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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
bouteille #1831, 2009. Brune avec qcq bulles beige. Malt et chocolat note de moka avec de bonnes impressions de chocolat au lait, grains. Le tonneau ressort très légèrement avec le bourbon qui se mélange superbement à la bière lassant des traces de vanille et chêne au palais. Je n’ai pas trop note le seigle et au finit, la bière conserve une onctuosité de café au lait et de bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2009 Heaven Hill version. Tried twice. First from a 22 ounce bomber at our stout tasting and then notes from samples at the recent Bistro BA fest. Tasted side by side with every version at Jason’s (thanks to Chris for this one). Mostly dark brown pour with a small light tan head. Nice nose, with more malts and less vanilla / brown sugar than the others. Nice woody / bourbon backbone. Palate is less assertive than the PVW, about on par with the Elijah Craig version.for flavors, but far more balanced and not nearly as hot as the Jack Daniels (my least favorite). Finishes with a light bourbon flavor and lingering toasted malts. For a young rye barrel beer, the heat is under-whelming. Mellow drinking and a nice mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
at FOBAB. Rottenhouse version, pours black with tan head. a wonderful rye, chocolate, and bourbon aroma. flavors are rye, chocolate, a touch hot but very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
This was the Rittenhouse Rye version, tasted on draft at FoBAB. Pours a thick oil black with not much of a head, but a thin tan collar. The nose is prune, banana, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and very roasty. The flavor is prune, coffee, dark chocolate, banana, clove, and a marshmallow sweet middle, but it lets you know that it was aged in a rye barrel on the back with that signature rye whiskey flavor. The body is full with light carbonation and a long rye whiskey finish. They also had the Heaven Hill at FoBAB. Pours oil black with a thin tan bubbly head. The nose is milk chocolate, molasses, darkly roasted coffee, and burnt brown sugar. There is some banana flavor with chocolate milk, coffee, darkly roasted malt, a rye whiskey middle palate, and a long bitter and roasted finish. The body is full with light carbonation, and a super roasted bitter coffee and rye whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Sampled on tap at fobab 2010, Heaven Hill: Pours black with a small tan creamy head. Aroma is very rich chocolate, sweet toasty wood and vanilla, oaky and bitter cocoa. Flavor much heavier on the woody bourbon barrel with sweet chocolate, a touch ashy with an aggressive oaky and vanilla finish, some booziness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours a deep back with a nice tan head into a Bruery tulip. A bit of lacing as it goes down. S: The bourbon is definitely present. Nice and creamy, although not quite as heavy as the Elijah Craig, which we had this side-by-side with. Along with the alcohol is a bit of roasted malt and vanilla. Some hints of chocolate. T: Similar to the nose, although the bourbon comes out more, playing with the malt and creating a nice creaminess, which really drives the mouthfeel. M: Fairly full bodied and nice and creamy. No much alcohol; quite smooth. D: Heavily drinkable. So glad they’re releasing this again and that I have my futures certificates in hand. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2010 RIttenhouse Rye version tasted at the BIstro Barrel aged fest. I sampled this one along side the four roses single barrel version, and I liked this one better. It pours dark brown with a tan/brown head. Heavy aromas of cocoa, coffee, bourbon. The flavor is where I got the slight differences. Little bit more barrel forward with some nice oakiness and a caramel sweet oaky finish. Otherwise, same chocolaty, coffee, bourbon flavors. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 2009 650ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan head settles to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is oak, light alcohol, rye whiskey, marshmallow, caramel, and some light cherry. The taste has a light sweetness with rye bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and some light roast. The finish has some light alcohol along with some twangy rye. Light bodied, like all the Eclipses with low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable. I’ve liked the Elijah Craig and Four Roses versions better, but this is still an enjoyable beer. Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. 2010 Rittenhouse Rye. Pours a pitch black with a small chocolate head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, and rye whiskey. Initial taste is chocolate and molasses transitioning into more rye whiskey with alcohol coming through on the finish. A little bit of chalkiness. Medium body. Light carbonation. 8/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Draft samples at FOBAB 2010 for the 2009 Rittenhouse Rye and 2010 Heaven Hill Rye: Rittenhouse Rye, 2009 Vintage: Pours an opaque, inky black with a disappearing brown head. Good rye and barrel notes come through in the aroma, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor follows suit, albeit not quite as nice and smoothly as the nose, and adds some rich coffee as well. Full-bodied, with a smooth, hot mouthfeel and low carbonation. Good heat from the bourbon and rye. My second favorite of the four at FOBAB. 8 5 8 5 16 - 4.2. Heaven Hill Rye, 2010 Vintage: Looks just like the other three on the pour, jet black with a small brown head that vanishes. Notes of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, rye, dark fruit, and dry roasted malts. Full-bodied, with a smooth, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This wound up being my least favorite of the four, even if it’s damn good. 8 5 8 4 15 - 4.0. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, green wax. Sampled along side the rest of the 2011 series. Pours an opaque brown-amber iwth a small tan head. Aroma of rye, tobacco, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavor of tobacco, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, spicy mouthfeel and low carbonation. 7 4 8 4 16 - 3.9.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010, there are two versions I am rating here: Rittenhouse Rye (9/5/8/4/15) and Heaven Hill Rye (8/5/7/3/14), I will use the RR numbers in my rating.

Rittenhouse Rye (4.1) : Pure black with an oily appearance and small fading head. The aroma has notes of rye, chocolate, wheat, toast, oak, vanilla, alcohol and pepper. The taste has a nice rye snap along with smooth chocolate, toast, and prune character. There is a coffee and peppery note of the slightly warming woody finish. The mouth feel is lush and sticky, not nearly as hot as the HH version. This is very good and Mikey Likey this one a lot.

Heaven Hill Rye (3.7) : Just like the other it is pure black with an oily appearance and small fading head. The aroma has notes of vanilla wafers, mocha frappe iced coffee, biscuit, butter, slight rye and charred oak. A bit smoky as well. The taste is twangy and fruity with coffee chocolate ice cream. The finish is toasted oak and bourbony. The mouth feel is oily, aggressive and hot. Well this is still nice, I found the HH to be sweeter and hotter as well.

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