Big Eddy Ryewine Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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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
4.13/5 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
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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?
10-27-2013 19:51:54 | More by Chaz
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
3.64/5 rDev -4.2%
A: A medium copper beer with a deep red hue and great clarity. The tan head is long lasting and made of a low raft of fine bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass. There is a fair amount of carbonation in the glass, well at least more than and I'd expect to see in this style.
S: A moderate rye spiciness, a low malt sweetness with a moderate raisin note and a medium amount of alcohol sweetness dominate the nose.
T: A medium malt sweetness, an orange ester and a medium-low alcohol sweetness dominate the flavor. A moderately-low hops bitterness and no hops flavor. The balance is somewhat towards the malt sweetness. There is a light bit of a fruit character along the lines of raisins. The finish is medium with a quick aftertaste.
A: A cream, medium-full bodied beer with a medium-low level of carbonation.
O: It drinks way too smooth and the flavor seems a bit thin for a Barleywine but I like that it is not overly sweet.
10-10-2013 23:44:33 | More by MadScientist
Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.