FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. Bottle # 35.): Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight Whiskey, a hint of barrel, and rye. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, beige/brown/tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roast, light chocolate, light vanilla, slight oak, slight Whiskey, and a hint of soy sauce. Medium to full body. Slick, then lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, roast, vanilla finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2011 Vintage: Rittenhouse Rye Version. (GREEEN WAX w/ "2011")

Ap. Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Pin stripe of tan.

Aro. Faint chocolate and bourbon.

Taste. Dark roast, dark chocolate, warm spicy whiskey, soy/terriyaki. Finishes bitter and burnt.

Mouth. Medium bodied active bubbles.

Overall: Noticeably different than the bourbon, and had a soy element that popped out at me. One of the tastiest of the 2011 variants.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle... Poured jet black with little to no head that faded quickly. Thick, viscous mouthfeel that really coasted the palate. Wonderful whiskey and oak spiced characters that messed wit decadent dark chocolate and toasted, charred, roasted malts. A little bit of sweetness too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2010 bottle #960 on NYE. The rye barrel definitely adds a spicy flavor thats lacking in their other barrel aged beers. Flavor has chocolate, molasses, vanilla and the rye bourbon. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle number 967 of the 2010 vintage. Really excellent. Sampled it with a group of stout lovers and they were all in awe of this brew. The rye is a gentle touch, but overall on its own this brew is really rich and thick. Great brew, looking forward to my other bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Aroma of anis, cocoa, caramel, and slight espresso. Pours black with nice lacing. Tastes of ripe coffee, licorise, and slight dark cherry. Delicious and complex. retasted on tap @ hawthornes. a little more maple taste than I remember

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
one of the rougher versions for me, a lot spicer, not nearly as weet. stil a great beer, but considering its a honey stout it lost a bit of the allure that the sweet barrels add to for me personally. still terrific for any rye fans, tjhe aftertaste really was nice with tons of spices and subtleties.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2010 bomber, #?47.. first number is scratched. Poured deeper brown with a very nice cap of smoked tan head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sweet honey, vanilla, and ashy malts, with peppery rye and charred oak accents.. it singed the nose hairs a bit, but it wasnt too hot.. loved it! The flavor opened with tangy whiskey splashed over a hit of oak.. warm honey, molasses, and vanilla-kissed chocolates rolled in behind.. charred ashy malts, vanilla, and rye whiskey dominate the back-end.. fairly sweet finish with an excellent wash of belly-warming, peppery boozage. Medium-plus bodied with just enough carbonation on the palate.. balance was spot-on.. decadent and delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Very dark and deep dried fruits, heavy darkness in the malt. not so great head, great mouth feel, less carbonation than I would have liked

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
[bottle] shared by maximum12. Thanks! Pours clear black with a soapy brown head. Awesome aroma of bittersweet chocolate, very light barrel character, some alcohol, not a ton of complexity, but everything is in perfect balance. Flavor is awesome. Some dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol, well integrated, understated barrel. Again, not super complex, but so well balanced.

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