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Bourbon Rye Knot - Figure 8 Brewing

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Figure 8 Brewing visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alleykatking on 10-02-2010

Bourbon Rye Knot - our original Baltic Rye aged together with vanilla beans for over 5 months in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel. This blend of seven grains, amarillo, centennial, and warrior hops is super well balanced and is smooth as silk
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Appeance - The beer is fairly black with streaks of murky brown. Bubbles line the sides of the snifter.

Aroma - The bourbon is noted in the aroma, but rye hints are detectable.

Taste - I detect a lot of oak in the initial taste, which is excellent. Vanilla notes come later with bourbon and strong raisin notes. The raisin and bourbon notes last through the finish.

Mouthfeel - For the strength of the bourbon, I though the beer ran a little thin. I wanted the taste to last a little longer.

Overall - This is Figure 8's best offering by far. It was released in 2013. I would like to see them do it again.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter


This beer is extremely dark brown, to the point of black. A nice brown bubbly head that doesn't linger very long. A very nice looking dark brew.


nose is rye and oak. Subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon in there. The smells aren't very strong in this. it takes a few sniffs to really get everything but still a very good smelling beer.


same as nose but a little stronger. You get everything from the oaky flavors, the rye, the vanilla and some subtle bourbon. A little bitterness at the very end which is a nice touch. This isn't like a typical barrel aged beer where the bourbon is extremely prevalent. it's in there, but very subtle IMO. The perfect starter beer for getting into barrel aged beers.


medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a bit of a dry finish in the mouth.


very good. The first beer I grab on my weekly visit to the tasting room. Unfortunately it's going to run out here very soon, but I could easily have 2 or 3 of these in a visit. Alcohol isn't too high so 2 or 3 is definitely possible without getting too buzzed. Great tasting and only a few minutes from me!

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap....

A- Pours a dark brown almost black in color. No head when given to me. This coats the glass with a brownish liquid the entire beer.

S- Light bourbon notes to this go hand in hand with a rye aroma. Some light darker fruits in this as well accents the woody aroma. This has a light sweet malt to this that I found a little off but still balanced the beer out.

T- The rye pops through the beer from start to finish. There is a woody overtone with a hint of bourbon at the middle to the lasting of the beer. Sweet malts pop up here and there but make the beer well balanced ironicly.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking but went well with the beer. Rye left on the palate with a hint of bourbon on the aftertaste. Clean tasting overall. Alcohol drying on the palate.

D- I had more than one sample of this. Actually, I would say this was about a pint's worth. This beer really stood out from the other offerings. A good brewery that I am looking forward to having more from.

Bourbon Rye Knot from Figure 8 Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.