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
Gots:
219
For Trade:
21
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Photo of mbeerdino21
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of egoo33
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of vma
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of sheenisgod
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage shared by a coworker.

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Photo of rhong187
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of allenson21
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was aiming for the Spanish Rum version but ended up getting this. Underwhelming barrel taste, some spice from the rye barrel, super-thin body. Drinkable but overpriced and disappointing, even at $25.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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