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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011
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:
Copper wax.

Added by MasterSki on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
206
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
125
For Trade:
8
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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty.

The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite nice. Nearly as good as the white wax Elijah Craig variation, but not quite.

The flavor follows similarly, with toasted coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla, and definite honey flavors combining into something very special. There is hardly any trace of alcohol harshness.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A terrific variation, but not quite as good as the Elijah Craig 18.

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Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the release party, black pour, tan head, pretty thin ring. Aroma was probably the best of any of the Eclipses, big time chocolate, mild oak, bourbon, mild heat.

Taste more chocolate, a little sweetness, as if I can detect just what the rye barrel brings to the game. Yeah right. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy, would like to think I can tell the difference between the mouthfeel and consistency here compared with prior years. Bourbon is very mellow. Chocolate stays decadent and never thins out, real dark chocolate vibe with very little sweetness to it. Good touch with the vanilla, adds creaminess and flavor. Hides alcohol quite well like most Eclipse (all?) I've had. Still allows a little smoke to not be distracting, as well as a very tiny dark fruit and approaching tang/sour note in the most minimalistic way. I'm guessing the brandy was used in the perfect way here.

This was my favorite of all the 2011 Eclipse varieties. I think I went back and had it a total of 3 different times during the evening. Very balanced, a real showcase for what FiftyFifty has done, much less their blending capabilities on display in the grand cru more than any other version.

EDIT: Just drank my first bottle of it before the Silva/Sonnen II fight, holy damn, this got even better! Upping my rating to a 5 in the taste, this is classic stuff, how bourbon barrel stouts should be.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lush. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Typical low carbonation Eclipse appearance. A partial ring of bubble and wisps show up, but not much else. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Initially this is heavy on the dark roasted malts, licorice, oak, and bourbon. It's surprisingly boozy for an Eclipse variant, and has a light solvent character that I'm guessing is from the brandy barrels. As it warms up the sweetness increases a bit and some of the melted chocolate and vanilla flavors creep in.

T - Taste is more typical of Eclipse, with maple, brownies, honey, baker's chocolate, and a light licorice finish. There's significantly less oak and whiskey than the aroma suggests. Gets a touch hot as it reaches room temperature, but otherwise it's pretty enjoyable stuff. Not much overt brandy here - I'm curious what went into the blend.

M - Body is a bit bigger than some of the other Eclipse variants and slows into the medium-full range. Minimal carbonation, nice residual stickiness, and a bit of tannic character as well. Some definite warming alcohol too.

D - It's an enjoyable barrel-aged stout, but doesn't live up to the heights of the Eclipse series. It's also surprisingly hot and harsh for a 50/50 offering, although some of those flavors dissipated as the beer warmed up. If you have bottles of this version, I'd recommend giving them a few more months - I suspect they'll age nicely.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a barely there layer of reddish off white head from an aggressive pour. If you blinked you would have missed the head. It was gone that quickly and left no lacing.

Smell is heavenly. Strong semi sweet chocolate, bourbon and oak stand out most.

Taste is of huge bourbon barrel flavors that mesh together perfectly. Toasted coconut, vanilla, espresso, chocolate and a little sweet brandy in the finish.

Big body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I'd like some carbonation.

Great taste but the lack of carbonation really brings it down a few notches.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the release party. Finally getting around to review these

Look: Pours a black with lighter trace of brown floating about with only a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Upfront is the sweetness from the brandy barrels that is then backed up by some oak and vanilla a touch of bourbon and chocolate

Taste: Works very much the same way as then nose. Upfront again is the brandy sweetness and lingers for just a moment and then the bourbon characters show up to balance out the beer and it finishes nicely with some oak vanilla chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carbonation

Overall: This was personally my 2nd favorite variation of the night coming in slightly behind the Rittenhouse Rye. I thought the blending of the barrels worked out quite nicely and created a very drinkable beer with a nice depth of flavors

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1014th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22oz Copper Wax

2011
Bottle 1760/2011

App- A bit more crimson in color than the Rye. More alive with a bit of red in it and a bigger head to it. A tad more cling and lace. A really good looking stout in the glass.

