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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 101   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6942) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Tap at Toronado. Pours with a pitch black color and a faint head. Aromas of bourbon and oak, perhaps a bit of vanilla. The vanilla is more prominent in the flavor profile, the bourbon is there but fairly subtle which is good. Some oakiness as well as chocolate. A very well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Thanks a ton to turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark black with a chestnut head. The nose is nice, great balance between the bourbon and oak character and the base RIS, chocolate, roasty, a little earthy, mild tobacco. Excellent balance in the flavor, an almost perfect presentation of the bourbon and barrel over the stout, some tobacco comes through in the flavor, rich, warming alcohol, a little earthy, chocolate. Nice thick warming palate. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9304) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10013) - 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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