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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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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 261
Gots: 201 | FT: 13
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Stout6, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

MarkyMOD, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of spoony
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a waxed cap bomber (2012) into a globe.

A-The beer was dark, chestnut brown (nearly opaque) with a thin tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S-The beer had a pleasing, slightly sweet aroma comprised of vanilla, bourbon (or rye whiskey to be more accurate), lightly roasted malts, and brown sugar. Just a touch of alcohol heat.

T-The taste tracked the smell closely. The main components were oaky, boozy vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate. Very little bitterness and only a touch of heat made for a sweet, but not cloying mixture of flavors.

M-Medium to full bodied feel with lower carbonation as you would expect for the style.

O-I tend to favor sweeter stouts and this was a pretty great beer. There was a lot of character from the barrel, which layered nicely with the underlying beer flavors. One of the better imperials stouts I have had.

spoony, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

2dogbrew, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

TicoCali, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Harvey98, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of rand
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is the appropriate way to review, but since these are the same beer I think this will work. I just opened a 2012 version, poured into a whiskey sampler.

A: Deep dark brown in color, small carbonation forms a small, tightly-bubbled head. Tiny patches of lacing adorn the glass after a gentle swirl.


S: The nose is bourbon-forward, quickly followed by all of the enticing aromas expected from a big craft stout - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice. The alcohol is pretty strong and seems to propel the big bouquet to the nose.


T: Surprisingly, the bourbon is much more subdued than you'd think from its aromas. Instead of a hot bourbon-y blast, you get a nearly seamless package of flavors that wash over your palate. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there, licorice and coffee. But there's also rich buttery anchor to the flavor profile, almost like butterscotch. And the alcohol takes a back seat - it's there, but unlike most barrel-aged imperial stouts, this doesn't deserve the "boozy" descriptor. Finishes with a trace of lingering sweetness and alcohol warmth.


M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is low, but the flavors are so harmonious you don't really need a big carb scrub.


Well, what can I say? I'm glad I popped this open, I've got a bunch of these cellared but I wanted to try their most coveted, this 18 year Elijah Craig (which is a delicious bourbon, I'm more of a Scotch buy, but EC bourbon is amazing) fresh. Absolutely lives up to the hype and price, this brew is a piece of art.


rand, Dec 26, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, bottle #2029

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light mocha head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind.

Strong barrel presence in the aroma with lots of earthy, toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy rye whiskey character countered by a slightly roasted chocolate malt backbone. The spicy rye and whiskey notes really stand out along with wood barrel, coffee bean, oatmeal and bakers chocolate. Dessert/cake like dessert character underneath the whiskey.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger whiskey barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Very strong dry oak/toothpick character along with prominent whiskey/boozy heat that overpowers the other notes a bit too much for my preference. Slightly peaty with lots of spicy rye and alcohol sweetness dominating the malt backbone. Underneath, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavor but it's overwhelmed by the wood, rye and whiskey flavors. Decent but a bit harsh and one dimensional making it tougher to drink and not as interesting as the other treatments.

corby112, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottling courtesy of Secret Santa Alex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates, but never leaves and sticks much lace to the sides of the glass. The aroma coming out of my glass is almost heavenly. Roasty chocolate caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, coconut, white frosting, and rye whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey last long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This is a really good stout, I can't believe I haven't tried this before. Now to get me some more.

johnnnniee, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

scottiethebody, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with a very small tan head, bubbly.

S: Not much at first, but some coaxing gives a nice barrel smell. Heavy malt, brown sugar, pretty standard.

T: Rye barrel, dark chocolate, heavy sweet malt. Fairly well balanced, not as full-flavoured as I would hope, but certainly enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied, rich, smooth, soft carbonation for its style.

O: A solid -bal beer, but the bottle price is certainly pushing it. Glad I've been able to try a lot of the Eclipse Line on-tap.

Halcyondays, Dec 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this on 12/16/12 and split with a buddy.

A: Pitch black with a half inch head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S: Roasted malt, whiskey and chocolate.

T: Chocolate, vanilla and whiskey. I had Evan Williams last night and the whiskey in this one is much more present. Not a huge stout, but the flavors are excellent.

M: Kind of thin for a stout but very creamy.

O: Definitely an excellent stout. The Evan Williams tasted almost identical. I don't know that I would be able to tell the difference. Definitely worth the $25 though.

Rinkor16, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Rick760Sd, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

brotherloco, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DNICE555, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jnatkins, Dec 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, bottle #1778

A - Pours near black with one and a half fingers of brown head. Head has decent retention, eventually fading to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate, with some roasted malt, a sweet aroma that could be some residual honey or a bit of molasses, vanilla, a bit of wood and some faint alcohol.

T - Taste is a little sweeter than the aroma would suggest, but not overpowering sweetness. Again a big chocolate presence, combining bittersweet and milk chocolate. A bit of spicy spirit undercuts the chocolate. Some nice vanilla. Roasted malt comes in near the finish. Finishes with a bit of rye whiskey. Very tasty, but a touch too sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a touch on the light side for an imperial stout, but I don't mind. Definitely not thin.

O - This is a very nice Eclipse variant, but the honey sweetness is a bit too apparent. Still very enjoyable. I like that these are relatively low on the abv scale for barrel-aged imperial stouts at "only" 9.5%, but the price tag will definitely keep me from revisiting, considering other options for the style.

warnerry, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

s1ckboy, Dec 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/24/12 notes. Shared this with my brother...2010 vintage, bottle #743. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. This one doesn't look as thick as the others, but still looks great.

s - Smells of whiskey, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, cream, dark fruits, and oak. Nice but the whiskey is still a bit hot, and dominates the nose. Still good, but not on the level of the other versions.

t - Tastes of whiskey, alcohol, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark fruits. Taste has much more bitter choolate than the nose, and a lot of hot whiskey again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is not as thick as the other versions, and is a little hotter than most variations.

o - Overall this is certainly a good beer, but having had 8 other variations at our Eclipse tasting last week, this is towards the bottom of the pack. It is a little bit thinner than most of the others, and a bit hotter, though still quite nice. Would like to have it again but would buy or seek out other variations first.

mdfb79, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MrVonzipper, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

dtx00, Oct 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

RandyKemka, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.