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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TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
On tap at Hawthornes, likely the 2011 version. Dark brown with beige froth. Nose is chocolate, whiskey and molasses. Medium body with a tang. Taste is chocolate and whiskey. Rich and tasty.

Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2012
The more I tried this the less I liked it. Muddled, overly sweet, raw wood, sticky and lacking character. One of the bigger dissapointments in a while. The only real flavor i got was sweet wood. The texture was oily sticky and unappealing. Pass.

Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Great rye whiskey aroma. Flavor is whiskey, heavy roasted malts and a strong bitter finish. Great stuff

hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
2011 green wax boTtle pours pitch black with a thick tan head with amazing retention. Armas are booze, spicy rye, chocolate and roared malt. Tastes are chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey. A really nice whiskey flavor prevails, but the beer is not hot. Drink at cellar temp up to 60 degrees to really get the depth of ths beer. Wonderful.

Zymurgeist2 (2317) - 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.

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!

alexsdad06 (10583) - West Chester, 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.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
dark brown with frothy cream head, light lacing. I’m 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!

GT (10001) - San Diego, 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.

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.

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