FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmasterís Grand Cru Blend (2011)

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Brewmasterís 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 yearís past and present as they utilize a wide range of different spirit barrels each and every year.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1774) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2013
22 oz bottle, number 1674. Pours dark brown black with a thin bubbly tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted fudgy chocolate malts, black licorice and a little bourbon.

The flavor is huge - lots of roast chocolate malts, black licorice, some sweet honey and quite a bit of booze with a bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, itís a huge flavorful beer. Itís quite bit over the top especially in the alcohol, but I enjoyed drinking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3988) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3261) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Backlog from Bro in lawís 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, bakerís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6557) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15340) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - 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. Thereís still a substantial malt backbone but itís 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, itís 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 (12491) - 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 (4850) - 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 (2717) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle shared @ Bottle @ ōlkonsortiets 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 (5976) - 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 itís not 100% cohesive, itís 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 (617) - 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!

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