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Rye'm Or Treason Imperial Rye Ale | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Rye'm Or Treason Imperial Rye AleRye'm Or Treason Imperial Rye Ale

Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

From a bottle, pours a dark ruby red, very thin wispy head.

The nose is citrus and piney hops, rye, malt, caramel, sweet brown sugar, bourbon booze, and vanilla. The flavor is citrus grapefruit, barrel notes, molasses and caramel. This is still pretty hot, could mellow out, but you will loose the hop notes that balance it pretty well.

I would just drink it for what it is and enjoy the booze flavor.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Purchased in June '13, but believe was first released in '12.

- Pours a deep amber-ruby, 1/2" thick foam.
- Smell is rich caramel, rye spiciness and a little funk (unexpected).
- Taste is toffee and bitter/malty rye up front with some good barrel and whiskey notes to finish and maybe some stone fruit.. Almost no heat with medium body.
- Overall an impressive beer, definitely best thing I've ever had from 10 barrel. Good complexity and nicely integrated whiskey and oak barrel flavors (probably helps that this is 1.5+ years old. Main complaint is a little too bitter (but expected with all that rye). Would like to compare with Rye-on-rye.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-waxed 22oz bomber shared with brothers, review from notes. Poured into a goblet.

A: Golden, cloudy amber with frothy head and sticky lacing.

S: Fruity, almost resinous pungent nose. Lots of caramel, toffee, and rye. Lots of rye, and faint rye spice. The oak barrel makes a nice underlying blanket, sweet and caramelly and slightly spicy, with hints of vanilla. Moderate booze.

T: More fruitiness and oak on the taste. Caramel and rye are dominant again, with a definite hop kick in the back. The hop bitterness helps to balance the fruitiness and the prominent oaky caramel sweetness. Rye notes mixed throughout.

MF: Viscous creamy medium/full body. There is a faint whiskey burn, but the oaky vanilla seems to smooth it over.

O: Good, rye beers aren't incredibly high on my list but this one intrigued me. This is right up there with Rye-on-Rye in my opinion, but still not great, for me at least.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No date spied on the bottle.

A: Pours a murky reddish brown. Tall and very dense tan head. Head fades out slowly with plentiful interconnecting lacework. Great head retention with a big island of foam.

S: Hmph. Lots of spicy rye whiskey - rye with some light caramel, oak and toffee.

T: Spicy, spicy rye whiskey up front. Quite a bite, from both the booze and the rye. Light toffee and caramel again, with oaky vanilla coating everything. Heavy rye malt, somewhat bready. It's like drinking rye bread dipped in rye whiskey. Lingering oak and rye spiciness everywhere.

M: Heavy and thick. Pours like syrup.

O: Rye-barrel rye bread. It's like a better version of Boulevard Rye-on-Rye. Perhaps the higher quality barrels makes it? Quite spicy, sharp and delicious, but also pretty one-note (duh). One of the thickest rye beers around, interestingly enough.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, fruit, alcohol, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the barrel aged presence is fairly subdued in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of TheEarl
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had Rye’m or Treason, poured into a snifter, from a waxed 22 ounce bottle, on March 22, 2013.

Appearance: This beer poured a deep orange/brown with a sturdy but thin head of off-white foam. The liquid looks slick—almost like mercury or oil in water.

Aroma: The aroma is booze (from the whisky and the beer), yeast, and earthy hops. The yeast character is almost reminiscent of a Belgian quad.

Taste: The taste is dominated by spicy grain from the rye, caramel sweetness, and bitterness on the finish. This beer tastes like an intense hybrid of Bigfoot and Ruthless Rye.

Mouthfeel: The bottle advertises the viscosity of this beer as being extreme, and it is. The alcohol is much more present than most beers in this ABV range. However, overall, the mouthfeel is quite good and very much in line with other great barleywines.

Overall: I loved Rye’m or Treason—apparently more than most people thus far. This is certainly not a balanced beer but, I don’t think balance was the goal. For me, the spice, paired with the sweetness and the yeast, cut by the alcohol, made this one of the more interesting beers I've had in a long time.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark, hazy reddish caramel amber with a half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, whiskey and rye sourness; faint hops. Flavor follows aroma, caramel malt, dark dried fruit, whiskey and nice spicy, slightly sour rye. Flavors are nicely melded so the rye compliments the malt and whiskey. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess, great mouth feel. A very nice combination of barleywine character and rye ale. I wondered why they would wax a rye ale, but now I'm thinking about getting another bottle for the cellar; there are definite aging possibilities here.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Rye'm Or Treason Imperial Rye Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 36 ratings