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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Draft at FoBAB 8. This is the Heaven Hill Rye. This pours a deep and full black with a dark tan head. Nose is Rich and super roasty, moreso than the Rittenhouse Rye. The hops are super-faded and this one is all roast. Some smokey and spicy rye notes peak out as well. Taste is much the same, light sweetness and roast. Very tasty. 8-5-7-4-16 (4.0) Rittenhouse version, also at FoBAB 8. This one is easily the most refined of the four versions at FoBAB. Appearance is the same. Nose shows more vanilla, less roast and more rich cocoa and molasses notes. Taste is spicy and slightly more sweet. Very well integrated and better whiskey character. 9-5-9-4-17 (4.4)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Black with a brown head. Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of bitterness all tied up in the aroma. Chocolate malts with roast and coffee-like bitterness. Oaky and burnt overall. Note: Heaven Hill Rye barrel aged

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3244) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
FOBAB 2010. heaven hill rye whiskey version. pruney. big time prunes. raisins. sweet, creamy chocolate. booze, and dark chocolate. rum cake. big dark fruity twang, with some nice booze and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
22oz bottle. Big syrupy appearance bordering on black. Small tan head. Lots of woody whiskey character with a nice spice, and rich tootsie roll malt underneath. Sweet and chocolate/caramel flavor with a nice rich whiskey component. Full body and lower carbonation. Very round and mellow like the other versions nice stuff. Maybe not as good as the bourbon though. Which is still staying a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, bitter chocolate bourbon, oak, light vanilla. Palte was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bourbon, roastiness, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
HH from Ken aka kmweaver. Thanks again! Damn good, can I stop there? Very smooth and no burn or lingering flavors. Flavors are not overpowering and work together very well. Top beer of the night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - So I told Andy I was going to open up the least rare of the Heaven Hill/Elijah Craig bottles that he had in my cellar. Whoops. Pours black with a small bubbly off-white head. Ridiculously smooth on the nose, with some smooth, sweet bourbon that morphs into vanilla, caramel and a nice roast base. Really, really balanced. Chocolate, light whiskey, nutty and bitter roast, caramel, and a warm finish. A bit watery mouthfeel, but not watery taste. Smooth and silky. Fantastic beer, and Iím glad I got a chance to try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (444) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
this was quite the beer. 50 50ís best to date, and that included the worthy EC version of this stout. what puts this one over the top are the aroma and dryer finish. aroma very complex- vanilla, wood, whiskey. the hops still come through a little in the aroma and flavor. sweet tasting but not overly so. less hot and a touch smoother than the EC version. Nice, dry finish adds a level of complexity. This is a local beer that can hang with some of the big boys."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Sampled at FOBAB í10. Listed as Rittenhouse Whiskey Barrels. Black color beige head. Whiskey alcohol oak and caramel. Sweet alcohol whiskey and chocolate. Heavy on that whiskey but not bad. Creamy body finishes with whiskey. Solid. 8/4/8/4/15 Thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum for this sample at the RBSG. Sampled next to the EC. Black with a beige head. light nose Creamy body more intense flavors sweet bourbony too sweet and boozy. 8/4/7/3/14 I prefer the Elijah Craig but a blend of the two would be best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Big thanks to James for getting this one to me. Dark green wax bottle shared with the Brick Store crew. The pour is dark, dark brown, not quite completely black, with a small mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin collar. The aroma is excellent - rye whiskey makes its presence felt but donít overwhelm the underlying beer. Those aromas are dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of dark fruit. Throw in some vanilla, coconut and tobacco. The taste is just sublime, with all kinds of flavors coming together perfectly. Thereís chocolate, coffee and dark malts with the rye whiskey complementing. The interesting characteristics in the taste are the tobacco and leather that come through a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and not nearly as charred or super-sweet as some other impy stouts. The drinkability is off-the-charts for an impy stout. The barrel character is completely integrated into the well-balanced underlying beer. This is right up there with the Pappy from last year as one of the best BA beers Iíve ever tasted. Gorgeous.

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