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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1404) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
’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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1607) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks kmweaver. Small brown head, cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, rye, roast, molasses. Taste is moderately sweet, rye, cocoa, some roast, light alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

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