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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Heaven Hill Rye Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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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4.1
   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

4.1
   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.

4.7
   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!

4.4
   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

4.1
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to maximum12. Thanks man! Pour is a clear light black with a spare mocha head and very little lacing. Aroma is wood, chocolate, nice boozy BA notes. Taste is a dusting of bitter coco powder, moving to boozy wood notes, lots of slightly sweet dark fruit, and finishing with some slightly sweet chocolate syrup. Great, great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by maximum12! Dark brown pour, very little carbonation and a nice woody bourbon aroma. Flavor is silky chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and slightly dry and woody on the aftertaste. Extremely well balanced and enjoyable beer, thanks for bringing this!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9371) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle big thanks to Craig/maximum12 for cracking the bottle! 2010 bottle pour number 823, dark black with tan head, aroma has notes of rye, toffee, caramel, hints of oak, drying dark fruit, really nice and balanced. Slight hints of booze but really nice. Taste is really nice sweet caramel, toffee, and rye sweetness, very nice dark fruit with hints of coffee and roast, finishes very nice and dry, roasted, and slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
From the bottle at Library Alehouse. Of Four Roses and Elijah Craig 12, this was my least favored. But not by much. The whiskey was a little too muted here but it was a viscous and slick brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Chocolate rye bread and bourbon aroma and taste with a tangy citrus finish. Bright velvety and THICK palate. Very good.


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