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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
505
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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261
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218
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21
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Photo of BillRoth
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011
Bottle # 392
Purchased @ release from Matt Capone / Capones, Norristown, PA
Cellared since; opened 6/21/17 and poured into Bishop Arms rastal snifter.

Wow. Where does the time go. Bought this with most of the 2011 variants; one to go.

Pours a rich deep dark pour but shimmers with beautiful amber orange accents around the rim in the back light. Already suggests complexity. Nose is gentle but clearly displays dark cacao, wood and vanilla/caramel accents. Very pleasant booze noticeable as well. Taste mirrors the nose especially dark chocolate bitterness and caramel vanilla sweetness , but here also you can really pick out the rye. Not a pushy grainy rye, but one that has mellowed over time and now shows off its uniqueness from barley, wheat and corn without the face slap that you sometimes get with rye. Thin-medium mouthfeel. I love a heavier fuller IS or RIS, but this one is just a great sipper. Absolutely perfect for this beer. Have to think it really benefited from the 6 years wait...but scares me what it might have been if wait extended.
Regardless I can say is that this is an extraordinarily well crafted brew that has become an excellent beer.
Scuse me while I kiss the sky. Thanks FF.

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Photo of rab53
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine goblet (all we had in a condo on vacation).

L: Inky black pour with thin off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Boozy and rich. Roasted grains and spicy rye whiskey.

T/F: Follows the nose nicely. Rich and full bodied... roasted malts/sugars and char, boozy and delicious, with a nice spicey note from the rye whiskey. Hints of coffee and cocoa... smooth and creamy. Warming... expected oak and vanilla notes from the barrel. Finish is sweet tinged with whiskey.

O: Another awesome edition of Eclipse. Great barrel-aged stuff, and a winner no matter which variant you can acquire. A+++

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraFlight
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try more of these, 2012 vintage

Pours a small very dark fizzy head that fades quickly, pitch black thick as oil, long legs

Nose super dark thick fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate fudge, Little roasted coffee, some straight whiskey barrel juice, a rye heavy whiskey, raw toasted oak and little vanilla, chocolate syrup, little cookie dough, caramel, faint baking spices.

Taste brings big dark malts again, thick dark chocolate and hot cocoa, creamy dark chocolate oatmeal like, a little lactose sugar and hot cocoa, fudgey dark chocolate again, into mild baking spices, caramel, cookie dough, lush chocolate, a hint of licorice, mild roasted malt and coffee notes, then vanilla barrel, toasted oak notes, a hint of raw whiskey barrel juice, and touch mroe rye flavored whiskey. A little bitterness on the finish, a bit sticky too and finally a hint of warming booze, lingering dark chocolate cocoa caramel, a hint more licorice, a touch of molasses as well.

Mouth is full bod, creamy lush and thick, lighter carb but booze is hidden fairly well.

Overall not bad, whiskey seems to have lost a bit of its dominance, but base beer is great, and seems even better with the mellowing age, very little booze, etc.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccg
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label BR2 2014, opened June 21, 2016, poured into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series snifter.

Look: Pours black and a little watery with at least an inch of fluffy tan head that slowly settles into a good layer of bubbles. Lacing on the glass is immediately visible. Great-looking stout. I only wish it looked a little more viscous. 4.25

Smell: Tons of chocolate and whisky, with some spice from both the grains and the rye barrel. It smells decadent and delicious. 4.5

Taste: Chocolate and rye whiskey lead with a noticeable bite spice and bitterness from the rye and the hops. Hint of coffee in the background. Not quite as decadent as the smell, but close. 4.25.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sticky with a hint of tingle from the carbonation. Satisfying, but not quite on the level of chewiness you get from something like Rye Abyss or BCBS. 4.0

Overall: I'm starting to think that I'm personally biased in favor of rye-barrel-aged beers, but this Eclipse was a treat. The 18 months of age on it probably contributed some of that. This might be the best Eclipse I've had so far. The rye-barrel aging provides tons of whiskey character without the cloying sweetness that you sometimes get with bourbon-barrel aging. 4.25

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elumbeer
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looked a little thin for my kind of stout- it was not exceedingly opaque, but with a nice dark, caramelly brown tinge. Nice tan head.

Smell is largely of barrel wood. Not as sweet or vanilla-y as most bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Taste follows the nose quite well. I'm not sure I enjoy licking this barrel though. It's not my preferred flavor, and I'd like a little more than just barrel wood in my mouth.

Feels a little thin for a BA stout too. Gives it a nice clean finish and is disturbingly drinkable, but that's not really what I'm looking for in a big BAd stout.

I would never buy this again. It's not a bad beer, just nowhere near being worth what it costs.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only '14 variant I've had.
look: Like the '15 variants, a dark dark brown, nearly opaque. Some cola highlights. Big ass tan head for a nearly 12%'r and thick creamy lacing.
smell: Nose is not popping with aromas like the '15s. Wow, lots of goodness here. Instead of a honey, roasty nose, more of a fudge and roast thing. Still very nice.
taste: Back to high standard. Rick, mellow, some honey, fudge roast, a bit of rye spice. Wonderful.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is very charred with booziness. Flavor is roasty and boozy. The charred flavor doesn't follow into the flavor, it's a very smooth drink and overall really nice.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbsquirrel69
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Usual black with brown towards the edge, about 1/3" of tan head on it. You get a bit more sweetness out of this aroma, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak like most eclipse.

Taste comes across as one of the smoothest, sweet spot hit, mild smokiness. Less bitterness. One of the less harsh Eclipse beers, this one is all about being sweet and smooth, kind of like me.

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Photo of Taeryn
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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