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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Dec 27, 2020
Aug 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz pink wax, autographed bottle
Bottled 2013

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- huge barrel aromas on the nose, barrel juice, deep soaked sharp oak, with vanilla and coconut. Undertones of caramel, chocolate, slightly nutty, prunes and candy bar nougat

T- as with the nose, bold barrel flavors dominate up front. Plenty of barrel juice, peppery sharp oak, caramel and toasted coconut. Mid-palate gives some dark fruit notes of raisins, figs and prunes, followed by some chocolate notes. The finish is primarily bold oaky bourbon that continues into the linger, along with more dark fruits

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a boozy, warming finish

O- definitely the most barrel-forward Eclipse variant that I've had, even at 7 years old. As a bourbon drinker, I enjoyed it. But if you're not a straight bourbon drinker, it's probably not for you
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with some woody notes and vanilla also noticeable. Taste is a very smooth mix of sweet black chocolate notes with some bourbon, vanilla and woody notes with no rough edge in the aftertaste. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light perceptible alcohol notes. Another solid BA stout from this fine brewery.
Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Jeez what were these like $35 a bottle? My dumb ass bought like 6 of them. Anyways, pours just like every Eclipse ever practically, this is a black and dark brown to the edges kind of stout, with 1/3" brown head on the top. The pappy variants always seem more robust for better and for worse, more barrel, more alcohol heat.

Taste is much more tame than any whiff of alcohol in the nose. Chocolate, oak, bourbon. Basic. Well done. Its amazing how well something like this hides the alcohol in the taste and mouth feel, but then all of a sudden, put it in a cognac barrel and its massively hot. More caramel notes in this one give it a smooth exterior. The pappy one seems to be fudgier than the others too. Pretty good stuff, but damn if the price tag on it isn't some major sticker shock. I prolly would not buy so many if I had to do it again, despite it still being a world class bourbon barrel stout.
Jan 08, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2014:Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Thanks to Syndicate for sharing! 2018: sampled again, still great, but fell off just a bit. (Bottle #312)
Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by South2NW from Oregon

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Jul 01, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by billab914 from Virginia

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by siege06nd from Virginia

Mar 06, 2016
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a low bubbly head quickly faded to a faint collar.
S: Vaporous nose, tons of vanilla, touch of bourbon, light caramel. Slightly volatile alcohol.
T: Warming bourbon up front followed by smooth notes of honey sweetness, leather, caramel, and velvety chocolate. Lingering sweetness with lasting milk chocolate and honey flavors in the finish. Rich chocolate and leather in the aftertaste. Pappy is smooth and buttery.
M: Full body, soft and low carb, sweet overall, very mellow and easy to drink despite still have a warming booze presence.
O: Delicious and smooth. Very mellow but still has tons of rich flavors. All the sharp edges are rounded out. Pappy is mellow and creamy.
Feb 24, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by deonreds from New York

Feb 19, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by buyyourfreedom from New Mexico

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by M_chav from New Mexico

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Mersh from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2016
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 174 ratings