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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours thick unclear black coffee with a dark cocoa caramel very small head. Aroma brings light wafer like barrel wood, not loving it. Flavor brings creamy sweeter caramel and smooth toasty malts, easy and the cream is light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
2012 version. Dark brown/black with a beige head. Aroma is rye whiskey, fruitcake, caramel, chocolate, spice. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, smooth and lightly spicy on the palate with a lightly spicy and boozy finish. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, fruitcake, spice, caramel, hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast, figs, dates, chocolate and oakiness. It has a full body with some light sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with dark chocolate, syrupiness, roasty malt and licorice. The finish shows the rye barrel, dark caramel and earthy hops. Good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
looks just like every other 50/50. black 1 finger buggy head. Oh, this smells good! lots of fudge chocolate, rye spice and honey. sweet, loads of spice. graham cracker honey and cinnamon. pretty high in booziness. chocolate and milk honey and dark fruits. resinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5029) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle thanks to Adam Jackson. 2012 vintage, green wax, Batch "BR 1" Aroma is caramel send sugar, vanilla from bourbon, and thick molasses.

Flavor is pretty damn nice. Body has a nice brownie batter consistency. Flavor is coconut muff, vanilla, oak and a touch of rye. The rye is very subtle but in the flavor for sure. No oxidation found here and really has aged with no problems whatsoever. Really damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6191) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2014
#3600. Thanks to Jeremy! Tasting glass form 651 ml. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Bottle nr. 685. Black, only thin beige line on the side for head. Smells lightly oxidized, sweet bourbon, charcoal, chocolate. Bit thin for the style, slightly oxidized, sweet bourbon, caramel, sweet bourbon light faint roast, chocolate. Nothing wrong with this but it is a bit simple and nothing crazily impressive & these bottles are crazily expensive. They look coal but they aren’t really worth the cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4961) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle , 2010 vintage . Pours black . No real head . Smell is bourbon , oak . Taste is sweet , bourbon , oak , rather sharp . Roasted malts Nice . Very good .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (611) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2010 spicy rye, chocolate, cherry, light cardboard/oxidation, dry espresso, honey. Honey lends this beer a really velvety texture however this one has thinned out a bit too much for my taste. I think I’d prefer 2-3 years of age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Had a few days ago, rating from notes. 2011 bottle. Dark pour, thin dark khaki head that disappears. Nose of whiskey, chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee. Full body but totally slick and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2209) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
April 11, 2014 - bottle shared by me. Black pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Taste was a nice blend of chocolate sweetness with some bourbon heat. Sweetness upfront and then the bourbon comes in at the end. One of the better Eclipse variants.

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