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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The first bottling of the 2008 vintage came from one barrel... A Pappy Van Winkle barrel that held Bourbon for 23 years. We have 7 more of these barrels ranging in age from 17 to 23 years. The next bottling is a blend of three of these barrels. The blend which will be marked ’2nd bottling’ or something to that effect so they can be identified. The remaining 4 barrels will be split into draft and yet a third bottling. The 2009 Eclipse will be aging longer than the 2008. The 2008 aged for 180 days and the 4 remaining barrels are most likely going to hit 225 days. We are brewing the base Imperial Stout in March allowing us even further aging time prior to it’s mid-December release... The amount produced will increase from 17bbls to 34bbls for ’09.

Several different releases including unwaxed, "Brewers Reserve", Pinkish Wax. Available starting Late Fall 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1611) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured from a pink wax, batch 3 2008 bottle. Aroma is sweet with caramel, honey and dark chocolate. Dark fruit notes with raisin, berry notes. Light roast with a hint of a pepper character. Pours black with a small, dark mocha head. Light lacing and medium legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of chocolate. Some light roast notes. Light honey and caramel. Medium light dark fruit notes with some raisin and cherry. Medium low bitterness. Light oxidation. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, better than I was expecting with a lot less oxidation. Some nice dark fruit and sweet malt notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pliny_SR (42) - California, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle @ CBS on 4/14/15. Pours black with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Taste of bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate with some hints of oak and vanilla. Definitely one of the best Eclipses. Tough to tell if it’s declined a little with age, as others have suggested.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"based on how amazing this year’s grand cru and elijah craig 18 are, and how much i like pappy, i think this has faded over the last three years. that said, still pretty damn good. aroma heavy on chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. flavor has a bit of dark fruit and vanilla in there as well. juuuust a bid muddled, comparatively, to the best of the 2011 batch. wish i’d have had this is 2009, but whadya gonna do?"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Unwaxed 2008 bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is strong oxidization, chocolate. roast. Thick mouthfeel with strong roast, dark chocolate, toffee,caramel, bourbon, with light booze finish. Held up well, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, molasses, ashy cocoa, bourbon. The taste is sweet bourbon, molasses, roast, vanilla and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5217) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Poured dark black with aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, some earth, light chocolate and some oak. Flavors are the same light oxidation and burning alcohol sensation in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8709) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle generously shared by barkeeps at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a transient tan head and a lovely treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a very tasty Pappy finish. So far my favorite version of Eclipse. Thanks Aaron!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oRos (1504) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared by Aaron at capitol beer and taproom. Pours black with off white head. Taste is smooth with some chocolate. Lots of oak, vanilla. Great beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9365) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Shared bomner at Craft from the Queen of Beers. Pours jet black, oily, thick,, with minimal head to speak of. Nose is oaky bourbon, vanilla, cacao, molasses. Tastes oaky bourbony, with a pronounced cacao, vanilla, raisin, and a hefty complex mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Shared mini growler at craft, thanks Janet. Pours pi check black, no head, dead looking monster of a pour. The aroma has a huge milk chocolate, medium roast, sweet bourbon. The taste has a big vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, more chocolate, just beautiful. Unreal

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