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

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 259
Gots: 207 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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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  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle pour into a glass.

Very black in nature Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co. is a black stout with a semi tannish foam that graces the top before bouncing, no stick on the side.

Smell is very bold with roasted malt, bourbon, charred oak, some rye component. Not really picking up any of the honey used. Some tootsie roll comes through with warming while the rye comes out more, a nice sniffer.

Taste is pronounced with bourbon, oak, rye and malt. Not picking up any hop tastes at this point in the bottles stage. The honey is not picked up either, but I guess that has more to do with upping the body which is a tad thin, but remains above medium bodied. Not a incredibly thick stout by any means. Carbonation fades with some time leaving for a smooth ride. Just a hit of heat.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, green wax, 2009 vintage, #1803

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, dark body with auburn highlights, minimal bubbly carbonation, lace is just a light swirl on the surface

smell: light, but nice - rich caramel, a bit of char, subtle rye whiskey notes, toasted hazelnut

taste: not an overly big stout, but the flavors are pretty solid - rich creamy caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, rye, nice barrel notes that really open up as this one warms up. The spice from the rye plays well - would love to try some other variations

mouthfeel: relatively light, velvety

overall: nice stuff, thanks lou91

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle with dark green wax from 2011. Chilled slightly and poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color like a typical barrel aged stout. Pours a nice one to two finger head that holds for a bit and imparts a nice lacing.

Aroma: The bourbon tones really stand out well. A lot of the barrel comes through. Rye whiskey, chocolate and coffee are all pretty noticable. Some vanilla and brown sugar shine through as well. Not overly boozy, but lots of barrel.

Taste: Big rye whiskey, chocolate and espresso upfront. Considering that this is a barrel aged stout, it is not too heavy handed on the sweetness at all. Actually a lot of bitterness rounds out the bourbon and barrel flavors pretty well. Some light touches of oak and vanilla. Not boozy at all. Drinks really easy considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the lighter side for the style, but there is some creaminess. Very nice.

Overall, a really well done and tasty treatment of a barrel aged stout. I didn't like this as much as the Four Roses I had, but the strong barrel flavors, and really nice balance of sweet and bitter stand out. Maybe hard to buy often at $30, but certainly nice and easy to drink.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle of this with my wife at our campsite in Vermont. Lovely.

The beer is a deep, dark brown with a half inch of dark beige head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the walls of the glass. The aroma brings oak, booze, roast, malt. The flavor is perhaps a tad more bready than usual, with a hint of bitterness in the back. Must be the rye malt. Tasty. Additional notes of chocolate and vanilla. Really, quite a flavorful beer, and deceptively easy to drink. Fairly light in the mouthfeel for the style. Well balanced, with lingering notes of oak and bourbon. Well done.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kecarl7 for this one

A-split three ways into sniffers. Dark black with a faint cocoa head. Relatively thin body. I must admit i did not have high hopes for this one.

S-smells like chocolate and molasses with a bourbon aroma.

T-absolutely fantastic taste, lots of honey and rye up front giving it a slightly bitter bourbon taste. I can't stop thinking about how good this was.

M-thin but chewy, low carbonation but very impressive for the light body.

O-this is a delicious beer but a bit thin. Drinkability is odd just because I expected more resistance going down.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Bottle #1950. Poured in to Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed and reduced to a thin layer. Spotty lacing.

S - Big roast up front that immediately gives way to the barrel characteristics - sweet bourbon (not rye), vanilla and oak. Some molasses and coffee are present in the background.

T - Big roast and rye whiskey flavours up front. Oak and vanilla are also present. Semi-sweet chocolate, molasses and a touch of bitter coffee round out the palate. Very smooth. The barrel characteristics and the base beer flavours are very well integrated.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Light carbonation.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.