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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolates notes with light residual sugar notes and some rye whiskey notes with some bitter roasted malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter roasted malt with some rich black chocolate notes and some rye whiskey notes with a somewhat harsh finish. Body is full with nice creamy and oily texture with good carbonation and not much apparent alcohol notes. Very enjoyable but still a bit harsher than some of the other varieties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rittenhouse bottle I brought to RBWG. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of honey, coffee, brownie and dark roast chocolate. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #30. 300th Imperial Stout! Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Rittenhouse version, not sure which vintage. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, whiskey, honey. The taste is roasted malts, dark fruits, honey, mild hops, whiskey, raisin. Full bodied, fairly hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8358) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Taste from a 22oz bottle with dark green wax. "2012" is written somewhere on the bottle. Near black color. Some dark red. Minimal khaki head. Rye whiskey, some molasses in the nose. Flavor is much better than the smell. Good brownie batter, light vanilla, Moderate sweet taste, light heat. Good rye whiskey barrel aged imperial stout. Nice, complex aroma to it. Good ba imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle @ home… vintage ´09 bottle no 1477 ...trade from Daniel L… Thx my friend… It pours pitch black with a medium tan head…. roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, warming alcohol…. very nice… love it! ….

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2012 22oz bottle pours dark oily black with a thin tan head. Vanilla chocolate and bourbon aroma. Taste is the same

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Black pour with almost no caramel colored head. Aroma is lighter but very roasty with vanilla and caramel notes. Flavor is bitter chocolate and roasty malt, vanilla remains, mild coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2011 Bottle. Like the others this pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are both on the roasty side with notes of chocolate, booze, dark fruit, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown/black with tan head. Smell is boozy, dark fruit, molasses. Taste is all the same....raisins, plum, dark brown sugar, cherries. The rye is a nice accent. Warming alcohol. Love this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2228) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, 2011 bottle via Capones. Dark brown with a dark mocha head. Chocolate, sweet, tobacco, dry, espresso grinds vanilla, moderate+ body and mild+ carbonation, some anise on the palate along with the rye, alcohol burn, chocolate and semi-burnt malts. This one seemed a little sweet on the palate for my liking.

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