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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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 (2107) - 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 (14110) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
650 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with coffee, a bit of alcohol, some vanilla, light coconut, and light chocolate. The taste has some sweetness with vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and a decent roastiness. The finish has some oak and a light bitterness. Light body. Low carbonation. This was a good, but not great beer. I’m sure it was once great, but it seems like a lot of the barrel characteristics have faded. I would prefer most of the newer eclipse variations fresh to this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle number #75/2008, pink wax, 22oz bottle; shared this at Woodshop over the summer, the bottle itself kindly provided by the brewer. Greatly appreciated, Todd. Pours a dark chocolate color; light-brown head; some viscosity to this. Layers of bitter chocolate, lightly warming alcohol, brown sugar, and even some middle caramel notes; complex; lightest hint of oxidation; still in great condition. Full mouthfeel: hugely rounded; delicious; lightly warming alcohol, layers of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate, with just seamless layers of lightly oaked and bourboned delicious; killer beer that’s still in good shape. Lasting bitter chocolate and toasted marshmallow in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle shared by nerd. Thanks Michael! Served in my Darkness tulip. The beer is near black, with a thin, tan head that hangs out briefly before leaving a few random spots of lacing behind. The aroma is very inviting, with bourbon and roast at the forefront. The beer tastes wonderful, is well balanced, and full of flavor. The feel is exceptional, and is silky smooth on the palate, though not as big or full bodied as I might have expected. Terrific feel nonetheless. The PVW barrels shine through brilliantly. This is so easy to drink. Overall, a terrific barrel-aged stout, and one I would really enjoy having again...and again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-06-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dark chocolate. Light vanilla. Dark roasted malty and caramelish. Light wooden.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle at Wood Shop 7 thanks to Ken. Brownish black, nice orange around the edge, nice legs. Big caramel, vanilla, nuts and honey nose. Very sweet, rich and tasty. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
651mL pink sparkle wax thanks to kmweaver. A mega whale thanks to Ken. Pours clear brune with little to no head. Nose is fumey alcohol, hot vapor, savory spices decanting to truffle, mushroom, steak fat. Taste is rich chocolate mousse, malted milk balls, hazelnut dark chocolate. Similar to Ferrero Rocher hazelnut ball. Sweet lemon iced tea in the finish. Again like Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday, these Fifty Fifty Eclipses really should be in the American Strong Ale category since they have much more in common with Firestone Walker10-15 than they do with Bells Expedition.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sarro (123) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Batch # 2 unwaxed from 2008. Pours a thick dark, dark brown. Smell is lots of bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is much more subtle and subdued with bourbon. Sweet, mildly roasty and low carbonation. Finishes smooth and chocolaty.


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