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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale

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very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 05-26-2013

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1.94/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

For some reason this has been languishing in my beer fridge for the past couple of months, which is about ten weeks longer than anything involving the word 'rye' usually sticks around. 12 oz. bottle from the Big Eddy series, which I've enjoyed in the past.

Pour is a deep red that wouldn't look out of place in a Silpada party necklace, with a fair amount of bubbles. Smell doesn't rep the name very well, just a straight shot of sweetness right in the brain pan.

Big Eddy Ryewine tastes more like MD 20/20 than a rye or barleywine. Overbearing sweetness brings the palate to its knees, & I can feel my dentist's hands twitching over his wallet. Bit of raisin, perhaps toffee, plum, but it's all drowned in the cradle by the domineering wash of sugary obnoxiousness. Too much to drink, really.

The first miss from Leine's that I can recall in a long time, but this is a doozy. Six times as much sweetness as necessary & no hint of rye. Ony because I have about twenty sweet teeth am I going to finish this.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut ochre in color, topped with a darker khaki-tan head with some staying power and which leaves a nice ring of lace on the side of the glass as it falls. Excellent clarity -- very well filtered, and looks good in the glass!

Nose is rich, sweet, and just a little bit spicy from the rye. Not much hop presence, almost smells like Nobles, but my palate (or nostrils) must be wayyyy off if that's the case. Some resiney pine, not much else. Fruity (strawberries), and maybe a little bit yeasty.

Big, sweet, plummy and fruity on the first sip, with just a touch of rye character and some dryness and bittering hops struggling with the sweetness. Quite dry in the finish, actually, and some longering booziness... but not what I'd expect from 10% ABV (it seems almost lower than that, percent-wise.)

On the second sip there's some fusel-like character from the booze and grain, some very slight oxidation (I think this was bottled in April?) and a more robust bitterness than on the first sip, and seeing how it has warmed a bit, the character is coming together -- there's a nice balance.

I'd be interested to learn how much rye malt went into this one? Aside from the rye character being there just enough to tell it's there, this is a pretty straightforward barleywine and leans closer to British than the American hopped-to-beat-hell variety.

I can see this one benefiting from some time in a cherrywood or Laguvalin barrel, ala the J.W. Lees. Are ya up for it, Leinie's?

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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.


Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.