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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.

FlacoAlto's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1975) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2015
2012 bomber, Spice, chocolate and vanilla. Very subtle barrel character. Has a bit of the malt getting old thing going on. I remember liking some of the others better, but sampled fresher. Probably would have been better fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2806) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at small tasting at home. 2011 bottle, green wax. APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol. TASTE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, too much? ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (737) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Pours a burgundy brown with a mocha brown head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, oak, slight alco heat with a warm finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Dark, dark brown - not quite full on black with a brown glint. Decent sandy head, ringed and fairly viscous looking film. Nose is boozy peanut butter, off telling booze but a decent brassy woodiness. Solid brown sugar sweetness throughout, struggling choc but big bites of roast later on. Carbonation is viscous, with a dimpled booziness but for it being double figures is great - neat and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes lean sweet roast, more bitterness coming through and lingers out with a peppery brassy rye’d out sweetness.

Bottle, Cheers Steve-o, Beers I Hadn’t Known Tasting

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3206) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Steve. Black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coconut, chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, chocolate, oaky, vanilla, coconut. Nicely balanced, sweet and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (4206) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s tasting from Paris
opaque cola brown, beige lacing, sweet, vanilla, fruity, moderate carbonation, cola, caramel. Spicey, umami.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7017) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Thanks Steve! Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate. Taste is boozy chocolate. Rye whisky spice. Boozy finish.
12th July, Daisy tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is coconut, chocolate, vanilla, taste is rich chocolate, bourbon, dry, roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18090) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
bottle at home ... daisy tasting ... dark brown black .. thin tan lacing ... soft dark chcolate roast malts ... light chocolate roast malt nose ... soft chocolate .. dark roast ... soft malts ... soft chocolate .. sweet chocolate .. light chocolate linger ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3086) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Taste is more subtle than I hoped for, with vanilla, mild booze and some salty notes. Good.

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