jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 2009 650ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan head settles to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is oak, light alcohol, rye whiskey, marshmallow, caramel, and some light cherry. The taste has a light sweetness with rye bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and some light roast. The finish has some light alcohol along with some twangy rye. Light bodied, like all the Eclipses with low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable. I’ve liked the Elijah Craig and Four Roses versions better, but this is still an enjoyable beer.
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. 2010 Rittenhouse Rye. Pours a pitch black with a small chocolate head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, and rye whiskey. Initial taste is chocolate and molasses transitioning into more rye whiskey with alcohol coming through on the finish. A little bit of chalkiness. Medium body. Light carbonation. 8/4/7/4/16
phaleslu (6502) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Draft samples at FOBAB 2010 for the 2009 Rittenhouse Rye and 2010 Heaven Hill Rye: Rittenhouse Rye, 2009 Vintage: Pours an opaque, inky black with a disappearing brown head. Good rye and barrel notes come through in the aroma, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor follows suit, albeit not quite as nice and smoothly as the nose, and adds some rich coffee as well. Full-bodied, with a smooth, hot mouthfeel and low carbonation. Good heat from the bourbon and rye. My second favorite of the four at FOBAB. 8 5 8 5 16 - 4.2. Heaven Hill Rye, 2010 Vintage: Looks just like the other three on the pour, jet black with a small brown head that vanishes. Notes of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, rye, dark fruit, and dry roasted malts. Full-bodied, with a smooth, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This wound up being my least favorite of the four, even if it’s damn good. 8 5 8 4 15 - 4.0. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, green wax. Sampled along side the rest of the 2011 series. Pours an opaque brown-amber iwth a small tan head. Aroma of rye, tobacco, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavor of tobacco, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, spicy mouthfeel and low carbonation. 7 4 8 4 16 - 3.9.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2010, there are two versions I am rating here: Rittenhouse Rye (9/5/8/4/15) and Heaven Hill Rye (8/5/7/3/14), I will use the RR numbers in my rating.
Rittenhouse Rye (4.1) : Pure black with an oily appearance and small fading head. The aroma has notes of rye, chocolate, wheat, toast, oak, vanilla, alcohol and pepper. The taste has a nice rye snap along with smooth chocolate, toast, and prune character. There is a coffee and peppery note of the slightly warming woody finish. The mouth feel is lush and sticky, not nearly as hot as the HH version. This is very good and Mikey Likey this one a lot.
Heaven Hill Rye (3.7) : Just like the other it is pure black with an oily appearance and small fading head. The aroma has notes of vanilla wafers, mocha frappe iced coffee, biscuit, butter, slight rye and charred oak. A bit smoky as well. The taste is twangy and fruity with coffee chocolate ice cream. The finish is toasted oak and bourbony. The mouth feel is oily, aggressive and hot. Well this is still nice, I found the HH to be sweeter and hotter as well.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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)
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 I’m glad I got a chance to try it.