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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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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 259
Gots: 199 | 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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12-19-2013 17:35:00 | More by straightlambic
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-09-2013 21:22:36 | More by wiltznucs
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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-08-2013 22:16:04 | More by Rado
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Rish907

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-03-2013 05:15:07 | More by Rish907
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-30-2013 15:47:55 | More by DaPan
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-30-2013 03:22:07 | More by kevgod
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-27-2013 23:57:36 | More by XmnwildX12
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

11-24-2013 22:39:15 | More by phishphorce
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-19-2013 03:05:14 | More by anticipation23
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2013 11:32:09 | More by socalbrewlvr
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-07-2013 21:27:30 | More by mltobin
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bccocx

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-04-2013 22:54:35 | More by bccocx
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso. Chocolate. Molasses. Whisky spice. Lavish creamy texture. ...yes, please!

Pushing against stillness, the oily black elixir still only amounts a dainty espresso-like creme with even the most assertive swirl of the glass. Its oil slick appearance is onyx-like with low-lying retention and lace; preferring brandy legging tendencies instead. It simply prefers to look like an abyss. ...and it seductively pulls me in.

Utmost savory aromas rise from the glass as the nose is haplessly captivated by its espresso roast, dark chocolate and spicy whisky scents. Supporting burnt caramel, molasses, vanilla, whipping cream and booze-soaked oak offers lushness and roundness as well as balance to the nose. A tinge of burnt currant, cherry, walnut and fennel all play a role in the beer's developing aroma.

Surprisingly just as savory and seductive to taste, a deep fudge-like chocolaty, creamy denseness greets the early palate. Its bittersweet taste invites vinous wood notes of savory soy sauce to go along with its brownie batter, chocolate covered espresso bean, and freshly roasted walnut character. A welcome reprieve comes from the spicy huskiness of burnt rye, pumpernickel croutons, and a peppery booze taste to slice through the dense chocolate tone. Charred woods with black-strap molasses, gently rolling whipping cream and vanilla round out its oaky finish.

Its dense and lavish texture wraps around the tongue like silk. Its well-woven alcohols allows its sweetness to seep into the mouth's soft tissues with ease. This allows for an intensification in taste and mouthfeel that latches on and won't let go. Its slow development warms the throat and only relaxes a bit as the alcohols assist in drying the palate and the pleasant powdery texture from oak and grain spice to offer a mild lift. But its low carbonation does little to pull the beer from the tongue in order to allow for full saturation of the taste buds with that simmering and sultry warmth.

Its immense residual sweetness requires high roast, high level of complexity, and help from outsourced barrel and whisky complements in order to balance its gargantuan malt display. But carefully sculpted, this beer resonates beautifully on the mouth, stomach and soul.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 16:51:32 | More by BEERchitect
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BlastBeats

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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SocalKicks

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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head with great lacing.

S-Moderate bourbon, chocolate, slight vanilla, tad bit of rye spicyness as well.

T-Starts off with whiskey characteristics. Semi spicy, some chocolate, not much coffee, tad vanilla, some roasted malt.

M-Light, not much carbonation, tad watery even.

O-The rye spicyness came through great, however at almost a year old the barrel notes were slightly diminished. Fresh this would be a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:14:34 | More by rlee1390
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jegross2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-16-2013 04:24:18 | More by jegross2
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-12-2013 23:59:24 | More by ubufan2112
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for blowing all his cash on these Eclipse beers and sharing this

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Dark, rich brown - pours with a medium-sized, light tan head - leaves some lovely streaks of lacing

Smell: Big, big chocolate - like an epic chocolate cake - milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and dark chocolate - some roasty notes, coffee, and lightly burnt malts - caramel, molasses, and some lighter malts - nice depth in the malts, more interesting than I even expected - some really nice whiskey aromas, nicely integrated with the chocolate

Taste: Chocolate with whiskey, nicely melded together - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - brownies and chocolate cake - some milk chocolate as well - some great whiskey flavor - carefully treads the line between mild and overwhelming in a nice way - some nice wood and vanilla - some coffee and lightly burnt notes - some touches of dark fruit, finishes mostly with with whiskey, which is nice

Mouthfeel: Full body, nicely carbonated, absurdly, stupidly, remarkably soon

Overall: Like all of the Eclipse beers, this is best paired with the Twilight movie

This is great. I honestly think this may be the best barrel-aged stout I've had since GI BCBS Rare. And I'm not kidding. This is a chocolate cake with brownies on top, sprinkled with whiskey. I hope this beer isn't actually retired, I'd like to have to have a bottle of this in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:08:12 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a smooth dark dark brown. Looks black in the glass. Small khaki head drips to a spotty cap and creamy bubbly collar Small hints of lacing.

Smell: Big hit of whiskey. Layers of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and barrel. Nice roasted compliment with a solid push of cocoa and chocolate. Coconut and a then more whiskey. A very faint char and smoky element. Sweet bready. Bite of alcohol in the back. Some dark fruit and a hint of licorice. Whiskey definitely dominates but lets the rest of the beer work its way through.

Taste: Cocoa-infused whiskey. Straight heat on the finish with a ton of cocoa and toasted malt up front. Loaded with caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, and barrel. Woody with some charred malt. Vaguely smoke in the back. Whiskey hits hard. Nice roasted malt profile. Dark cocoa and some bitter dark chcolate. Sweet quickly covered up by a short smooth whiskey. Some licorice and hints of old coffee in the back.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a just full body. Moderate carbonation gives it a bit of life and dries out the finish just a touch.

Overall: Heads you lose, tails I win.

It's a damn solid barrel aged stout. A bit more time would help take off some of the best and the upfront aggressive bourbon. Malts are solid and have a nice depth without pushing too far. Definitely good, but not $30 good.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:03:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-09-2013 00:48:12 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-05-2013 13:42:07 | More by Prost76
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.