Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
On Tap at Fifty/Fifty's release party
Look: Pours a nice black color with brown rings around the top and bottom. 1/4 inch dark tan head with ok retention and some spotty lacing
Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of dark chocolate and coffee notes. After you weave your way around those notes you pick up some nice whisky notes and some oak
Taste: Upfront again is the chocolate but almost immediately you get a nice smokeyness from the whisky and some spice that goes along with it. Nice amount of oak on the backend
Mouthfeel: These stouts to me are just a bit on the thin side of what I would like and very low carbonation
Overall: Of all the variations this one for me was the surprise of the party. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and am glad that I started with this one. They actually had all 3 vintages on draft at the party and I tried all 3 with 2009 being my favorite.
12-10-2011 04:07:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
I had this during the bottle share during the Jackie O's bottle release. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edges. There is a mild tan head that goes away completely.
Smell: Sweet roast with some dark fruit and spicy bourbon. I'm also picking up a nice cocoa note.
Taste: This is a very smooth ba stout. Just a bit hot, but that's fine by me. Roast and chocolate. I swear I could taste a hint of maple as well. Dark fruit notes with a bitter roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is an extremely well done beer. The chocolate notes kicked it up a notch. Very good.
12-05-2011 04:06:50 | More by oline73
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
2010 vintage. Bottle #579.
Pours a deep black, coal in color, with a tiny brown head that settles to a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.
Gobs of milk chocolate with some coffee. Dark fruits and a touch of booze, although the barrel isn't evident that much on the nose.
Tons of chocolate in the mouth, sweet with a good amount of bitterness. Very creamy. The barrel flavors finally show through, with a strong rye whiskey flavor, warming and spicy. Great flavors, deep and fulfilling.
A beautifully made stout. Tons of flavors, and the barrel gives of the perfect flavors. Awesome.
11-27-2011 04:02:36 | More by litheum94
3.93/5 rDev -8.2%
2010, bottle #809 poured into a DFH chalice.
A - Pretty dark with a 1/2" head that quickly turns into minimal lacing. Sticks a little to the side of the glass. Bubbles on the side are evident of low carbonation. Lacing sticks around for a while.
S - Little bit of dark fruits, little bit of chocolate, slight woody/toffee.
T - Dark fruits, little bits of sweetness, slightest heat on the back part of the flavor. Little bit of chocolate in the middle. A lot of oak and some dryness in the finish. I'm finding more woodiness in this treatment than the other variants.
M - Medium body with low carbonation.
O - Not a bad beer, but not my favorite of the variants. I'll be interested to try this next to the '09 in the coming months.
11-26-2011 03:59:12 | More by claaark13
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.