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

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430 Ratings
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle 241 -2010 release -Thanks Schwaeh.

A; Black with minimal head , slight lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Caramel, toffee, slight bourbon, chocolate.

T: Vanilla , slight toffee /caramel, chocolate, bourbon.

O: Overall this is my least favorite of the Eclipses Iv'e had ,It's by no means bad , just not on par with the rest of the series.

Photo of jethrodium
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 650ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan head settles to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is oak, light alcohol, rye whiskey, marshmallow, caramel, and some light cherry. The taste has a light sweetness with rye bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and some light roast. The finish has some light alcohol along with some twangy rye. Light bodied, like all the Eclipses with low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable. I've liked the Elijah Craig and Four Roses versions better, but this is still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, with a finger's worth of bubbly brown head that eventually leaves the glass oily and shiny with small bubbles of stick.

The aroma is packed full of sweet vanilla and caramel, bourbon, wood, chocolate, and a little bit of coconut, though not quite as strong as the Elijah Craig version.

The bourbon flavors, wood, vanilla, and chocolate come together really quite incredibly well. I don't really pick up much rye character specifically and there's hardly a bit of alcohol heat.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. The best carbonated variation yet, at least in my experience.

Terrific.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Beer served in a snifter from the 2011 release. Fun. Beer is black but clear at the corner, thin tan head small bubbles, some lacing but low retention and low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty with a nice oaky / liquor almost bitter aroma. Smells nice.

Beer is medium in body, strong, a little boozy but great throughout. The finish is a little dry and oaky, overall not my favorite out of these but very solid, the unique character of the liquor comes through in the palate. I'd have it again.

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.88/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #1653. Green wax so I have the correct listing.

This is my fourth variant of this year (EC 12, EC 18, and BT blend) and fifth ever ('10 EW).

3.5 A: I've been very impressed with the appearance of these so far, but this one doesn't have the same luster. Black color. Just around one finger of creamy tan head. The retention isn't even close to as good as the other ones and much, much less lacing is left.

2.5 S: The nose on this is easily the worst so far as well. First of all, the rye doesn't bring out the aromas in the base stout (I'm looking for you, chocolate). The rye itself is quite peculiar smelling. It has a musty, old grain smell to it with a light vegetal component backing it up. Booze is kept in check.

3.0 T: The taste is marginally better than the nose. For a barrel-aged beer with such a wimpy stout as a base, the barrel aging has to be done with perfection and the barrel used has to have had a good previous tenant. I'm not sure what the issue is with this one. I've never had Rittenhouse Rye before. Anyway, chocolate and a light roast from the stout. Earthy spicy rye with the same mustiness found in the nose. Fortunately, the vegetal component is quite weak. Overall, it's still not bad tasting and through all the BB stouts I've had, it comes in right about at the middle.

2.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is the least creamy of the variants I've had. Pump this thing up!

3.0 D: This is the worst variant across the board that I've had so far. Definitely not worth the price.

Photo of chugalug06
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #300

A - Nice fluffy caramel malted head. Very rich looking like a latte. Brew swirls with ease and creates a nice marbling effect with medium sized bubbles. Brew is jet black with thin body.

S - Nice subtle Rye scent. Milk chocolate scent with notes of bold coffee. Toffee dominates with kicks of nuts. Smells a touch like a pencil eraser (rubber). Lightly smokey and well malted.

T/M - Very nice toasted-nutty flavor. Well hoped with nothing out of line. Rye is very well done, provides great hits of vanilla and toffee. Smooth light chocolate. Nice Brown sugar flavor with out the sugary-sweetness. No heat, no bitterness, super smooth. Perfect carbonation, an awesome sipping beer.

O - As good as it gets. Not over rated by any means, super glad I got to finally try this one... Thanks for the Distro-drop in CO, 50/50. A touch on the thin side, but still great. it would be difficult to thicken the body without heavily modifying flavor or mouthfeel. Fantastic brew. A steep price to pay, but grab it if you can find it.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, shared with friends over the holidays. My notes...

A- Pitch black with an off white/tannish head. The head dissipates quickly, and leaves minimal lacing. The beer pours very thin.

S- Spicy oak and some whiskey notes. Peat, chocolate, molassas, and an all around boozy sweetness.

T- The rye and chocolate are pretty over powering at first, a spicy sort of booziness. Transitions to dark roasted malt with more peaty barrel. Very intense initially, and still pretty hot.

M- As it appeared, this beer was way too thin. Not bad on carbonation. The beer was just so astringent though, largely due to the rye treatment I would guess.

O- Overall this was probably my least favorite of the 2010 Eclipses. The Rye is just overboard, and is not my favorite alcohol. It was just very spicy and biting, which was not the case with all of the other Eclipses.

-GFunk

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

#841

A: BLACK. yup, opaque. Warm light brown 1/2" head.

S: Rich rich rich. The bourbon barreling is so rich and complex it has a concentrated fruit aspect. Straight up syrupy.

T: This is like if pancakes were made out of brownie mix instead of batter and bourbon instead of water and whatnot. And of course with some maple syrup, not so much in the flavor but in the viscosity. It's actually not as sweet as the nose, and kind of has a kind of bite midway through the palate that stays and is almost bitter, almost like hot peppers, kinda dull, but I can't put my finger on it. My breath and belches are ridden with bourbon after this. I could definitely tell this was a rye barrel and I'm assuming sour mashed?

M: Smooth obvi. Doesn't harm the palate, although bourbon and warmth has totally infected my upper GI. Carbonation? Wouldn't know....it's either that smooth or undercarbonated

O: Interested to try some of the other versions. This one was a tad high on the bourbon, mostly residual, but not in a hot way.

Photo of Verecund
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling, #1991. Opened and consumed on January 8, 2012.

Pours brownish black with dark burgundy hues on the edge of the glass. A half-finger mocha head collars the surface.

Boozy dark fruit overwhelms the nose at first, soon supplemented with marshmallow and toasted coconut. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, and charred oak are also strongly present, with just a hint of rye spiciness.

Smooth and sweeter than I expected, particularly at first: dark chocolate, anise, faint coconut, and peppery rye (which lingers on the semi-dry finish). As it warms, the rye character is amplified, covering up some of the sweeter elements on the beer. Lightly boozy.

Fairly creamy, with just-under medium carbonation.

A good showing. It clearly showcases the barrel without overwhelming the palate and without the booziness I've experienced with other iterations.

Photo of lnashsig
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle, number 357.

Many thanks to bhollas for hooking me up with this bottle. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a pitch black color, a little tan head emerges and then settles quickly. Smell- BOURBON! This is a total booze bomb on the nose, smells like bourbon, chocolate, and molasses. Awesome. Taste- buttery, caramel, toffee, a little roasty bitterness, and the bourbon flavor at the end. WOW. This one is unbelievable good. I'm blown away. This might be my favorite bourbon barrel beer I have ever had and I don't have another one. This is near perfection. My mouth lingers with a buttery caramel bourbon flavor. No booziness at all here, its just super smooth.

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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