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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This entry serves as the core listing for all Imperial Eclipse Stout vintages aged in rye barrels. These include:

2011 Vintage:
Rittenhouse Rye Version. (GREEN WAX w/ "2011")

2010 Vintage:
Rittenhouse Rye version. (GREEN WAX with "2010")

2009 Vintage:
Heaven Hill Rye version. (GREEN WAX with "2009")

Original batch was just 2009 Rye barrels sourced from Heaven Hill. For the 2010 release, Todd delved deeper with the barrel provider and found his barrels (and previous barrels) to all be Rittenhouse barrels. Hence, the alias.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
2011 green wax boTtle pours pitch black with a thick tan head with amazing retention. Armas are booze, spicy rye, chocolate and roared malt. Tastes are chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey. A really nice whiskey flavor prevails, but the beer is not hot. Drink at cellar temp up to 60 degrees to really get the depth of ths beer. Wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5306) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle at bills. Pours a deep chocolate black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light licorice, molasses, brown sugar and oak. Mouthfeel is medium with notes with sweet chocolate, molasses, licorice, bourbon and wood.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 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 canít believe I havenít tried this before. Now to get me some more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1160) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, itís quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt. Of the five we tasted, the mellow corn was tied as my favorite. The rye character of the barrel was well pronounced in the flavor, almost giving it a black IPA character. The rye was the yang to the mellow corn versionís yin. If you only taste two, Ritttenhouse Rye and mellow corn in my estimation are the way to go.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2013
4/11/13. 2012 Bomber - Rittenhouse Rye. Tasted side by side with 4 other Eclipses. Krunk. Black pour with a nice tan head. Rich BA aroma, plenty of roast, fudge, coconut, caramel, and more - not as much heat as some of the others - with a bit of spice. Not my favorite of the bunch but better than the corn and Fitz. Not bad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, late edition, Odense 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Big aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, ink, ash and alcohol. Sweet and full bodied flavour with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, charcoal and vinous alcohol. Great balance and intensity for a Super strong and sweet black beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2765) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours used motor oil black with an an aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some roast. Complex flavor with vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and bourbon. One of the better Iíve ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyllenbock (4563) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle at City Beer, February 2014. Black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and some whisky. More whisky in the taste, also oak, light coffee and chocolate. A smooth one to drink. The aftertaste was long and with some warming alcohol. An excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6128) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber shared at Foltyís. Very dark inky brown pour with a spotty head. Awesome aroma and taste of bourbon and wood. Iím picking up a hint of red wine as well. Slightly dry on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop. Thanks cloudskipper! Pours a black color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet and delicious. A beautiful bourbon aroma blossums with chocolate and coffee and a great roasted note. Flavor is smooth and slighlty sweet with a nice bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt keeping things in check. Great brew.


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