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Rye Wyne Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

Rye Wyne AleRye Wyne Ale

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

One of the few small grains still grown in Southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one-of-a-kind ale brewed and aged in tiny Lucan, Minnesota.Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought North from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 04-08-2012)
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Photo of Ri0


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into a chalice. bottled in 2011.

A - Deep dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Thin ring with some splotches of lacing.

S - Whoa, sweet vanilla whiskey! There must be a ton of sweet malt in this beer. Brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Not picking up much rye or barrel.

T - Big, sweet notes of whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Only faint hints of rye and almost no barrel presence. Finish is very sweet with no alcohol. This reminds me of an aged Backwoods bastard.

M - Thick, full body with good carbonation for a 2 year old BA beer. It is rather rich and smooth.

O - Great job by this brewery to create a unique style that not many others dabble in, rye. It is big, bold, and bodacious. Maybe a bit too much to take on alone.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:22:03 | More by Ri0
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#7 of cellar diving


Foamy white head lingers nicely and leaves pillowy white foam on the sides. Nice collar of foam.

Loads of vanilla, caramel, oak, dates, spicy!

Smooth, delightful, peachy, sweet, boozy. Rye loaf is dead ringer. Lots of caramelized ginger, guava, pineapple, apricot, cherry... Smooth even carbonation, sweetness is solid and well placed. Bitter bite is not even close to present. Thin with lots of backend bite.

A nice even Rye offering. By far the more rye forward brew I've ever had. Brau Bros. did a great job with Rye Wyne.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 06:43:35 | More by chugalug06
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3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

2011 vintage. Let's get some rye ale aged in rye barrels, eh? This stuff pours a brackish sienna topped by a half-finger of off-sandstone foam. The nose comprises caramel, whiskey, candied orange peel, toasted toffee, and a hint of what seems like red wine grapes. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lot of the Templeton Rye coming through, a touch of buttercream, and a bit of wood for the sake of it. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid rye-barrel-aged rye beer, one that brings enough complexity to make me happy for several helpings. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 05:37:48 | More by TMoney2591
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottling.

A: Dark brown, but a slightly cloudy appearance gives it the look of burnt umber. Forms a smallish bubbly head. Reduces down to a thick, bubbly ring around the edge and a light surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of heavy, sweeter malts and oak barrel. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, whiskey. Darker fruits to a lesser extent.

T: Taste is pretty big...Moderately sweet. Mostly brown sugar. Caramel, vanilla, oak. There is a definitely some spice in this, but I'm unable to tell if it's from the rye or the higher alcohol. Finish is long with a mild vanilla sweetness.

M: Again, this is a big beer. Full bodied. Lower carbonation, but not flat. Not necessarily bitter, but there is a drying astringency to the beer. Alcoholic heat.

O: A rye beer aged on rye whiskey. A nice concept and well executed. Big, alcoholic, and spicy. A bit surprised this one isn't generating bigger hype.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:32:14 | More by Florida9
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:53:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 2011 bottle.

Pours deep rich brown. Fair amount of head with resiliant lacing.

Smells of rye wiskey. Barrel. Lots of dark fruits. Also apple jam booze notes.

Speaking of booze; where is it? No heat. Definately a sipper with lots of sweetness. Good example where the barrel gives flavor over boozy heat.

Thick and slightly sticky on the palate. Best Brau Brothers I have had.

Overall quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 02:41:08 | More by Powderhornphil
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade form MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet dark sugary malts with hints of plum and prune. Light vinous grape skin aroma, a touch of alcohol and a nice vanilla and woody touch. The flavor starts off sweet sugary malts but that is whisked away by oak and spirits as well as the fruit from the aroma. Ligth spicy tartness rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carboantion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged brew that I'd never heard of until the bottle arrived at my doorstep.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:44:43 | More by johnnnniee
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brau Brothers 2011 Rye Wyne Ale. Ale Aged in Used Rye Whiskey Barrels. Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Lucan, Minnesota. ABV:???

Dark crimson coloring, a rich ruby, with a narrow layer of foam.

Aroma: Wine hits first. (I know this is not wine-barrel-aged, but that's what I'm getting.) A touch of sour, a twist of tannins, deep and fruity. Then the bourbon slips out from under the covers. Raisins coming through, now, and other dark fruits. Incredible. Gorgeous.

Taste: In the mouth, it's both mighty and mellow. A beautiful blend of barley-wine and bourbon. Some cocoa, plenty of dark fruit, lots of luscious malt.

I'm going to stop thinking about my drinking and read this label. "One of the few small grains still grown in southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one of a kind ale brewed and aged in tinny Lucan, Minnesota. Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought north from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa."

