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Antiquity Rye Wine - DESTIHL Brewery

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Antiquity Rye Wine
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-23-2009

A beer style perhaps lost in antiquity, our rye wine closely resembles an English-style barley wine but with a spicy/peppery note from rye, this beer is dark copper in color with a full body, high residual malty sweetness, high complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters balanced by low bitterness and extraordinary alcohol content, some English-variety hop aroma and flavor is present, and caramel, dark toffee and vinous/sherry-like aromas and flavors dominate. Drink it now or let it age.

78 IBU
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 7
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4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Destihl tulip.
12.1% ABV, 78 IBUs

A - Antiquity pours out an incredibly gorgeous deep ruby color with a well-formed and long-lasting toffee-colored head that shrouds the glass in lace. To say this is a beautiful beer is an understatement.

S - Spicy rye is reminiscent of the bite from a rye bourbon with the beer's higher (but rather softly perceived) alcohol but quickly transitions to toasted rye bread crusts and toffee sweetness with notes of stone fruit before finishing out with a touch of earthy hoppiness.

T - Toasted rye and wheat bread crusts intertwine on the tongue with spicy rye notes following closely; a decidedly malty brew. Toffee and soft caramel cube sweetness peek through undertones of stone fruit but Antiquity ultimately finishes with earthy hops and notes of raw oak lingering on the palate.

M - Quite smooth with a perfect carbonation level, the initial sips are velvety soft on the tongue as the sweetness gives Antiquity a full body. Warming alcohol and earthy hops dry the palate out before timid bitterness creeps up on the tongue for a well-rounded finish.

O - Immediately gorgeous upon the pour and worth reflecting on, sip after sip, Antiquity is quite possibly one of Destihl's finest beers. Rich with deep complexity in aroma and flavor, perfectly interwoven for a deceptively strong, exceptionally balanced rye wine that finishes all too smooth!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

strange they say this one is oaked, it doesnt seem like that at all, and in fact seems almost harsh, not mellow like time on would would bring. its amber in color, dense, heavy looking, and with a pretty darn lazy bubble head on it. nose of rye spice, very true, but plenty of barley too, its just not all that dynamic, but it certainly is bold. sweet smelling, but intensely grainy in the taste, sweet a bit, some honey or something like that in there, and some booze to it, although only in the taste, not the smell. never know its this strong, but these guys have disappointed all the way so far. an oaked rye wine, yum! but it just never gets to yummy, its thick and sweet and you wait for it, but it never comes on. still in feel too, which i think hurts it, but the beer tastes good, its just not world class. something negative here, like a failure to meet expectations, but all the beers from these guys so far have...

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Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Well, might as well try out the rye wine that's sitting in front of me. I mean, how many rye wines do you encounter these days? This stuff pours a mostly clear rusty sienna topped by half-finger of light sandstone foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, honey-laden biscuit, rye spice, light pumpernickel, mild booze, and a bit of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, creating the effect of an old-school English barleywine loaded with some nice rye effects. Not bad at all. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewily smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice rye wine, one of the best Destihl beers I've yet come across.

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Antiquity Rye Wine from DESTIHL Brewery
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