Ryeway To Heaven
Revolution Brewing

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Rye Beer
Ranked #1
Ranked #891
4.35 | pDev: 6.9%
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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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, filled 11-20-2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like spicy rye, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and oak. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some raisin and toffee flavors. It's sweet tasting but also has a good spicy kick from the rye. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating, smooth and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easier than it should considering it's 15.8% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good ryewine, glad I bought a 4-pack of it! Definitely recommend this one, pick it up if you see any!

Apr 30, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of caramel and alcohol. Tastes of vanilla, sweet caramel and alcohol. Good warmth from the alcohol but smooth.

Apr 24, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a beautiful mixture of brown and red and orange colors. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing.

The smell is heavenly. I get caramel and vanilla. I get hints of spicy rye. It has a great dessert smell to it.

The taste follows the smell. I get caramel and vanilla. The spiciness of the rye helps cut the sweetness some. I get hints of chocolate. There is even a little coffee. This is a damn tasty beer.

Full bodied with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel

This is a fantastic barrel aged beer. It is a little on the sweet side, but I am fine with it. The warming effect is welcome on a cold, snowy spring night.

Apr 21, 2021
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kevanb from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, dated 11.19.2020, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a deep burgundy brown color, crimson hues, dark ambers, fairly opaque with a tall and fluffy tan head that offers good retention and nice spots of lacing. The aroma is excellent, super rich and hearty brown bread, amber grains, caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye, oak and rye spirit while stone fruits linger nicely. The flavors are great, rich with excellent depth, great rye spirit character, nice smooth and soft oakiness with a hint of vanilla, stone fruits are prominent and add a lovely layer while the star is the grain bill, hearty, rich and nice dynamic flavors thanks to the rye. The mouthfeel is great, coating and super smooth medium to heavy body that finishes effortlessly with a light warming sensation.

Verdict: A delightful Rye Beer from Revolution. This drinks almost exactly like any traditional barleywine would but that layer of rye in the malt bill and utilizing the rye barrel just adds the right amount of dimension to the beer that expands upon the barleywine framework. Balanced, rich, warming and welcoming, an excellent beer.

Apr 19, 2021
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ovaltine for this one. 12oz can (dated 11/20/20) poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a dense dark brown color with about 1/3 inch of tan head that low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was malt-forward, with the Rye not quite being as bold as I was expecting.

On the tongue though, the Rye was bold and sharp, with the base malts providing some caramel-y sweetness.

The body was thicc, full, and smooth, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, I could see drinking several of these.

Overall, a very nice take on the style. Certainly worth your time if you get the chance.

Apr 12, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with a foamy tan head that flees the edges premises like it’s stealing something. The nose is big and boozy with loads of toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and more booze for good measure. Wow.

The taste has the booze up front, but the toffee and caramel flavors follow quickly and are accompanied by a surprising stone fruit flavor I did not expect, with the oak and vanilla smoothing things out at the end of the taste. This is a HUUUUGE beer (15.8% ABV) that doesn’t drink like that, which is a credit to the brewery.

This is probably the best beer I’ve had this year. Revolution’s barrel program is the real deal.

Mar 27, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. Deep amber. Smells of bourbon and brown sugar. Faint hints of rye behind it. Tastes of more rye than it smells. Rye grain, sweet caramel and brown sugar, and some bourbon. Rye spiciness pushes its way through the sugar and booze. Very heavy and boozy. Nice rye component. Works as a counterpoint to the bourbon and brown sugar.

Mar 20, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ryeway is really well-crafted.
Three things are exceptional.

First, rye has become increasingly popular; but it takes skill to balance blending rye's malt and spice so it is better than barley. Lots is known about barley; not so much about blending it with rye to keep a sweet affect.

Second, barrels are increasingly popular. But no matter how many micros enter the market, we know the Top Ten crafters who have been at it longest and best; and Revolution is among them.

Third, a creamy mouth and hidden alcohol go hand-in-hand... until about 12 ABV and then they start to detract from one another; usually with the alcohol increasingly hammering the nail and making the experience unpleasant. Revolution has taken Ryeway to almost 16 ABV and the alcohol is still hiding. That is skill.

I am a fan of Revolution. When I drink a rye-barleywine this good, I think I should be a Big Fan... particularly since Revolution is in my neighborhood. But as an adage in life reminds me: too many crafters, too little time. I wish to find Ryeway in a bottle so I can age Myeway To Heaven. Cheers!

Mar 11, 2021
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wally_world from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019. What a consistently delicious sipper.

Poured cold into a snifter to rest and warm a bit. Poured super thick with a gradual, but short lasting head.

Aroma of caramel with a bit of barley/rye.

Taste is caramel centric, with a hint of rye spice in the finish.

There's a reason I buy it every year, and a reason Revolution's barrel program is as good as it is. This is one of them.

Feb 20, 2021
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scream from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was most pleasantly surprised with this. It has all of the features one would look for. I wish it were available locally. Definitely put this on my cellar list of beers to have available . Enjoy !

Feb 05, 2021
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich cloying candied sweetness to this...caramel...nougat....molasses....brown sugar....touch of maple...brandy....not much on the rye end...I guess some light spiciness but this is pretty front loaded with the sweetness. Some earthy notes as well...figs.

