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RATINGS: 226   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.

cjl6's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2011
This is fantastic. Just the right amount of liquor flavor to compliment the malty body. The malt is very complex and roasty and the twinge of rye at the end. The body is perfect. Strong alcohol yet not overly heavy, but not too thin to not have enough flavor. I can’t say anything bad about Eclipse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2789) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5762) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1800) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
Aroma: Smelling of bread, figs, dates, coffee, chocolate, dill and oak.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A low brown head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting bread, dates, pepper, coffee and oak.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body.
Overall: Smooth, relaxing. Nice.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at home. (Vintage 2014) Reviewed 2015-06-06.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8387) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
Tasted as Rittenhouse Rye Barrel 2011 No head left, black beer with deepbrown sidelining. Rich alcoholic/chocolate/stout nose, superb whisky aroma, intense vanilla. Sweet, vanilla, wood, full chocolate, cocoa powder, young oak. Sample gone a bit lame, alcoholwarming, fully viscous. Rye, it seems - if one had said Bourbon, I’d have believed it too. Many thanks to M & L V.!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2772) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of whiskey, wood, coffee, licorice, booze, chocolate, raw sugar and toast. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, licorice, booze, wood and whiskey. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good but not the best Eclipse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
May 22, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2014.
Black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, pear, slightly spice, coffee, toffee, I get some phenolic/plastic hints as well. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter roasted with some warming alcohol. Finish is slightly sharp bitter and boozy. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, a bit sharper than Evan Williams 23 that we had side by side, the slight plastic notes disturbs as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
Bottled, thanks hackobock! (2014) Black, small beige head. Pear, licorice and coffee up front. Mid sweet with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Pear, coffee, licorice. Some syrup and bread. Warming finish.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2629) - GERMANY - FEB 1, 2015
Black. Biege frothy head. Roasted malty nose with some whiskey notes. medium body with a coffelike toasted grain and sweet molasses note. Tinge of dark chocolate too. Ends with a dry roasted espresso bitter that turns to syrupy roundness that coats the lips like a lollipop. Big brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2542) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pitch black, small head. Smokey molasses coffee bean nose. Juniper berries, espresso taste . Building up in bitterness. Thin bodied.

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