Smell- A bit more stringy alcohol on this nose with a bit a grainy note. A bit of melting chocolate with oak, vanilla and toffee and maybe some sort of roasted nut in there.

Taste- A really good blend but not mind blowing or very smooth. I like the blend with a bit of the oak and the dark ripe fruits. I really feel this blend is more a very good quad and a very good stout were layered with more vanilla and sweetness behind it.

Mouth- A bit more thin medium than a previous bottle of the Rye. A tad more smooth and lacking bubbles on the finish. A bit of a residual fruit and vanilla and burnt oak flavor.

Drink- I am celebrating with this for a new job. Glad I got this one out of the way. I will look forward to the other versions to be a bit more smooth and layered. A good stout but the single treatments are probably much better.

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Photo of StonePhil
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Eclipse.

Smell: A good mix of brandy and bourbon. Fruity berry notes alongside caramel, vanilla, faint char and smoke. Subdued alcohol.

Edit: There's apparently no brandy barrel Eclipse in this blend.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet brandy, vanilla, oak, bitter chocolate. Becomes more fruity and tart toward the mid-palate, and ends on a slightly acrid tar note with heavy oak lingering on the palate. Feels a bit thinner than other Eclipse variants this year. Has some good flavors, but surprisingly it feels a bit more harsh and unrefined than the single barrel versions. That's not to say it isn't good, but I do prefer several of the other 2011 Eclipse variations.

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Photo of drink1121
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with three fingers of light beige head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smells of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak, baker's chocolate, and brown sugar.

Taste follows smell. Dark chocolate, bourbon soaked dark fruits (raisins/plumbs/figs), brown sugar, coffee, tobacco, leather, touch of clove like spice. The finish is smokey, leathery, and tannic acompanied by some dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety smooth, nicely textired carbonation.

One of the best Eclipse versions. I'd rank it below Pappy and Elijah Craig 18, and higher than the rest of the versions I have tried.

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HovsepJO
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on what I remember last night and that isn't much considering how much I had to drink today through sunday football... lol anyway,

Appearance: pours a very dark brown/black body with a nice lace. carbonation was clear and satisfying. brown head.

Smell: best part of the beer. aroma included hints of coffee cocoa raisins and dozens of other things but I simply don't remember what..

Taste: tasted much like it smelled. although a rook, probably my favorite beer yet. Thank goodness I've got a second.

Mouthfeel: pleasant on the palate. Alcohol was well hidden. The flavors were fresh. The carbonation was excellent. I wouldn't wait on this beer.

Overall: 4.5/5. Honestly a phenomenal beer. As I said above, I am a rook, but this beer was extremely satisfying. I'm just excited for the ec 12, ec 18, and brandy I've also got in stock. The Bruery provisions really hooked it up this last thursday...

cheers.

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Photo of JWD
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of penniwisdom
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with a small 1/4 inch khaki colored head. Instantly forms pretty thick lacing along the sides of my glass.

Smell - Sweet chocolate malts and some coffee, slight brandy and/or sweeter spirit aroma, a real array of different bourbon aromas. The bourbon aroma is very complex, so many great bourbon flavors going on at once it is hard to concentrate on anything individually. Definitely unique in this regard. Even though there is alot of barrel action going on, the malts are still the majority of what i smell. Bursting with doughy, chocolatey, roasty flavors.

Taste - More of an even coffee/chocolate flavor than the aroma would lead one to expect. Bourbon, vanilla, nutty, subtle coconut and just when you think you may be tasting the slightest alcohol hotness the malt finishes creamy and smooth. Coffee is very pronounced in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, perfect. The 9.5% abv is perfect for this style for me. Not too thick or thin, perfect richness to hold up to the barrel treatments. Perfect carbonation.

Overall - This is a phenomenal beer. I must warn I haven't gotten into any of the other variants from this year quite yet. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer from start to finish. Tons of flavors going on at once, which is enjoyable but almost too intense. The blending of all of these great barrel treatments might be too much on the pallette, i spent a while contemplating while i enjoyed this beer. This beer is somewhat of a benchmark for me, easily being top 3 as far as complexity to digest and understand. Great beer/brewery and i am looking forward to trying the other bottles from this release. Thanks for another great beer Todd.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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