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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 251   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle (2010 Vintage: Rittenhouse Rye version)… Tower of Power Sour Hour 2011… Clear dark brown ale with no head. The nose offers woody rye spiciness intertwined with an excellent note of fudge. Full-bodied and silky with laid-back carbonation. The flavor presents cocoa bitterness alongside warming notes of port and ethanol. Finishes burnt, boozy and bitter. Bottle courtesy of dimenhetfield!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle shared by Casey at the TOSPH. 2010 vintage. Dark brown/black pour. The nose is coco puffs. The body is a little thin, but it’s still delicious with coco, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malt, and uber mellow booze notes....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Shared at Tower of Sour Power. 2010 vintage.This one completely blew me away, maybe I was on sour overload and needed a change. This had a big nose of chocolate and slight bourbon. The nose lead me to believe that it may be a little hot but I was sorely mistaken. The flavor was very smooth, chocolate, bourbon and oak flavors really came through. Very well balanced. Probably my favorite from this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5356) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2009 bottle from someone at clusterfork tasting. Dark oily black, with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee, oak, prune, and some dried dark fruit. A nicely done dessert sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Vintage 2010. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and licorice aroma with hints of whiskey. Thick roasted malty chocoalte and licorice and rye whiskey flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate, coffee and licorice finish with woody hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Shared by Daknole. Pour is deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma shows lots of dark chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt. Flavor shows the same with a definate rye spiciness as well as some black cherry. Overall body is full and viscous with a great boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ chriso s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011.

ABV: 9.5%. Clear dark black colour with a small, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, fruity - berries, raisin, prunes, wood, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet raisin - prunes, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110730]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 30th July 2011
ChrisOs ’Donkey Dork Lord’ Pre-GBBF Tasting. Very dark brown beer that is just about transparent. Pale tan head. Semi dry palate. Rich dark malt with some chocolate and coffee. Mild creamy lactose. Minerals. Finishes dry. Pretty well joined up and tasty beer.

23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Pretty much as above but noticed some dark fruits and a little spice in the bourbon. Enjoyed it more this time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2011
This is fantastic. Just the right amount of liquor flavor to compliment the malty body. The malt is very complex and roasty and the twinge of rye at the end. The body is perfect. Strong alcohol yet not overly heavy, but not too thin to not have enough flavor. I can’t say anything bad about Eclipse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
bottle at papsoe tasting. pitcyh dark, small white head. roasted stuff, caramel, hoppy balance in the aroma. flavor is roasted smalts, sweet malts, very faint herbal sweetness.

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