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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: 261
Gots: 218 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
Pours nearly black, with wispy light tan head that exhibits good lacing. Whiskey aromas blend with dark to milk chocolate, slight deep figgy ripe fruit notes. Light carbonation leads to full burbon/cola vanilla boozyness that is followed by slightly tannic, oaky, licorice and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is almost perfect; would like it to be a little more coating, but pretty spot on as is. Overall an awesome beer; glad I have an 2010 to try, and will update when I do!

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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