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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
2010 bottle, the Rittenhouse Rye version bottle number 337 thanks to the RBWG tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. A sweet light barrel here than the other versions, lots of roast and dark fruit, spiciness from the Rye Whiskey, a bit of a harsher bite to this, but still very smooth and tasty overall. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
’10 bottle. Slight ring of thin bubbles on the edge of the glass with minimal carbonation ebbing through oily black beer. Aroma is clean whisky, a wood influence I cannot properly identify, light background chocolate, honey, and a hint of underlying dark fruit/sweet malt. Aroma is good but not as impressive as the Evan Williams. Wow - extremely balanced taste with prominent (but not overdone) whiskey up front followed by chocolate, raisin/dark fruit, and a prickly alcohol presence into the finish. Smooth and thin feel in the mouth. Great beer but for me the rye barrel muffles the aroma too much and knocks down the best flavor characteristics of the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bomber shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting. Pours pitch black with almost no head. The nose is coffee, chocolate and whisky. The taste is chocolate, caramel and booze. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff, but the Elijah Craig stole the show from this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle again shared by Dak!!! Heaven Hill Rye version. This one was just a shade short of it’s big brother (Elijah Craig) but still extremely tasty. Aroma has a subtle bitterness as the rye makes its mark. Flavor and aroma also show chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and oak. Not nearly as complex, full-bodied, or luxurious. Would still love to have a few of these in my cellar!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Heaven Hill version, sampled side by side with the Elijah Craig, both thanks to Dak! Dark brown pour with a creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, rye, coffee, dark fruit, vanilla and booze. Flavor is much the same. I prefer the bourbon to the rye, but by a very small margin. Both are great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/13/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from the tap. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit, with rye whisky and wood. A full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, with touch of dark fruit, a hint of vanilla, some wood and rye. The hops are earthy. This one seemed a little thinner and not as smooth as the Four Roses Version. The flavor was very nice, the rye and wood compliment the chocolate, coffee and vanilla sweetness of the beer very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
bouteille #1831, 2009. Brune avec qcq bulles beige. Malt et chocolat note de moka avec de bonnes impressions de chocolat au lait, grains. Le tonneau ressort très légèrement avec le bourbon qui se mélange superbement à la bière lassant des traces de vanille et chêne au palais. Je n’ai pas trop note le seigle et au finit, la bière conserve une onctuosité de café au lait et de bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2009 Heaven Hill version. Tried twice. First from a 22 ounce bomber at our stout tasting and then notes from samples at the recent Bistro BA fest. Tasted side by side with every version at Jason’s (thanks to Chris for this one). Mostly dark brown pour with a small light tan head. Nice nose, with more malts and less vanilla / brown sugar than the others. Nice woody / bourbon backbone. Palate is less assertive than the PVW, about on par with the Elijah Craig version.for flavors, but far more balanced and not nearly as hot as the Jack Daniels (my least favorite). Finishes with a light bourbon flavor and lingering toasted malts. For a young rye barrel beer, the heat is under-whelming. Mellow drinking and a nice mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
at FOBAB. Rottenhouse version, pours black with tan head. a wonderful rye, chocolate, and bourbon aroma. flavors are rye, chocolate, a touch hot but very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
This was the Rittenhouse Rye version, tasted on draft at FoBAB. Pours a thick oil black with not much of a head, but a thin tan collar. The nose is prune, banana, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and very roasty. The flavor is prune, coffee, dark chocolate, banana, clove, and a marshmallow sweet middle, but it lets you know that it was aged in a rye barrel on the back with that signature rye whiskey flavor. The body is full with light carbonation and a long rye whiskey finish. They also had the Heaven Hill at FoBAB. Pours oil black with a thin tan bubbly head. The nose is milk chocolate, molasses, darkly roasted coffee, and burnt brown sugar. There is some banana flavor with chocolate milk, coffee, darkly roasted malt, a rye whiskey middle palate, and a long bitter and roasted finish. The body is full with light carbonation, and a super roasted bitter coffee and rye whiskey finish.


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