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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - 2013 Vintage - Pink Metallic Wax

Aged in Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Barrels vetted by Julian and Preston Van Winkle from the original distillery. This limited release offering of 1500 bottles will be released at the Eclipse Party on 12/5/2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
(Pink wax) Bottle... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with no head. The nose is a lush intermingling of fudge, toasted coconut and graham. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is overly alcoholic and red-hot, accompanied by a trace of toasted coconut. Lingering ethanol heat and malt-driven roastiness in the finish. Thin and disappointing this year. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pearl pink waxed bottle - Pitch black pour with little head or retention. Nose is similar to most eclipse variants with maybe a little more char. Taste follows the typical nose with roast, booze, coffee, and burnt wood. Very little sweetness and overall not my favorite treatment but still doesn’t suck.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pink waxed. Dense black pour with tan head. Oaky bourbon in the nose, tastes dark malty, oaky, bourbony, with cacao, molasses, dense and complex finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4550) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle, pink wax. Dark brown, near black, with a tan head. Roast, chocolate, bourbon, notes of oak, light coffee, notes of dark fruit, and some vanilla. Nice barrel aged imp stout, but rather standard, maybe even a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4185) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2014
From a shared 22 ounce bottle. Boozy sticky stout with vanilla and bourbon. Very balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1501) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sampled at the Saturday afternoon session of GABF 2014 (thanks to Alicia at FiftyFifty for quickly clearing up for me which version of Eclipse was poured). Dark brown, nearly black, pour. Incredible aroma of bourbon, roasted coffee, and oak. Taste is of German chocolate cake, vanilla, and booze. Warm finish. A great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Bote shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Chocolate and mellow bourbon aromas. Sweet chocolates, sweet caramel, and big dark roasted malts. Molasses, oak, and cheap bourbon backbeats. Is this really Pappy? Good body and mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (381) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2014
bottle - pours black with a brown hue. Light hint of oak and bourbon. The taste is roasted chocolate, honey, and bitterness. This is soso and pretty disappointing for a BA stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared at Stevo’s Pre-GABF Tasting (Denver, CO). Pours a deep blackish hue, dark and opaque with some brownish glow on the edges, frothy brownish head atop stays as a decent layer, good ringer laces well enough. A gentle brownish glow through the body. Aromas are a bit bitter, some firmer hops, decent oak, spirit. Gentle vanilla, some roastiness and cocoa. Initial shows gentle spirit starts with some vanillin, warmth. Some firmer bitterness, nice oak, gentle roast. Middle isn’t sweet, a bit thin with warmer spirit and oak as we move on. Decent spirit, oak, and toffee. A bit thin, sweet, bitter and hot. Overall, the barrel expression is a bit warm and tannic but the complexity from a more "Premium" barrel seems a bit lost here. Finish is a bit dry, toasty, carmelized and warm. Solid entry but I’m a bit surprised as this particular entry isn’t really a standout for me as far as character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours black with no head. Aroma is complex big roasted malt dark chocolate malt, smooth world class bourbon. Taste is delicious savory roasted malt, bourbon, awesomeness.

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