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

 
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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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.

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3.9
BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Backlog entry. 22-ounce bottle pours out black topped with a small brown head. Nose is Ash some pit fruit honey sweetness coffee Bourbon Barrel dark chocolate vanilla. Taste is as the nose chocolate coffee vanilla some fruit notes a little honey sweetness wood and a little spice.

4.1
ineedbeer (2266) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2017
Poured from a 22 oz bottle, #1179.
Aroma has moderately strong chocolate and roast notes. Some light tobacco, leather and ash. Hints of honey, dark fruit and sherry. Light bourbon and oak notes. Hints of alcohol.
Pours black with a medium sized, thick, creamy, dark mocha head that exhibits decent retention as it recedes. Light lacing and medium length legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with quite a bit of chocolate and some lighter roast notes. Moderate sweetness with some light tobacco and leather notes. Light honey notes with faint dark fruit and sherry. Light oak and bourbon with a bit of alcohol spice. Medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, this has aged really well and is only showing faint signs of oxidation. Great malt notes with a pretty nice mouthfeel. Bourbon and oak notes have faded a bit, but its still really nice.

4.1
hackobock (4095) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2016
July 18, 2015. Bottle at Quebec tasting. Thanks for sharing!

Black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee, bourbon, slight green pepper notes, dark chocolate, hints of dried fruits, vanilla and slight boozy. Taste is quite intense, sweet and roasted with a slight boozy bourbon finish along with sweet toffee, fruity hints, roasted coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Medium to full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.

4.2
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Backlog from Bro in law’s wedding weekend! Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma has a lot going on, no signs of any of the negative effects of aging. Aroma is sweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, earthy soaked wood chips, baker’s chocolate. Taste is complex, mellow, smooth whiskey notes, oak, vanilla, earthy notes, light spice, velvety body, some mild burnt malt, medium roast coffee. This is fantastic.

4.3
Countbeer (6599) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2011 : Served in a taster:
Black body with quick disappearing light brown tan head.
Aroma is roast, bourbon, whiskey, liquor, liquorice...
Flavour is roasty, spice, whiskey, bourbon, roast, bitter, wood...
Aftertaste is roasty, bitter, liquor and liquorice...
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

4.3
Benzai (16751) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. Opaque black color, average to medium sized beige head. Aroma is malts, bourbon and whiskey influences clearly, light vanilla and slightly alcohol. Taste malts, dark sweet raisins, bourbon, dark malts, slight sweetness, some alcohol and malt bitter mixed perfectly with the sweet bourbon. Soft velvety texture, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Delicious!

3.8
corby112 (2813) - 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.

4.1
thewolf (12842) - 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.

4
Homer321 (5202) - 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.

4.1
RasmusOtt (2902) - 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!


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