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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-06-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a rich, thick body. Tan head of a quarter finger which quickly settled in around the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Vanilla, milk chocolate, and big barrel character. The bourbon accents come off with an edge of heat which adds a menacing tone to the aroma. There are some subtle rye spices on the undertones of this brew. Waves and waves of vanilla and bourbon keep coming at the drinker throughout and dominate.

Taste: Complex front of grains, spices, vanilla, dairy, whiskey, and chocolate. The body evens out with a creamier, smoother malt and you get a touch of the honey. Continuing waves of vanilla and barrel character wash over the palate. The finish dries out a bit and the drinker gets the most of the rye character here.

Mouthfeel: Not as rich and heavy as other elite imperial stouts but this brew makes up for with an incredibly easy drinking mouthfeel which really lets all the flavors and accents stand out.

Overall: My second eclipse brew and I have loved both of them so far. I personally preferred the bourbon barrel Elijah Craig but this is certainly the best rye barrel aged brew I've ever had. Balanced spices and rye with plenty of traditional delicious whiskey tones. Won't hesitate to try any others from the Eclipse line.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 15:20:19 | More by KFBR392
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4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown leading to black. Tan layer of head. Just a collar. Very similar to the Java blend. Maybe a touch more head. Alcohol feet.

S: Some spice from the rye. Vanilla. Barrel oaky notes. Dark chocolate.

T: Get that spice from the rye right up front. Some touches of vanilla. Dry oak. Some alcohol heat on the back of the throat. This is boozer than Java.

M: Full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 15:57:25 | More by inlimbo77
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: in a snifter, pitch black body under a fat finger of dark tan head; lace motes trail after each sip

S: rye whiskey spice, dry and oaky; dark malt coffee and char; hints of herbal spice and bittersweet cocoa

T: roasted dark malts bring predictable chocolate and espresso, running under currents of dry rye whiskey, with flavors of wood and earth; maybe suggestions of anise and tobacco, honey and hoppy flowers

M: smooth and mellow across the palate, with the slight sting of rye spice and alcohol; medium-full body, low carbonation, slightly sticky; drying finish

O: another excellent Eclipse stout - a bit tough at a $33 bottle, but for the extravagant, frivolous, or dedicated BAs, well-worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:50:48 | More by Greywulfken
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4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the high west rye version is astoundingly good, but i am certain all barrel treatments of this honey stout are world class. the three or four i have enjoyed certainly have been. stronger this year, listed at 11.9% instead of 9.5%, but it is still mellow. thick and luscious almost black color with a milkshake textured brown head with fine staying power. the nose is not immediately rye heavy, i get the honey and the barley first, earthen and deeply roasted, and a little oak sweetness. i even get coffee bitterness in the finish, and the taste is the same as the smell, all very earthy. i get the rye after the swallow and it comes on slow but builds to quite strong. spicy and smooth, cleaner than a beer done with rye malt by a mile, but still with its familiar characteristics. this isnt the least bit boozy, and is thick as they come. it coats the palate and stains a semi-permanent beer mustache on the exuberant drinker. there is a reason these beers cost what they do, i honestly believe they are worth every penny. really curious to try the java from this year as well, but this may be the most enjoyable of the handful ive had.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 16:58:47 | More by StonedTrippin
Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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