Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.19 | pDev: 7.88%
Jan 28, 2019
Dec 07, 2012
Notes: None
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

I think this was the grand cru from the year after the grand cru was a party bottle? PVW/Coffee/Grand Cru/Iced? Can't remember.

Anyways, much like every other Eclipse, this pours black with a brown head on the top, 1/4". Sometimes I think its not so much that these age nicely as they were just less thick and carbonated back then. Aroma is the standard bourbon, oak and roasted malt trilogy they roll with and its just as nice as it was on day 1 it seems.

Taste is an easy going blend of bourbon barrel beers, nice soft carbonation, non excessive body, still really appreciate what they did with these "thinner" Eclipse beers back in the day. I like easy drinking barrel aged stouts with a significant barrel character, no sludge amounts of two row going into this one. Hints of chocolate from the malt all over this one. Slight ever mild vanilla presence. The mild dark fruit aspect doesn't come across as bitter, just complimentary. They do a real good job on the grand crus every year and this one was no exception, drank well fresh, drinks even better still to this day.

Jan 28, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense half finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense oak and chocolate, slight vanilla with some hints of fruitiness with cocoa powder and slight espresso
T: Taste is lots of bitter dark chocolate with some oak and espresso. Nice roasted malt backbone with some light caramel and vanilla notes along with a slight fruity characteristic. On the finish this one is another smack of oaky bourbon barrel with some cocoa powder, coffee and roasted malts with some slight lingering vanilla.
M: Like all Eclipses this one is smooth and silky on the palate with a full body. Carbonation is on the low end but the beer does not come across as being flat while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is real nice. It tastes similar to 2011 with the big oak notes but it's just a little bit different due to barrel availability for the blend. It doesn't taste excessively aged either which is pretty impressive but it's worth drinking now if you still have this laying around.

Nov 20, 2018
4.25 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Oct 09, 2016
4.3 by greenspointexas from Texas on Jun 17, 2015
4.14 by ricoslim from Florida on Apr 25, 2015
4.23 by pmangold from Florida on Apr 24, 2015
4 by PhatAtUT from Texas on Mar 14, 2015
4.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Feb 28, 2015
4.06 by Dicers from Colorado on Feb 23, 2015
4.38 by Rothobinide from California on Jan 18, 2015
4.8 by Vincev27 from California on Nov 20, 2014
4.25 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 25, 2014
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Mar 22, 2014
4.75 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BierJager89 from California

A: Back, like all other eclipses, with a mocha head.

S: Sweet, more Brady forward, some bourbon vanilla character, sweet candied fruits, oak and alcohol in the nose.

T: Vanilla forward with sweet chocolate, coffee, some candied fruits an rummy alcohol.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: This is about the median eclipse from the 2012 batch, in terms of it's overall appeal. They're all excellent, but not all are so good as the four roses (may have been 2011), EC eclipses (also might have been 2011), Rittenhouse or the GHS blend. Definitely worth a try, but 30 bucks? Im not so sure. During beer week in SF I was lucky enough to try the whole lot of them in an epic vertical. $12 for the whole thing. Thats about a tenth the price of buying all the bottles. Look for something like that if you live in CA, around your town's beer week.

Jan 18, 2014
4 by zestar from California on Jan 05, 2014
4 by -NESTO- from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2014
4 by dannyhead from Florida on Dec 31, 2013
4 by POTABLE83 from New York on Dec 26, 2013
4 by JMBSH from Colorado on Dec 25, 2013
4.25 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2013
4 by Roger85 from Illinois on Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HuskyinPDX from Washington

Bottle opened on 10.5.13

No Batch or Barrel info on the bottle.

A - Pours a very dark ruby red-brown with a fluffy, dark tan head with good retention.

S - Sweet and a touch of alcohol, smooth chocolate and coffee.

T - Smooth and sweet chocolate, silk and easy drinking.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Sweet and light. Silky and very easy drinking.

