In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Eclipse Grand Cru

Aroma: “Dark cherry notes really come through and add an excellent level of depth. A fun blend of oaky barrel character and chocolaty malt richness. Rich dark roast coffee with some chocolate and very low level esters.”

Flavor: “The roastiness in this beer is really nice and the chocolate comes in with a nice smoothness. Nice coffee flavor. Sweet cherry notes hit through the flavor. There is a vanilla sweetness that hits and carries through the finish. The oaky, fruity barrel character plays well with the rich chocolate malt notes from the base beer. A hint of alcohol doesn’t overwhelm. A pleasant amount of roast bridges the gap between the barrel and the sweetness in the beer.”

Overall: “A wonderful base beer that was designed with barrels in mind—they complement each other so well. Tastes like a dark cherry mocha should—coffee, chocolate, and cherry. Great balance of esters, chocolate, and coffee.”