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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by maximum12! Dark brown pour, very little carbonation and a nice woody bourbon aroma. Flavor is silky chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and slightly dry and woody on the aftertaste. Extremely well balanced and enjoyable beer, thanks for bringing this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle big thanks to Craig/maximum12 for cracking the bottle! 2010 bottle pour number 823, dark black with tan head, aroma has notes of rye, toffee, caramel, hints of oak, drying dark fruit, really nice and balanced. Slight hints of booze but really nice. Taste is really nice sweet caramel, toffee, and rye sweetness, very nice dark fruit with hints of coffee and roast, finishes very nice and dry, roasted, and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
From the bottle at Library Alehouse. Of Four Roses and Elijah Craig 12, this was my least favored. But not by much. The whiskey was a little too muted here but it was a viscous and slick brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Chocolate rye bread and bourbon aroma and taste with a tangy citrus finish. Bright velvety and THICK palate. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle (2010 Vintage: Rittenhouse Rye version)… Tower of Power Sour Hour 2011… Clear dark brown ale with no head. The nose offers woody rye spiciness intertwined with an excellent note of fudge. Full-bodied and silky with laid-back carbonation. The flavor presents cocoa bitterness alongside warming notes of port and ethanol. Finishes burnt, boozy and bitter. Bottle courtesy of dimenhetfield!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle shared by Casey at the TOSPH. 2010 vintage. Dark brown/black pour. The nose is coco puffs. The body is a little thin, but it’s still delicious with coco, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malt, and uber mellow booze notes....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Shared at Tower of Sour Power. 2010 vintage.This one completely blew me away, maybe I was on sour overload and needed a change. This had a big nose of chocolate and slight bourbon. The nose lead me to believe that it may be a little hot but I was sorely mistaken. The flavor was very smooth, chocolate, bourbon and oak flavors really came through. Very well balanced. Probably my favorite from this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4992) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2009 bottle from someone at clusterfork tasting. Dark oily black, with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee, oak, prune, and some dried dark fruit. A nicely done dessert sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Vintage 2010. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and licorice aroma with hints of whiskey. Thick roasted malty chocoalte and licorice and rye whiskey flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate, coffee and licorice finish with woody hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1473) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Shared by Daknole. Pour is deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma shows lots of dark chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt. Flavor shows the same with a definate rye spiciness as well as some black cherry. Overall body is full and viscous with a great boozy finish.

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