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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Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)
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wethorseblanket from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%

Sep 16, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

With the long slumber of Eclipse stout in those famed Pappy Van Winkle barrels, the elements of char are smoothened, the vanillans and caramels project and the beer dries- capturing the essence of the legendary bourbon in spectacular fashion.

Ominously black and inky upon the pour, the look of stout-lined cognac ensues. With its delicate creme that calderns from below, the decadent aroma of espresso, fudge and tethers of Kentucky bourbon mesmerize the senses ahead of the sultry sweetness of burnt caramel, black-strap molasses and vanilla cream in that very first sip.

Its full and lavish body slathers upon the tongue and palate with caramel and cream flavored dark-roast coffee. With the rougher edges of char rounded into a bittersweet chocolate tone, the nutty flavor of oak all give impressions of walnut brownies. The strong oaky presence from the bourbon offers its own spiciness, along with added caramel and vanilla flavored wood oils.

Long, warm and savory, the finish is pleasantly oxidized with sherry and soy, bringing a charred cherry and grape fruit flavor to the mature whisky aftertaste. The wood tannins of the barrel seem to lighten and dry the stout, preventing any association with cloying, chewy texture or over saturation; making it dangerously drinkable.

Nov 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 1454.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mixture of aromas and tasty flavors.

Jan 06, 2014
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quetzal013 from California

4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Mar 01, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

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.

Oct 23, 2015
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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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ubufan2112 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Jan 16, 2014
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Sep 19, 2014
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Jan 16, 2014
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bcrossan from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Nov 15, 2014
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deereless from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Oct 05, 2014
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jrob21 from Georgia

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

Dec 23, 2015
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drewone from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Jan 05, 2014
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largadeer from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Dec 06, 2013
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 24, 2015
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Feb 14, 2014
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BradleySig from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Feb 13, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 27, 2015
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enelson from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Jun 15, 2014
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Aug 17, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

May 03, 2014
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billab914 from Virginia

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

Mar 06, 2016
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 13, 2014
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tommyguz from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

Jan 30, 2014
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Dec 30, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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