Righteous Ale - Barrel-Aged
Sixpoint Brewery

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Rye Beer
Ranked #10
Ranked #3,490
4.17 | pDev: 4.8%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Righteous Ale - Barrel-AgedRighteous Ale - Barrel-Aged
Notes: We're not saying you should worship what's inside the barrel ... but there's a certain righteousness about an ale made with three types of rye malts and then smoothed out in a blend of rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. The journey spans months, but the results are undeniable -- a RIGHTEOUS® endeavor indeed.

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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(march 7, 2018 can)

A: The color is literally that of the can's color, which is a burnt red/brown. A thin head lingers, and sticky lacing is left on the sides after swirling.

S: Boozy raisins and caramel.

T: Similar to the nose but more: boozy raisins and caramel, old grapes, rye bread, oak barrel. There's sort of a super dry manhattan cocktail flavor.

M: Consistency is silky and smooth. The oak, rye, and raisin flavors linger in the throat.

O: Wonderful beer! I love the flavors this one brings. It's very complex and decadent. For the price especially, it's a steal. Of course, this is a 2-year old can, but if a new batch is anything like this, then it's a solid A-grade for me.

Mar 10, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a thin 12 oz Sixpoint can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear caramel/copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Bourbon and booze... a bit of rye grain, but mostly booze.

T.F: Rich, sweet, and malty to start. Caramel, toffee, and dark sugars... some spice and bite from the rye. Strong bourbon and booze.. a bit of fruit... earthy with a bit of oak. Medium bodied... warming... sweet and spicy at the finish.

O: A very boozy barrel aged Rye. Sixpoint did NOT skimp on the barrel character which overpowers the Rye. A late evening sipper... not one I'd want regularly, but a fun and tasty side-trip.

Sep 09, 2019
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BrewMaven from New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Rye beers and I love barrel aged beers..Put the two together and I'm giddy!
This one pours a deep translucent amber with a bit of sediment. Very little head other than the ring that stayed and left spotty lace.
Has the familiar, sweet barrel aged aroma and the taste follows right along..Richly malty, sweet through the middle with a nice, spicy rye finish. Full bodied with gentle carbonation. I really like this.

Jun 20, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/7/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of roast, oak char, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/rye/bready malts, bourbon/rye barrels; light-moderate citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of roast, oak char, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and bourbon, rye whiskey, oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, red apple, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, brown bread/crust, light roast/char, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/rye/bready malts, bourbon/rye barrels; light-moderate citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/sticky/tannic, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10.5%, with no lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged hoppy imperial rye. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/rye/bready malts, bourbon/rye barrels; light-moderate citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Awesome balance between rich malts and bourbon/rye barrel presence/integration; with solid citrus/earthy hop presence, and fruity yeast character. Mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering. Very impressive for basically being a BA Rye IPA. Did not prefer it over the base beer, but will have to revisit it soon.

May 22, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned March 7th, 2018. Poured into Thulsa Doom chalice.

Mixed Berry jelly color - that is, copper and mahogany mixed, with a tall fluffy stable head of 1 finger.

Aroma of slightly stale hops, rich and thick caramel, rye, bourbon barrel, tree sap, grass, and spice.

Flavor brings caramel, stale hop, pine, brown sugar, slight barrel sweetness, more pine, and bready/grassy malt. A lot like a barleywine.

Feel is somewhat thinned out and hot, but has a medium carbonation and body, with a nice heat on the back end.,

Overall, a decent BA rye beer. Very malty and piney at the same time, but those flavors blend together as it gradually loses its carbonation and fades to room temperature. An enjoyable rye beer.

