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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
bottle at papsoe tasting. pitcyh dark, small white head. roasted stuff, caramel, hoppy balance in the aroma. flavor is roasted smalts, sweet malts, very faint herbal sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle (#738 vintage 2010) at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Licorice, fruity, grainy notes, wooden, berries, chocolate, sweetness, wooden, bread, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, whiskey. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malty, breadish and wooden. Sweet, toffee, caramelish and roasted to breadish malty. Biscuity. Ends roasted dark malty and slight sweet, growing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottled. A black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of soy sauce, roasted malt, and rye. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, roasted malt, rye, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - 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 (7185) - 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 (4649) - 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 (5613) - 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.

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