Ryeway To Heaven
Revolution Brewing

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Rye Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,015
4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: A heavy dose of rye breathes new life into this other-worldly strong ale. Supple spice and barley sweetness strike a balance in the young beer before its enlightenment in Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrels. Ethereal waves of dark fruit and vanilla ascend from the depths as the elixir warms while the rye character lends a stunningly silky mouthfeel. Perhaps it's a doorway to an existential awakening, or maybe it's just a damned fine beer.
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Photo of JayWhitson
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019. Bourbon, fig, toffee on the nose, followed by rye spice, stone fruit, leather, smoke, plum, and old paper books on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderate to full. Finish is smooth and a tad hot this young but overall an excellent brew.

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Photo of BB1313
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/5/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours auburn with mahogany and ruby red hues; fluffy khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of bourbon and caramel along with some dark fruits. Malts are there. The flavors are bold. Lots of caramel along with some coconut and vanilla. The bourbon accentuates everything that's going on. Slightly sticky. There's a sweetness to this one, but it's enjoyable and nothing cloying. The rye is not to be forgotten. Subtle spiciness in the finish. Strong malt backbone. Finishes slightly warm, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy. This one might be big and drink big, but it's so smooth that it's truly dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice barrel-aged beer. The rye really comes through. Everything is ultimately balanced, but it's still bold. The craftsmanship is on point. Revolution has always done a great job with their barrel-aged beers, and this one is no exception. Well done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a darkish golden brown color, with a fluffy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sweet candied caramel, toffee, rye spice, oak, nuttiness, vanilla, and maple.

To nobody's surprise, this is excellent stuff. It's sweeter than I expected - based on VSOR which was very burly and very spicy. There's definitely that rye spice, but the whiskey barrels do give off a sweet maple and wood sort of character. There's some fruitiness, creamy and gooey caramel, vanilla, and some light rye spicing.

This is one of the creamiest strong ales/barleywines(?) that I've had. It's really drinkable, with a manageable booziness. I wish I had more than one can of it.

I'm greatly enjoying my "rediscovery" of Revolution. How many breweries can put out this many barrel-aged bangers?

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Photo of TheGent
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

No lacing. No lasting head, but not really expected for the ABV. No visible carbonation. A really pretty, translucent and a little murky mahogany color.

Sweet dates, figs, raisins, caramelized sugar on the nose. So much depth of flavors. Same dark dried fruits, deep rye spice, dark fruit bread, hazelnut, vanilla, oak. Very full mouthfeel. Warming in the pipes and on the palate, but never hot. It actually finishes like a smooth rye. Sticky sweetness on the lips, but far from cloying.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very effervescent & slightly murkyauburn/chestnut with a pinky of tight tan head. Not a lot of lacing or head retention

S: Dark fruit, Deep whiskey scents, a little peaty, nose just becomes richer & richer as this warms

T: Plums, rye spiceyness with a touch of Pumpernickel & boozey choke cherry on the edges& whispers of leafy hops & vanilla . Maple candy, vanilla, peppery Rye as this warms along with barrel dryness. Finishes with barrel dryness, whiskey notes & just a little vanilla

MF: Medium body, really firm carbonation, warming

You know this is a bruiser, the boozeyness is in balance; another awesome heavy-hitter from these cats

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Photo of Cyoung1313
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into snifter.

Pours a deep caramel brown with a nice, tan head.

Barrel presence on the nose.

Notes of caramel, raisin, dark fruits and rye barrel warmth to the taste.

Smooth mouthfeel.

A well balanced sipper. ABV is hidden in this delicious brew.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It smells more alcoholic than it tastes. It’s a wonderful caramelly, vanilla old ale. There’s a bit more spice from the rye barrel than I get from the Firestone Anniversary ales (which might be my favorite old ales usually) but it’s a damn fine beer. Not my favorite Rev barrel aged beer is the season but worth buying always.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Teku.
Looks reddish brown with a white/off white head.
Smell is rye bourbon Carmel dates and some caramelized sugar.
Taste has all of that too. Boozy yet drinkable. Tastes like a date wrapped in Caramelized brown sugar rye reduction. Absolutely delicious. The 15.8 percent is hidden well.
Seek this out.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer oozes out of the can with a clear, caramel toned color. A pinky worth of light caramel colored crown rests on top.

