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 Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of black chocolates notes with some rye whiskey notes also clearly identifiable. Taste is a very enjoyable mix of rye whiskey notes with light woody features with some rich black chocolate notes and some warming alcohol notes. Body is quite full with an oily creamy texture. Very nice barrel-aged stout with a good balance between the different flavours.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.1.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head that just sits there.

S - Lots of boozy whiskey, a touch of sweet chocolate and maltiness.

T - Smooth sweet chocolate then plenty of bourbon.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - A nice bourbon and sweet chocolate, super smooth.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of shangwang
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 112 served in a Dogfish snifter.

Poured thin with no head, just some minor white swirls on the surface. Jet black with little transparency. Smelled of bourbon and roasted coffee. Vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol in the taste; definitely a sipper with a lot of strong flavors. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light and watery.

Overall a solid beer, but I'm questioning the price point when compared to other barrel aged stouts like KBS or BCBS. Still, a very good drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch (obviously). Looks like bottle 2221 maybe?

A: Pours jet black with a big fluffy light brown head. Hate fades slowly leaving substantial fluffy walls of lacing behind. Good retention too.

S: Kind of a non-descript bourbon aroma. I assume age and the blending has mellowed it. Caramel and toffee mainly with some sharp chocolate and char. Hint of fruity alcohol. Nice mix of bourbon and roasted malt.

T: Sweet sweet caramel up front with some honey perhaps? Sharp roasted malt with hints of coffee but mainly it's dark chocolate. Chocolate gets even more bittersweet in the finish, turning almost into a baker's chocolate type of flavor. Very tasty with hints of caramel and oak still floating around.

M: Medium-heavy body. Very smooth and borderline creamy.

O: An interesting beer. I've had several of the Eclipse variants and this one is definitely a lot more subdued and mellow. It may be because of the blended nature, or due to the age, or perhaps both. This is probably the easiest drinking variant I've had so I have to give it credit there. Bourbon is a lot more mellow than I'm used to and the dark chocolate stands out big time as a result. I love big roasty beers and especially dark chocolate so that scores more bias points from me. Excellent brew. Drink it sooner if you prefer the heavy, heavy bourbon character. This one is great as-is for me though.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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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