Overall this is an extreme for what you can do with beer in regards to flavor....jam packed with flavor....rich....bordering on cloying but one of these is a real treat..

Jan 31, 2021
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brewskis from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a finger plus of a dark khaki head that sticks around for a little bit and then dissipates into a thin ring of lacing.

Aroma is super rich caramel, Werther’s Original candies, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, creme brûlée, raisins, figs, rye spice, brown bread, oak tannin, whiskey, vanilla, slight coconut.

Taste follows the nose well. Sugar Daddy candy, rich caramel, creme brûlée, toffee, Werther’s Originals, big rye spice both from the base and barrel, caramelized brown sugar, bright sweet raisin, fig, plum, brown bread, oak tannin, rye whiskey flavor and some heat, vanilla, slight coconut, some leather. Amazing balance between decadent sweetness and rye spice/oak tannins.

Full body. Rich and decadent, but with a drying oak tannin and rye spice. Slick, oily, sticky, slightly creamy, and chewy.

Just another example of how talented Revolution is when it comes to their barrel program. Just outstanding balance between the sweet characteristics of the beer (and there’s plenty) and the rye spice/oak tannin/barrel characteristics. Wow!

Jan 30, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned 11/20/2020 (2 months ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 15.8% (or could be 15.0%, really hard to read) ABV. The beer pours darker brown with minimal chestnut highlights and sticky, light caramel colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles and leaves an ever retreating ring of lacing half an inch above the liquid. The aroma is mild with barrel notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon joined by caramel and faint rye spice. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel with oaky barrel notes next in prevalence. Minor flavors of rye malt, caramel candy, vanilla and rye whiskey are also present. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Slightly sticky, but not cloying. Overall, excellent.

Jan 30, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured an actual brown color with an off-white head.

Smell - The was exceptionally boozy with seemingly fresh mash.

Taste - This beer was big. Rye was accompanied by coconut, vanilla, and raisins. There was a great rye punch with a little spice. The finish was warming but did not burn.

Mouthfeel - The feel was quite smooth, with little carbonation.

Overall - Everything about this works well

Jan 16, 2021
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Gaddabble from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly smooth for a 15+ %er. Sweet but superbly balanced with the dry cut of the rye. Caramel and brown sugar. Would actually prefer some more intensity, but it is a surprisingly delicate beer.

Dec 30, 2020
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A deep mahogany topped with a thick head. One of the few beers I've had that left distinct legs on the snifter.
Smell - All rye bourbon and barrel on the nose.
Taste - Big hits of spicy rye up front with a malty sweetness beneath. Notes of prune and raisin and oak. Brown sugar flavors provide sweetness, but the finish is not cloying. It is a drier finish than I was expecting.
Feel - Full bodied and slick with medium carbonation lasting for the entire glass.
Overall - A true triumph. This beer is deeply complex, but also drinkable enough to be inviting and accessible. Fantastic.

Dec 14, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with loads of foamy tan colored head, lacing that I didn't expect and very good head retention. Smell is all booze and barrels, in the best possible way. The high ABV clearly comes through, but with some brown sugar / molasses goodness mixed in. Taste largely follows the nose. Sweetness, rye, malt etc. Very good beer.

Oct 16, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head production and excellent retention for the style, ABV, and barrel treatment. Body is dark brown.

Nose is swimming with the whiskey influence. Sweet mash, brown sugar, sweet red grapes, oak, booze. The barrel influence dominates over the malt base - but in a good way.

Very sweet on the palate, with the heavy, barleywine-like malt base and the whiskey aging dancing back and forth. Dark fruit, bread, whiskey mash, toffee, brown sugar, oak, prune. An absolute malt bomb, but a delicious one.

Oct 11, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This excellent brew pours
a muddled dark brown with thin tea highlights and a decent
head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring and faint
dusty pool with no lacing.....but with motion it has some
rather nice legs! Nose of luscious bourbon, spicy rye,
vanilla, oak, dark date and fig bread, and brown sugars.
Flavors follow in step with bourbon to the fore, spicy
rye, date and fig preserves, vanilla, woodsy oak, and
rich warming booze that is medium high on the
astringency meter. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
smooth as silk, mellow, light carbonation, and a
rich warming finish.

A true WOW brew for the ages.....wish it was in a
bottle for better aging, but still worth giving it a
shot in the can.



Sep 05, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruddy brown, effervescent, with two fingers of airy tan head. The head bubbles away fairly quickly leaving a wisp and a crown, but no lacing.

Lightly spicy aroma with vanilla and toffee. Maybe a hint of cherry and a little breadiness beneath.

Creamy, pitted-fruit flavors in the taste with rye spice, vanilla, cherry, plum, molasses, coffee grounds, wood, stale hops and light alcohol burn. Fairly strong sweetness balanced nicely with some light, earthy bitterness, wood and booze.

Lively mouthfeel with zippy carbonation and a creamy body.

This is a fantastic tasting beer. Loaded with vanilla, rye and fruit. By far my favorite of this Revolution barrel-aged series. 12/5/19 canning date.

Jun 03, 2020
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JayWhitson from Montana

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Apr 03, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Mar 18, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

Mar 16, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Mar 02, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Feb 01, 2020
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 230 ratings