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

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4.36/5
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171 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
171
pDev:
7.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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)

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of siege06nd
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
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.

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Photo of deonreds
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M_chav
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mersh
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, nice natural notes and nuttiness. The pappy bourbon notes are rather restrained.

T - Taste is nicely chocolate, nice nuttiness, good barrel notes, fudgy brownie.The bourbon is very restrained with nice Light bourbon notes. Pleasant, little sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, alcohol hidden well.

o - Overall this beer was solid, nice bourbon notes but not nearly as much as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Andy

Pours almost no fizzy head, pitch black beer, no lacing, decent legs.

Nose big heavy dark malt, roasty notes, dark choc, caramel, cocoa, little fluffy nougat, little vanilla oak, faint smooth bourbon, touch nutty, candy bourbon.

Taste brings big dark choc, lush creamy cocoa, little candy caramel, faint roasty, fluffy nougat, nice vanilla oaky barrel with smooth bourbon, little nutty and candy bourbon. Faint hop bitterness, chewy nougat, faint booze warmth. Finish mild sticky sweet, hint of booze, little south bourbon dark choc, cocoa caramel lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, rich semi creamy, lighter carb, little booze until it warms.

Overall nice base beer, bourbon is lighter and doesn't come through as much unfortunately.

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Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks exceptional. We're not looking for density or sticky legs, but just a beautiful dark pour - auburn highlights, mocha head. Smell is a shit ton of espresso, some woody notes (cedar? mahogany?), marzipan, and cocoa. Not powdery. Heavily roasted, substantial but light on its feet. Nips of bourbon toffee, vanilla, and oak at the finish. 2 years seems about right for Eclipse variants. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 171 ratings