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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)

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BA SCORE
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world-class

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 100
Gots: 40 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2 / 2013
A: Pitch black beer with dense tiny khaki head - fine tiny bubbles. moderate lacing and spotty lacing when swirled.

S: Moderate vanilla and milk chocolate, cocoa, coconut and slight soy sauce aroma. Bourbon and oak comes in medium and very smooth.

T: Rich dark chocolate, soy sauce, smoke and a slight roast/ash character. vanilla is low with bourbon sweetness mild in the after taste. Sweetness is moderate with milk chocolate and caramel. Bitterness / hops negligible.

M: Thick viscous body with low carbonation, moderate alcohol warming with some astringency.

O: Not very impressed - The soy sauce character I picked up from the beer detracted from the beer for me. The base beer had a nice chocolate character, however the bourbon barrel was more apparent in the aroma than in the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

With the long slumber of Eclipse stout in those famed Pappy Van Winkle barrels, the elements of char are smoothened, the vanillans and caramels project and the beer dries- capturing the essence of the legendary bourbon in spectacular fashion.

Ominously black and inky upon the pour, the look of stout-lined cognac ensues. With its delicate creme that calderns from below, the decadent aroma of espresso, fudge and tethers of Kentucky bourbon mesmerize the senses ahead of the sultry sweetness of burnt caramel, black-strap molasses and vanilla cream in that very first sip.

Its full and lavish body slathers upon the tongue and palate with caramel and cream flavored dark-roast coffee. With the rougher edges of char rounded into a bittersweet chocolate tone, the nutty flavor of oak all give impressions of walnut brownies. The strong oaky presence from the bourbon offers its own spiciness, along with added caramel and vanilla flavored wood oils.

Long, warm and savory, the finish is pleasantly oxidized with sherry and soy, bringing a charred cherry and grape fruit flavor to the mature whisky aftertaste. The wood tannins of the barrel seem to lighten and dry the stout, preventing any association with cloying, chewy texture or over saturation; making it dangerously drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.