FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.

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jbruner (5466) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle run number 1 from 2014. Pours an opaque black with fluffy tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of big barrel notes, vanilla and chocolate, hint of oxidized soy. Taste is more of the vanilla, bourbon, oak, no oxidation here, thick and viscous. Good creamy mouth, soft carbonation, another sold one.

Torrefacto (1792) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2016
Negro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de cacao, bourbon, chocolate dulce, bizcocho. Sabor como en aroma y final de amargor tostado equilibrado.

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Rye, barrel, roasted and dark malt aromas. Dark malt, chocolate, roasted, rye, barrel Flavors.

23Skidoo (69) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
Like a dark chocolate whisky-infused praline in liquid form. Not in the mood to write a long review, but this is love.

Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2012: Served in a taster: Black body with creamy tan lacing. Aroma is roast, paint, tobacco, light bourbon, meat, soy... Later on it becomes so much better: beautiful roast, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice... Flavour is molasses, brown sugars, roast, bourbon, light vanila, light pudding, light dry, light molasses... Aftertaste is roasty, bourbon, coal, vanilla, fudge... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, very close to full bodied.

Benzai (16923) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. 2012 vintage. Opaque black color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, superb bourbon, vanilla, lightly some grains (rye?). Taste malts, firm bourbon, firm vanilla, sweetish, but a very nice combination. Medium body and carbonation. Quite like this.

bytemesis (9502) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle, 2012 Vintage. Pours opaque black, small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is rich, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla, some woodiness, rich dark sugars, toffee. Flavor is fairly sweet, medium bitter, rich and boozy, like a desert liquor. Tasty and smooth. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. One of the good ones, for sure.

dwm1034 (786) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Shared with Sherm1016 on NYE in Lake GENEVA....thanks! Pours black; thin head...we let it warm....nose and initial taste are heavy with coffee and chocolate....espresso and DARK / bitter chocolate....and heavy with barrel / boozy nose and taste.....sweet with an edge....impressive and tasty.

Singularity (6369) - Blattniksele, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle sample at SBWF15. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet, roasted, coffee, bitter chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla with a fairly dry and boozy finish

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
2011 vintage, bottle #2029 Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light mocha head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind. Strong barrel presence in the aroma with lots of earthy, toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy rye whiskey character countered by a slightly roasted chocolate malt backbone. The spicy rye and whiskey notes really stand out along with wood barrel, coffee bean, oatmeal and bakers chocolate. Dessert/cake like dessert character underneath the whiskey. On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger whiskey barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Very strong dry oak/toothpick character along with prominent whiskey/boozy heat that overpowers the other notes a bit too much for my preference. Slightly peaty with lots of spicy rye and alcohol sweetness dominating the malt backbone. Underneath, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavor but it’s overwhelmed by the wood, rye and whiskey flavors. Decent but a bit harsh and one dimensional making it tougher to drink and not as interesting as the other treatments.

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