Love it. Boast-less and gobbledygook free. This is utterly fantastic,ale, so flavorful, so rich and robust, clearly the finest beer to come out of Lucan, Minnesota, and I hope I don't stop saying that. Brau Brothers keeps getting better and better and doing more and more. Mmmm. Just plain ol' mmm, mmm, and yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 08:28:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL waxed and capped bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a really deep and dark brown murky color with white froth.

(S)- Lots of dry raisin and prune meets a subtle oaky bourbon spice note.

(T)- Lots and lots of dry leathery oak with raisin and prune. Ever so slightly fig-like fruity sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level with lovely barrel characters with lots of dry yet dark fruits. It is quite sweet, but the barrel notes counterbalances that well.

(O)- Great barrel characters meet some dry yet chewy dark fruits. Definitely a nice twist for a rye ale with the obvious use of Templeton Rye barrels.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 17:05:10 | More by sweemzander
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We cut the wax on a bottle of the 2011 vintage, pouring a heavy brew of ruddy chestnut coloring. It puts up almost no head, but a hearty swirl brings up a half finger tall head of tiny, yellowish bubbles, then showing decent retention into a starry film across the top of the liquid. Cords of lacing are left all around the glass. A thick haze cuts through the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be on the active side. The aroma initially smells just like straight Jack Daniel’s, but with warmth, the grain really fills in, with biting rye grit, hugely fusel booze, lactic sourness, light bubblegum esters, and mild woody dryness. With warmth comes robust tininess, soft floral hoppiness, biting plastics, chemically medicinals, and airy vanilla sweetness. Our first impression is that beer is much sweeter than the nose might suggest, with excellently integrated whisky flavoring into the strong, malty, rye base. As we sip, the taste begins with authentic clove spiciness, smooth whiskey, juicy ale yeastiness, biting and drying rye graininess, soft and sweeter wheat, and soft buttery diacetyls. Pushing to the peak is gritty sandiness, continued clove, gravel, dried grassiness, deep syrupy black cherry and raisin somewhere on the far back, with more washing authentic whiskey booziness. Melted brown sugar and spicy woodiness blend to pull us to the finish, where the rye really picks up in bitterness, with light caramel malts, juicy and metallic yeastiness, bright toffee sweetness, molasses, and vegemite. The aftertaste breathes heavily of whisky and woody barreling, syrupy plum, further spice of clove independent from any suggestions of phenols, very dark rye graininess, mineral, basement muskiness, and residual dextrin malty sugar. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. There is thick and sticky smack, sip, slurp, and pop, with the lips left heavy with sugars. Froth and creaminess remain decent throughout. The mouth is equally as coated, with eventual grainy, sandy, gritty dryness all the way to the tonsils. The abv is hearty but appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Everything about this beer is just so authentic. From the spicy inclusions, to the genuine grain, to the whiskey, each component gives its unadulterated self to the final blend. While each component is uniquely bold and considerably independent, they each come together in the end, affording wonderfully simple smoothness. The first sip conjures thoughts of what a Bourbon County rye beer would be like (unfortunately we couldn’t land a bottle of the Bramble Rye, so the comparison is all but lost) due to the depth of malts, big booziness, smooth diacetyls, and sweet drinkability. This is a great beer, and the age on it has surely cut much of its initial hotness, helping to keep things sipping all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 23:15:27 | More by TheBrewo
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2011.

Dark leather brown. Partly cloudy. Pinkie finger of dense, tight-bubbled, light beige head. Nice lacing up the glass. Woody, with aromas of toffee, bread pudding, oak, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows.

Toasted malts and vinous, woody flavors up front. Gets oaky real quick, with notes of charred wood, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows. Sweet toffee, caramel, and fruits settle in. Warming whiskey and rummy fruit notes into the finish. Some tannic, woody bitterness. Lingering marshmallow and oak. Full-bodied, with a creamy, smooth feel. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:25:19 | More by alexgash
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer expert at John's Grocery said this was the best beer he had in the store. How could I refuse? Besides that Templeton Rye barrells... This is a 2011 version and I am pretty sure this is the first release of this beer.

Pours a dark brown with hints of light going through this. I figured a high ABV and aged beer would need some head coaxing. WRONG. Great creamy head and lace.

Nose is alchohol, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste: Vanilla, lots of vanilla, bourbon, boozy, caramel, hops. The hops have been blended into the total mix. This is less hoppy than I thought. This is a barleywine to end all barleywines. I am agreeing with the Beer Guy.

Mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. Once again, near perfection.

