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
4.28/5
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:
#802
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
505
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
262
Gots:
217
Trade:
21
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of stoppertb18
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Azrael
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Birthday beer!

22oz bottle poured into a small snifter. 2012 batch (BR2/2012).

A: Super black with medium brown head that disappeared pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the edge. Lots of alcohol legs.

S: Beautiful bourbon and barrel character. Lots of vanilla, sugar cookie, chocolate and coffee.

T: Killer. All the complex flavors from the aroma are nicely incorporated. Can’t believe how smooth it is for being this fresh. Bourbon and chocolate are dominant. Vanilla, caramel, dark brown sugar in the middle and coffee and fusel alcohol in the finish.

M: Pretty darn drinkable for such a bold beer. A good amount of alcohol burn on the finish, but otherwise it’s pretty easy drinking.

O: Such an amazing beer. Tons of complexity. Makes my mouth happy.

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Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark black pour from which no light escapes. 1 inch tan/ brown head that retains slightly around the glass. Dark bubbles rise steadily to the top of the glass. Perfect look.

S: Deep dark chocolate notes right up front. The prominent whisky notes come through after that distinctly.

T: Bitter chocolate right up front and the taste really dominates the sip. Whisky notes comes through but do not over power the taste. There is slight hop bitterness that comes through as well. Chocolate comes through again at the end of the taste and lingers long after the sip.

M: Thick and almost chewy. Coats the mouth allowing all the different flavors to have their own distinctness.

O: Great beer overall. Not as good as the Elijah Craig version that I had during New Years but still a very good overall ba stout

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of caguiar
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Corkpuller
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a 1" tan head which settles rapidly, leaving some decent lacing

S: LIght Roastiness, dark chocolate, burnt raisin, some complex spice aromas and very good integration of barrel aromas

T: Great mouthfeel. Oily and creamy but pretty lithe for an imperial stout. The hop bitterness blends masterfully with the roastiness. The lower abv suits it really well. Flavors are similar to nose but more intense. Finishes really long with just a tinge of warmth.

O: Outstanding. I was a huge skeptic of this beer but it reminds me a lot of Parabola, but in a lighter, more drinkable style. I drank the bottle in one sitting. I will not be trading the rest of mine.

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Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage, bottle #954

taste- baker's chocolate, toasted malt in the finish, dark fruit, burnt toast

color- dark cola

clarity- pours clear and dark

smell- whiskey, heat, soap, green apple

body- somewhat oily on the tongue with a hop bite at the front of the mouth, mellow/smooth mouthfeel, medium-weight, woody-hoppy long finish

appearance- mocha-colored carbonation after the pour but it dissipates quickly to a faint ring around the glass, average-poor lacing

overall impression- rye and whiskey dominate the flavor profile, seems one note and out of balance

notes and comments- in some ways i think this has passed it's peak, i'm underwhelmed and for the price it should be delivering a lot better in my opinion. really didn't come together for me as an artisan barrel-aged beer. i have heard similar reviews and now i'm convinced, i would stay away from this one in the future. not a fan of rye-style beers (e.g., ruthless rye, etc.). i kept an open mind with this one but just wasn't feelin' it

beer spy- got in on the pre-order through fiftyfifty, 2011, 22oz

glassware: tulip

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Photo of BeezNeezy22D
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Stout6
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spoony
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a waxed cap bomber (2012) into a globe.

A-The beer was dark, chestnut brown (nearly opaque) with a thin tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S-The beer had a pleasing, slightly sweet aroma comprised of vanilla, bourbon (or rye whiskey to be more accurate), lightly roasted malts, and brown sugar. Just a touch of alcohol heat.

T-The taste tracked the smell closely. The main components were oaky, boozy vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate. Very little bitterness and only a touch of heat made for a sweet, but not cloying mixture of flavors.

M-Medium to full bodied feel with lower carbonation as you would expect for the style.

O-I tend to favor sweeter stouts and this was a pretty great beer. There was a lot of character from the barrel, which layered nicely with the underlying beer flavors. One of the better imperials stouts I have had.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Harvey98
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of rand
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is the appropriate way to review, but since these are the same beer I think this will work. I just opened a 2012 version, poured into a whiskey sampler.

