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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend 2011

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend) = Copper Wax

Each Brewers Grand Cru Blend is a unique yearly blend from the best barrels for blending from the year. Each is a unique entity different from year’s past and present as they utilize a wide range of different spirit barrels each and every year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle 1470, 2011 Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind. Complex aroma with the barrel character nicely integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the spirit presence is pretty mild with lots of oak, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee, toasted malt, oatmeal and coffee bean. Not overly roasted, however, with lots of chocolate sweetness and barrel. Smells like an oaky, bourbon filled chocolate dessert. Medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. There’s still a substantial malt backbone but it’s slightly overpowered by a strong dry, toasted oak presence. Similar to the aroma, the spirit is somewhat tame with lots of dry, earthy wood followed by very subtle marshmallow and coconut notes. I wish there was more of this and the spirits used in the blend but these elements are drowned out a bit by the wood. As it warms the boozy sweetness becomes a bit stronger and the malt backbone comes more to the forefront. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor balanced by chocolate dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, coffee bean and oats followed by toffee, caramel and fudge-y chocolate. Some boozy heat in the finish making this variation a bit tougher to drink. Still, it’s pretty easy for me to drink. I just wish it was a bit more complex and had more balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11640) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet malts, tar, red wine, coffee, dark chocolate, port, oak. Low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has dark chocolate, port, sherry, light red wine, oak, vanilla aplenty, vinious. Quite dry and warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2974) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle from the rot box. Nose is moderate with dried raisin, fig, plum, some dark cocoa, moderate booze, vanilla, slightly hot. Deep black pour with a tan head. Minimal carbonation. Taste is a luscious decadent smooth chocolate covered cherry skin. Some light sherry notes but faint. Some light tobacco notes but very smooth and rounded. Pretty damn good and held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1756) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle shared @ Bottle @ Ølkonsortiets sommerfest 2015. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dried sweet fruits, vanilla, sweet red wine, weak tannin, honey, chocolate and wood. Taste is pretty oxidized with notes of plums, chocolate, dark sweet fruits, tannin, honey and vanilla. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4229) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting.

>>> One more tasty but hot and boozy barrel-aged Imperial Stout like so many others.

+ Surprisingly still bursting with coffee even after 4 years in bottle
+ Packed with a lot of flavors and while it’s not 100% cohesive, it’s definitely quite complex
+ Rich palate with a full body, a thick and oily mouthfeel that seems even thicker because of the low carbonation as well as a nice warming (borderline burning though) finish
A bit hot and messy even after four years in bottle
Nothing really stands out with this one, so it ends up being one more tasty but boozy RIS like a ton of others

Flavors: Coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, wood spiciness, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, red fruits (mild)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
The nose has coffee, licorice, chocolate powder and lovely oak. Taste: samesies but with really dark fruits bordering on oxydiced sourness / vinous plum juice and keeps lingering on in the same way in the aftertaste. Love the nose! Tak Morten & Svend!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle @ ØlKonsortiet summer shananigans. Black with small beige head. Aroma is full of fattym buttery bourbon notes, creamy vanilla, tannins, lots of shiraz-like red wine fruitiness, bitter cocoa, lots of raisin and dark fruit notes and plenty of very mellow and delicious oxidation. Taste has awesome oak tannins on top of heavy bourbon notes, lots of oxidation (in a very good way), liquorice notes. Round, balanced and very complex. Has aged gracefully, although slightly flat and bland in the after taste. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle 660ml. Pours jet black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Outstanding Imperial Stout. Crafty malt features.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOLA_DK (378) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle share. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Huge coffee, burnt aroma dark fruits, with a hint of booze. Very smooth, a little alcohol burn. Coffee, dark fruits, very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2479) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours a good black with a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, chocolate and green pepper. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt and lightly boozy. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and I thought it was a little hot. A good imperial stout but not a top tier-one.

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