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)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, "This is a strange beer from a strange brewer. Containing three varieties of rye, the beer is as viscous as Motor oil - just how we like it. We used Rye whiskey barrels from High West Distillery in Park City, Utah and aged the beer for 6 months at temperatures that weren't exactly by the book. It's anything but ordinary, just like Bobby."

Small Tank Project beer picked up at Bier Thirty for about $12. Poured into my slim tulip... deep red... thick.... good tannish head is sticky and leaves nice lacing.

Wow.... The nose is thick... Tons of whiskey... caramel notes.. "spicy", but almost in a cinnamon way... The hops are there, but seem like a floral quality.

Flavor thankfully is not as sweet as the aroma led me to believe... Great grainy, almost nutty notes... plenty of wood and alcohol... bitterness never really manifests itself until the finish and there it lingers oily with the whiskey. Interesting, but needs to be smoothed out a bit... Not sure, but I believe it could use a touch more residual malt sweetness to help blend the very distinct qualities.

Also the beer isn't as "viscous" as advertised... instead has a palate on the slight plus side of medium that is accentuated by a soft small bubble carbonation.

I dig this one.... Not sure that it will age well, but I think a little time in the bottle will round out the flavors better.


Edit: not sure this should be in the American Barleywine category, but it definitely should not be in the "rye or roggenbier" because it is just too damn big and Americanized... Also, I don't think "American Strong Ale" is right either, so I went with ABW.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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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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3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.22.13

A - Pours a carmel brown with a two inch light tan head with good retention and streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Dank hops, rye, malts, whiskey.

T - Sweet biscuity, booze, then light carmel and a touch of fruit.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O -Boozy, light and lots of rye.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -56%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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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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4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy darkish-amber with a thin head into my glass. Since there's no "imperial rye ale" category, this is under an ABW.

Very strong whiff of rye and whiskey (from barrels) upfront. 3 different kinds of rye. A good mix of sweet, spicy and "hot".

A festival of rye here with plenty of rye character. The whiskey part is appropriately subdued as to allow the complexity of the rye to shine through. Raisin/date also comes to mind.

Lingering sweet, spicy rye with a touch of raisin. Very clean and the alcohol stays in check, just as I like it.

I'm tempted to buy another bottle for aging. Something for the rye lovers among us. They even took the time to wax the bottles so all you need to do is stash them in a cool,dry spot.

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