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

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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 257
Gots: 202 | FT: 13
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of maximum12
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, looking at these bottles since spring, I've been constantly reminded of the generosity of cloudskipper for sending me two bottles of the first generation Eclipse stouts. Thank you, again, my California beer dealer. Bottle #1587 split with my wife.

The green wax is actively hostile, & I have to risk physical injury slashing it off. Once I wrestle the cap off, the beautiful smell hits me like a teen-movie bitch slap. This is a beer that I could snuggle on my upper lip for an hour. The bourbony vanilla comes out strong - not Ahnold strong, but farm-boy, natural biceps strong. Roast malts & distant tropics underlay the rye whiskey, but it doesn't really matter.

Eclipse Heaven Hill Rye is downright freakin' fantastic. It's one of those beers that my first sip turns into a long sip, then a pull, & I have to pry my lips off of the glass. Fuck! I love my wife dearly, but I should have opened this while she was in Siberia or someplace.

The rye whiskey is dominant but doesn't squash the base into beer jelly. Love the rye, it adds a bit of spiciness to the deep malts & hard whiskey. Falling bits of vanilla, nice trace of peat moss, roast. Then the rye whiskey comes back in & obliterates everything & makes me happy. And this is smoooth. My ass wasn't this smooth at four weeks of age.

Bloody excellent beer, one of the best I've had in a long time. Perfectly balanced, easy to drink, delicious, with a smell that flares into happiness every time I put the glass near my face. So glad I ordered the current batch. Absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to try more.

maximum12, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at FoBAB into taster. Program says this was aged in Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye barrels. Pitch black with brown hues at edges with a mocha head that settles to a ring at the edge of the glass. Smell is bourbon and alcohol up front with a spicy rye and oak aroma following. Taste is a bit spicy and bitter up front with dark roasted malt. Bourbon, vanilla, some oak, and a dark chocolate flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium coating with a moderate/light carbonation. Drinkability is very good - a well balanced imperial stout. This was one of my favorite stouts of the night - the rye is very apparent in the taste and smell.

nkersten, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours black with quite a sparse head. Large, woody nose, nice round malt, seems quite sweet, bourbon perhaps a little less integrated than with the Elijah Craig. Some tobacco and old, wet leather in there. Flavor is sweet, dark, and malty. Bourbon comes at you at the onset, more so than in the Elijah. Some tobacco leaf and maybe a bit of tar on the back palate. Very good, more of a tobacco thing going on here which I love, that is expressed through the bourbon I believe, but the bourbon in itself is a bit dominant here. Not as great as the Elijah but a worthy beer nonetheless.

JAXSON, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep back with a nice tan head into a Bruery tulip. A bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: The bourbon is definitely present. Nice and creamy, although not quite as heavy as the Elijah Craig, which we had this side-by-side with. Along with the alcohol is a bit of roasted malt and vanilla. Some hints of chocolate.

T: Similar to the nose, although the bourbon comes out more, playing with the malt and creating a nice creaminess, which really drives the mouthfeel.

M: Fairly full bodied and nice and creamy. No much alcohol; quite smooth.

D: Heavily drinkable. So glad they're releasing this again and that I have my futures certificates in hand.

Thorpe429, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hits just keep coming from alcstradamus.

Bomber poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a very deep brown with a small amount of light shining around the edges. Very minimal head and no real lacing left behind.

S- Big roasted malts and black licorice. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Large amounts of whiskey linger in the background and aren't overpowering.

T- Big amounts of whiskey, more so than in the nose. Caramel and brown sugar are pretty pronounced as well. The rye is pretty noticeable but adds a great dimension to it. Black licorice ties it all together.

M- Medium to full bodied with not much for carbonation. Feels really smooth on the tongue and no alcohol burn which is impressive.

D- Pretty easy drinking all considering. I was really surprised by the lack of heat from the alcohol. I liked the combination of the whiskey and the rye. Great balance for a barrel aged stout.

Wisconsinality, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

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

Tastes phenomenal. Soft roasted malt flavors are met almost immediately with smooth dark chocolate flavors with hints of sweeter milk chocolate. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors work their way into things along with a faint rye spiciness. Finally, hints of tobacco flavors come into play near the end before all flavors meld together and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very nice thickness with small and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have more.

