Masterpiece | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This year we have a brand new one-of-a-kind Eclipse product to present to you: Masterpiece. In early 2013, FiftyFifty was very fortunate to get nine freshly emptied barrels that had been filled at Stitzel-Weller in 1991. Yes, the original Pappy. To commemorate this we brewed a Double Imperial Stout worthy of these barrels, and aged it for 18 months.

80 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 12-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
69
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by beercoach:
Photo of beercoach
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

so smooth with incredible wood flavor. an excellent example of barrel aging.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KevSal
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Really excited about this one, split with the wife. We usual spend our bdays at eclipse, first year we miss out.

Looks just like is should midnight black

Smells amazing!! Holy crap it's every thing you can expect from a pappy aged beer

Taste good, but you can tell its different base beer, I like totality as a base better. Not as good as pappy eclipse from last year. This base is lacking something I can't put my finger on. Besides the base differences this beer is super sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, thick mad coats the mouth well

Overall while it's a very good beer, I can't get over the price for it tho, with so many better options including other eclipse variations

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Photo of stakem
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #20/400 poured into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that fades leaving spotty lace all over the glass.

As soon as the cap comes off, you notice a very pleasant smell before you even get the brew into your glass. Chocolate and toasted coconut are at the foreground with vanilla across the middle blending to fruity raison alcohol and wood. A bit of boozy bourbon and almost a cinnamon spicy incense sort of character emerges as it warms.

The taste includes bourbon upfront with fruity alcohol integration and a dry woodiness thats slightly spiced almost like the previously mentioned cinnamon. Somewhat bitter with roastiness, char and earth with an afterthought of tobacco and bitter chocolate. The barrel nuance to this is beautiful with layers of enjoyable flavor all integrated perfectly with the base beer.

This is medium to fuller bodied which is what is lacking in most eclipse variants. It is modestly carbonated and overall a great beer. The barrel and booze character is right upfront without hindering the drinkability at all. I didnt want to give in to the hype and I think the price on this was crazy...but truth be told this beer is crazy good. In comparing it to it's pappy eclipse counterparts, it totally destroys the PVW 20 iteration and is on the same level if not better than PVW 23.

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Photo of jampics2
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect BA Stout. Srs. This is just perfect barrel aging! I've had all the big guns from the last 10 years and the only other BA stout that can hang was BCS Rare at its peak. So many layers of fudge, honey and awesome Pappy 20 bourbon. Puts Pappy 20 Eclipse (pink wax) to shame and that beer was great. Read some reviews that mention it being 'hot' - sure, it has a bourbon-forward approach, but isn't that what you want when the bourbon is SW Pappy? Worth the price, get a ticket and take a ride!

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Photo of striker2160
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mdaschaf
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cfeezy
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer caught alot of negativity due to the way it was released (no bottle limit) and the fact people took "advantage" of the lack of said limit; although the situation is certainly disappointing to many, it is not the fault of the beer itself that this was the situation that occurred.
Having said that....

Look: Dark, very dark. Midnight black with nice head and carbonation. Bubble lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell: You definitely get plenty of barrel, with some hints of sweetness. Like a chocolate, oaky vanilla; tough to pin down the sweetness specifically.

Taste: Boozy... If you like boozy, this is it - hot without being overwhelming - will certainly age amazingly.

Feel: Great thick mouthfeel with more carbonation than I was expecting, but in a good way - fills your entire pallet.

Overall: Wow, best of the eclipse variants I have had. The base beer is thicker than the normal totality of other eclipse variants and it's well paired with the booziness of the PVW barrels. I enjoyed this beer fresh and think it will only get better with time.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head.

Smell - Molasses and chocolate. Nutty. Lots of bourbon, but not really boozy.

Taste - Now it's boozy. Chocolate and caramel. Bourbon comes behind it. Fudgy. Bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good, but I kinda struggled through it. Very nice bourbon flavor, though.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LakerLeith
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

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4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdown
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waltonc
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Masterpiece from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 69 ratings