DocJitsu (836) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the 2012 Rittenhouse Rye barrel-aged version. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a two-finger caramel colored head. Aromas of chocolate covered raisins and coffee. Moderately thick mouthfeel with a competing slickness and mild carbonation sting. Wow, the flavor is interesting given my experience with Elijah Craig Eclipse. Chocolate covered raisins, tobacco, rye bitterness, and soft woody flavors. The tobacco and bitterness cuts the sweetness noted in the Elijah Craig version.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
JCB family bottle, w00t! 2009 version of this beauty and it had aged to silken glory. Motor oil pour but nothing sludgy or weighty about it, just lustrous and thick. Potent beige head leaves gnarly lacing. Nose is really fine, deeply mellowed barrel and loads of chocolate. Some roasty sharpness in there a bit. Really fine mouthfeel. Taste is deep, sweet from the rich chocolate and mellow booze. The honey tends to get just a scootch lost in the barrel, I think, but this was a dilly of an imperial stout.
Ataraxia (342) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, thin mocha lacing. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, caramel, hints of vanilla, a little vinous character, and damp oak. Bittersweet, some port flavor in the back, and fairly malty. Smooth, full bodied, and the right amount of carbonation. A bit boozy, lingers a little in the finish.
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black Pour with Tan head and reddish hue. Nose is sweet with hint of whiskey
Bright flavors. Caramel and Roasted Malts, Whiskey, Vanilla
Smooth drinking. Bittersweet Finish.
OmegaX (1226) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good brew from FiftyFifty. Aroma was very soft at first. Light coconut notes, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, light alcohol notes. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Nice lacing. Flavor is, again, coconut, vanilla, caramel, a roasty finish, and light whiskey. Not bad at all.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 vintage bottles (as Rittenhouse Rye and Heaven Hill Rye) during his 50th birthday bash. Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy beige head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of oaky vanilla, roast malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with varying degrees of spicy rye and booze amongst the vintages. Notes of coconut and coffee plus vanilla. The finish is oaky spiced bourbon and chocolate. Good beer all around.
ReggieDunlap (3021) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours deep brown with a medium tan head. aroma has vanilla and caramel notes...light whiskey...roasty and slightly sweet...dessert. flavor is more roasty...notable whiskey and a touch of wood...vanilla, toasted coconut, and coffee. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is whiskey/coffee/dark fruit and warming...lingers.
Christian (11025) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, late edition, Odense 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Big aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, ink, ash and alcohol. Sweet and full bodied flavour with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, charcoal and vinous alcohol. Great balance and intensity for a Super strong and sweet black beer
Dedollewaitor (13686) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Thanks to AdamJackson. Bottle # 179. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Nose is roast, liquorice, oak and coffee. Flavor is roast, coffee, wood, liquorice and a touch of pepper. Smooth, slick and vinous. Nice.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A big stout with intense barrels, highly roasted, a bit chocolaty, some booze. A straightforward example of the style.
How: Bottle 22oz, 2010 vintage, aged 2 years. I think I got this one in a trade or what, thanks… dude!
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head.
In long: Nose is an intensely barrels, strong coconut sensation, roast. Taste is charred cereals, burnt almonds, dry chocolate chips cookies, lots of wood, raisin cookies. A bit too much alcohol presence although 10% really isn’t that much for a beer like this. Sweetness sensation is medium at most which is nice. Easier to drink than I expected, not saying it is a session beer but a 22oz was actually quite easy to drink. Even if easier to drink than expected, I liked the beer but I didn’t love it. A bit too straightforward, no complexity here, just a big highly roasted stout with a whole lot of barrels. A good beer lost is a sea of similar beers. A good beer but these FiftyFifty Eclipse are overpriced, I paid too much money for this bottle just because it is limited in quantity and has a nice wax job, and if you think I’m gonna fall for that gimmick again you’re probably right.