Mar 10, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Brewery "Righteous Ale - Barrel-Aged"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED07MAR18 10.5%ABV 1305"
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Was Righteous Ale always barrel-aged? It's been so long since I've had this that I have no idea. OK, let's see how it pours... cloudy, chestnut brown, and with a densely creamy head of lightly yellowed off-white foam. The head retention seems to be pretty good. The aroma displays oak and whiskey and a bit of coconut. I don't know why I find that in so many strong barrel aged beers but it's almost always there. The head has dropped a bit now but there's some nice lacing where it once was. On to the flavor... it's got a lot of caramel to it, and it's sweetish but not sweet. The barrel is definitely there, lending notes of whiskey and oak. The rye comes through nicely, and it's just a little spicy. I'm not finding hops although I'm sure there's some there in the background; English types, nothing citrusy or piney. Oh, and of course the coconut, I get that every now and again. It's medium in body with a light bristle on the tongue that softens to allow it to become smooth in the end. It's got a dry finish with the spiciness of the rye, the dryness of the oak, and whatever bitterness is there - I'm guessing it's somewhere around 40. Overall I'm pretty impressed. I could be more impressed, but I'm still impressed. For fans of barrel aged beers, particularly whiskey barrels, this is a nice treat.
Review# 6,476

Feb 15, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from Tiger Mart (Clemson, SC) into a lager glass, one day after the Clemson Tigers crush Alabama to win the NCAA Football National Championship. in January 2019.
Look: Clear, deep copper colored body topped by a fairly durable, bone colored, creamy head. Plenty of lacing.,
Aroma: spicy rye, bourbon barrels and hops. Nicely complex.
The flavor has moderately high strength, with a prominent and very fine barrel aging effect. Very good balance in a harmonious blend of flavors. Medium roasted grains show through but bourbon barrel notes eventually dominate the aftertaste, including notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon.

Feel: medium-full body with lively, medium carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: excellent barrel aged ale with well hidden ABV, lots of flavor, a fine aroma and restrained bitterness.

Jan 09, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz skinny can. Poured out a dark amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, spicy rye, oak and vanilla. Sweet booziness, rye, vanilla, oak and toffee taste.

Jan 04, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom Captain Lawrence taster pint; canned March 7, 2018.
A: Pours a slightly hazy and highly effervescent orange-copper color with a one finger, foamy, egg shell white head, impressive retention, and rings of sticky lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, cocoa, whiskey, butter (only initially), honeysuckle, and white pepper.
T: Semisweet. Flavor of caramel, cocoa, and white pepper strong with booziness and contribution of barrel very evident. Peppery bitterness very evident but in a solid balance to the sweetness and maltiness.
M: At least medium bodied with impressively persistent champagne style bubbles throughout.
O: This is an excellent example of what a rye beer can taste like. I am not a huge fan of the unfettered use of barrel aging, but it certainly worked here. Curious what the base beer was like.

Dec 30, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, packaged on 3/17/18.

Deep amber/ruby color with a crazy off-white head. Good clarity. Really nice aromas of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and pepper. Rye character comes through more in the flavor. The barrel is really well integrated with the beer, marrying all of the rye aromas and flavors together. It's got spice, as you would expect, but it's not overwhelming. Medium-full bodied and warming.

I had a few cans fresh and then threw one in the cellar for about 8 months. Can't say there was much of a difference between the two. One of the more enjoyable Sixpoint beers I've had in a while.

Dec 24, 2018
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Santosizer from California

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like how the can looks. Very light toffee color, hues shine through, head pours nice, but disappears quickly.

Smell: Smiles like rye, molasses, caramel, coffee, charcoal, vanilla, nutmeg, fig, and cinnamon.

Taste: Very much like the nose, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, creamer, nutmeg.

Feel: For this style, it's a bit thin. Very light, almost watery at times. Alcohol has a nice burn on the backend, very crisp and welcoming of another sip at the end. Piffs of the taste come back up, which is nice.

Overall: A great rendition of the style. My BIGGEST COMPLAINT is the body. It's waaaay too thin. It reminds me of Jim Beams Copper Lager from Budweiser kind of thin. A thin body and such a high alcohol percent is dangerous for me. I can't pace myself with this one by a fire. One can and 10 minutes later, I'm done with it and it hit like a truck.

Dec 21, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown color. The head is off white, 1 finger, and has decent retention. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose is really rye a barrel aroma. Slight caramel aroma.
Taste - Mellow, that warms up in my throat. A bit of caramel. Slight spice to it.
Decent body. Slight warming feeling in my throat. Not harsh with the alcohol.
Decent rye barrel aged beer from Sixpoint. Nice flavors and nice feel.