The nose carries in beautiful barrel tones; dry oak, warming sensation, dark fruit. Then comes in a balanced sweetness of toffee and caramel.

The taste brings in more of that caramel, this time over a bready rye base. Toffee, dark fruit like figs, dry oak, very slight tobacco. A lot going on, and it all works together.

As with all the Deep woods beers from revolution, it’s way too easy to drink for the ABV. I’m not saying this isn’t a little warm, or that you don’t know it’s made of something, but it’s balanced with care to make a damn smooth sipper.

Overall, what a nicely blended brew this is.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown, with red gradients when held up to light, and a tall tan foam head that slowly settles to a persistent blanket.

Smell is bourbon maple syrup, splintery rye spiced oak, brandied raisin and toffee.

The crisply mild fizz of the smoothly viscous yet moderate body delivers warming bourbon under pleasant, various tones of caramel, as the rye emulates a sort of cinnamon toast background before a cleanly semi-dry finish. The aftertaste brings Riesen, date, and further, darker complexities deeper than I can describe, but it's in such perfect unison, excellently blended with a deft hand where nothing seems overbearing...which, at over 15%, is shocking.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, filled 12-05-2019. 15.8% ABV! Syrupy brown pour reveals an overflowing tan head. Boozy bourbon and rye aroma with caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Incredibly complex flavors while being very boozy - a definite sipper! Notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, spicy rye, oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Full, syrupy body, modest carbonation, sweet and boozy as expected. I mighty fine treat here! I wanted to get this last year but never saw it - I made sure i got some this year.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

8/11/19 (Chicago): $7.58 12oz can canned 12/1/17 purchased 12/9/17 at Revolution Brewery, poured into snifter. Dark brown pour, light creamy off-white head lingers for a minute before leaving a creamy lacing. Amazing aroma, nice oak complementing raisins and plums makes up the fruit aroma, silky smooth whiskey and rye emerges next, this is an incredibly excellent, strong pleasant smelling beer. Tastes somewhat more subdued than the aromas, though strong. Light raisin fruit, subdued, very smooth whiskey follows. Rye forms a great base, this beer works very well. Texture amazing, very creamy and smooth. ABV noticeable as this warms. Fizzy carbonation remains after a dozen minutes, body full and rich, very smooth drinking. Overall incredible offering, I am glad I aged this one and looking forward to the remaining offerings on hand!

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Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this
12 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A dark brown with a small off white head

S- Charred oak, toffee, some caramel malts, touch of dark fruits, vanilla, hints of smoked meat, rye, some bourbon

T- Dark fruits, cherries, caramels, some toffee, bourbon, rye, charred oak, some vanilla.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A great rye barrel aged beer, big flavors, nice balance.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/27/18; drank 12/8/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through purple/red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE khaki head; strong tree-rung lace.

Oak, cream, mild spicy rye & mild bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Caramel, oak, bourbon & faintly spicy rye flavors.

This was a pleasant surprise; basically an above average barrel aged barleywine, regardless of how it's classified here. The rye added a hint of spice but wasn't overwhelming. I'd have another...

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap. The look was alight brown with a very small head that disappears quickly. The smell was a lot of butterscotch, caramel, and whiskey. The taste was a little bit sweet up front with the rye spice coming through at the finish. This has a heavy body and feels thick. A nice sipper on a cold winter day.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2017 can.
Pours a dark amber brown with a very light brown head. It smells boozy and rich with some caramel too. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a boozy end. Tastes include caramel and toffee that is some malty goodness. The rye beer and barrel shine. A very complex beer. One of my personal favorites that I doesn't think gets enough due.

