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

BA SCORE
4.19/5
56 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
56
pDev:
8.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bronze wax, 2012 blend, but I have no idea what the blend is.

4.0 A: Black color. A little over one finger of creamy tan head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Smells good enough, but there isn't much of a main focus. Among the aromas you will find leathery bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A bit of tannic astringency, good amount of oak, and some vanilla. Reasonably complex, but not a lot of depth. Light booziness.

3.0 T: About the same as the nose, but leaves me unfulfilled. Leather, caramel, coffee, chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and mild roastiness. Not a lot of maltiness or body. Again, pretty complex, but not much depth.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking body and creaminess.

3.0 D: I liked last year's Grand Cru a lot better. This one lacks power big time. It's still not too bad.

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Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of pants678
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dicers
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjyoung
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for sharing.

A: Mmmm it looks pretty darn dark. Creamy tan one finger head, but with the viscosity of slightly watery oil. Definitely a compliment as it looks DELICIOUS.

S: So many good things come across in the nose, but it's well-balanced, as nothing is supremely dominant. Bourbon, chocolote, oak-y vanilla, licorice; all of these contribute to a wonderfully enticing nose.

T: Not getting too much of a difference from the nose, but if I had to nitpick... It's a bit smoother and cleaner than the nose would suggest. No hint of alcohol, and remarkably buttery, this here is a good Eclipse. I approve whole-heartedly.

M: Smooth, appropriately carbonated, but with a respectably heavy body. Good.

O: Good. Great. Maybe not fantastic, but very very good. It's a beer that compares fantastically well to everything I've had except for maybe some of the other Eclipse beers. Quite good.

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Photo of ricoslim
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at an Eclipse tasting next to the 2011 blend. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

I don't think this one has come together nearly as well at the 2011 version. There are some nice chocolate and dark fruit notes, but it was still a bit boozy. I'd be interested in trying this one again down the road a year or two. As it stands now, it was good, but it didn't stand up to some of the other versions.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2012 from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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