A: Deep dark brown in color, small carbonation forms a small, tightly-bubbled head. Tiny patches of lacing adorn the glass after a gentle swirl.

NOTHING NEW HERE.

S: The nose is bourbon-forward, quickly followed by all of the enticing aromas expected from a big craft stout - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice. The alcohol is pretty strong and seems to propel the big bouquet to the nose.

VANILLA IS A BIT MORE CHISELLED BUT THE REST IS THE SAME.

T: Surprisingly, the bourbon is much more subdued than you'd think from its aromas. Instead of a hot bourbon-y blast, you get a nearly seamless package of flavors that wash over your palate. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there, licorice and coffee. But there's also rich buttery anchor to the flavor profile, almost like butterscotch. And the alcohol takes a back seat - it's there, but unlike most barrel-aged imperial stouts, this doesn't deserve the "boozy" descriptor. Finishes with a trace of lingering sweetness and alcohol warmth.

MORE BOOZY THAN THE FORMER, BUT NOT MORE HARSH OR ABRASIVE. UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE AND ANISE PLAY A HUGE PART, WHILE THE OAKY, BUTTERY NOTES MENTIONED BEFORE HELP TO BALANCE.

M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is low, but the flavors are so harmonious you don't really need a big carb scrub.

YEP.

Well, what can I say? I'm glad I popped this open, I've got a bunch of these cellared but I wanted to try their most coveted, this 18 year Elijah Craig (which is a delicious bourbon, I'm more of a Scotch buy, but EC bourbon is amazing) fresh. Absolutely lives up to the hype and price, this brew is a piece of art.

DITTO FOR RITTENHOUSE RYE. ACTUALLY THIS BEER IS SLIGHTLY BETTER. I THINK THIS IS THE BEST OF THE ECLIPSE SO FAR.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, bottle #2029

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light mocha head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind.

Strong barrel presence in the aroma with lots of earthy, toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy rye whiskey character countered by a slightly roasted chocolate malt backbone. The spicy rye and whiskey notes really stand out along with wood barrel, coffee bean, oatmeal and bakers chocolate. Dessert/cake like dessert character underneath the whiskey.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger whiskey barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Very strong dry oak/toothpick character along with prominent whiskey/boozy heat that overpowers the other notes a bit too much for my preference. Slightly peaty with lots of spicy rye and alcohol sweetness dominating the malt backbone. Underneath, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavor but it's overwhelmed by the wood, rye and whiskey flavors. Decent but a bit harsh and one dimensional making it tougher to drink and not as interesting as the other treatments.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottling courtesy of Secret Santa Alex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates, but never leaves and sticks much lace to the sides of the glass. The aroma coming out of my glass is almost heavenly. Roasty chocolate caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, coconut, white frosting, and rye whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey last long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This is a really good stout, I can't believe I haven't tried this before. Now to get me some more.

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Photo of scottiethebody
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with a very small tan head, bubbly.

S: Not much at first, but some coaxing gives a nice barrel smell. Heavy malt, brown sugar, pretty standard.

T: Rye barrel, dark chocolate, heavy sweet malt. Fairly well balanced, not as full-flavoured as I would hope, but certainly enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied, rich, smooth, soft carbonation for its style.

O: A solid -bal beer, but the bottle price is certainly pushing it. Glad I've been able to try a lot of the Eclipse Line on-tap.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this on 12/16/12 and split with a buddy.

A: Pitch black with a half inch head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S: Roasted malt, whiskey and chocolate.

T: Chocolate, vanilla and whiskey. I had Evan Williams last night and the whiskey in this one is much more present. Not a huge stout, but the flavors are excellent.

M: Kind of thin for a stout but very creamy.

O: Definitely an excellent stout. The Evan Williams tasted almost identical. I don't know that I would be able to tell the difference. Definitely worth the $25 though.

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Photo of Rick760Sd
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 505 ratings
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