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Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. Poured a dark amber color with heavy aromas of butterscotch and rye. Its very sweet without a note of bitterness. Like liquid desert with butterscotch, vanilla and whiskey. I can only describe it like drinking creme brûlée or as one friend described as butterscotch hard candy. Mouthfeel medium bodied with very little alcohol warmth. I find this beer very sweet and smooth for a rye beer. I recommend!

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Photo of REVZEB
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. So smooth and silky on the feel. The rye, whiskey barrel aging and the barleywine like spices go perfectly together like a dream. The smell is so wonderful, like an air freshener for a mancave. Such richness and depth to all aspects, great rye beer with contrasting rich cream, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and molasses with rye, charred wood, and whiskey

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage (13.0% ABV) tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on January 19, 2018. Cellar aged 2016 vintage (14.5% ABV) tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle on April 23, 2020. Look is dark ruby with a tan head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is a complex blend of barrel notes and rye. Feel is full in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The new 2017 cans are great. Essentially, it smells like werther's originals soaked in whiskey. Smell is full of butterscotch and even a trace bit of distinct rye, toffee and caramel, all soaked in whiskey. This is pretty much a rye barleywine through and through, and the barrel aging has imparted such a strong barrel presence. Yet it is not too hot, it is smooth, sugary sweet and approachable with a nice sweet inside of butterscotch and whiskey. Moderate and smooth mouthfeel, nice warm butterscotch on the finish.

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Photo of maximum12
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to…whoever the fuck sent me this 22 oz. bottle. I mean, it’s 10:30, I’ve had a few beers, & my meticulous beer log is 35 feet away on another computer. It’s too much, man! Split with my wife.

Pour is arterial red with enough head for Cinnamon’s Buns. Nose isn’t too impressive, rye, vanilla, but only a low, soft burst of either. Tame.

Ryeway to Heaven is like a marketing campaign aimed right between my eyes. And make no mistake - this is every bit the 13%+ ABV noted on the label. Big, boozy stink up front is tangled up with sharp, spicy rye & a half-shot of smooth whiskey. Underlying sugar-laced toffee, vanilla, more booze, raw cane sugar, grain, realized dreams & perfect cleavage. Harsh & bitter, in a good way, & easy to drink. I can smell the hangover already.

This is like a rye Hugo Award. Heinlien would approve. I have one more bottle that I will cuddle relentlessly before it meets my innards. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I put mine in my cellar for 1 year.
A - Pours a murky brown with a small white head.
S - Smells hot and boozy.
T - Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, woody, still boozy.
M - Carbonation is low, flavors stick to your mouth.
O - Very enjoyable sipper. The aroma was still so hot, I can't imagine how strong this beer was when fresh. Thank you Revolution.

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Photo of darktronica
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delightful. Quite sweet, Ryeway brings a ton of oats, brown sugar, and vanilla on the nose, with hints of rye spice only coming through in the finish. Impressively smooth and easy-drinking for 13.7%, there is very little booziness or heat. I had it on draft when released and am judging the bottle nine months later, and this is probably my favorite Revolution brew.

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Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a copper color, mostly clear, with a small head and a ring of lacing. Smell brings lots of rye, malt, caramel, raisins, faint whiskey, a little anise when warm. The taste leads with the malt and rye, then caramel, raisins, some fig and brown sugar, a little oak. It's pretty sweet. More whiskey than the nose, but still fairly subtle. Smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

Another solid BA from Revolution, lots of great rye flavor. Easy to drink, for the high ABV. Sweeter than expected for the style, maybe a little too much. Would have liked a little more presence from the Heaven Hill barrels, too. Well worth a purchase, and I'm sure I'll grab one the next release.

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Photo of Houser
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow, revolution really knows their way around a barrel. wasnt sure what to expect from this, but i was left really impressed. the color didnt entice me, but the smell and flavor sure did. lots of vanilla and oakiness with the slighest bit of spice. pour came out almost nitro looking like, and it held around for a while. well done, rev.

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Ryeway To Heaven from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 187 ratings