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

Bottle shared with trxxpaxxs and theportersorter, thanks Tom.
Poured a nice brown with ruby highlights nice beige head ring around the edge slight lacing.
Smell sweet coconut booziness slight oak.
Taste is a bit heavy on the booze, rye backed with coconut and a slight oak woodiness.
Mouthfeel is a nice slightly chewy medium. Light carbonation.
Overall pretty good but some age could make this stellar.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A= Pours a little brownish out of the glass with a blackish color in the glass and a finger of off white head on the top with good lacing and a nice amount of retention.

S= A little rye character to it with bit of oak and bourbon. A snag of vanilla in it but a little muted on the flavor.

T= A nice barrel flavor and a tad of rye. Really not too much going on here. A barrel taste of rye and tastyness. There is a bit of caramel malt and maybe a little vanilla in the taste from the barrel.

M= A nice amount of carbonation in it that keeps the tongue fresh.

O= A quality brew but not what I imagine what it would have been. A little lacking on the rye and a little small on the flavor. Not a bad brew but not great.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, 750ml waxed & capped bottle sent from Aaron...finally found a good opportunity to crack this one open with a friend. My portion was poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dense brownish amber, mostly clear around the edges with good carbonation visible..light tan head, creamy and dense with good retention and lacing and great alcohol feet.

S: The whiskey is upfront but it blends well with notes of a vinous dark fruit & toffee...spicy rye malts behind that, with a slight tart citric fruitiness. There is booze but its not overpowering.

T: Rye whiskey really dominates here; its not overpowering necessarily but it doesn't allow the other flavors to shine; behind the spirit there is some toffee and toasted oak, and more spices emerge as it warms. A subtle fruitiness rounds out the flavors.

MF: Well executed here, the mouth is creamy and nearly full-bodied, and while the alcohol is noticeable it blends well and doesn't thin the body. The medium carbonation is nice, helping to keep the whiskey from being too overpowering.

O: A great rye beer, with some nice use of barrels. Rye whiskey, spicy rye malts, toasted oak, and caramel/toffee malts are all present and pretty well executed. A bit hot right now but still very good - an excellent beer, thanks Aaron!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First release of this beer was just a short time ago. Seems everyone's brewing a big beer and sticking it in a barrel, but I'm excited about this one. Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brownish amber, clear, with about 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and fantastic lacing.

Smells nice and rye-spicy, with a bit of hotness in the nose. But more than anything it's warm and smooth, with that full nose that only barrel-aged beers have.

Has some whiskey burn, but oh so smooth. Grainy spice comes through well here, too. Seems like it could mellow out a little bit with time, as it's a little rough, but it's already pretty well-integrated now. Has the warmth and jump of a good barrel-aged beer.

Mouthfeel is solid. Very heavy and thick, but with decent carbonation.

This is a really nice beer, and I'll be picking up some more bottles for sure. Just a really tasty example of somewhere between a rye beer and a barleywine.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lives white head leaving a collar. Some alcohol legs. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Nice and sweet, slight spicy rye aroma.

Tasty and mouth watering sweetness/spice. Omnom. Notice the whiskey impression at the tail end of each sip. Not overpowering heat, wonderful.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

Hate to say it because I love Boulevard but I think this is better. Wow, unexpected new favorite in the Rye Beer style. Will be seeking out more. Thanks for the share egrace84!

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Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a two finger beige head with good retention and sheets of lacing. The aroma is sweet and has rye, whiskey, caramel, toffee, and oak.

The taste has rye, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, spice and especially whiskey. This beer has a lot of alcohol heat, but it has a delicious flavor to it. If laid down for one year or more, the heat should subside, and this should become smooth and easy to drink. There is a nice pleasant sweetness, balanced by the natural sourness of the rye.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry, and the aftertaste is whiskey. The whiskey overpowers the taste of the rye. I think in time, the other bottle I have will become smoother, and easier to drink. I may decide to pick up another bottle, to see how this ages in one year, versus a longer period of time. Well made.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Brau Bros so I was really excited to see this in the shelf.

A: Pours a murky red tinted molases like color with large amounts of head that falls slowly into a nice layer atop the beer. Lets nice sheets of lacing on the glass. Huge bubbles left in the bottle.

S: INTERSTING - Very sweet to the nose with rye and a bit a of a boozy smell.

T: Hard to put into words... truely unique in its taste. You get some of the carmelly sweetness upfront with the rye accompanying it. Middle is the barrel aged boozy taste and finishes with a nice boozy bite.

