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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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:

2014 Vintage:
Rittenhouse Rye Version (Forest Green Wax 2014)

2012 Vintage:
Rittenhouse Rye Version (Green Wax 2012)

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
Tasted as Rittenhouse Rye Barrel 2011 No head left, black beer with deepbrown sidelining. Rich alcoholic/chocolate/stout nose, superb whisky aroma, intense vanilla. Sweet, vanilla, wood, full chocolate, cocoa powder, young oak. Sample gone a bit lame, alcoholwarming, fully viscous. Rye, it seems - if one had said Bourbon, I’d have believed it too. Many thanks to M & L V.!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2690) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of whiskey, wood, coffee, licorice, booze, chocolate, raw sugar and toast. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, licorice, booze, wood and whiskey. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good but not the best Eclipse.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
May 22, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2014.
Black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, pear, slightly spice, coffee, toffee, I get some phenolic/plastic hints as well. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter roasted with some warming alcohol. Finish is slightly sharp bitter and boozy. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, a bit sharper than Evan Williams 23 that we had side by side, the slight plastic notes disturbs as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
Bottled, thanks hackobock! (2014) Black, small beige head. Pear, licorice and coffee up front. Mid sweet with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Pear, coffee, licorice. Some syrup and bread. Warming finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersmithbacon (100) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Rye evident coffee comes out with the rye character. Pour with small tan head and decent carbonation that did not destroy aromas. Some roasted badly bitterness finished it off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - FEB 1, 2015
Black. Biege frothy head. Roasted malty nose with some whiskey notes. medium body with a coffelike toasted grain and sweet molasses note. Tinge of dark chocolate too. Ends with a dry roasted espresso bitter that turns to syrupy roundness that coats the lips like a lollipop. Big brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pitch black, small head. Smokey molasses coffee bean nose. Juniper berries, espresso taste . Building up in bitterness. Thin bodied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (971) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Aroma of big bourbon, chocolate, oak, spice, toffee, dry coffee, roasted malt and earth. Appears pure black with little lace and a thin foam rim. Taste brings strong chocolate, dark malts, roasted malts, oak, dry coffee, dry espresso bean, dry malty roast, rich chocolate, dark cocoa nibs and big fanny may chocolate cocoa overtones. Subtle bourbon and oak notes yet, very dry. Overall, another nice Eclipse, this one is very very dry and dark chocolate forward. Bourbon doesn’t shine through as much as others. A rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (4621) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
650ml waxed top bottle (2014 Edition, 11.9%ABV) pours a deep black color with a small light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and hop bitterness with bourbon throughout and alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Quite a nicely balanced brew with only a slightly pronounced bourbon presence. Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1204) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
2012 Bottle shared. Thanks simon! Aroma of rye spiced wood, chocolate, plum, coffee. Taste is sweet with a dose of dry wood bitterness. Dry finish.


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