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

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 262
Gots: 216 | FT: 18
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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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 384 from the 2011 batch.

A: Pours black with big dense espresso colored head. Fades slowly, leaving nice lacework on the glass.

S: Rye whiskey and lots of it. Strong alcohol bite from it. Spicy rye, toffee and caramel. There is some roasted malt below it but mostly obscured. Hints of chocolate compliment the whiskey.

T: Whiskey is a little more subdued here but still prominent. Surprisingly not as harsh as I was expecting given the freshness of the brew and the length of time in barrels. Nice rye whiskey blending with char and dark chocolate from the roasted malt. Toffee, earthiness and a touch of honey in the middle. Very oaky throughout, particularly in the aftertaste with a touch of vanilla. Finishes with a vanilla and honey flourish. Has almost a peppery spiciness which I assume is from the rye. Whiskey is surprisingly well integrated but still stands as out enough.

M: Somewhat heavy, has a creamy, almost chalky sort of mouth-coating effect. Slick and sticky, can almost feel the honey in the aftertaste.

O: Excellent barrel treatment. I've never had the base beer but it seems like a simpler imperial stout. The honey does add a nice touch of complexity though. However, as mentioned, the barrel aging really elevates it. A must-have for a rye whiskey fan - one of the few well-done rye whiskey aged beers. Possibly the best I've had.

Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the final installment in the 2011 eclipse series for myself. have loved the ride. enjoyed from a cbs snifter.

bottle # 321

a - pried the wax and filled my glass. much like the others, the brew a watery black with just shy of a finger's worth of creamy tan head. the milky head slowly bubbled away leaving a thin skin of head and small milky bubbly islands on the surface of the brew. lacing was spotty and streaky. in the glass, the beer looked much fuller than when poured. swirling the glass brought things back to life momentarily, then the hugeness of the brew defeated the head leaving some additional lacing on the glass.

s - the barrel immediately jumps out in the nose. rye whiskey...YUM. with a great undertone of a thick chocolatey stout. i've long been a fan of whiskey aged stouts...perhaps even more-so than bourbon barrels. the rye adds a great element of rye sweetness and the wood imparts some oaky vanilla. smells dynamite!

t - the whiskey again takes center stage and imparts some rye whiskey oaky vanilla notes. the stout is definitely in the backseat, but the roasty chocolateness is definitely there. strong sweetness.

m - there is a definite whiskey tingle. the beer is rather smooth, as expected...but the whiskey bite is definitely evident.

o - overall, this is a nice beer, but not the highlight of the series by any stretch of the imagination. however, this brew is aged in rye whiskey barrels so it is definitely unique in the series as the bulk are bourbon barrel. i'm definitely a fan of whiskey aged brews and anything with rye, but the mix here was not mind blowing. very good, not great.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of my beautiful fiance, who paid $34 for this Eclipse in Chicago awhile back.

This beer pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown with a slight, slightly soapy beige one finger lacing. The nose is sweet and chocolaty and features aromas of lightly roasted coffee and honey with a touch of whiskey. It is very rich. The flavors follow suit. There are loads of sweet chocolate, honey, light roast, and some alcohol (and I don't mean the whiskey). If anything, the whiskey is slightly present in the aftertaste. It drinks medium in body with plenty of residual sugar. It's sweeter than I imagined. I know Eclipse is an "imperial stout brewed with honey" but this is the first version that I've noticed any honey. Overall this was a solid stout, but a little too light in body for my liking and a little sweet. For the price, it isn't worth it but its a nice beer overall.

Photo of SuqMadique
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1645, 2011

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown that light can shine through only at the edges.

S: Aroma of bittersweet bakers chocolate, light bourbon and oak directly out of the fridge and of course some sweet malt and a bit of booze.

T: Starts off with a bit of a booze kick, closely followed by American oak and rye whiskey. Dark bakers chocolate, cocoa and bitter chocolate malts mixing smoothly together. I can really enjoy all of these flavors and it is very easy to drink or sip. Sweet and roasty mixing with the dark roast malts to even this out / balance the flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation. It is not watery, but could be slightly thicker. In any event, it is very drinkable in its current viscosity.