M: Very smooth beer but is definately on the boozy side with a big bite at the end and a bite of the burn you get when taking a shot. Definately a sipper.

O: A must try, truely unique and like nothing else I have ever had. I will have to get a couple bottles of this one while I can. If you see it, get it, well worth the experience.

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Photo of TorreyK
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've only had a couple Brau Brothers beers & they were excellent.
This is one of my favorite styles, Barley wine. To store in Rye Whiskey barrels is adding to the beauty of this beer. It's sweet with caramel & vanilla plus a little Oak & very slight spiciness. As with most barreled beer a slight sourness at the end. Very smooth & well blended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 750 ML bottle. Big $15 price. My two favorite things: rye beer & rye barrels. Married up like fourteen year olds in the Ozarks. Or Lucan. Whatever. Split with my wife.

Pour is a dark ruby red, with plenty of pizzaz for a big beer. Smell is right-hand-tug of promising, huge sweet/fruity notes mingled up with a bit of rye spiciness. Nice.

Rye Wine isn't...ryeght. Rye + rye whiskey should be spicy & shiny & bouncy & happy. This is weird & tart, almost vaguely sour on the end. Gonna let it warm a bit. OK. The rye spiciness is there but much more muted than I'd think a rye beer should be; & the barrel is so faint I'd be hard-pressed to ID it if I didn't know it was there. Fruity tartness, on the other hand, is all over the DNA of this brew. It does have winey notes: cherryish, black cherry.

What the fuck? After one more beer like this, I hate to say it: Brau Brothers, while they might be fine people, make shitty beer, & I was very hesitant to shell our $15 for a bomber. But for my favorite style, aged in my favorite barrels, I was willing to take a shot. This isn't terrible, but it's bizarre & not at all what's advertised. Sorry homers, this is mediocre by way of the Oort cloud.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- brown to slightly amber with off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- spicy rye with whiskey in the front. Some slight oak and vanilla.
T- rye spice with whiskey and vanilla next. Caramel and toffee too. Lots going on here but it goes very well together.

M- creamy, mouth filling body. Very nice.

O- very good beer. I don't really what to compare it to, but I hope I can get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good dark brown with a slight redness to it. Good lacing and small amount of very white head that looks nice next to the cherry-brown colored beer.

S: Has a bready, malty smell to it along with a toffee smell also.

T: Has a very smooth taste with a rye tasting malt to it and a strong alcohol after-taste. For it being 11%, it is not overpowering with the whiskey taste.

M: Good medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: OVerall, this is a good beer. I'd have another but would be drunk! :)

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from wax-dipped 750ml bottle into goblet

A- pours a slightly hazes garnet,ruby color with a nice khaki/tan head it left a nice amount of lacing

S- was warm fresh bourbon with spice and rye a hint of white/sour wine

T- smooth bourbon with rye and malt, a sour funk mixed with chardonnay MMM, this is good

M- so smooth with bourbon it does not overpower just complements the brew, spices and funk finish wash over the palate

O- did not know what to expect from this but really liked it

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Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one... what a marvelous idea for a brew. Poured from a 750ml to brandy snifter:

Pours a murky oak/ruby with a loose, large-gauge cap of off white, fading out to a thick ring. Perfect lacing. Big bathtub like bubbles are left in the emptied half of the bottle.

The nose is complex - tons of rye, as one might expect, boozy goodness, charred wood, very earthy. Bits of caramel or toffee underneath.

Tastes like no other beer that I can think of. Big smooth whiskey/caramel sweetness up front, then come the waves of rye and toasted bread, then some barrel and booze, and finally a deliciously tart afterburn. Incredible.

The feel is slick and velvety. The burn of the booze is very modest but, with that said, I'd venture to guess that this is in the 11-13% range.

Overall, this is fantastic. Extremely unique, approachable and delicious all at the same time.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale aged in used Tempeleton Rye whiskey barrels.

Amber color with a ring of tan foam around the glass. Some sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Overall, the nose presents whiskey and rye galore. Some spices coming out from the rye.

Spicy rye with whiskey barrel flavors. Spicy with some light sourness from the rye with light sweetness. Spiced rum on the end and into the aftertaste. Really shines as it warms. Nicely flavored barrel aged beer.

Medium feel and quite dry from the barrel aging. The finish leaves an extremely dry palate.

Great job done with this brew. Drinks nicely now and doesn't need much, if any aging as it lacks the heavy hotness that some barrel aged beers present off the bat. Will have more of this one again.

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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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