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Rye Wyne AleRye Wyne Ale

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

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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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured in to oversized CBS snifter.

A - Dark brown with a faint amber glow around the edges. Half a finger of tan coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - A big oak aroma up front is complimented by sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar notes from the base beer.

T - Oak is dominant without drowning out the base beer. A big overall sweetness full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and spice compliment the barrel qualities and a touch of funk is present as well. Other flavours develop as I continue to drink - raisin, maple and fig.

M - Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and muddy dark amber color with some light caramel hues. There is a huge 1.5 inch light tan head that is very dense. There are some more chunky bubbles intermingled but mostly it is very creamy dense bubbles. Nice sticky head with great retention that leaves some great lacing as the head recedes.

Starts of with rye whiskey barrel sweetness and booze. Nice vanilla hints start things off with some molasses. Some nice raisin notes and caramel mix in with some rye spice and some nice boozy heat. The rye spice notes and dark fruit aromas work very well together.

Flavor similar to the nose starts off with some barrel notes. Great sweetness with some caramel and molasses that isn't too intense or too sweet. There is some nice rye spice notes mixed in with the sweetness of the barrel notes. There is also some woody notes and definitely some slight heat. Not too bad though. As the beer warms the malt rye spice notes continue to play very well with the barrel notes. The brew is nice and complex with great flavor profiles that seem to change after every sip. Mouthfeel is nice, silky with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is very good. There are some great barrel notes and nice grainy rye spice that blend very well with the barrel sweetness and a nice hot finish.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml red waxed bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy dark blood red with a big light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: Upon the first whiff you can definitely tell this is a rye beer. Plenty of dark fruits, plumbs, dark cherries, and raisins. A few swirls reveal the barrel character with nice notes of vanilla and whiskey.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with a big blast of rye malt and dark fruits along with some vanilla and whiskey. Very complex beer that keeps changing with each sip. On one sip I get dark red fruits like plumbs, red apples, and dark cherries and on another sip I get barrel and malt.

M: The feel is creamy and on the thicker side of medium.

O: I like this one but I think I prefer Rye on Rye just a little bit more. Still a tasty beverage and one I would recommend.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

4.0 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Awesome nose on this. Rye whiskey is the most prominent aroma and offers a spicy earthiness, leather, melon, apple, oak, and plenty of vanilla. Booze is well hidden. The base follows suite with the rye as well as lots of caramel, toffee, plum, raisin, and dates.

4.0 T: The base comes out more in the taste. Raisin leads the force, followed by tobacco, and leather. Plum, dates, caramel, and spicy earthy rye next. The whiskey is surprisingly complementary here, but it works really well. Oak, melon, apple, and vanilla follow. Again the booze is well hidden. Quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. The only thing I don't like is that it's a bit too chewy and causes some amylase clumping in the back of my mouth.

4.5 D: The taste was borderline 4.5, so a bonus here. Really tasty beer. I wish more breweries would make rye wines or imperial ryes or whatever you want to call them.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper color with a small tan head. Light citrus and pine hops on the nose, definitely a lot of rye, bread, and toffee. There's a hint of toast, some whiskey, and a nice bit of vanilla. The flavor is a bit more pine forward than expected and somewhat bitter. Sweet caramel and toffee malts, vanilla, and whiskey to balance that out. Quite a bit of rye malt, light citrus flavor to it as well.

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Photo of Buebie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Letting it sit in the fridge for weeks I finally said fuck it. Grilling some gourmet burgs tonight, pairs well with the additions or roasted peppers and bacon. Ground beef from Angus Meats.

Hard pour into an over sized snifter. Big frothy 3 inch tan head. Slow to settle but on its way down leaves thick clumpy bubbles and lace along the walls.
A solid cap of retention.
color is a burnt red, that is pretty dark and cloudy.

Aroma of charred barrels, fermented cherries, rye whiskey, oats, maple brown sugar and loads of malt and a little chocolate.

Taste is also exceptional, 11% abv is nowhere to be found.
Sweet, but not overwhelming. Malt delight, oranges, tart fruit, maple, toasted wood, smooth and low key booze, rye spice. Man this is a full flavored brew.
Mouthfeel is super slick, bordering greasy but not in a bad way.
carbonation is present but put back in its place by a thicker body.

For me the aroma and lace show were the best part of this brew. Taste is great but aroma and taste didnt seem to match up.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Says 2011 on it. Pours almost black with no head. Oaky aroma and a bit of roasty grain, lots of booze here. Tastes of bourbon and some roasted malt, a little chocolate sweetness and spicy rye finish but mostly sweet. Comes in pretty hot. Heavy mouthfeel, almost syrup and very little carbonation. This one is a definite sipper. Share the big bottle. A nice winter warmer brew for sure, but not sure it is my thing.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temperature with a fine, thick, foamy, cream-colored head that slowly settled and lots of glass coating lace. Color is a dark, clear brown amber. Aroma is very mild, hop, whiskey, malt. Flavor's like nose, sweet and carbonic tang up front with bitter right behind along with the rye whiskey flavors, malt. Body is great, ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, like flavor, and boozy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of tewaris
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for the pour Steasy66.

Rust brown and clear with a murky, dirty head; looks alright. The aroma retains notes of malts and barrels but the taste is a little too tart and the mouthfeel too thin... it actually smells ok, and the first couple sips seem just fine with toffee and vanilla but the off tartness takes over the beer soon.