Overall this beer was all I was hoping it would be. Tasted alongside some other heavy hitters this was unquestionably my favorite. A nuanced big and barrel-aged stout that is well worth seeking out.

glid02, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to James for getting this one to me. Dark green wax bottle shared with the Brick Store crew.

The pour is dark, dark brown, not quite completely black, with a small mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

The aroma is excellent - rye whiskey makes its presence felt but don't overwhelm the underlying beer. Those aromas are dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of dark fruit. Throw in some vanilla, coconut and tobacco.

The taste is just sublime, with all kinds of flavors coming together perfectly. There's chocolate, coffee and dark malts with the rye whiskey complementing. The interesting characteristics in the taste are the tobacco and leather that come through a bit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and not nearly as charred or super-sweet as some other impy stouts.

The drinkability is off-the-charts for an impy stout. The barrel character is completely integrated into the well-balanced underlying beer. This is right up there with the Pappy from last year as one of the best BA beers I've ever tasted. Gorgeous.

gford217, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, Bottle No. 1891/2009 written on the bottle.

Once again, alcstradamus is to thank for this. It broke up the sour/funk going on during the tasting nicely!

A - Totally black but clear around the edges. A low tan head with low retention and almost no lace at all.

S - Dry rye and roasted malts with a big whiskey aroma that's not super boozy at all. Not hot but more whiskey in the aroma than Russian imperial stout. It definitely gets hot on the swirl though. Coffee and dark chocolate come out as well.

T - Sharp rye whiskey flavor with no real hot booze. Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate poke through the back with a little bit of roasted malts. Decent balance of barrel-aging on this one.

M - Actually a bit thin for an RIS, it lands around medium-bodied. Not that it needs to be like engine oil, but it's a little thin. Smooth but also a little under-carbonated it seems.

D - Not incredibly hot thankfully, but it's got a balance between the RIS and barrel-aged flavor. Nothing to get excited about in the world of barrel-aged RIS beers, but it's good nonetheless.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hate to sound like a broken record but huge thanks to Adam for yet antoher beer.

A: Pitch black minimal head tiny soapy lace ring, lots of legs with swirling

S: bourbon, chocolate, coffee, root beer, hint of rye bread, very sweet and rich

T: roast coffee, bourbon, chocolate, sharp bitter finish

M: Thick full body low carboantion

D: Another Bal aged RIS. same thing day in day out drinkable if not memorable

beerwolf77, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Aroma has lots of toffee, pine bitterness, oak, and some unfortunate but minimal acetone.

The flavor has lots of bready notes. A ton of chocolate and peat/smokiness as well. Notes of toffee and bitter hops.

The body is medium yet heavy feeling due to the carbonation levels. Pleasant on the tongue.

Nice beer overall, the one noticeable flaw being the acetone. Still...complex, flavorful, and worthy of seeking out.

alcstradamus, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dave for sharing this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is like all of the Imperial Eclipse iterations: thick and black as night with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: The whiskey notes are noticeable right away. Good kick of barrel, vanilla, rye, coconut?, chocolate, and a bit of sugar. Not quite as smooth as the PVW or the EC, but still very nice.

T: The few missteps of the nose are atoned for in the flavor. Great chocolate, roast, and slight dark fruit and coffee flavors from the beer itself. The barrel really lends quite a bit of complexity, including vanilla, some oak, and whiskey flavor.

M: The body is velvety and smooth on the tongue, and the carbonation is quite restrained.

D: These beers are all fantastic, and the fact that I'm giving such a high score to my "least favorite" of the bunch is telling. I wish I had more than one of each.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of JWD
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle purchased locally.

A- I had just had another version of the beer that day before and this was quite a bit thicker with an oil slick pour.

S & T - This was the most balanced of all versions and to me it took away a little from the individual flavors that you can normally taste thought the glass. I can understand why this is the favored version though, just not my favorite.

M & D - The mouthfeel here was exceptional i'm talking up there with DL type coating, very viscous, chewy, coating, and thick. I think the drinkability suffer a little on this one due to the sweetness and huge flavors. This was the only one i wish i had shared!!

