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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: 440
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 262
Gots: 212 | FT: 15
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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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 +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MrFootstones
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a voluptuous tan head, which lasts nicely. Black with clear brownish edges as usual with Eclipses.

Dark fruit, marshmallow, booze, and chocolate are the big aromas going on.

Delicious. Rich, and almost biting whiskey character (great for me, perhaps not for someone who isn't a big whiskey fan). Perhaps more apparently rye than bourbon character, more zing. Toasty malt, dark fruit, macadamia nuts, marshmallows, booze, charred damp oak. This is the best 2011 bottle I have had yet, taste wise.

The improved mouthfeel for this year's recipe is apparent, and welcomed. Rich and decadent without being syrupy or too heavy.

After hearing people were pleasantly surprised with this iteration this year, I have to agree. Truly a nice canvas to showcase the barrel character, though the base shines through nicely.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1011th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22oz Green Wax

Bottle 1379/2011

App- A milk chocolate pour with a viscous look to it. Very creamy and lush. A nice 1-1/2" khaki head with a falling pond layer to about 1/8" with very little cling.

Smell- An opening whisp of booze and burn. A little bit of grain from the rye and moves to a liquid dark chocolate and the barrels.

Taste- A huge flavorful and very smooth stout. An opening taste of the Rye sweeps over the tastebuds and follows up with a touch and I mean light smoke and blends very nicely into a chocolate, anise and mint note.

Mouth- A medium body bordering on low viscosity with a medium carbonation with a nice balance of bubbles to keep it smooth but not sludgy. A residual note of Rye, Chocolate and Anise.

Drink- So damn good. I don't know why I didnt try harder to land other variants in other years. I only had the Evan Wiliams with Gurudel last year and I sure glad I got one of each this year.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown and black, thin brown ring forms on the top, less than 1/3" deep. Nice, sweeter than other barrel treatment aroma, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla and oak.

Taste, one of the easiest drinking Eclipse varieties, this seems to be sweeter, lighter bodied, but still a good consistent thickness and mouthfeel to it. Very smooth, a pinch of smoke in it that is very complimentary to all of the other flavors. Has the least amount of coffee or bitterness that the other varieties hold, and even those are relatively low, but this one is all about sweet smoothness.

I even thought the '11 version on tap was better than the '10, but they are extremely similar, just the mouthfeel and consistency was better suited to my tastes this year around.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 version; bottle 1571/2009.

Pours quite black with a very small tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving a decent amount of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with smooth dark fudgy chocolate with muted roasted malts. Also present are good amounts of vanilla aromas from the barrels and lighter amounts of tobacco.

The tastes begin with soft roasted malt flavors combined immediately with smooth dark chocolate flavors with hints of sweeter milk chocolate. The bourbon flavors have melded quite nicely with the roasty stout flavors over the last two years. The hints of spicy rye into play near the end before all flavors meld together and carry through to a moderately dry bourbony climax.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. It's got a very nice thickness but the body isn't syrupy. The base beer being less than 10%ABV helps to avoid this being a massive palate wrecker/all night sipper. Drinkability is also quite high for the style because of the lesser ABV.

Overall this beer was all I was hoping it would be and more. A nuanced, yet big and barrel-aged stout that is well worth seeking out. This is my first Eclipse and I can definitely say it won't be my last. The barrel aging is not overdone which I greatly appreciate and enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle #1164, thanks to baybassboy for sharing this.

Pours a slightly thin black with a light tan head that leaves some lacing and sticky on the glass. The nose really puts forward the barrel treatment the beer got. Quite a bit of alcohol in the aroma with some robustness. The taste is awesome, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and a predominate rye taste in the finish that lasts. Mouthfeel is the only slight downfall to this one but it does have some good creaminess and solid carbonation. It's an awesome beer and I love the way the barrel really presents itself.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 679.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a nice rye whisky aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. I really enjoy the Rittenhouse Rye treatment on this one. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a nice rye whisky flavor. One of the best of the night.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.