Rye Wyne Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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38
Gots:
57
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brau Brothers 2011 Rye Wyne Ale. Ale Aged in Used Rye Whiskey Barrels. Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Lucan, Minnesota. ABV:???

Dark crimson coloring, a rich ruby, with a narrow layer of foam.

Aroma: Wine hits first. (I know this is not wine-barrel-aged, but that's what I'm getting.) A touch of sour, a twist of tannins, deep and fruity. Then the bourbon slips out from under the covers. Raisins coming through, now, and other dark fruits. Incredible. Gorgeous.

Taste: In the mouth, it's both mighty and mellow. A beautiful blend of barley-wine and bourbon. Some cocoa, plenty of dark fruit, lots of luscious malt.

I'm going to stop thinking about my drinking and read this label. "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 tinny 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."

Love it. Boast-less and gobbledygook free. This is utterly fantastic,ale, so flavorful, so rich and robust, clearly the finest beer to come out of Lucan, Minnesota, and I hope I don't stop saying that. Brau Brothers keeps getting better and better and doing more and more. Mmmm. Just plain ol' mmm, mmm, and yum.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL waxed and capped bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a really deep and dark brown murky color with white froth.

(S)- Lots of dry raisin and prune meets a subtle oaky bourbon spice note.

(T)- Lots and lots of dry leathery oak with raisin and prune. Ever so slightly fig-like fruity sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level with lovely barrel characters with lots of dry yet dark fruits. It is quite sweet, but the barrel notes counterbalances that well.

(O)- Great barrel characters meet some dry yet chewy dark fruits. Definitely a nice twist for a rye ale with the obvious use of Templeton Rye barrels.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We cut the wax on a bottle of the 2011 vintage, pouring a heavy brew of ruddy chestnut coloring. It puts up almost no head, but a hearty swirl brings up a half finger tall head of tiny, yellowish bubbles, then showing decent retention into a starry film across the top of the liquid. Cords of lacing are left all around the glass. A thick haze cuts through the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be on the active side. The aroma initially smells just like straight Jack Daniel’s, but with warmth, the grain really fills in, with biting rye grit, hugely fusel booze, lactic sourness, light bubblegum esters, and mild woody dryness. With warmth comes robust tininess, soft floral hoppiness, biting plastics, chemically medicinals, and airy vanilla sweetness. Our first impression is that beer is much sweeter than the nose might suggest, with excellently integrated whisky flavoring into the strong, malty, rye base. As we sip, the taste begins with authentic clove spiciness, smooth whiskey, juicy ale yeastiness, biting and drying rye graininess, soft and sweeter wheat, and soft buttery diacetyls. Pushing to the peak is gritty sandiness, continued clove, gravel, dried grassiness, deep syrupy black cherry and raisin somewhere on the far back, with more washing authentic whiskey booziness. Melted brown sugar and spicy woodiness blend to pull us to the finish, where the rye really picks up in bitterness, with light caramel malts, juicy and metallic yeastiness, bright toffee sweetness, molasses, and vegemite. The aftertaste breathes heavily of whisky and woody barreling, syrupy plum, further spice of clove independent from any suggestions of phenols, very dark rye graininess, mineral, basement muskiness, and residual dextrin malty sugar. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. There is thick and sticky smack, sip, slurp, and pop, with the lips left heavy with sugars. Froth and creaminess remain decent throughout. The mouth is equally as coated, with eventual grainy, sandy, gritty dryness all the way to the tonsils. The abv is hearty but appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Everything about this beer is just so authentic. From the spicy inclusions, to the genuine grain, to the whiskey, each component gives its unadulterated self to the final blend. While each component is uniquely bold and considerably independent, they each come together in the end, affording wonderfully simple smoothness. The first sip conjures thoughts of what a Bourbon County rye beer would be like (unfortunately we couldn’t land a bottle of the Bramble Rye, so the comparison is all but lost) due to the depth of malts, big booziness, smooth diacetyls, and sweet drinkability. This is a great beer, and the age on it has surely cut much of its initial hotness, helping to keep things sipping all day long.

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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
4.15 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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