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

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 260
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big old thanks to hugonaut13 for this bottle!

It pours just like the other Eclipse beers... beautifully dark with a bit of coffee brown clarity. A thin khaki head retains well, producing spotty lace and slight booze legs.

Roasty, nutty malts layered with honeycomb, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, smooth sweet bourbon, a bit of fudge and cookie dough. It has a little bit of a Bourbon County thing going on in the nose. Very nice.

I'm getting a pretty heavy licorice flavor... not something that I typically notice with these beers... it's a welcomed change of pace. Toffee and honey leading into a chocolate bourbon sweetness. Char, honey and vanilla are present from start to finish. Awesome. Complex but approachable.

ISO.

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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Eclipse variant, courtesy of Aaron and Kurtis - green-wax-dipped bomber, BR 1 2012, poured into my Rock Island snifter.

A: Opaque brown/black pour with a tanish head that shows good carbonation in the beer and retains/laces well.

S: Pretty big rye whiskey notes, more sweetness with some subtle alcohol harshness, vanilla and slight caramel for sure, with a noticeable honey component. Rye spice is apparent in the aromas of spirit...oaky smoothness...lots of milk and dark chocolate undertones, with suggestions of molasses.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose, milky smooth chocolate counter-acts the slight hot booziness of the rye whiskey...vanilla, roast, oak, spice, some honey, burnt sugars. Alcohol burn on the finish is noticeable, a touch more harsh in nature than the Evan Williams 2012 that I tried recently.

MF: Creamy, smooth, full bodied beer. Alcohol cuts the score and drinkability some.

O: Pretty nice barrel aged stout. I get some honey on this beer (don't know if that is common for Eclipse variants since they are brewed with honey), and the rye whiskey is quite noticeable. Lots of chocolate here too. This is a good beer, though better integration of flavors and less booze would be preferable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is PACKED with rye whiskey aromas and sweet boozy scents. Smells like it's gonna be much more than 9.5%, but then again, the Eclipse bottles hide the booze very well in the flavor. Sweet vanilla and burnt sugar. The rye whiskey is definitely the key factor in the nose on this one. Some chocolate and hints of espresso with honey. Taste is just as it smells. Starts off pretty boozy...possibly the most boozy Eclipse I've had. IT still tastes damn good! Tons of rye spice and oak flavor. Lots of vanilla and coffee flavors. Dark chocolate with a nice, spicy, whiskey finish. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is full bodied with proper carbonation for a barrel aged stout. Overall, this is a fantastic variant of the Eclipse bottles. After this and the Rye Boise, I'm beginning to think a REALLY like beers aged in rye whiskey barrels.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle, Green label.

A - Pours black, what head there is dissipates quickly.

S - Spicy rye, oak, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate.

T - An undiscernible mix of oak, bourbon and vanilla. The rye spices of the barrels play a part. Secondary flavors of molasses and light licorice.

M - Thick bodied and low carbonation, very velvety.

O - Boozy and sweet, but not overly licorice, which I can deal with. More!

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Black, minimal head foam.

Little whiskey aroma, but not that strong.

First note is that the whiskey may be a bit heavy, maybe I should've gone with bourbon barrel. The richest dark chocolate, like 90% or higher cacoa, is the base. Maybe because it's printed on the bottle but there's a kind of honey quality to it. As strong as the whiskey is, it is not terribly hot rather it just about blends in. I'm not getting coffee that usually comes with the style.

An expected fairly harsh finish. Though it's barely carbonated it does not have marshmallow texture at all, more of a stinging beer that doesn't sit all that heavy.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with half a finger of tan head that fades into a sudsy ring with a little lacing.

S: Oak and bourbon dominate at first with vanilla, caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and Port aromas mixed in. Roasted malts with sweet chocolates also come through.

T: Oak and bourbon dominate here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla. There are some sweeter, Port-like notes mixed in before a boozy finish.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, the alcohol presence keeps it from being smooth and creamy.

O: A good barrel-aged stout overall. It's a little on the boozy and sweet side for my tastes, but still quite good.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.