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RATINGS: 218   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Vintage 2010. Pours black with a vague reddish tint. Sweet whiskey aroma, sweet roast and dark fruits. Solid body, carbonation is a little low, hard yet sweet roast, lots of raisins. Boozy finish, still with sweet roast. Well made indeed. 170611

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6794) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet malty, sweet fruity and has a nice vanilla and oaky touch with notes of caramel, chocolate and some hops. The flavour is oak, vanilla, sweet fruit, chocolate and hard roasted malt. Sweet roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2011
22oz, green waxed bottle, #708, 2010 Rittenhouse Rye version courtesy of jbeatty. thanks, james!. pours a silky, but slightly thin, dark brown with hints of ruby and a thin, whispy, beige head leaving slivers of lace around the edges. aroma is excellent with big notes of baker’s chocolate, roasted malts, and wet oak backed by sweet figs, prunes, and molasses with subtle notes of toasted caraway seeds, whiskey, and honey-graham crackers. flavor is fantastic as well with spicy, toasted, rye whiskey notes layered atop bittersweet molasses, dark cacao chocolate, and toffee and backed by dry, roasted coffee, charred oak, and honey-dipped figs. palate is silky smooth despite being a bit thinner than most big imperial stouts with light carbonation and a lingering, dry, toasted oak finish. overall, an outstanding and very unique barrel aged brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3897) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
Pour from a bottle @ HF afterparty. Pitch black, some brown head. Aroma is classic imperial stout, lots of rich maltiness reminiscent of molasses and licorice with a strong but not overdone bourbon aroma. The bourbon comes out strong in the taste with vanilla and oak notes, sweet molasses flavour as well. A little attenuated. Good barrel aged IS, but not outstanding, the brandy was much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Brown pour with hints of red not much head or lace. Large coffee aroma. Large chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. Full bodied with smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a white head. Dark malty tones, light rye and bourbon, quite a bit sweet and somewhat boozy. Light burnt malt, rye, and a hint of licorice. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11898) - 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.

   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 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 (3488) - 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.

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