Overall, this blows away all strong barleywines, rye beers I have had. Truly exceptional beer. As the years go by, I give less 5 ratings for taste. This one deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:34:12 | More by daledeee
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to supercolter for the brew. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color with some ruby highlights. A whitish head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Plum sweetness with some raisins. Definitive rye spice with a big whiskey backing. Roasted malts with underlying barrel sweetness.

T: Rye spice with the whiskey notes is large up front. Pretty hot as well still. Notes of oak, smooth caramel and some figs. Booze soaked raisins as well.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Whiskey finish.

O: Surprisingly still a little hot, and I would have liked a little more chewiness on the texture and a little less carbonation. Overall it was still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 15:13:35 | More by Treebs
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New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 2011 vintage bottle of brew pours a deep mahogany color with a decent cap of foam. The aroma of the beer is heavily accented with rye whiskey. The oak barrels, peat, dried earth fruit all contributes. This continues on the palate with smooth malt mixed with the oak-laced whiskey notes. The alcohol is produces a slow burn at the end.

The whiskey was stronger than expected, perhaps too strong in my opinion. On the other hand a careful made brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:58:19 | More by BeardedBoffin
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Pours murky, brownish-red color with a small off-white color with a hint of tan. Scent is WOW...amazing nose on this one. Smells like blackberry jam with some heavy raisin and fig aromas. Lovely oak and whiskey aromas as well. The whiskey is not "in-you-face", very subtle and tame. Tons of rye and spiciness to the aroma as well. The nose of this beer actually has a rye bread aroma. More sweet whiskey and dark fruit aromas. Taste is just as delightful as the nose. Whiskey, however, is far less tame in the flavor. It lets you know it is there from the moment it touches your lips. Not harsh, but definitely present. Dark fruits and spicy rye flavors seem to take over in the middle of the tongue. The back has a bit of booziness with oak and vanilla flavors...also subtle hop bitterness. This beer has some complexity, for sure. As the beer warms, the sweet whiskey and rye come through more. Some toffee and light citrus flavors come through as well. The citrus was not present when this beer was cold. Mouthfeel is just as this beer should be. Full bodied and ready to sip. Drinkability is fairly high for this big, rich beer. Overall, this is one of the better wheatwine/rye beers...whatever you want to call it. I think this is the only beer I have had from this brewery. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 06:00:49 | More by DovaliHops
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle. Cheers to Trxxpaxxs
Ruby slippers colored, slight brown hue, just verging on brown head, nice looking.
Odd nose, touch of soil, lots of wood, oak, mild milk chocolate, mild smoke.
Wow, tastes like chocolate initially, just fantastic, milky, with hints of cocoa nib and that vanilla which comes from those delicious Templeton Rye bourbon barrels. Molasses, no it’s toffee, like a Skors bar and coconut, as well. Just a touch of heat, but not hot, seems to have mellowed nicely after about a year and a half. Could have held on to this a bit longer, but I think this might be drinking perfect right now. It may have become too sweet with age, it has lost any hop character, though it also could have toned it down.
Finish is creamy with a hint of sweetness, but neither sugary nor cloying. Could be just a tad drier, but that is nit picking. Ample carbonation with that mild bit of rye spice sneaking up. Delicious. Really glad I decided to crack this.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:31:04 | More by ManVersusBeer
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle, capped and waxed.

The beer pours out in an oily, contiguous stream that seems to hold together even from a decent height. Unsurprisingly, the head waits until after I pour to begin building. It's very thin, and does not last long. In the glass, the beer is a murky, hazy brown.

Right away, I smell bourbon, er, rye, along with some brown sugar, chocolate, and a hint of something farmy that I can only tease out when I swirl it. Alcohol is noticeable, but not dominant. I'm not really catching a lot of hop aromas, but the age may play a role in that. If I swirl it, I get some tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. But that brinks out the funk, too, which lends it a durian note.

It tastes a lot like it smells, but with the added rye spice and fairly aggressive bitterness.

This is a really enjoyable bottle. If I had to pick nits, I would say it's a little hot, even after some cellaring. But it's the best of the Templeton Rye barrel-aged beers I have had do far.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:44:34 | More by DaveAnderson
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in spring 2012. Pours fairly clear red copper amber color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, bourbon, oak, and rye spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of the barrel/malt character. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, coconut, oak, vanilla, bourbon, earth, floral, and rye spiciness. Slight bitterness with a lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, coconut, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors; with a great balance of malt/barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged rye barleywine! Huge balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:02:54 | More by superspak
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddy deep amber, brown. Took a vigorous pour to create a finger or two of head. Leaves a lot of streaky lacing and a things layer of foam behind.

S - Big aroma of spicy rye whiskey. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, coconut, cherries, orange zest and port.

T - Vanilla and spicy rye mixed with oak and whiskey. Tobacco, cherries, butterscotch, caramel, dark fruits, coconut and raisin.

