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%
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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.

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StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Very surprising and very good beer. Pours a thick black. Aroma is exceptional, wood, vanilla, chocolate. Lots of roast and just a touch of bourbon. Flavor is much the same, lots of big and bold imperial goodness. What I liked about this one was that the bourbon was light enough to add to the complexity and flavor, and didn’t overpower anything. The chocolate and roast were specifically nice in this one. Slightly oily mouthfeel, which I like. I wouldn’t mind having this one again at all.

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JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Black with a thin dark tan head. Spicy alcohol, oak, roast beneath, vanilla, whiskey, toffee. Great aroma. Balanced taste, the barrel isn’t too overbearing, very nice.

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fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2010 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured very black, roasted malts, bourbon, dark chocolate, wood. A little young, need some time in a dark room.
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2008 Total Score: 4.4
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Dark brown/black, Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, molasses, darkfruits, vanilla, little bourbon, slight hop.

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BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 2008 Pink wax (Pappy Van Winkle). Bottle number 22 with many thanks to Billschmeinke. Pours with a minimal brown head over a deep black body. Aromas of cola, brown sugar, tobacco, earthy, sweet, estery, fudge, coconut, light alcohol caramel and vanilla. Light oak presence. Flavors are nutty, nougat, fudge, vanilla, cola, and coconut. Rich barrel, and aged bourbon flavors. Oily. Smooth and rich. Minimal tannins, medium carbonation. Creamy, lightly warming. The best of the Eclipse variants that I have had.



Another bottle. Starting to thin a bit. Flavors getting a bit more mellow. I’d say drink up at this point (at least move to the fridge). Still good, but not what it was.

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NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Shared by a generous soul at Zwanze Day WLV. Pretty cool beer to try, for sure. Pours a deep oily black with a tan head. A bit of iodine at the edges. The nose shows that it was a great beer at one time. Shows some light oxidative notes at this point. Chocolate and perhaps some vinous components as well. Strong coconut & vanilla notes along with a the robust roast show well. On tasting, the palate has thinned a touch, still quite big and oily. Light cardboard note in the background behind the sweet bourbon vanilla. Starting to turn a corner for sure but a really nice beer overall.

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yespr (48100) - 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.

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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.


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