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

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Amtran87 with the hookup! Dark brown pour, tan head. Coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, light roast, awesome shit!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle #659… This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma offers dark chocolate intermingled with a fruity, bourbon and brandy blend. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet, vinous port, mocha and deeply roasted malts. A touch boozy. Finishes bittersweet, roasty and very warming. Thanks so much to richiesd for providing this world class bottle of beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
22oz, copper waxed bottle. 2011 Vintage, bottle # 90. Poured a dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood/oak, chocolate, and whiskey. Tastes of whiskey (more than aromas), chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits, and smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8384) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle at Stone’s Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Bartender’s recommendation for choice. Complex, some coffee,roasty aroma, above-average mouthfeel. Boozy. Very dark brown. Coconut and wood from barrel ageing. Bitter overall. Decent for style but overated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8269) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
651mL copper wax. Thanks to MrLo. Pours deeper black with a 360 tan lacing head. Huge ass lace. Uber sweet brandy nose with big sugar and rich maple syrup. Taste is sweeter, sugary, boozy, quite rich with alcohol heavy booziness. Palate is boozy and sugary. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2011 Bottle number 509. Copper Wax. Pours with a thick, nearly pitch black hued body with a medium sized, yet retentive brown head. Decent lace. Aromas are awesome! Thick, rich, a bit smokey, raisin, cola, lots of vanilla and oak. Chestnuts, brown sugar, very rich smelling with notes of tar and tobacco. Candied figs. Flavors are rich, fudge, nougat, figs, dark chocolate, vanilla, cola, caramel. A bit hotter than some of the other versions of Eclipse. A good balance of tannin in the finish. Medium to medium low carbonation, rich and warming. Full bodied and excellent. One of my favorite Eclipses behind the EC18 and probably the Pappy (although not at this moment in time).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
At once bold and refined, this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s long chocolate malt flavors develop a multifaceted personality in tandem with vanilla-like bourbon and burnt toffee depths.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam floats atop the dark brown-edged blackness.
-Barrel-aging features are obvious but perfectly aligned with the malt bill and its residual sugars.
-Black bean hints seem to thrive within the complex cereal signature.
-That chocolatey finish isn’t made up of only sugars. Malts are beautifully expressive throughout.
-Alcohol heat is a tad too present for my liking, but it is still masterfully integrated to the rest of the flavor profile.
-This is one serious sipper of an Imperial Stout! Complex, very flavorful AND impeccably cohesive.

Bottle. Thx for sharing, Eric!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2011 copper waxed bomber, #2346, from Frank Smith’s. Pours thick dark black with little head. Nose is huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, plum and blackberry and port. Tastes rich, thick oily, with big notes of molasses, cacao, some coffee, roasty malt, black licorice, and a complex finish. This one is outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
2012-03-09. Black oily body is near headless. 3+ Strong aroma, barrel melange, boozy, modest wood, bourbon. 7+ Flavour is rich, sweet dark malt, vanilla, bourbon, light wood. Fairly sweet overall, lingering vanilla in the finish. 7+ Thick medium to full bodied palate is nearly still. Rich, tasty, enjoyable in a small glass but a bit overwhelming. Bottle 2483 shared by HogTownHarry

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2011 vintage bottle during his 50th birthday bash. The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium thin foamy tan head that recedes gradually. Short strings of lacing. The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate, black cherry and bourbon. The finish is roasty with a dark chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. Enjoyable beer overall.


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