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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle sample from tasting notes. Pours black with a small beige head that was gone in 5 seconds. The aroma definitely showed the bourbon, molasses, moderately sweet malt, dark fruits, and boozy alcohol were also present. I enjoyed the flavor more than the nose. This beer was big with flavor: bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, molasses, licorice, woody, vanilla and at times a strong alcohol presence. Medium bodied and complex. Not as good as the pappy 23 imho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (3999) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
pink wax bottle shared by a friend. poured a deep dark brown colour with a tanned head. nose has roasted malts upfront, raisins, vanilla, sweet chocolate, vanilla icecream, sweet pappy bourbon. taste is quite hot and alcoholic, with big bourbon notes. mouthfeel is thick and smooth. solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 6, 2016
22oz bottle from a tasting. Clear deep brown pour with low foam. Nose is excellent buttery rich chocolate truffle, chocolate ganache. In flavor, this Eclipse is thankfully not too sweet or too boozy. There’s great balance between sugar, spicy dark chocolate, warming alcohol. Rich, oily palate. There’s even some faint acid balance. I thought this one was quite nice, and typically I’m not a big 50/50 Eclipse fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9405) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle. Black with a touch of lace. Great bourbon nose, vanilla, chocolate, blackberry. Sweet flavor of whisky and berries. Super smooth, luscious body. A bit of booze in the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6155) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
22oz bottle thanks to darrel. pours out black topped with a small tan head. nose is great roast malts vanilla lost of sweetness and a great marshmallow. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness vanilla roast malts great barrel. This one is great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Pours out an oily black with minimal head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and dominated by chocolate and dark fruit. My favorite eclipse variant

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage : Served in a taster: Black body with brown lacing. Aroma is bourbon, lots of bourbon, vanilla, pudding, cream, liquor, marzipan... Flavour is roast, bourbon, vanilla, pudding, marzipan, custard... Delicious! Aftertaste is roasty, bourbon, vanilla, marzipan! Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14294) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. Opaque black color, small to average sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, wood, oak, liquor. Taste malts, firm whiskey, light roast, again huge whiskey influence, alcohol. Full body, medium to full carbonation. Very good, but too alcoholic. Which is sort of hidden because probably everybody drinks this after 20 beers. Think this is good, very good after 20 beers, but quite harsh after 5... So, imo, a solid imperial stout, but a bit too harsh for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1861) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Aroma is rich with quite a bit of dark chocolate and some lighter roast. Some light notes of dark fruit and raisin. Light caramel and toffee. Medium light bourbon notes and oak. Pours black with dark brown hues and a small, dark brown, mocha head that recedes to a very thin film that lingers for a bit. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor has quite a bit of dark chocolate and milk chocolate with medium light roast. Hints of tobacco, caramel and toffee. Medium light dark fruit notes with a bit of raisin and berry. Moderate bitterness. Medium light bourbon with medium light oak. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, pretty tasty with quite a good amount of oak and bourbon. Lots of nice malt notes with some good fruit esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Big thanks to Douglas88 for sharing this gem. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has big heavy roast, soy sauce, bourbon, wood and leather. It has a big smooth body with some lightly rough carbonation. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, light soy sauce, wood and graininess. The finish has heavy roast and blends very well with the smooth bourbon flavors. Nice to have this one.

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