Dec 06, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored and plenty hazy with a half inch of creamy creamy beige on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of earthy rye and caramel. I’m tasting sweet bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

Dec 03, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a clear dark amber color with a big creamy tan head. Very good retention. A thick film lingers. Sheets of lacing are left behind.
Smells like whiskey, butterscotch, toasted oak, cherry, brandy, caramel, coconut, and a touch of cinnamon.
Rich smooth sweetness with booze. Toasted bread, caramel, toasted coconut, vanilla, cherry, clove, plum. A mix of butterscotch, bourbon, and brandy. A bit of black pepper rye spice. A bit of oak tannins on the back end.
Feels smooth, silky, moderately carbonated, and leaves the palate slick with sugars.
Overall, a great warming, boozy barrel-aged beer. Definitely hits the spot in that regard.

Nov 22, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice looking dark amber close to brown color with a thin layer of white foamy head dieing off in a nice way. Lace looks really nice as it coated my glass yet slightly kept a thin glaze around in a messy sort of way.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet and semi-spicy rye malty make up while presenting a superb mesh of toffee, caramel and a light dose of chocolate. Slight whiff of honey-ed biscuits and sweet wood.
The flavor proportionately met the sweet with the spice extremely nice and pushed a slight stickiness of toffee and caramel malts. Mild spicy rye malt, somewhat bready and slight touch of honey-ed biscuits in the after taste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Semi-smooth yet with a woody spicy sort of finish, touch of stickiness.
Overall, Sixpoint STILL has their shit together. When one looks at this as an imperial rye beer, one can see how awesome this is on a chilly Autumn night.

Nov 08, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can

Pours a just slightly tan head into my tulip glass. Nearly pouring over the side of the glass from its frothy emergence. Very pillowy and fluffy. Body is a dark burgundy color, hues of brown. Visibility is zero. Head retention was average, maybe a touch above. Has left a substantial initial heady film on top of the body though. Looks quite nice so far.

Definitely get the rye right off the bat, perhaps a hop spice to accompany as well. Quite sweet, chocolate and toffee and present. Candied sugars as well. Maybe just a touch of bourbon in the background. As per usual with Sixpoint they don't tell me what the damn style is, but I would call this an imperial red, with a lot of rye, and a desert malt bill. Weird, but smells good. This is a little sweet on the nose for me, but for some reason I like it. There is a whole lot going on and the aroma changes the more you smell it. I trust the desert like sweetness will work, and if not, the rye will cut the difference.

The flavor seems to have settled on the latter half of the nose, sweet, very malty. I was tempted to say that I picked up in a slight vinegar aroma, but it was faint, and I thought I was crazy. There is, surprisingly, a small but noticeable sour flavor in the aftertaste. Not quite vinegar, but tangy almost. Not a hop tang, not so obvious that it would suggest infection, and not a boozy tinge either, very weird. Rye spice hits for a nano second in the finish, not a lot overall though. Not getting much sweet chocolate, a little caramel/toffee, along with a burnt flavor, perhaps picking up on the barrel. This is a very unique flavor profile, again, with a fair amount going on. It's a little too sweet for me, and I'm not sure it does the job for the rye bomb it's advertised as. A good beer, but not really for me.

The mouthfeel is fine. Body sits about medium-light on the tongue. Carbonation as well is medium-light. For being as sweet as it is, the sugars don't linger or stick to my mouth. It does have a dry character in the burnt wood, and overall carries itself dryer than it should with how sweet it is. Kinda a saving grace as far as what I'm looking for in a beer.

The drinkability is very good for 10 percent. I find myself forgetting this beer is that big. It certainly makes sense why it's so sweet, it's 10 damn percent.

The appearance turned out very nice. The lacing was good, and the rest of the qualities held their own.

Overall I think I'm grading this a little higher than I'd like to. But I'm trying to take personal preference out of it. It's too sweet for me, yes, but the amount of aroma and flavor is really slapping me in the face. Hard to ignore complexity, and I can't say it being sweet is necessarily a "flaw" especially because I don't know what the style is.

