Big Eddy Ryewine Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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4.76/5 rDev +25.3%
There's not much I can say about this, but WOW. Who knew that combining rye and the barleywine style would be the best idea that anyone this century has had. There is a robust flavour at the forefront with hugely sweet malty overtones. It is the perfect blend of robust rye and pure sugary sweetness, with a wonderful tinge of alcohol to it. Honestly, the bitterness of the rye and the sweetness cover up the alcohol just a bit too much. That is my only complaint. The body is wonderful. It's thin considering the flavour, but has some body to it. Just enough, I'd say. The finish is all smoke. I don't know if some of the malt is actually smoked or if it's the rye giving it that effect, but damn, if it doesn't taste smoked. Simply amazing. I will be buying more of this. No question.
09-06-2013 08:56:22 | More by ElCommodoro
4.49/5 rDev +18.2%
Enjoyed on tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Served in 10oz fluted glass.
Transparent crimson color with small off-white head with decent lacing. Taste is quite complex. Slight sweetness to the malt base. Rye influence is subtle, but adds pleasant spice notes. Some apple pie flavor with clove. I get a sense of apple jack. The alcohol is fairly well masked.
A unique and enjoyable take on a barleywine. I will be setting some aside for aging.
06-07-2013 17:08:15 | More by SaxmanRick
4.26/5 rDev +12.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, 2013,
A - Beautiful crimson amber in color this barleywine has nice clarity despite it's darker appearance and is topped by a densely packed, cascading khaki head. Thin, sticky lace coats the whole glass as the foam subsides.
S - Subtle and malty, this latest addition to the Big Eddy series flourishes with deep complexity. Sweetness abounds but doesn't intrude with toffee and caramel notes easing into rye spice attributes that don't become sharp. Cocoa merges well with the earthy undertones of hops along the back end but the aroma is a somewhat closed one.
T - Ryewine's depth continues into the flavor, opening up more nuances as it progresses and warms. Toffee takes a back seat to a subtle dark fruity character that goes well with smooth caramel and notes of milk chocolate. Spicy rye adds a touch of bite to the smooth flavor but it doesn't seem as showcased as the sweeter malt. Alcohol and hops are nowhere to be found in this brew's velvety flavor.
M - Moderate carbonation adds nice dimension to this soft and smooth, medium-full bodied brew. It's sweetness is balanced incredibly well by the use of hops which play no role in flavor as this mildly dry beer but are integral nonetheless. The disappearing finish is a mystery considering the inclusion of 10% ABV!
O - Like the other Big Eddy series beers, this barleywine is extremely drinkable, shying away from it's boastful ABV for a smooth and drinkable malty treat. It might be labeled as an American Barleywine but this beer has no hop interaction beyond pure balance. It's no flaw, but the lower level of rye, which adds nice spice, could be elevated and showcased a little more. Big, flavorful, and smooth, Ryewine Ale is another solid offering from Leinenkugel's!
05-26-2013 23:47:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/5/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, rye, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, apple, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, rye, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, rye, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt and fruity ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 05:22:43 | More by superspak
4.21/5 rDev +10.8%
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine Ale has a thin-to-medium beige head, a semi-clear, red-brown (amber) appearance, some visible bubble streams, no sediment, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich bread, cream sherry, sweetness, caramel, and nougat. Flavor is of those elements, a little metal (sadly), some alcohol, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and easily drinkable. Very little alcohol detected in this booze bomb. Overall, this is most excellent.
10-24-2013 16:19:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance: Purplish-red, good head.
Smell: Sweet, dark fruits, caramel.
Taste: Sweet fruits-raisin, dark cherry. Earthy component to it. Balanced feel, not hoppy but not too sweet either.
Overall: A nice barleywine, though I don't taste or smell much rye. Maybe that's the earthiness that comes through. This kind of reminds me of a strong Belgian dubbel but with a little more sweetness.
11-03-2013 22:00:43 | More by Mdog
4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a very dark crimson amber color. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Surprising retention and lacing for the style.
(S)- A big rye malt base with massive raisin and plum dark fruits. Not overly sweet but a firm graininess to the smell overall.
(T)- Surprised at the amount of spicy dark fruits this has (plum, raisin, and prune). Slight biscuity yeast makes this quite belgian-like for me.
(M)- A smooth carbonation level. I really like the balance this has, even though it has strong belgian-like qualities despite it being an american barleywine.
(O)- An interesting take for a barleywine. With the age on the bottle, this has morphed into something complex, just not necessarily in a barleywine sense.
07-24-2014 12:52:42 | More by sweemzander
Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.