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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (4734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle sample at SBWF15. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet, roasted, coffee, bitter chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla with a fairly dry and boozy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heather_B (100) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Dark brown with caramel head. Smells like bourbon and chocolate and deliciousness in a glass. Taste is fairly bitter chocolate. Not my fave.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1696) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2014 bottle with forest green wax shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Tasted against the Woodford variant. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, coffee, , rye. Taste is chocolate, rye, coffee, oak. smoother and slightly sweeter than the Woodford variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (567) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler. Aromas of vanilla coffee and light bourbon. Taste is smooth and sweet with notes of vanilla caramel and a nice lingering alcohol feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Huge vanilla nose with light booze. Lots of cocoa but shirt of dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol warming, especially as the beer warms. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3025) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2015
@ SBWF 2015: Riktig fin med lite rökiga toner - mjuk och len munnkänsla och en välbalanserad eftersmak. Kaffe, choklad, toffee...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3437) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black, with a small, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel and vanilla. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with some alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft to flat carbonation. An excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2035) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2015
2012 bomber, Spice, chocolate and vanilla. Very subtle barrel character. Has a bit of the malt getting old thing going on. I remember liking some of the others better, but sampled fresher. Probably would have been better fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at small tasting at home. 2011 bottle, green wax. APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol. TASTE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, too much? ...

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