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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3575) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6349) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oRos (1054) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7731) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2061) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2008 vintage bottles during his 50th birthday bash. The beer pours a brownish-black color with a medium foamy tan head that recedes steadily. Short strings of lacing. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Full-bodied with an oaky bourbon character and flavors of chocolate, malt and coffee. The finish is boozy with a caramel-malt and bourbon aftertaste. Really good beer all around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle shared at kulminator - traded with gn0sis thanks man! Pours dark brown to black. Aroma of vanilla, some soy sauce, sweet coffee notes, milk chocolate. Medium body with sweet undertone, some alcohol notes... taste is subtle bourbon, soy sauce and coffee. Nicest of them all so far, aged very subtle!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
(22oz bottle, 2008 vintage) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, light fennel, caramel, toasted coconut, light dark fruit, and toffee.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (1904) - Odense S, DENMARK - APR 24, 2013
Vintage 2008 bottle #125. Trade from Sean9689, thanks buddy. Shared with dedollewaitor. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, tobacco, soft. Flavour is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, syrup, roasted malt. Very smooth, very well aged. Well balanced. This is beer porn.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (13761) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 24, 2013
2008 Vintage, Purple Wax. Bottle # 125. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours black with a small beige head. Nose is vinous and complex. Sweet bourbon, wood, coffee and liquorice. Subdued and well aged - promising. Flavor is liquorice, smooth bourbon, wood, coffee and liquorice. Pleasant warmth. Silky smooth and soft. Incredible.


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