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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7447) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark reddish brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma of rye whiskey notes, roasted notes, and some caramelized brown sugar. Flavour brings out dry rye notes, with whiskey, and light caramel notes. Hugely barrel-heavy, without much other impie stout notes. Finshes dry, rye-like and boozy. Good stuff, but not of the complexity that I had expected from this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light molasses, tobacco, and licorice. In mouth, a sweet fruity chocolate malt with ashen notes, licorice, very smooth. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours used motor oil black with an an aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some roast. Complex flavor with vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and bourbon. One of the better Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle, thnx to NorCalGrowler, 2011 vintage, shared with friends. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized, beige head on top. Aroma is mostly bourbon and vanilla, caramel fudge and molasses, with a slight touch of wood. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, oak, caramel and coffee. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, long lasting, sweet aftertaste. Awesome brew, very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk (5136) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 14, 2013
Poured a deep mahogany colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt creamy toffee fudge chocolate. The Flavour is strong bitter with a creamy boozy alcohol liqourice bitter palate. Full bodied with low carbonation and a creamy texture. A truly amazing beer that well deserves its rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla,roast, chocolate, fudge. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, massive fudge. Thick oily mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deanso (5821) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
66cl courtesy of a friend. Very thin tan head. Low carbonation. Clear deep amber pour. Awesome complex brew. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
Sampled from a 0.65l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) bottle share. Itís really deep dark brown and quite near black black in the glass this one. The head is low soft dark brown. It has one of those honey noses this with lots of dark fudge sweet- and roastiness. Really as smooth as they come in the mouth with a near cloudy oily mouthfeel. The taste is straight up strong and powerful wit stingy booze, black dark roasted malts and wood. A deep rye burned bread thing in the aftertaste and chocolate also found. Lovely stuff! Could easily have this again! 15.06.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Waxed bottle at the Gman .. . Pours a deep brown black .. Mild head, decent lacing .. Look at me go! .. . Solid barrel, rye mildness, and tar .. . Pretty good version .. . . What have children ever done for us?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1064) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2013
This is the 2012 Rittenhouse Rye barrel-aged version. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a two-finger caramel colored head. Aromas of chocolate covered raisins and coffee. Moderately thick mouthfeel with a competing slickness and mild carbonation sting. Wow, the flavor is interesting given my experience with Elijah Craig Eclipse. Chocolate covered raisins, tobacco, rye bitterness, and soft woody flavors. The tobacco and bitterness cuts the sweetness noted in the Elijah Craig version.

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