JWD, May 01, 2010
Photo of femALEist
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the City Beer store FiftyFifty brewing event.
9.5%, $4 for 4oz taster. It smelled like: light roast, malty and a light bourbon. It tasted not too bitter, smokey, a hint of caramel, and toffee. It is very smooth and light at first, then with a big oomph of a flavor punch left in your mouth.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For someone burnt out on imperial stouts, I've been drinking an awful lot this weekend. This came with very high recommendations from largadeer, thanks a ton, Chris! This is the 2009 release, bottle # 1573.

Definitely not the blackest imperial stout out there, this actually looks brown as I pour it but in my Duvel tulip, it's black with reddish brown highlights. A dense brown head is present, with some iridescent bubbles. Retention is excellent.

The nose is a heady mix of spicy rye whiskey, a mellow boozy heat, dark chocolate and dark fruit. I'm getting more dark fruit from this version than the Elijah Craig that I drank last night. The caramel from the base beer is apparent, working well with the booze. Vanilla is present, but quite a bit less than I got from the EC. A faint bit of coconut is present as well.

The palate opens moderately boozy with a blend of chocolate, caramel and some roasted malt coupled with a boozy whiskey heat. The rye spiciness works well with the alcoholic bite, this really tastes like a tootsie roll. A touch of dark fruit is also present. Drying on the finish with the perfect level of roasted malt bitterness, there's lingering flavors of vanilla, booze and dark chocolate bitterness. A little licorice is apparent, especially towards the finish, and the interplay between that aspect and the booze makes for an interesting beer. Medium-full in body, carbonation is low and perfect. Absolutely enjoyable, I'm probably in the minority that prefers the EC version to this, and that's mainly because this tastes a little sweeter and a little boozier than the EC.

**Edit 09 July 2011**

Bottle #310 from the 2010 release. The nose has a nice blend of toasted oak, booze, some vanilla, an underlying fruitiness that I don't recall finding in some of the other variants, some chocolate (more along the lines of an unsweetened cocoa, moderately dusty, especially in conjunction with the oak). Vanilla and caramel round out the nose. This is nicer than I remember the 09 version being. The palate opens rich, lush and moderately oaky, this beer has flavors of cocoa, charred oak and booze. The rye whiskey character is most noticeable on the finish, where it's present. The mid-palate has the caramel and more barrel with some coconut-like flavors. Moderately drying on the finish, what this beer lacks in roast, it makes up with oak. Solid stuff, I have a feeling my original scores are a little high, but I'll let it slide this time around S/T/M = 4.5/4/4.5

**Edit 22 Nov 2012**

Bottle #164 from the 2011 release. A pleasant blend of caramel, oak and spicy rye whiskey, this has creamy milk chocolate and vanilla. Boozy, spicy, moderately sweet and caramel-like, there's cocoa, oak and booze. A little sweeter than I remember. 4/4/4.5

DefenCorps, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of waltonc
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey Schlitz for picking up my Eclipse bottles from CBS and shipping them out to me. Cracked open my first tonight and it does not disappoint. Pours nearly black with light tan head. Smell is dominated by whiskey, followed by vanilla and some chocolate. Taste is...more whiskey, along with bitter chocolate and vanilla. Slightly sweet, but overall very restrained. Finishes with an interesting bitterness, perhaps from the chocolate notes. A little raisin in there too. Overall, very well rounded and well balanced. Not over the top with the barrel aging. A barrel aged beverage with class and distinction - appropriate for the parlor.

Body is medium to thick with medium carbonation. Overall, an amazing product.

waltonc, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of cptierney
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How can I properly thank my beer providers EliottJW and juhl31 for providing me with this incredible opportunity to share a world class brew? These guys are tremendous and this generous offer really threw me for a loop.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Russian River Tulip. The beer poured a deep brown with just enough of a swirled head to make me confident that it was carbonated. The bubbles quickly dissipated leaving the caramel colored top, reminiscent of a pour of abyss. Maybe a bit light for my tastes the stick-to-it lacing meant that this brew had some kick, lovely stuff!

The nose on this beer boggles the mind. After some considerable warming, which I highly recommend, the bouquet this guy took on was spectacular. The whiskey was immediately apparent followed by those delicious sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. There is also an almost indescribable scent that can best be characterized as "barrel guts," meaning that wooden yummy barrel scent.

Solid mouthfeel. There is little carb bite to this beer, which should be the case considering its barrel aged nature. Easily gulpable, this one is an easy drinking companion.

