Rye Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (Oblivious) - Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013, thanks to Kevin for this mighty awesome recommendation. It pours a muted, dimmed shade of brown with dusty copper edges that peek through and warm things up. We're at about 99% opacity here, barely any light getting through. The light, khaki colored and caramel creme head settles nice and quick to a film and skin stretched across the top of the beer.
Layers and layers of sticky sweet caramel, warm, rye whiskey, damp oak, toffee, and buttery, smooth vanilla sift through my nostrils with each and every inhale. The presence of this beer is peremptory, but still does everything in it's power to hide the high levels of alcohol, and it succeeds. Warming rye whiskey is certainly present on the nose, but more in a very soft and silky manner, rather than a bluntly alcoholic presence.
Buttery and sticky, the aroma only opens up even more once the beer starts to reach warmer temperatures. Luckily, it never gets too cumbersome, even with the insane maltiness, high ABV, and untempered levels of sticky saccharine. Vanilla and wood really evolve and stand out with each passing minute, a change that I'm happy to see. Not really sure if I could pick out the wheat here, but I'm also not sure if that really matters at this point.
Well, I always hate saying this in my reviews, but, it tastes just like it smells. Really, it does. The first sip jettisons wave after wave of a warm caramel, toffee, and subtle rye whiskey bath over your taste buds, teetering on the edge of a sugar-coma while never completely obliterating your insulin levels. The mouth feel is thick, sticky, and chewy, and really gives you the feeling that you're sippin' on caramel and toffee drizzle.
Rye whiskey takes an edge and injects both intense flavor and serious robustness in the beer, but both are handled nicely and Oblivious never comes off as hot or burning. Oak, heavy, sweet vanilla, buttery toffee, and a light touch of some nebulous fruitiness... this beer's got it going on. It's one of those beers that lacquers your palate like a freshly painted garage. Each sip keeps your mouth coated in flavor, tiding you over until the next.
Whew! I'm really glad I made the trip back to Griffin Claw's booth to check out this beer. The recommendations and positive words aren't just jargon - this beer is seriously awesome. One of the most drinkable 13% ABV beers I've encountered with great balance between rye whiskey warmth and caramel, malty sweetness. Not the kind of beer you'd take to the dome, but in relatively sized, smaller pours, it's magical.
Serving type: on-tap
08-14-2013 11:40:14 | More by tectactoe
Rye Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (Oblivious) from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.