ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Sweet chocolate nose, lots of molasses, some light rye. Taste is massively sweet, very boozy, lots of chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Very warm finish. Unbalanced sweetness.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with tan head that does not last long. Aroma is vanilla, fig, prune, bittersweet chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a bourbon component in the middle along with a touch of coffee. Finish is long with a touch of rye spice. Very nice.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black pour with a nice full head, some decent lacing...The aroma is strong, lots of bourbon, vanilla, roasty...The taste is good, bourbon and chocolate, very creamy. Roasty again, not bitter but a touch of alcohol...I had this side by side with the Elijah Craig at a recent tasting and I actually liked this better, the EC was really burnt.
HonusWagner (1406) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 2009 Heaven Hill Rye, thanks whoever sent me this all those months ago.
It is what it is, a boozy, sweet monster of vanilla, chocolate, oak, slight rye spiciness, anise. Don’t pick up much coffee or roasted malt bitterness. I like it a lot.
Apparently this was my 50th Imperial Stout rating. How appropriate.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Heaven Hill Rye version.
Appearance : Pitch black.
Aroma : Vinous with notes of rye and wood. Liquoreux with roasted malt. Nice notes of vanilla.
Taste : Molasses and liquorice. Quite woody and alcoholic. Quite warm on the finish. A bit vinous. Rather sweet.
Overall : Great sipper. Nice sweetness. Great wood. A bit too boozy maybe.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendpours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild peat, smoke, coffee and moldy wood. Flavor is cocoa nibs, rye, roasted malts and coffee.
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by someone at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, tart fruits and rye
Taste: Roasted malts, woody, chocolate and rye
Nice, easy drinking.
douglas88 (6043) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, the Rittenhouse Rye version bottle number 337 thanks to the RBWG tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. A sweet light barrel here than the other versions, lots of roast and dark fruit, spiciness from the Rye Whiskey, a bit of a harsher bite to this, but still very smooth and tasty overall. Very good.
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
’10 bottle. Slight ring of thin bubbles on the edge of the glass with minimal carbonation ebbing through oily black beer. Aroma is clean whisky, a wood influence I cannot properly identify, light background chocolate, honey, and a hint of underlying dark fruit/sweet malt. Aroma is good but not as impressive as the Evan Williams. Wow - extremely balanced taste with prominent (but not overdone) whiskey up front followed by chocolate, raisin/dark fruit, and a prickly alcohol presence into the finish. Smooth and thin feel in the mouth. Great beer but for me the rye barrel muffles the aroma too much and knocks down the best flavor characteristics of the beer.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting. Pours pitch black with almost no head. The nose is coffee, chocolate and whisky. The taste is chocolate, caramel and booze. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff, but the Elijah Craig stole the show from this one.