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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): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 65
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle, capped and waxed.

The beer pours out in an oily, contiguous stream that seems to hold together even from a decent height. Unsurprisingly, the head waits until after I pour to begin building. It's very thin, and does not last long. In the glass, the beer is a murky, hazy brown.

Right away, I smell bourbon, er, rye, along with some brown sugar, chocolate, and a hint of something farmy that I can only tease out when I swirl it. Alcohol is noticeable, but not dominant. I'm not really catching a lot of hop aromas, but the age may play a role in that. If I swirl it, I get some tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. But that brinks out the funk, too, which lends it a durian note.

It tastes a lot like it smells, but with the added rye spice and fairly aggressive bitterness.

This is a really enjoyable bottle. If I had to pick nits, I would say it's a little hot, even after some cellaring. But it's the best of the Templeton Rye barrel-aged beers I have had do far.

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in spring 2012. Pours fairly clear red copper amber color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, bourbon, oak, and rye spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of the barrel/malt character. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, coconut, oak, vanilla, bourbon, earth, floral, and rye spiciness. Slight bitterness with a lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, coconut, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors; with a great balance of malt/barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged rye barleywine! Huge balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

A - Pours a muddy deep amber, brown. Took a vigorous pour to create a finger or two of head. Leaves a lot of streaky lacing and a things layer of foam behind.

S - Big aroma of spicy rye whiskey. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, coconut, cherries, orange zest and port.

T - Vanilla and spicy rye mixed with oak and whiskey. Tobacco, cherries, butterscotch, caramel, dark fruits, coconut and raisin.

M - Medium body and slightly slick with lower carbonation. Touch of alcohol but smooth for 11%.

D - The barrel aroma/flavor is strong but it is still complex. Very tasty. I need to grab another one of these.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a vintage 2011 bottle to a family Christmas party to share. It was a huge hit. We were smoking cigars and had just split a bottle of Bolt Cutter so my palate wasn't in perfect shape but I will do my best to review it here.

A. Beautiful dark amber with a slightly red and rosy hue. Forms a small but substantial head.

S. Gives a strong aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and a slight hint of rye.

T. Sweet, boozy, and flavorful. Not harsh or overwhelming but packs a lot of caramel and bourbon flavors with a nice vanilla finish. A very refined flavor, possibly from the year of age on it.

M. Smooth. Not syrupy or thick at all but coats the palate. Slightly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: An awesome beer. I will be seeking this out again but my local store is now sold out.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Huge leopard spotting and trails of lacing cover the glass.

S- sweet toffee, tobacco, brown sugar, whiskey, some spices.

T- big amber malts with toffee, whiskey, vanilla, spicy rye with some bitterness and booze at finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some booziness comes in the middle with slight effervescence as well.

O- very enjoyable BA Barleywine with a twist from the rye used. Nice spicy sweet going on but could beef up the body just a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a deep dark, yet translucent red with about two fingers of beige head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving a whole lot of lacing along the edges of the glass. This beer looks great.

S: The nose is sweet and spicy with definite barrel notes shining through. I get malt, caramel, spice, raisins, toffee, and vanilla. There is also a bit of boozy heat in the nose as well.

T: This beer starts out with a great mix of sweet and spice. It follows the nose for the most part. Vanilla and spice hit the palate up front. I then get some stone fruit notes, some raisins, and toffee. The spice returns in the finish as it mixes with the barrel elements. It's a bit hot in the finish, but I can dig it.

M: Full bodied beer. It's thick and coating, sweet and smooth, and finishes with a good bit of alcohol burn. I'd love to try this beer after it's had a year or two to mellow out.

O: This beer is really solid. I has some great flavors going on, and the barrel aging seems to be have done really well. I'd drink this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a red hue. A small creamy off-white head that sticks around with a complete coat of lacing down the glass.

Lots of caramel aroma up front. A few hops and a slightly spicy rye whisky character. Also brown sugar a bit as it warms.

Tastes like a big barleywine up front. Lots of caramel toffee balanced out well by a bit of oak and some earthy bitterness. Just as the brown sugar/toffee mixture starts to get sweet, out comes the whisky. Not overpowering as all, but just enough to tilt the beer to a great balance. As it warms, a bit more of the rye spiciness comes out along with some raisin and fig.

Medium bodied with an excellent creamy texture. Carbonation on the low side of medium.

Admittedly BA barleywines are probably my favorite style, but this one stands above most. Very complex and I love beers like this that change as they warm up, but are always delicious. The rye adds a good subtle component without overpowering the beer. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 228 ratings
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