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
Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Dec 27, 2020
Aug 26, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)
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Ratings by stevoj:
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jan 01, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 24, 2017
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 20, 2016
4.46 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Nov 02, 2016
4.34 by South2NW from Oregon on Oct 16, 2016
4.44 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jul 01, 2016
4.44 by billab914 from Virginia on Mar 06, 2016
4.41 by siege06nd from Virginia on Mar 06, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by scottfrie from California

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
3.88 by deonreds from New York on Feb 19, 2016
3.53 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
3.59 by buyyourfreedom from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
3.77 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
4.21 by Mersh from Connecticut on Jan 31, 2016
4.21 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2016
4.48 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Dec 28, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 27, 2015
4.25 by striker2160 from Minnesota on Dec 24, 2015
4 by jrob21 from Georgia on Dec 23, 2015
4 by Gobzilla from California on Dec 20, 2015
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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Kurmaraja from California

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.

Oct 23, 2015
4.5 by mikepcarney from Ohio on Sep 23, 2015
4.15 by unclekeith from Alaska on Jun 14, 2015
4.58 by ChristineH13 from California on Jun 07, 2015
4.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on May 24, 2015
4.35 by TGanyone from Iowa on Apr 20, 2015
4.24 by mlhyatt from Georgia on Mar 31, 2015
4.34 by halo3one from Georgia on Mar 30, 2015
4.21 by Axnjxn from North Carolina on Mar 17, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

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!

Mar 08, 2015
4.87 by Monty17 from Illinois on Mar 01, 2015
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4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by quetzal013 from California

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!

Mar 01, 2015
4.75 by nathanmiller from New York on Feb 28, 2015
4.29 by NorCalAussie from California on Feb 26, 2015
4.63 by ALBuff from Hawaii on Feb 18, 2015
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 174 ratings