I am no authority on infection and save for the "slight" tartness, there's no sign, so I am not going to write this one off as infected. However, what I can say is that it is a bad beer aged in good barrels.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, with two fingers of foam and impressive lace - surprising for a beer at this ABV level

Smell: Rye whiskey barrel, toffee and a vaguely vinous character

Taste: Flavors don't follow the aroma, at all, as there is a strong vinous flavor, with Oude Bruin tartness, in the front end; by mid-palate, the rye whiskey barrel starts to come through, bringing caramel, vanilla and spice to the mix; both strains battle it out in the finish as this beer is going to take some more time in the bottle to settle down

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the more complicated beers I have encountered; with "Wyne" in the name, the complexity of the vinous elements is to be expected, though I am having trouble wrapping my head around how this was achieved in Whiskey barrels; I cannot say I am loving this right now as the flavors have yet to coalesce, but this might well turn out to be extraordinary in a couple of years; time will tell, but as I don't live in the distribution area, I doubt I will find out

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bronzed garnet color. Smaller sized, smooth, thinish, dark ecru head. Decent retention for the style/ABV with a very faint ring of lace.

S - Lots of barrel aroma. Spiced rye, slight oakiness, and plenty of vainilla and touches of coconut. Some bananas foster type of aroma. Some fruity sweetness and spicy malt.

T - Barrel flavors are also very strong. Mixed sweetness, alcohol heat, and spiced malt flavors. More of that sweet, alcoholic bananas foster flavor which is nicely complimented by the prominent vainilla and coconut flavors from the barrel. Definitely still has an alcohol presence mid-sip to the finish. Some raisin flavor. Rye balances out the sweetness a bit mid-sip to the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for style/ABV although it is fairly low and thin. Slick feel.

D - Definitely a sipper. At this point I'd treat it like a whiskey as it is dominated by the barrel aging and it drinks a lot like one without the heat. I really enjoyed the flavor profile though and it had me wanting to drink more.

Notes: At this point the flavors from the barrel are very strong. I enjoyed it very much but would like to see what it's like with a bit more age for the flavors to mellow. Nice mix of sweet and spice from the rye. I and the others who had it seemed to enjoy it, albeit thought it could use some time to mellow. Definitely worth it if you like Templeton/barrel aging.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 into pint glass. Drank with tewaris for a friend,'s birthday
A Dark amber dense white head
S Bourbon fruity banana
T Fruity tart a hint of malt vanilla
M really thin low Carb
O decent smells good might be infected tart I think this will fall off fast

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Photo of Donerik
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served after an hour in the fridge from room temp in my Belgian beer snifter.

A: Deep red bordering on brown. The color would be mahogany I think. The head was acceptable rising and falling into a thin cap. The carbonation was apparent in the cross sectional view. Brilliant lacing.

S: Rye Whiskey dominates on the top of the malts, superb.

T: Still hot being recently made. Quite sweet with a nice rye spice and an unmistakable whiskey flavor. Flavor explodes from the beer as it warms. The flavor is rich and thick, starts smooth finishes hot and prickly.

M: a bit prickly from the carbonation, possibly a bit over carbed for my liking.

O: Solid, If I see more waxed beers from brau brothers I'll pick them up.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and whiskey dominate here. There are some sweet dark fruit notes as well.

T: vanilla, toffee, caramel, oak, and whiskey dominate here as well. There are also strong dark fruit flavors like raisins and prunes. A slight sourness also comes through, possibly from the rye, but it works. Only a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer avoids being watery or overly sticky.

O: a surprisingly good beer overall--glad I happened to pick one up. The barrel is very strong, but it avoids being overly sweet or boozy.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours. Dark red amber with hues of ruby in the light. The tan head fades quickly. It's nose is sweet with bold notes of vanilla and coconut and the taste follows suit. This is a beer that could use a bit of age before drinking, but it would definitely be a trade off for its super intense barrel notes. The beer has a slightly spicy bite in its aftertaste, but it doesn't linger. It's definitely all the malt and booze you'd expect in a barleywine and overall a solid beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brownish black bodied beer with just a little bit of white head.

Smell: Nice big malty beer with big barrel notes. Bourbon, oak, coconut, and of course spicy rye.

Taste: This beer tastes great! The bourbon barrel is the star of the show with this beer. Its sweet bourbon and earth oak are prominent with just enough rye to balance the beer to keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, and coconut round things out to finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer drinks really smooth, silky, and creamy with practically no harshness from the alcohol, just a nice warming sensation.

Overall: Brau bros really make a fantastic beer here! I would definately say it better than boulevard Rye on Rye and its in the same class as BA Hi Fi Rye! Wow, this one was a real surprise.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am SO glad I got a bottle of this from a buddy who is from the area. I have been saving this for a few months and think Memorial Day is as good a reason as any to open it.

The smell is wonderful. Tons of whiskey, malt, vanilla, and oak. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, which I could use less of. However, that is ok because the taste is as good as the smell. The whiskey is down-played in comparison to the smell, but it's definitely a main component of the profile.

Let this one warm. I started drinking it right out of the fridge. After about 20 minutes, the characteristics of this brew are really coming out. I get a lot more whiskey and wood flavors with warmth. The malt sweetness really is a great balance to the harsh booziness (which I am quite partial to).

Overall, this is an awesome beer. Much better than Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye.

I need to shout out Apostlebrewing for sending me a bottle of this!

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Photo of TwinButte
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured from a big wine bottle into a snifter. Very little head but I coaxed this baby out slowly so I didn't expect much. Dark brown color.

The smell is pretty amazing! I get whisky, barley, and perhaps a touch of the sweet rye. The boozy burn is the first taste I get but it doesn't leave much on the back end as far as booze goes. Its pretty slippery in the mouth and goes down really easy. Sweeter than the handful of barley wines I have had but I think that is the intention.

Very nicely done. This is the first big bottle beer I have had from Brau and I hope we will be able to get more from them in the future. I love the fact that source local malt and barrels for this one. It truly shows their dedication to the local economy.

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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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