Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by younger35:
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I’ve had these brews sitting down in the cellar patiently waiting until football season. Preseason is up, good enough. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching the Saints vs. Texans.
2010 version bottle 697
Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a small headish thing even after an aggressive pour. A small collar with NO head and NO lacing remains.
Smell- Super rich smelling beer. It has that really sweet smelling Dark Lord like thing going on. Tons of rich milk chocolate that is literally brownie batter. I swear you could add an egg and bake this beer. The barrel is fairly noticeable as is the spirit. Touches of vanilla and wood mix in well with the fairly potent caramel. A teeny tiny touch of coconut is present along with a raw sort of nuttiness.
Taste- Starts with a kick of booze that is warming but not overwhelming. It literally tastes like this beer has toasted coconut in it. The chocolate aspect is dark and intense with tons of fudgy goodness. Tons of caramel and brown sugar really sort of lead into the light barrel aspect of the beer. The alcohol really sort of caught me off guard at first but as I drink more of the beer I realize it’s all well integrated. I don’t get anything particularly rye but the barrel aging is very evident. Gets a bit cloying towards the bottom of the glass but I should have shared this bottle anyways.
Mouthfeel- Maybe a touch thin for the style but overall everything is hunky dory. The beer is fairly sweet (as expected) but still oddly thin.
Drinkability- The beer is terrific. It’s SO flavorful and very unique but it’s definitely a bottle splitter. Bring a friend for this one. I don’t get much of a difference from bottle to bottle on the barrel but I do get a sense of what a little time does. Everything is more well rounded (that make sense?) and integrated. Great beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2011 18:18:23 | More by younger35
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4.39/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
one of my favorite series of beers right here, always a special treat to crack into one, especially one I've never had, and even better one with a little age on it. this 2012 edition is one of my favorites of the lot so far, its just amazing. pours nice and dark, inky and shiny, radiant black. not as much head as i remember on others, but its not still either. the nose is really rye heavy, and i pick up a on of coffee too. a cool combination. the flavor shows a lot more vanilla and oak than the nose, and the rye is up front rather than in the finish. texturally interesting, and spicy at first sip. the finish is loaded with huge roasted coffee notes and the familiar honey sweetness present in all of these. rich and roasty, almost burnt malt, maybe char from the barrel or something, its really heavy in the finish. i like the rye influence on this. maybe not quite as much as the most recent high west rye edition, but its close, and may have receded in time a little bit. so mellow and well integrated though, i love it. thanks to claystation for dropping some half-birthday cash on this one and a few others for us to share. worth the price they as for these, and i rarely think that with beer so pricey.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 18:08:05 | More by StonedTrippin
4.46/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2012 bottle, labeled "bottle No. GR/1", poured into teku glass
A- pours pitc black color with a small foamy and creamy khaki colored head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edges, leaving behind some lacing spots as it settles
S- big spicy rye whisky notes up front mix with sweet chocolaty malt and roasted espresso. Complimenting these are aromas are juicy oak barrel, black currant, caramel, charred marshmallow, black licorice, dark cherry and some nutty notes. Aromas keep opening up as it warms
T- dark chocolaty fudge and currant with roasty coffee flavors, fresh cream sweetness, spicy and peppery rye mix with big barrel juice notes, giving it a good whisky kick. Underlying honey flavor adds a subtle sweetness that stands up nicely to the bold notes of spicy rye from the barrel. Closes out with charred oak, with hints of vanilla, black cherry & whisky
M- medium body with low carbonation lead to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth finish, alcohol is hidden very well yet provides just a subtle warmth at the end
O- two years in the bottle and this beer is drinking awesomely. The addition of honey gives it a sublet sweetness that compliments the barrel notes artfully. I love beers aged in rye whisky barrels, and this one was a fine example of how it should be done
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 19:45:36 | More by Treyliff
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle 1915 of 2009
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a very modest head (not surprising given the style and the age) ; very leggy and plenty of lacing, however
Smell: Roast, chocolate, licorice, oak and rye
Taste: Roast and licorice, up front, with developing dark chocolate notes; by mid-palate, the rye and oak flavors kick in, bringing a bit of booze; the warming notes continue to build, after the swallow, so the finish was redolent of rye
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Overall: I have been aging a number of FIftyFifty stouts for a few years, this one being the oldest, and plan to consume them over the next week; this, being the first (and the only one from 2009), sets a fairly high bar but I suspect it may get topped by one or more of the others
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 23:56:14 | More by brentk56
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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