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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
96
world-class

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 10
Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to have landed this rare '13 gem! Pours pitch black with a nice half finger mocha head - not bad for a beer aged for nearly two years. The aromas had that trademark FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout that you detect in all of their bourbon barrel-aged series. There was surprisingly a rum-like aromatic quality to it - a bit metallic, which got me worried initially. Again, there was that trademark honey to the beer along with hints of oak and sweet caramel. In the flavors, there was a pleasant overwhelming taste of that Pappy (Yay! I saved $200) that held up and aged very gracefully. However, the bad news was that I was not able to pick up on any other flavors aside from that honey and perhaps some light cocoa powder. Medium bodied mouthfeel and quite boozy in the back finish. Overall, a very nice beer and very glad to have finally checked off this long time want of mine!

Photo of Monty17
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of quetzal013
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As stated in other forums... I feel like giving this beer a high rating is like rooting for the Yankees... It makes me feel gross inside. I generally root for underdogs. That said, this is a phenomenal beer. I have been lucky enough to try it twice now through the generosity of OldManWeathers and BigPerm. This last try, Masterhoa was able to swing by with a bottle of Pappy 20 for a side by side. IMO drink the beer first, the pappy favors are much stronger than the beer. The beer has a very nice balance of flavors, barrel has fantastic presence and the heavy handed roasted flavor of the base (Totality) is completely toned down with aging. Anyway, many thanks to the friends that have allowed me to try these wonderful libations!

Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NorCalAussie
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of guityler83
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.

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

Photo of DIPAFAN
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

Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jloomis
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.