M - Medium body and slightly slick with lower carbonation. Touch of alcohol but smooth for 11%.

D - The barrel aroma/flavor is strong but it is still complex. Very tasty. I need to grab another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:26:08 | More by brewcrew76
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a vintage 2011 bottle to a family Christmas party to share. It was a huge hit. We were smoking cigars and had just split a bottle of Bolt Cutter so my palate wasn't in perfect shape but I will do my best to review it here.

A. Beautiful dark amber with a slightly red and rosy hue. Forms a small but substantial head.

S. Gives a strong aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and a slight hint of rye.

T. Sweet, boozy, and flavorful. Not harsh or overwhelming but packs a lot of caramel and bourbon flavors with a nice vanilla finish. A very refined flavor, possibly from the year of age on it.

M. Smooth. Not syrupy or thick at all but coats the palate. Slightly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: An awesome beer. I will be seeking this out again but my local store is now sold out.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 14:17:53 | More by MrPlayboy
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Yukon (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Huge leopard spotting and trails of lacing cover the glass.

S- sweet toffee, tobacco, brown sugar, whiskey, some spices.

T- big amber malts with toffee, whiskey, vanilla, spicy rye with some bitterness and booze at finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some booziness comes in the middle with slight effervescence as well.

O- very enjoyable BA Barleywine with a twist from the rye used. Nice spicy sweet going on but could beef up the body just a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:58:09 | More by kawilliams81
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a deep dark, yet translucent red with about two fingers of beige head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving a whole lot of lacing along the edges of the glass. This beer looks great.

S: The nose is sweet and spicy with definite barrel notes shining through. I get malt, caramel, spice, raisins, toffee, and vanilla. There is also a bit of boozy heat in the nose as well.

T: This beer starts out with a great mix of sweet and spice. It follows the nose for the most part. Vanilla and spice hit the palate up front. I then get some stone fruit notes, some raisins, and toffee. The spice returns in the finish as it mixes with the barrel elements. It's a bit hot in the finish, but I can dig it.

M: Full bodied beer. It's thick and coating, sweet and smooth, and finishes with a good bit of alcohol burn. I'd love to try this beer after it's had a year or two to mellow out.

O: This beer is really solid. I has some great flavors going on, and the barrel aging seems to be have done really well. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 14:13:58 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a red hue. A small creamy off-white head that sticks around with a complete coat of lacing down the glass.

Lots of caramel aroma up front. A few hops and a slightly spicy rye whisky character. Also brown sugar a bit as it warms.

Tastes like a big barleywine up front. Lots of caramel toffee balanced out well by a bit of oak and some earthy bitterness. Just as the brown sugar/toffee mixture starts to get sweet, out comes the whisky. Not overpowering as all, but just enough to tilt the beer to a great balance. As it warms, a bit more of the rye spiciness comes out along with some raisin and fig.

Medium bodied with an excellent creamy texture. Carbonation on the low side of medium.

Admittedly BA barleywines are probably my favorite style, but this one stands above most. Very complex and I love beers like this that change as they warm up, but are always delicious. The rye adds a good subtle component without overpowering the beer. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:44:00 | More by jmarsh123
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured in to oversized CBS snifter.

A - Dark brown with a faint amber glow around the edges. Half a finger of tan coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - A big oak aroma up front is complimented by sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar notes from the base beer.

T - Oak is dominant without drowning out the base beer. A big overall sweetness full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and spice compliment the barrel qualities and a touch of funk is present as well. Other flavours develop as I continue to drink - raisin, maple and fig.

M - Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:39:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and muddy dark amber color with some light caramel hues. There is a huge 1.5 inch light tan head that is very dense. There are some more chunky bubbles intermingled but mostly it is very creamy dense bubbles. Nice sticky head with great retention that leaves some great lacing as the head recedes.

Starts of with rye whiskey barrel sweetness and booze. Nice vanilla hints start things off with some molasses. Some nice raisin notes and caramel mix in with some rye spice and some nice boozy heat. The rye spice notes and dark fruit aromas work very well together.

Flavor similar to the nose starts off with some barrel notes. Great sweetness with some caramel and molasses that isn't too intense or too sweet. There is some nice rye spice notes mixed in with the sweetness of the barrel notes. There is also some woody notes and definitely some slight heat. Not too bad though. As the beer warms the malt rye spice notes continue to play very well with the barrel notes. The brew is nice and complex with great flavor profiles that seem to change after every sip. Mouthfeel is nice, silky with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is very good. There are some great barrel notes and nice grainy rye spice that blend very well with the barrel sweetness and a nice hot finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:08:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
92 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.