Oct 29, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with two fingers of cream color head. Rings of lace.
Smell is bourbon barrel.
Taste is bourbon barrel spicy rye with plenty of malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and well balanced.
Overall is well crafted and enjoyable.

Oct 19, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark Mahogany color with a tan head. Wow!! the smell and taste was very good vanilla and dark fruits with rye whiskey mellow but strong. A superior barrel presence was very impressed with this.

Oct 15, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot doggy! Like someone ghost riding the wienershnitzel mobile, this one is wild! Über and hëlla Rye is met by delicious whiskey notes that would make Cletus the Slackjawed Yokel proud. I mean, this thing is firing on all cylinders like Kirk Douglas in Paths if Glory.

All Raul can say is get it, get it good!

Oct 10, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Although I am not too fond of regular Rye IPAs I do like some of the rye barrel aged versions. That whiskey barrel mellows out the hoppiness which makes this taste a little similar to a rye whiskey mixed drink. I am looking forward to trying some more rye barrel aged beers. Great job on this one Sixpoint. Hello, Brooklyn. Cheers! A-

Oct 09, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep and dark burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is rye spice with a sharp dryness and palpable spice. Bourbon, char, and caramel with toasted, and breaded malts and herbal hops contribute to the depth. It smells complex, twisting hops, with malts, and bourbon. Flavor profile is much smoother, inducing notes of caramel, toffee and toast with toasted, breaded malts and herbal hops. Bourbon is present throughout, but becomes more apparent at the finish of the beer. Bourbon carries a little charring bitterness and boozy heat, although the charring bitterness is more evident than the heat. Its base rye beer is a little sweet, but interacts with the bourbon well, landing at a slightly more balanced finish line. Mouth feel is smooth, and while it borders on creamy, it's really more still. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a splendid beer that mingles a hearty rye beer with bourbon. Good rye spice meshed and mashed with bourbon.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Sep 16, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark copper color with a righteous tan head. Beautiful beer. The barrel is forward on the nose, and there’s also heavy spicy rye notes. I’m literally drooling.

The barrel is also forward on the taste, and the spicy Rey’s notes combine with caramel notes to create a flavor masterpiece.

I have 2 cans of this left, they’ll be aged to see how this evolves. I literally cannot wait.

Sep 04, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A: very slight head that settles quickly to a film. Body is a deep amber copper color with very little clarity.

S: lots of nice Barrel characteristics coconut toffee vanilla a little honey and some sharp rye.

T: lots of nice heavy rye interlaced with a lot of bourbon flavors. Lots of toffee and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied lots of slickness from the alcohol but slightly thin from it too.

O: This is a great beer I have never been a huge rye beer guy. This being barrel aged has added a layer of sweetness that belies the spiciness of the rye. Quite an incredible beer.

Aug 23, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The slightly hazy deep reddish-brown beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” light tan head that coats the inside of the glass with a sheet and some leggy patches of lacing as it slowly but visibly recedes until it eventually becomes a thin irregular island of foam on the surface. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include a bit of wood and lots of rye whiskey. The rye, the bourbon, and the malt provide a nice background of an almost bready backbone that also shows lots of vanilla and a bit of earthy character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the rye grain backbone and some bready, toffee like sweetness mingled with hints of oak from the barrels. There’s also some vanilla along with the oak. In addition there are hints of dark fruit and some earthy, almost spicy, bitterness in the background. The alcohol shows a bit here but is not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slightly prickly from the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the bready malt sweetness starts to fade, to be followed by the rye, the oak and the bourbon whiskey notes. The grassy, slightly bitter ending is nicely dry and invites another sip. Some of the vanilla persists to the very end.

Overall this is a well made beer that has used the strengths of the rye grain along with the rye and bourbon barrel aging to permeate and enhance, but not conceal the other flavors. I’m expecting I’ll have this one again and may put a couple in the basement for the future.

Aug 06, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head. Aroma is woody, boozy, a little spicy and hints of dark fruits like raisins for some reason. Thick body, smooth, not too heavy, a slight booze burn but that's ok, vanilla/malt sweetness, not only woody but a little buttery at times, has a spicy edge to it but balance is great and this is an enjoyable, slow sipper.

Jul 19, 2018
Righteous Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 125 ratings