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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Pours with a voluptuous tan head, which lasts nicely. Black with clear brownish edges as usual with Eclipses.

Dark fruit, marshmallow, booze, and chocolate are the big aromas going on.

Delicious. Rich, and almost biting whiskey character (great for me, perhaps not for someone who isn't a big whiskey fan). Perhaps more apparently rye than bourbon character, more zing. Toasty malt, dark fruit, macadamia nuts, marshmallows, booze, charred damp oak. This is the best 2011 bottle I have had yet, taste wise.

The improved mouthfeel for this year's recipe is apparent, and welcomed. Rich and decadent without being syrupy or too heavy.

After hearing people were pleasantly surprised with this iteration this year, I have to agree. Truly a nice canvas to showcase the barrel character, though the base shines through nicely.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1011th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22oz Green Wax

Bottle 1379/2011

App- A milk chocolate pour with a viscous look to it. Very creamy and lush. A nice 1-1/2" khaki head with a falling pond layer to about 1/8" with very little cling.

Smell- An opening whisp of booze and burn. A little bit of grain from the rye and moves to a liquid dark chocolate and the barrels.

Taste- A huge flavorful and very smooth stout. An opening taste of the Rye sweeps over the tastebuds and follows up with a touch and I mean light smoke and blends very nicely into a chocolate, anise and mint note.

Mouth- A medium body bordering on low viscosity with a medium carbonation with a nice balance of bubbles to keep it smooth but not sludgy. A residual note of Rye, Chocolate and Anise.

Drink- So damn good. I don't know why I didnt try harder to land other variants in other years. I only had the Evan Wiliams with Gurudel last year and I sure glad I got one of each this year.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown and black, thin brown ring forms on the top, less than 1/3" deep. Nice, sweeter than other barrel treatment aroma, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla and oak.

Taste, one of the easiest drinking Eclipse varieties, this seems to be sweeter, lighter bodied, but still a good consistent thickness and mouthfeel to it. Very smooth, a pinch of smoke in it that is very complimentary to all of the other flavors. Has the least amount of coffee or bitterness that the other varieties hold, and even those are relatively low, but this one is all about sweet smoothness.

I even thought the '11 version on tap was better than the '10, but they are extremely similar, just the mouthfeel and consistency was better suited to my tastes this year around.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 version; bottle 1571/2009.

Pours quite black with a very small tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving a decent amount of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with smooth dark fudgy chocolate with muted roasted malts. Also present are good amounts of vanilla aromas from the barrels and lighter amounts of tobacco.

The tastes begin with soft roasted malt flavors combined immediately with smooth dark chocolate flavors with hints of sweeter milk chocolate. The bourbon flavors have melded quite nicely with the roasty stout flavors over the last two years. The hints of spicy rye into play near the end before all flavors meld together and carry through to a moderately dry bourbony climax.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. It's got a very nice thickness but the body isn't syrupy. The base beer being less than 10%ABV helps to avoid this being a massive palate wrecker/all night sipper. Drinkability is also quite high for the style because of the lesser ABV.

Overall this beer was all I was hoping it would be and more. A nuanced, yet big and barrel-aged stout that is well worth seeking out. This is my first Eclipse and I can definitely say it won't be my last. The barrel aging is not overdone which I greatly appreciate and enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle #1164, thanks to baybassboy for sharing this.

Pours a slightly thin black with a light tan head that leaves some lacing and sticky on the glass. The nose really puts forward the barrel treatment the beer got. Quite a bit of alcohol in the aroma with some robustness. The taste is awesome, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and a predominate rye taste in the finish that lasts. Mouthfeel is the only slight downfall to this one but it does have some good creaminess and solid carbonation. It's an awesome beer and I love the way the barrel really presents itself.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 679.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a nice rye whisky aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. I really enjoy the Rittenhouse Rye treatment on this one. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a nice rye whisky flavor. One of the best of the night.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of baconsausage
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
Pours nearly black, with wispy light tan head that exhibits good lacing. Whiskey aromas blend with dark to milk chocolate, slight deep figgy ripe fruit notes. Light carbonation leads to full burbon/cola vanilla boozyness that is followed by slightly tannic, oaky, licorice and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is almost perfect; would like it to be a little more coating, but pretty spot on as is. Overall an awesome beer; glad I have an 2010 to try, and will update when I do!

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

On Tap at Fifty/Fifty's release party

Look: Pours a nice black color with brown rings around the top and bottom. 1/4 inch dark tan head with ok retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of dark chocolate and coffee notes. After you weave your way around those notes you pick up some nice whisky notes and some oak

Taste: Upfront again is the chocolate but almost immediately you get a nice smokeyness from the whisky and some spice that goes along with it. Nice amount of oak on the backend

Mouthfeel: These stouts to me are just a bit on the thin side of what I would like and very low carbonation

Overall: Of all the variations this one for me was the surprise of the party. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and am glad that I started with this one. They actually had all 3 vintages on draft at the party and I tried all 3 with 2009 being my favorite.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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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