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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 97   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #203 - Another offering from Todd I got to enjoy and it looks like this falls into being rating #300 as I go through the backlog from the RB downtime. Pours a ruby over mignight hue with little to no head. Aromas are fitting of the style, Bourbon and oak mixed with toasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste verifies: Burnt malt mixing well with chocolate, vanilla, and lighter coffee notes. Moves into more oaky and bourbon finish. Not really too boozy. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 FoBAB 2008 - pours black with tan head, nose of chocolate, smoke, tobacco, flavors of tobacco, chocolate, coffee, wood, caramel. wow really nice use of the barrel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
Special thanks to Beerlando. This beer is exactly as JMFG described it below. Black, alcohol, oak, bourbon and a little vanilla. Pretty darn good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Another old rating. Aroma of a lot of alcohol and some dark fruits. A little sweetness, tobacco, but pretty pretty tastey. Didnt seem as smooth as this could have been . Still a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Really nice Pappy version-courtesy of dionysus at RBWG 2011-Phoenix. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma has beautiful bourbon aroma which is understated, if that’s possible. Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a little heat. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is all bourbon. This is a good beer, but other concurred that GI Rare was a bit better. AP: 4/5 Ar: 9/10 T: 8/10 P:3/5 O:17/20

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6464) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3588) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2008
FoWaBAB 2008. Pours dirty oil black with no head. The nose is rich with bourbon, marshmallow, and oak. Tastes kind of like Hershey syrup with a nice bourbon burn. Quite full bodied with average carbonation. Dry cocoa powder finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Thanks to Sam for sharing this one! Black viscous pour with a thick beige head. Rich roasty flavor loads of chocolate and bourbon. Oaky vanilla finish


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