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 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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Big thanks to James for getting this one to me. Dark green wax bottle shared with the Brick Store crew. The pour is dark, dark brown, not quite completely black, with a small mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin collar. The aroma is excellent - rye whiskey makes its presence felt but dont overwhelm the underlying beer. Those aromas are dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of dark fruit. Throw in some vanilla, coconut and tobacco. The taste is just sublime, with all kinds of flavors coming together perfectly. Theres chocolate, coffee and dark malts with the rye whiskey complementing. The interesting characteristics in the taste are the tobacco and leather that come through a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and not nearly as charred or super-sweet as some other impy stouts. The drinkability is off-the-charts for an impy stout. The barrel character is completely integrated into the well-balanced underlying beer. This is right up there with the Pappy from last year as one of the best BA beers Ive ever tasted. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bule (2059) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
650ml bottle purchased from Beer Craft. 2012 Vintage. Wonderful barrel taste, and well balanced subtle flavors. An excellent cigar beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Rye evident coffee comes out with the rye character. Pour with small tan head and decent carbonation that did not destroy aromas. Some roasted badly bitterness finished it off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Picked up a bottle while on my recent visit. Just amazingly stunning. Im so happy that this place exists and its on my way to Reno, beacuse its now a routine that while on the way, I stop. Hell, sometimes Ill head over there since its a short drive and just enjoy the beer while Im staying in Reno. Anyways, the beer....

The beer rushes from the bottle a deep, deep black (motor oil) with a nice thick tan head. The liquid coats the glass with a soy sauce like color...caramel brown as it drips down...amazing appearance. Aroma is serious business. Tons and tons of decadent chocolate, mocha, Tootsie Rolls, burnt sugar/molasses, vanilla and of course...whiskey.

Flavor was equally strong, just as decadent and so fn good. Dark chocolate/mocha goodness, a touch of vanilla and whiskey, molasses and dark fruits, some wood...

Some beers are not worth the glass they are put in while others exceed it and one feels like they are stealing something beautiful from the brewer its so damned good. This is one of those times where a $20 bottle seems like Blue Light Special deal because its sooo amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle courtesy of mfielden. Pours a murky pitch black color with thin creamy tan head. Aroma is intoxicating: whiskey, chocolate, toffee, molasses, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, sweet malty goodness. Flavor is even more impressive -- malty and chocolaty with boozy whiskey notes and sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar notes. Medium to full body with a boozy malt finish. One of the best bottled barrel aged beers we have had-- a true treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
2011, bottle #21, location secret so as to be able to find more down the road. Pours onyx with a finger or so of well retained brown head. Nose is chocolate and patent malts, oaky rye whisky, molasses, plum, prune, blackberry, port, cognac. Complex nose. Tastes very smooth, velvety (black velvet if you please), with heavy choc and patent malts, cacao, mollases, plum, prune, blackberry, and a complex finish. Gets a bit hot late, but stays very smooth and silky throughout. This one is very good, and the rye works well with this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jokestereo (350) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma; Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bourbon and caramel. Taste; Brown sugar, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4521) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 24, 2010
On tap at City Beer. Im giving this a 0.1 lower score than the Pappy Van Winkle version, but I think it was slightly better than the Elijah Craig version, which is weird because RateBeer considers the Elijah Craig and the Pappy Van Winkle to be the same beer. Theyre definitely not. Oh well, Im not going to lose sleep or hit my head against the wall over it. If I did do that, I should probably live in a room with padded walls. Anyway, this beer pours black and viscous with a small brown head and not much lacing. Nice and oily looking with some legs going on. Aroma is full, smooth, and awesome. Rye whiskey and oak barrel notes well-balanced with roast, rich chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is also very intense and well-balanced. Extremely smooth Heaven Hill rye, oak, vanilla, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe even some dark fruit notes in there. Smooth, slick, and full on the palate. This is a case where the awesome mouthfeel noticeably adds to your enjoyment of the beer. Not really drinkable in large quantities, but hey, this is a whiskey barrel aged stout, so if youre swigging it like its water, you should probably seek professional help. Anyway, this is an awesome beer, no question about it. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5382) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Holy mackarel. Huge thanks to IBrew2or3 for sharing this one- bottle number 1623. Pours red brown with a slight tan head. Nose is whiskey, honey, chocolate, some booze, vanilla, and coffee. Flavor is similar with lots of heaven and whiskey along with vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and balance. Medium bodied and very nice.

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