FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 266   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (15141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7981) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (780) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - 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 its 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heather_B (253) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Dark brown with caramel head. Smells like bourbon and chocolate and deliciousness in a glass. Taste is fairly bitter chocolate. Not my fave.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2579) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2014 bottle with forest green wax shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Tasted against the Woodford variant. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, coffee, , rye. Taste is chocolate, rye, coffee, oak. smoother and slightly sweeter than the Woodford variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1430) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler. Aromas of vanilla coffee and light bourbon. Taste is smooth and sweet with notes of vanilla caramel and a nice lingering alcohol feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4663) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Huge vanilla nose with light booze. Lots of cocoa but shirt of dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol warming, especially as the beer warms. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (4061) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2015
@ SBWF 2015: Riktig fin med lite rkiga toner - mjuk och len munnknsla och en vlbalanserad eftersmak. Kaffe, choklad, toffee...

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