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dumb question about rye

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by elliott1184, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Member

    So, I don't generally like rye beers. I have liked just about every bourbon barrel aged beer I've tried. I am wondering if a beer aged in rye barrels will have a similar flavor profile to that of a bb aged beer, or will taste more like a rye beer, if that makes any sense...

    Thanks in advance for any input.
  2. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Member

    it would taste more like a BB beer
  3. Biffster

    Biffster Member

    Yeah, I dont think the type of whiskey barrel used to age the beer would make nearly as much difference as the aging itself. Using Rye as a malt gives a distinct peppery, spicy note. Using a Rye whiskey barrel to age a beer would more likely give a bourbon like, slightly sour note.

    It is important to note that rye whiskey is a distilled spirit made from a beer (wash) that has some quantity of rye in it. Once it is distilled, it is treated like every other whiskey and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. I think using a whiskey barrel to age beer that once had rye whiskey in it as opposed to corn whiskey (bourbon is distilled from a beer made from a mix of corn and barley) would present some difference, but way less than the difference that would be presented from the aging itself.
  4. mjryan

    mjryan Member

    There are a lot of Bourbons out there that contain rye.

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