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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout – Pappy Van Winkle (20 Year)

IMG_846911.9% ABV. Rare Imperial Stout aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels from FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA. Landed this long time want of mine through a friend-connected trade for a Cigar City Hunahpu’s. Pours pitch black with a nice half finger mocha head – not bad for a beer aged for nearly two years. The aromas had that trademark FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout that you detect in all of their bourbon barrel-aged series. There was surprisingly a rum-like aromatic quality to it – a bit metallic, which got me worried initially. Again, there was that trademark honey to the beer along with hints of oak and sweet caramel. In the flavors, there was a pleasant overwhelming taste of that Pappy (Yay! I saved $200+ from buying a Pappy bottle that I probably would have never seen in my lifetime) that held up and aged very gracefully. However, the bad news was that I was not able to pick up on any other flavors aside from that honey and perhaps some light cocoa powder. Medium bodied mouthfeel and quite boozy in the back finish. Overall, a very good beer and glad to have finally checked this off my beer wants!

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This entry was posted on May 7, 2015 by in Beer, Beer rankings, Beer reviews, Craft beer, Top rated beers and tagged , , , , .

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