Dear God this beer is boozy. I am immediately basted by the whisky flavor. Though as the brew warms some more toffee, vanilla and caramel come to the fore. The bottle says the beer is brewed with honey, which could account for the sweetness. The rye almost becomes an essential balance for such a sweet impy. Complex and interesting!

Good drinkability for a barrel aged brew. One certainly wouldn't want to session this beast but the balance of boozyness and sweet makes for a surprisingly quaffable imperial stout.

cptierney, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 1467.

Deep dark black head. Half a finger head. Resides to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. A nice bit of lacing. Looks great, especially for a whiskey barrel aged beer.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, rye, whiskey, alcohol.

Tastes very sweet, chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla extract coconut, rye. Some oak and whiskey from the barrels come through.

Extremely heavy beer. Viscous and chewy. Well carbonated.

Probably couldn't have more than a bottle at a time. Still, good drinkability.

billshmeinke, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/24/2010

Bottle 1576. Thanks to Barry and Arbitrator for helping me acquire this. Consumed in a snifter. The beer is extremely dark brown, near black, with a small light brown head.

The nose is of round and sometimes square milk chocolate cookies with caramel, oak, and vanilla. The Heaven Hill lends a light rye spiciness that's neither too strong nor too weak. There's a pleasurable upper moderate level of booze heat that provides a faint nostril sting. On the whole, this is an outstanding aroma. I rated this a 4.5 in aroma and then left my snifter to revisit at a later time during the tasting. 30 minutes passed before I touched this again, and the nose had been transformed from great to exceptional. I have a few words for you: amazing barrel aged American Double/Imperial Stout aroma.

The flavor continues the trend of excellence, though it couldn't possibly live up to the aroma. Notes of milk chocolate and caramel meld with Rye whisky, a dash of smoke, and a subtle spiciness. A lower moderate level of roast is perceivable, and the heat in the finish is at a perfect upper moderate level. The mouthfeel is full, silky, creamy, and square. Unlike a few other stouts I can think of, this beer is devoid of harsh solvents, extreme astringency, and torched acrid malt roast. Outstanding.

HopHead84, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Chambic
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01.23.10 at City Beer Store

A: so pretty, nice and dark in the baby snifter

S: couldn't stop smelling it. Why does it smell a bit peaty, like it was locked up in a scotch barrel? It's almost smoky, but that doesn't quite describe it. Maybe it smells just a bit like a candle going out. Not really sure. But, it also smells like cocoa, but not in a sweet way

T: ooh, like rich cocoa

M: really nice and smooth, very rich

D: highly quaffable, I could get into a whole lotta trouble with this stuff

Chambic, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer. This was slightly better than the Elijah Craig version and about on par with the '08 Pappy Van Winkle.

This beer pours black and viscous with a small brown head and not much lacing. Nice and oily looking with some legs going on.

Aroma is full, smooth, and awesome. Rye whiskey and oak barrel notes well-balanced with roast, rich chocolate, and vanilla.

Flavor is also very intense and well-balanced. Extremely smooth Heaven Hill rye, oak, vanilla, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe even some dark fruit notes in there.

Smooth, slick, and full on the palate. This is a case where the awesome mouthfeel noticeably adds to your enjoyment of the beer.

Not really drinkable in large quantities, but hey, this is a whiskey barrel aged stout, so if you're swigging it like it's water, you should probably seek professional help. For what it is, I can drink a hell of a lot of it. I was brutally hung over from both beer and cigars, and even a bit barrel aged out, but this was still amazing nonetheless and not a chore to finish the glass. Overall, this is an awesome beer, no question about it. Highly recommended.

nickd717, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of jdklks
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Shared with Jmoore50.

The appearance of this one is sub-par for an imperial stout. Looks a lot like a porter with the exception of the milk-chocolate colored head. The edges are light brown and the middle is almost transparent. Much too light. The aroma is great, but could be stronger. Chocolate covered banana, coconut, whiskey and vanilla.

The flavor is chocolate up front, with a major burst of toffee and caramel that cancels out anything else bidding for recognition. There is some sweet honey in the finish and aftertaste, and only a hint of the barrel-aging that seemed so much more promising in the aroma. Again, I cannot stress enough the amount of toffee and caramel. Overall, not as complex as the truly great imperial stouts, but certainly a treat.

