6th Anniversary Rye Wine | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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6th Anniversary Rye Wine6th Anniversary Rye Wine

Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kp29 on 07-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of ucis
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyecko
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of d_kizzle
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silver wax capped 22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). No bottling date but this was released in fall 2014. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours an opaque, tawny ruby with two fingers beige head. The foam gradually subsides, leaving a solid halo, a few wisps across the surface and some tiny specks of lace.

Smells of rye whiskey, wet wood, burnt caramel, bourbon, vanilla, char, leather and a little dirt. It is welcoming overall and gets even better as it nears room temperature.

There is a whole lot of flavor going on here. Whiskey, bourbon, spicy rye, cereal grains, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, dim dark fruit, a vague floral bitterness, toast, leather, earth and a decent nip of alcohol. The flavors work well together and blend even better as it warms.

Pillowy, full, semi creamy feel with soft carbonation. Whiskey and bourbon continue their predominance in the finish.

Happy 6th anniversary Joseph James. This is a different sort of strong ale that brings additional complexity by blending barrel treatments. A fitting celebration brew that is worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Vylo
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a teku, looks to be bottles about a year ago

A- pours a deep ruby in color with a small fizzy off-white head that retains shorty, then reduces to a thin ring around the glass, a few specks of lacing left behind

S- lots of fruity notes on the nose up front with aromas of raisin, fruitcake, dried prune & fig. Sweet caramel malt aroma follows with notes of spicy rye, toasted wood, bourbon & a trace of nutty coconut. A bit of alcohol on the close

T- spicy and fruity up front with traces of fruity hop that has mellowed out with age, complemented by some peppery rye. The mid-palate brings a distinct melted caramel/toffee sweetness, followed by notes of bourbon and wood that stays around through the linger

M- medium think body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming finish

O- full flavored sipper that seems to be a good time for drinking at this point. Still has some hop bitterness, but some nice caramel notes poking through

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Photo of lupercmda
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of torr99
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, red and brown color with less than a one finger head. Smells of bourbon, raisins, and dark fruit. I found it to be a little hot with alcohol when I first opened it, but as it warmed, the heat died down and the spiciness of the rye revealed itself. It wasn't much but enough to tell the it was true to the label, "Rye-wine". I found it to have a good balance with the maltiness and the bourbon. A little time would tame the heat a little more and allow the flavors mesh a little better. But that is my fault for not having the patience to cellar this guy. Overall, Joseph James 6th Anniversary Rye Wine is a great beer!

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, candied citrus zest, vanilla, bourbon, rye, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rye, wood, and slight candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of bourbon and rye barrel aged characteristics that get better as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with fluffy two finger white head that lasted a couple of minutes and left nice sticky lacing.

S: Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and peppery rye spice. Subtle hints of vanilla and citrus.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely, nice blend between sweet caramel and spicy rye. Biscuit malts, vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated for a BA beer. Finish is quite sweet.

O: My first rye wine, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Look forward to other nice brews from Joseph James.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fine half finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, fresh and dried dark stone fruit, a hint of citrus and lighter fruit and bourbon. Classic barrel aged barleywine aroma, quite nice. Flavor follows, with rich dark fruit, caramel malt, rye bread, toffee, bourbon with hints of biscuit, vanilla, rye and light piney hops. Nice creamy medium body with good carbonation. A well balanced and flavorful barreled barleywine. The rye component is subdued but adds a bit of subtle tartness. Rich malt and dark fruit flavors and the bourbon is forward but does not dominate. The combination of flavor and creamy body is a very pleasant barleywine experience. Well done.

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Photo of Btip1969
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jjski
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from memory since i am ordering another bottle mail order.

A rye wine that taste great as @ 10% ABV BBA barleywine. All the right notes, caramel, bourbon, slight sherry presence. It's very good. Smooooooth, no heat.

Rye = spicy in my mind, and this has a pleasant aged spiciness in the background


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Photo of beermeplz
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Please, please let this thing warm up. It will turn into a wonderful, sweet and bready, bourbon barrel-aged barleywine....just the sort that I seek out. The aroma is fantastic and the flavor is not far behind. I'm not sure how much the rye adds, but this is a damn fine BBA (English, I'd say) barleywine by my standards.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing local Henderson brewery Joseph James' barrel aged rye wine as their 6th anniversary beer. I had the non-barrel aged version on tap months ago and found the hops a little overpowering. Let's see how this tastes out of the bottle with some aging.

Look: murky, brownish red, very opaque. Unique, outstanding appearance.

Smell: not too powerful a smell, the bourbon is pronounced and the rye whiskey from the barrels. Bit of spicy rye and floral hops underneath.

Taste: this is fantastic. Up front sweet bourbon and whiskey followed by black bread, spicy rye, vanilla, smoke and a dry, hoppy finish. The hops play a tertiary role and don't dominate at all being there in the crisp finish but otherwise fairly muted. Lot of complexity and layers of flavors here. Hops actually come out a little more as this warms up.

Feel: low carbonation, smooth, thick, chewy mouth feel. Goes nicely with this style of beer.

Overall: I have never seen a rye wine except this one from JJ. I am a huge fan of rye and for a rye style beer this is probably the best I've had. Rye on Rye is great, but this beer is cheaper and more drinkable having none of the alcohol heat that is present in Boulevard's beer. For comparisons the closest I can think of is Rye on Rye which is also whiskey aged. The difference I would highlight is this beer has more hop bite and less alcohol heat. Let this one age a bit so the hops are less dominant. I hope Joseph James produces this regularly and not just as a one off.

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Photo of kp29
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

6th Anniversary Rye Wine from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 23 ratings