Oct 23, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stakem from Pennsylvania

Bomber into a matching Eclipse snifter and drank side by side with the '11 grand cru. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki head that displays decent retention.

The aroma contains a pleasant amount of coconut and caramel extracted via the barrel aging along with some earthy to roasty grain inclusion. The booze aspect has mild tang to fruity element but not distracting at all. The way this blend shows the barrel is pretty nice and mellow verses some of the other offerings from this same year.

The flavor is roasty with plenty of alcohol. Notes of earth and something almost solvent in the booze department with lots of fruit and more grainy chocolate in the aftertaste. Whereas the nose showed the smoother side of barrel aging, the taste is much more aggessive and sharp.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A nice change of pace in the eclipse series but strikingly similar to the other blend. Big points for the aroma of this one, the taste just didnt pair up as nicely. Enjoyable yet maybe best enjoyed with a little age on it to smooth out the rough edges.

Oct 21, 2013
3.75 by jegross2 from Illinois on Oct 16, 2013
4 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2013
3.25 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
4.5 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2013
5 by pkalix from California on Aug 25, 2013
4 by DarthKostrizer from California on Aug 03, 2013
4.25 by CGMLS3 from Florida on Jul 03, 2013
3.75 by dirtylou from New York on Jun 30, 2013
Photo of pants678
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by pants678 from California

Black with a tan-ish head. Thin when I expected big puffy Belgian foam.

Not much of a nose. Tinge of Ginger? Little acrid fruit?

As sharp a flavor as you can ask for without being just piercing, though, not as mean as the whiskey rye version. Has a Belgian way about it with candied flavors that end on a sugary bite on the edges of the tongue. I'm not getting the dark fruit but has just a wonderfully rich chocolate.

Thick but smooth as you'd want from the style.

Jun 08, 2013
4.25 by henskejk from California on Jun 02, 2013
Photo of deereless
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by deereless from Colorado

A: Medium viscosity, tightly packed head that dropped quite quickly and kept a espresso colored ring around the edge of the glass, the beer itself is obsidian dark with only a hint of light sneaking in at the edge - 4.25, S: Intensely sweet nose of candied figs, pureed dates and plums, there is also some noticeable whisky and deep charred wood, amazing nose all-around - 5.00, T: The nose did not mislead the palate on the sweetness factor, extremely sweet - candied prunes and baker's chocolate, vanilla and whisky are also evident, mocha-like flavor and a hint of smoke buried in the beer, the layers of malt don't disappoint - 4.25, M: Medium mouthfeel with a velvety chew, envelopes the tongue - 4.50, D: All around an exceptional beer and a wonderful sipper, the nose is one of the most exciting and complex I've experienced in quite a while - 4.25

May 21, 2013
4.25 by Kelp from New Hampshire on May 09, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3L bottle shared by Sean at Dark Lord Day. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Very dark brown body. Looks like Eclipse.

S - A mix of oak, bourbon, honey, chocolate, and mild vanilla. A bit hotter than many of the Eclipse variants, but not excessively so; otherwise quite nice and balanced.

T - The taste is less boozy, with dark chocolate, anise, light oak and honey, dark fruit, faint roastiness. Seems less sweet than other variants I've had. Much more mellow and smooth than the aroma suggests.

M - Smooth, medium-full body that shows some roast and tannin in the finish. Lower carbonation, and mild alcohol warmth after small glass. Seems a bit heftier than some of the other variants.

D - I like this blend better than the 2011 Grand Cru, as it's significantly less hot out of the gate. The 3L got consumed, which is a feat in and of itself. One of the better variants I've had recently in any case.

May 03, 2013
4 by jadeal from Tennessee on Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Indistinct bourbon aroma. Chocolate and sweetness.

Taste - Same muddled bourbon flavor. The sweetest of all the variants I've had. Lots of chocolate and booze.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Drinks like a blend. Tasty, but nothing unique about it.

Apr 06, 2013
4 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Mar 10, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 58 ratings