FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (2164) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Out of the bottle at Gourmet Haus during a tasting of all 8 2011 Eclipse series. Lots of cherry to mix with the cocoa and coffee. Brownish-black with taupe head. Cherry comes through on the flavor as well, with a full mouthfeel and well structured beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with green wax), Bottle N 76, exclusive American brew, with honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/spicy, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (10069) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 2010 bottle (Rittenhouse Rye bottle number 337)shared by some kind soul at RBWG tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has less barrel than the other versions, good amount of roasted malt and dark fruit, spicy rye whiskey. The flavor has more bite to it than others with the roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and spicy rye notes but still very smooth and tasty. 2012 bottle I enjoy maybe a touch more today than when I rated before.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
dark brown with frothy cream head, light lacing. Im in "Heaven".. Nose of sour milk and grain, toast and bark. Impossible this is just palate fatigue, like a black hole of taste. Where is whiskey, where is balance? Under attenuated nonsense this is, liver punishment in fact. Sugar profile, stinging throat, seriously like opening a bag of domino sugar and pouring it down my throat. Bit of toasty roast in end. Wow. Final of all four.. Thank god!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
651mL green wax thanks to craftycarl21 and oteyj. Pours a deep, near black with a medium, thick, tan head. Big retention, fairly sheen. Nose is spicy, dark fruits, spicy tawny, subtle complexities. Taste is richer, tangy, sweet, heavy maple syrup. Nice stuff. On the sweet side but definitely enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
This beer is the same as all the other treatments. Muddled, sugary, and nasty. The palate is also sticky with a sweet finish. Poorly done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (13054) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle shared by craftycarl. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is booze and whiskey, oak, licorice and dark fruity esters with spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, whiskey and spicy rye, oak, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5905) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, earthy notes, and light spice. Flavor is balanced malt and dark fruit esters with booze undertones throughout; dry, woody finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/26/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Fiftyfifty Eclipse Heaven Hill is mahogany, nearly black with a tint of maroon at the edge of the liquid. A tiny coffee colored head forms and fades right away without any lace. For some reason the aroma is strangely light in this bottle. Some rye whiskey, dark chocolate, and roasted malt are most noticeable. Some espresso and dark fruit aromas hide far in the background. The flavor is much better than the aroma. Smooth Heaven Hill goes along with a full chocolate sweetness. Molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, all contribute to a full flavor that intertwines nicely with the Heaven Hill. Some oak flavors come in at the end. For an imperial stout, this has a medium, maybe fuller than medium body. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, with a whisky stickiness. The oak and rye seem to dry this out just a bit, which is nice. So far I have found each of the different treatments for Eclipse to be interesting and a bit different.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1588) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle enjoyed along side pretty much the entire lineup at STL gathering, thanks boys! Pour on all, including this one, is pretty much black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with roasty malt, faint spicy sweetness (possibly the rye), faint smoke, a touch of tartness, and a smooth slightly sweet finish. Solid for sure, but not one of my tops from the series.


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