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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye

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439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 262
Gots: 212 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

Imperial Stout aged 175 days in Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey barrels. The 2012 version contains a small amount of beer aged in Heaven Hill Pikesville Supreme Rye Whiskey barrels.
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP1356
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, 'Forest Green®' waxed bottle, 2014 BR 1 vintage, some straight-ahead American rye whiskey barrel treatment here, it would seem.

This beer pours, as expected, a solid black abyss, with the faintest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of weakly foamy, and generally just over the top bubbly brown head, which leaves some stellar Mercator projection sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, relatively understated rye whiskey barrel astringencies - vanilla and spicy grain alcohol, mostly - roasted coffee beans, a hint of cheap black licorice, and plain earthy, weedy hops. The taste is sugary caramel/toffee malt, milky coffee, licorice candy drops, muddled chocolate syrup, and a rather lessened barrel character - prominent, as such, vanillan, spicy rye grain, and subtle woody notes - with a surprisingly more red wine, Madeira-esque booziness presiding overall, and those pesky earthy, weedy hops still striving for attention amongst the furor.

The carbonation is quite light and unobtrusive in its plainly underwhelming frothiness, the body kind of on the low side of medium weight (yeah, those barrels be trippin', yo!), and generally smooth, a certain unassailed (say whut?) creaminess trumping as things warm a tad. It finishes on the sweet side, the admittedly tempered cocoa, caramel, and wood grain-borne and boozy vanilla ruling the roost.

A tasty enough big-ass Imperial Stout, the exact Bourbon County goodness better left to more appreciable American whiskey connoisseurs than I. All this wag can say is that the whiskey component is quite restrained, manifesting just enough to stake a claim, but one that you kind of have to get really close to in order to know what the fuck they are saying, if y'all know what I mean.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
11.9% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a moderate dark beige head that gradually faded.

Smell: Brown sugar, mild Whiskey, and mild coffee/roasted malt aromas. Not a bad nose but the barrel aromas are fairly mild.

Taste: The rye Whisky bal-aging features prominently with some spicy notes that are not present in the Bourbon bal-aged Eclipses. The profile also features roast malts, mild vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The finish is a bit drier than the Bourbon bal-aged variants ending with some tannic oak notes and mild hop notes. Fairy restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. I'm not sure if it's the Rye whiskey but this variant seems a bit thicker than the others I've had.

Overall: Good beer. As always, it's a treat to see the different barrel effects on the base beer. I like the drying effect the Rye Whiskey adds in comparison to the other Eclipse variants.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Drift
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.66/5  rDev +9.1%

The beer comes in a black color, medium plus viscosity.

The aroma offers dried fruit, touches of whiskey, and barrel character.

The flavor follows of those notes of sweet raisins and plum. A sweet toffee quality in the middle. Not a highly robust stout with milk chocolate and mocha flavors throughout. A pop of whiskey enters the palate as well.

A well balanced barrel aged brew.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle #29, from 2011.
Pours with a very faint, soapy, and brown head over a deep brown-to-soda colored body. Pretty good lacing.
Aromas are rich and inviting - extremely sweet. Molasses layered on top of molasses. And a kiss of regular syrup, too! Whiff of the oak barrel and whiskey, but very tempered.
Mouthfeel is slick, oily, and rich. Flavor is full of the sticky sweetness picked up in the aroma - In addition to the molasses, there's some vanilla, raw honey, and I'm also getting some black licorice, charred malt, and a touch of deep red fruit.
This held up fantastically over the 3 years... glad I finally popped it.

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4.44/5  rDev +4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.