O: This is very good, only minor fault that I can detect is a very slight ashy presence right at the very end. This of course would probably be stronger if not aged in barrels that previously had Rye Whiskey in them.

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A nice rich aroma. Nice subtle oak and bourbon bits with just a kiss of spice, raisin, and molasses.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice profile of oaky bourbon, raisin, caramel, and cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too albiet, a touch thinner, but nice bourbon characters.

(D)- Another great variance to the eclipse barrel line. A bit more bourbon forward, but with flavors to back it up.

Photo of mattsander
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage opened 04/30/12

A: Jet black with a crema-like wisp of brown head.

S: Rye whiskey, cocoa, vanilla, heaps of oak barrel, dark fruits. Compared to fresh Eclipse, the wood character is mellow and more integrated and the booze is restrained.

T: Decadent chocolate, vanilla frosting, sweet rounded whiskey character all wrapped in mellow oak. Wonderful, though I do prefer fresher Eclipse.

M: Again the brewer's use of Honey is genuis here. For such a high gravity beer it is remarkably slick and drinkable.

O: Still probably my favorite stout in the world. Very interesting to taste an older bottle and compare the differences a year makes.

Photo of Agold
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rckmo10
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with some light passage, dense tan head, great retention

S: heavy rue whiskey, vanilla, caraway zestiness, chocolate, light hops on finish

T: smooth whiskey shines through nicely, vanilla, cream, chocolate, great balance

Mf: thicker base stout which holds up nicely to the barrels, mellow carbonation

O: one of the tastier variants I have had, smooth, full flavor

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice shade of black, well nearly. A large frothy head of half an inch of almond color holds long retention and shows fine lacing.

Phenomenal aromas. Chocolate, great whisky character, fruity, with some spicy rye notes, big oak and layered black fruits. Vanilla, molten caramel and toffee notes.

Again just delicious and supple. Nice oak tannins on the finish, long and semi sweet. Milk chocolate on the middle and finish, with a swirl of bitter cocoa throughout. Spicy rye on the finish while the mid palate is enamored with vanilla, oak, currant, burnt caramel, leather, and whisky soaked plums. Mouth is decadent, smooth and creamy. Gonna be sad when this ones gone.

Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharing the bomber with vickster529.

A-Pours an opaque deep brown to black with a nice thin pool of mocha head.

S-Mmmm. Sweet mocha, dark fruit, candied walnuts, rum soaked cherries. All things sweet and boozy.

T-Nicely managed boozy heat and dark fruit. Some mocha notes and chocolate covered cherries.

M-Medium to heavy, coats the tongue nicely.

O-Really nice. Delicious richness, well restrained booziness.


Photo of peacebone116
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 650-mL bottle with green wax (bottle no: 195/2011) into a Delirium tulip.

A: Deep dark brown with hints of red. There is a smallish cap of khaki head that floats on the top for a while before receding to the sides of the glass where it clings for dear life as the rest of beer gets swept away, sip by sip.

N: The nose is initially quite, for lack of a better word, funky. As the beer has time to breathe, notes of charred oak dominate. There is a very subtle whisky note amidst a sea of toasted malts that emulate chocolate and coffee.

T/M: The taste does not entirely follow the nose--there is, of course, the predominate toasted grain qualities of chocolate and a hint of coffee. However, there are flavors of oak and rye whisky (i.e., earth & pepper). This mouthfeel is very unique to the Eclipse line--smooth and creamy like the others, but with a much dryer characteristic. There is a touch of boozy heat, but nothing too dominant.

Overall, this is my least favorite of the Eclipse series. Although it is a bit of a positive that there is less pronounced heat from the alcohol, I do miss how the sweeter bourbon and brandy barrels bring out more of the sweetness in the beer. Still a fantastic beer, just maybe not as much for the price.

Photo of Brew33
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.