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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.

FlacoAlto's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Green Wax, Rittenhouse Rye Barrel, Btl No. BR / 1 2012
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, richly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a mostly black, definitely opaque color. The aroma smells quite prominently of spirits / barrel character; lots of sweet coconut, vanillin, spicy, sort of melon like, hot / warming Whiskey notes really seem to dominate the aroma profile of this beer. If you really dig for it you get hints of toasted / burnt malt, perhaps some coffee like roast notes, but really the base beer profile is consumed by the prior barrel contents.

Lightly sweet, rich feeling, dense, with lots of smooth roasted character, dark chocolate, and sweetened coffee liquor notes up front. The middle sees a huge toasted coconut and vanillin character take hold, with almost a butterscotch like character, and then, in the finish, a spicy, woody, oak laden character and then a spicy, warming, Whiskey like bit of alcohol and aromatics that linger on the palate. The alcohol definitely adds a heat and harshness to the finish. The body has a nice richness to it still without being cloying. As the beer warms, a dusty, dark cocoa note comes out more, and there is a soft, toasted brown bread like character to this as well. Bitter, burnt, roasted malt notes add some roundness and complexity to the finish.

Nothing like the Grand Cru I had, this is completely dominated by the barrel character; if you like that sort of beer then this will be quite enjoyable, I am not really a big fan of over barrel aged beers and this really doesn’t do it for me. Having said that I wouldn’t call this a drain pour, but it is not something I wan’t more than a few ounces of either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (4447) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
650ml waxed top bottle (2014 Edition, 11.9%ABV) pours a deep black color with a small light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and hop bitterness with bourbon throughout and alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Quite a nicely balanced brew with only a slightly pronounced bourbon presence. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
2012 Bottle shared. Thanks simon! Aroma of rye spiced wood, chocolate, plum, coffee. Taste is sweet with a dose of dry wood bitterness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2721) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours thick unclear black coffee with a dark cocoa caramel very small head. Aroma brings light wafer like barrel wood, not loving it. Flavor brings creamy sweeter caramel and smooth toasty malts, easy and the cream is light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1468) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
2012 version. Dark brown/black with a beige head. Aroma is rye whiskey, fruitcake, caramel, chocolate, spice. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, smooth and lightly spicy on the palate with a lightly spicy and boozy finish. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, fruitcake, spice, caramel, hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast, figs, dates, chocolate and oakiness. It has a full body with some light sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with dark chocolate, syrupiness, roasty malt and licorice. The finish shows the rye barrel, dark caramel and earthy hops. Good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2963) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
looks just like every other 50/50. black 1 finger buggy head. Oh, this smells good! lots of fudge chocolate, rye spice and honey. sweet, loads of spice. graham cracker honey and cinnamon. pretty high in booziness. chocolate and milk honey and dark fruits. resinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle thanks to Adam Jackson. 2012 vintage, green wax, Batch "BR 1" Aroma is caramel send sugar, vanilla from bourbon, and thick molasses.

Flavor is pretty damn nice. Body has a nice brownie batter consistency. Flavor is coconut muff, vanilla, oak and a touch of rye. The rye is very subtle but in the flavor for sure. No oxidation found here and really has aged with no problems whatsoever. Really damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4406) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2014
#3600. Thanks to Jeremy! Tasting glass form 651 ml. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Bottle nr. 685. Black, only thin beige line on the side for head. Smells lightly oxidized, sweet bourbon, charcoal, chocolate. Bit thin for the style, slightly oxidized, sweet bourbon, caramel, sweet bourbon light faint roast, chocolate. Nothing wrong with this but it is a bit simple and nothing crazily impressive & these bottles are crazily expensive. They look coal but they aren’t really worth the cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3731) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle , 2010 vintage . Pours black . No real head . Smell is bourbon , oak . Taste is sweet , bourbon , oak , rather sharp . Roasted malts Nice . Very good .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (431) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2010 spicy rye, chocolate, cherry, light cardboard/oxidation, dry espresso, honey. Honey lends this beer a really velvety texture however this one has thinned out a bit too much for my taste. I think I’d prefer 2-3 years of age.

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