Rye Wyne Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Rye Wyne AleRye Wyne Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the few small grains still grown in Southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one-of-a-kind ale brewed and aged in tiny Lucan, Minnesota.Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought North from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa.

Added by jera1350 on 04-08-2012

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Reviews by daledeee:
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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer expert at John's Grocery said this was the best beer he had in the store. How could I refuse? Besides that Templeton Rye barrells... This is a 2011 version and I am pretty sure this is the first release of this beer.

Pours a dark brown with hints of light going through this. I figured a high ABV and aged beer would need some head coaxing. WRONG. Great creamy head and lace.

Nose is alchohol, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste: Vanilla, lots of vanilla, bourbon, boozy, caramel, hops. The hops have been blended into the total mix. This is less hoppy than I thought. This is a barleywine to end all barleywines. I am agreeing with the Beer Guy.

Mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. Once again, near perfection.

Overall, this blows away all strong barleywines, rye beers I have had. Truly exceptional beer. As the years go by, I give less 5 ratings for taste. This one deserves it.

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Photo of Ri0
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into a chalice. bottled in 2011.

A - Deep dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Thin ring with some splotches of lacing.

S - Whoa, sweet vanilla whiskey! There must be a ton of sweet malt in this beer. Brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Not picking up much rye or barrel.

T - Big, sweet notes of whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Only faint hints of rye and almost no barrel presence. Finish is very sweet with no alcohol. This reminds me of an aged Backwoods bastard.

M - Thick, full body with good carbonation for a 2 year old BA beer. It is rather rich and smooth.

O - Great job by this brewery to create a unique style that not many others dabble in, rye. It is big, bold, and bodacious. Maybe a bit too much to take on alone.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish amber with a hint of ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big scent of the whiskey barrel with a good amount of vanilla and oak. Rye spices and bready malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Pretty noticeable hints of moderately tart cherries and some banana. Hints of dark grapes and orange. Also a little orange and slight hint of hops.

Taste: A pretty complex and good taste. Big taste of the whiskey barrel up front along with vanilla and oak chips. Big taste of the rye spices throughout. Bready caramel malts with some toffee. Some moderately tart cherries give a taste somewhat like a sour ale. Complex hints of fruits with some hints of banana, dark grapes, fig, and orange. Light presence of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, slick, and slightly tart. The 11% is actually hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good barrel aged ale. Big whiskey taste with a good complex mix of rye spice and fruits.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a waxed-and-capped 750mL bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Burnished amaranth liquid with a lasting beige collar and slick. Sticky lacing, viscous tears, good retention.

Rich aromatics suggest grapes, tobacco, port, orange zest, and hibiscus. Caramel malt pokes through. Barrel aged to perfection.

Coconut and vanilla are drawn out of the barrel in addition to the tobacco notes on the palate. Rum and peppery malt come out as well. Very sweet caramel flavors with hints of butterscotch as well. Faint diacetyl perhaps, but free of oxidation despite the barrel notes. Fruity, warming finish (though the ABV is rather disguised), with a kiss of rye.

Mouth-feel is unctuous like melted butter with a hint of sherry.

Closer to a barrel aged barley-wine in flavor than a wheat-wine; a bit sweet and lacking in hops, but an elegant dessert beer for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen who sent me this one for the sole purpose of ticking it! Shared during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Vintage 2011! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured brown with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, rye, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, spice, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the right flavors were going on here with a nice mix of rye with the base style which gave it a nice spiciness. The barrel added a nice touch to this one as well and kept it interesting after each sip. The vanilla added a nice touch and helped to cover up the sweet alcohol aspect going on here. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear crimson color with a nice two finger head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The first impression I got after popping the cap was the smell of rye whiskey. But there is definately more than whiskey. I also detect a rye sourness and a vinous quality. Complex and unique.

The flavor was not as impressive however. A little too whiskey dominant with a lack of rye malt charactor. The barrel did not really add anything besides the whiskey flavor. I also get a heavy vinous quality with just the slightest sour rye finish. Alcohol is well masked but there is a definate warmth.

The body feels a little light for such a big beer. But the carbonation is very good. The end result is a smooth texture.

If the rye malt came out more in the flavor, this would be a truely great beer. But as it is now, it is a whiskey flavored barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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