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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2776) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at small tasting at home. 2011 bottle, green wax. APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol. TASTE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, too much? ...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Pours a burgundy brown with a mocha brown head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, oak, slight alco heat with a warm finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Dark, dark brown - not quite full on black with a brown glint. Decent sandy head, ringed and fairly viscous looking film. Nose is boozy peanut butter, off telling booze but a decent brassy woodiness. Solid brown sugar sweetness throughout, struggling choc but big bites of roast later on. Carbonation is viscous, with a dimpled booziness but for it being double figures is great - neat and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes lean sweet roast, more bitterness coming through and lingers out with a peppery brassy rye’d out sweetness.

Bottle, Cheers Steve-o, Beers I Hadn’t Known Tasting

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Steve. Black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coconut, chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, chocolate, oaky, vanilla, coconut. Nicely balanced, sweet and clean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3950) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s tasting from Paris
opaque cola brown, beige lacing, sweet, vanilla, fruity, moderate carbonation, cola, caramel. Spicey, umami.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Thanks Steve! Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate. Taste is boozy chocolate. Rye whisky spice. Boozy finish.
12th July, Daisy tasting

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is coconut, chocolate, vanilla, taste is rich chocolate, bourbon, dry, roasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
bottle at home ... daisy tasting ... dark brown black .. thin tan lacing ... soft dark chcolate roast malts ... light chocolate roast malt nose ... soft chocolate .. dark roast ... soft malts ... soft chocolate .. sweet chocolate .. light chocolate linger ...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2901) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Taste is more subtle than I hoped for, with vanilla, mild booze and some salty notes. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample, as Rittenhouse rye. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of dark roast, chocolate, bit coffee, slight cookie, touch of vanilla. Bit sweet in taste, roasty bitterness, slight sweet vanilla.


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