Mouthfeel, like the appearance, is super-light, almost watery. Judging by consistency alone I would identify this beer as a porter. However, this positively effects the drinkability, as the beer is very sessionable.

jdklks, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bring for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a translucent dark brown, and in the glass it's an opaque dark chocolate color. A small leather-colored head rises to a finger's height and just as quickly settles to a ring.

The aroma is an intoxicating mix of chocolate caramel candy, boozy rye whiskey and vanilla. There's a subtle fruitiness in the background, honey and light roastiness. This smells outstanding.

The taste, surprisingly, is even better than the aroma. It opens with a medley of milk chocolate, honey, vanilla and caramel, which segues into a mid-palate of burnt toast, spicy rye whiskey and plenty of boozy heat. The body is medium-full, right about where I like it for the style; it's neither thin nor syrupy. A bittersweet dark chocolate finish beautifully contrasts the initial chocolate-caramel blast, leaving a hint of charred malt, licorice and alcohol on the palate. It's rare that I'm impressed with big stouts these days, but I have to admit that this is an exceptionally well made beer.

largadeer, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Sandstone
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice birthday treat. Poured from the bottle into a tulip

A: An aggressive pour gives me a 1/2 inch creamy head that slowly dissipates, leaving just a thin light film above the deep, dark, opaque brown beneath.

S: This beer smells absolutely incredible. Dark chocolate, stone fruits, molasses, oak, and whiskey. It smells exactly like what you expect and hope a -bal aged stout to smell like, and cranks it up to 11.

T: Carmel, roasted malts, whiskey, with a light touch of oak. I had my first couple of ounces at this beer when it was still chilled and was slightly disappointed at the bitter finish. Rest assured, once you let this beer warm up, the flavors completely mellow and meld into each other. This beer isn't excessively boozy, but the rye whiskey influence is definitely there -- Dare I say it? The beer may still be just a TOUCH too hot. A little age is going to make this an easy perfect 5.

The bottle says 9.5% -- That may be true for the base beer, but I guarantee this picked up alcohol from the barrel. I would be surprised if this beer wasn't actually somewhere closer to 12%.

M: Carbonation is on the lower end, but absolutely perfect for the style. Beer just has this great velvety texture that coats the tongue without being excessively syrupy.

D: Three hours later, I've finished my 22oz bomber. Can't wait to try the Elijah Craig and Jack Daniel's version of this beer.

Final Verdict: Amazing -bal aged stout. Easily one of my top 5, and I think with a year on it, would be a close contender for the #1 or 2 spot.

Sandstone, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Imperial Stout I have ever had. Served in a Bruery tulip glass with two fellow beer lovers. Everyone who had it said it was the best Imperial Stout they have had. This might be the second or third beer I have had that is actually worth the $20 price tag.

The appearance on this brew is dark. It has a dark black heart and lighter leather-brown edges. It pours with a half finger cocoa head that leaves a film over the brew. It has a liquor characteristic to it, meaning it looks pretty oily in the tulip. The alcoholic legs on this are beautiful.

The smell and taste are similar so I will combine. There are some pretty deep dark characters in this one. Chocolate truffles, tootsie rolls, toffee, roasted grains, wet sugared plumbs and assorted dark fruits, and an amazing Heaven Hill Rye flavor. This again is pushed by the Rye, the flavors I first described are just being pushed to the limits on flavor, amazing. The barrel on this does the brew wonders. The smell has a heavier Rye Whiskey aspect to it, but the taste is just perfect. I love Rye whiskeys so this one was like a wet dream. Everyone, including myself, was just blown away with the quality of the smells and tastes.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth. The grains of the beer take away the small bite that Rye whiskey sometimes has. This beer has the best aspects of an Imperial Stout and those flavors get pushed and paired perfectly.

Drinkability is stunning. This is one I could drink with special occasions and with every meal. I could easily take a bottle of this by myself, and maybe even two. The sweetness aren't overwhelming, neither are the grains or oak or whiskey flavors. Just perfect, really perfect. The only reason I did not give it fives all around is because there was no real lacing, little thin on the look and not dark as coal. I think in a year a perfect fives all around will come, but now I will enjoy what I got. Still cannot believe that this is the same base beer that the JD version is made of.

J

Jmoore50, Dec 29, 2009
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.