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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4460) - 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 (5543) - 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 (12460) - 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 (3498) - 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 (1793) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2119) - 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 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.

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