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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 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 (1249) - 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 (1707) - 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 (2214) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1684) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 vintage. Nose is soya with lots of vanilla, some rum and espresso. Taste is big sweet and big bitter. Pours coffee with light head. Body was thick and oily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (8699) - 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 (10842) - 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 (3019) - 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 I’ve ever had.

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