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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Green Wax, Rittenhouse Rye Barrel, Btl No. BR / 1 2012
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, richly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a mostly black, definitely opaque color. The aroma smells quite prominently of spirits / barrel character; lots of sweet coconut, vanillin, spicy, sort of melon like, hot / warming Whiskey notes really seem to dominate the aroma profile of this beer. If you really dig for it you get hints of toasted / burnt malt, perhaps some coffee like roast notes, but really the base beer profile is consumed by the prior barrel contents.

Lightly sweet, rich feeling, dense, with lots of smooth roasted character, dark chocolate, and sweetened coffee liquor notes up front. The middle sees a huge toasted coconut and vanillin character take hold, with almost a butterscotch like character, and then, in the finish, a spicy, woody, oak laden character and then a spicy, warming, Whiskey like bit of alcohol and aromatics that linger on the palate. The alcohol definitely adds a heat and harshness to the finish. The body has a nice richness to it still without being cloying. As the beer warms, a dusty, dark cocoa note comes out more, and there is a soft, toasted brown bread like character to this as well. Bitter, burnt, roasted malt notes add some roundness and complexity to the finish.

Nothing like the Grand Cru I had, this is completely dominated by the barrel character; if you like that sort of beer then this will be quite enjoyable, I am not really a big fan of over barrel aged beers and this really doesn’t do it for me. Having said that I wouldn’t call this a drain pour, but it is not something I wan’t more than a few ounces of either.

PotjeBier (3834) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle, green wax, 2012 issue (Rittenhouse Rye), shared with friends @ home. From an IP trade with Richiesd. Black color. Dense head, off white to beige. Aroma's: sweet, sweet fruit, soft whiskey, honey. Retronasal it's sweet, honey, whiskey, light wood. Flavor is above moderate sweet, honey, light boozy. Still, alcohol feel is not too strong or sharp. Medium bodied. Long finish with lit bitterness,mroast and wood. Really nice, albeit on the sweet side.

IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 21, 2017
3L bottle from Trodersark in 8/2012. Consumed on the Great American Total Solar Eclipse Day, 8/21/2017. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, and black raisins. Black with a very small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly sweet and nicely chocolaty with some light whiskey from a very syrupy (for a 9.5% beer) body. Now I have to finish the rest of the 3L, nicely it’s a swingtop and easy to seal.

Yorker (2115) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
65 cl bottle @ home (2014 vintage). Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice - with a slightly bitter finish.

DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle, 2014 vintage (Rittenhouse Rye), shared with the brewery boys. Hearty molasses-brown pour with a creamy brown head. Rich brothy malty aroma, boozy and woody notes. Massive body, with hearty dark malts in good balance with sweet boozy whiskey. Lots of chocolate and black licorice, caramel sweetness, woody and spicy nuances. Nicely integrated whiskey into an excellent base beer. Another winner in the series!

daje (4548) - NORWAY - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle at Cafe Sara, october 2nd 2016. Black body with a small tanned head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, licorice, tangerine and whisky. Sweet toffee taste with coffee notes, wood, vanilla, mild bitterness, roasy and sweet finish. Delicious.

skortila (6009) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2017
Bottle 2014 version. 20cl sample. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate, coffee, bit vanilla. Black coloured beer with a medium, brown head. The taste is little vanilla/caramel sweet, roasty bitter, has chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Full bodied. Very nice.

kerenmk (5357) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2016
At the whales tasting at Tom’s. As Rittenhouse Rye Barrel, 2014. Headless black. Lots of vanilla, a little bit of cocoa and lots of chocolate in the nose. Sweet, honey, hints of black pepper and wood and a little dry taste. Full body, smooth texture, peppery notes and cocoa finish.

AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black coloured with a thin light brown lacing N: Coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon T: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon O: Wow... Lovely and clean complexity! ;-P

Jokestereo (364) - 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.

LRonCupboard (73) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle from Mikkeller shop with Andy at my brothers wedding. Pours black with a good beige head, which hung around. Big malty aroma. Lots of chocolate, raisins/dried fruit, wood and some alcohol - barrel is evident too, but in a subtle balanced way. Nice full body with soft carbonation as it should be. Very nice dark malt, chocolate, coffee flavour with appropriate amount of sweetness. Fabulous lasting warming finish. Rye comes through really nicely with well balanced bitterness and tiffin like chocolate/biscuit/raisin finish. Top stuff.

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