness, some oak/vanilla at the middle to back end, and molasses in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor comes through in the taste but I don't get any alcohol burn in the mouth/chest...only the bourbon notes in the flavor.

I was expecting a lot more from this one. The beer really lacks on the back end/after taste here. Quite thin and not much flavor hanging around. This one drinks more like an old ale than an imperial stout. Not that I don't like old ales, but it falls that way rather than actually aiming to be in that style category.


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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Eclipse ... bottle #1268 of this version for 2011.

Pours with a short tan head over an opaque black body with brown edges.

Aromas include bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla/oak, and slight roast.

Smooth as hell on the palate. Rich molasses, baker's chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee bean bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel... like a milk stout. Very drinkable.

This was great - expensive, but great. Looking forward to trying the other 5 we got out here.

edit: Ha, my review just bumped it to a 90.

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

2011 served @ 55F

A - Very dark roasted cocoa with 1mm of milk chocolate, thin sheet sticks around without many legs.

S - Light alcohol again with a toffee and cocoa sweetness followed with a light char and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Brandy barrels seem to be the main component of this blend. Overall nothing sticks out but everything falls together well. The vanilla and oak fall back compared to the EC and the dark fruit and a light licorice come out.

M/D - Low carbonation and slightly tannic and hot. Definitely not a stand out of the three that I had tonight, but not bad at all. A good blend that doesn't have a wow aspect but is still a solid BA stout.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of afrokaze
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle# 2418. 2011 Batch.

A: Appearance of a much larger stout, think I heard that this might be a bit higher than the 9.5% listed on the bottle. Very small head, soapy bubbles that are fading away very fast. Not pitch black, but very dark. Not seeing any light through this.

S: Sweet bourbon! Much smoother than the 12 year. Caramel and vanilla with some toffee. Very dark malts and a bit of char. Picking up a dark fruit aroma that I first noticed in Black Albert, almost a dark cherry and plum thing going on. The wood is very nice and so smooth.

T: Deep and dark with bitter chocolate, caramel, oak and vanilla. Touch of alcohol that smooths out nicely. A small hint of some leafy hops that lends some nice bitterness. A bit strong, could use some time in a dark place.

M: Same problem I encountered with the 12 year...where is the body on this beer? This could be simply outstanding if it had a full body. Feels heavy at the first sip, but thins out very fast on the palate.

O: Really only jumped on these beers because I was so surprised to see it in my area. 28 dollars seemed right for an impulse buy, but after trying two of the varieties. Meh.

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Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 206 ratings
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