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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye
BA SCORE
94.1%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 505 ratings
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
Ranking:
#794
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
505
Liked:
475
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
261
Gots:
218
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccg
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbsquirrel69
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dddddddd
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

from a 2009 bottle

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle run no.: BR/1 2014
Served in a snifter

Impressive appearance. The liquid was an inky dark brown, bordering on black. Thick and oily. With an aggressive pour, a one finger tall, creamy, bubbly, saddle brown crown topped the body. The head quickly dropped to a thin bubbly mass. Streaky lacing stuck all along the glass.

The nose was really roasty initially and contained a dry, powdery yeastiness. Loads of char and ashiness. Hint of espresso. As the head died down, strong spicy, boozy notes came forth. Apparently this was the rye barrel rearing its head. Quite intense but somewhat one dimensional. With time, licorice notes appeared. The spiciness took on an almost digestif-like quality.

The flavor profile was big and boozy but surpringly rounded not overly hot. Boatloads of roasted malts anchored the beer. Huge espresso notes. Good amount of sweetness to balance out the roast and the alcohol. Brown sugar was apparent. Bakers chocolate and molasses came through as well. Licorice was again noticeable. Like in the nose, there was a spicy quality, perhaps from the rye barrels. The beer finished with moderate roasty notes. Hints of char lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was absolutely incredible. Shockingly rich, thick and creamy. Uber viscous. Really smooth and supple. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. By mid session, the sugars in the beer left a thick, sticky film on my lips.

Of the four Fifty-Fifty Brewing's Eclipse Stout variants I have tried to date, this was one of the best of the bunch. While some seemed overly boozy and thinner bodied, this one displayed a noticeable smoothness in both flavor and mouthfeel. Perhaps the year and a half of age on this bottle helped to mellow out some of this beer's initial rougher edges.

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Photo of csustar001
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter 2014

A: pitch black body no light escaping around the edges. Head was very small darkish white didn't stay long coats the glass

S: bourbon, bakers chocolate, light vanilla, some oak, licorice lots of tobacco when it warms up

T: nice dark chocolate roasted malts licorice and whiskey taste getting a little bit of oakiness and not as sweet as some bourbon barrel stouts which is nice

M: nice feel a touch thin from the bourbon barrel but is coats the mouth nicely nice lingering on the tongue

O: very strong bourbon presence in this beer but the base beer still comes through with lots of chocolate and roasty malts I like the fact its not crazy sweet and its a little dry which I like.

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Photo of jmdellafave
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.1% out of 100 with 505 ratings
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