Boss Ryeway
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #935
4.41 | pDev: 4.31%
Feb 19, 2022
Jul 31, 2018
Boss RyewayBoss Ryeway
Notes: Ryeway to Heaven matured in WhistlePig Boss Hog Armagnac barrels. It’s expertly blended with a small selection of bourbon and rye barrel-aged Ryeway for balance.
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a Revolution stemless glass. It pours a dark mahogany with a generous light khaki head and thick lacing. It boasts a great smell with roasted malt, rye cracker, and a strong aroma of bourbon. Oh my, this is good! It opens with the sweetness of brown sugar, maybe a hint of molasses, armagnac, and bourbon. But the sweetness is balanced by dry rye bread that is NYC deli quality, along with hoppy spiciness. The blend is superb. The taste isn't subtle but it's delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with low to moderate carbonation and I can feel the 14.6% ABV, It's a sipper for sure. Overall, Boss Ryeway is a tour de force. It's expertly crafted and just a pleasure to drink.

Feb 19, 2022
4.13 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
4.13 by emerge077 from Illinois on Sep 27, 2021
4.26 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jun 10, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Boss Ryeway from Revolution Brewery. Received 11/2/20 from @FBarber in a LIF in BIF 12. Reviewed 11/9/20.
12 oz can stamped on bottom “FILLED 12/20/2018”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 67.1 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Ruby brown (SRM 24), opaque. When held to direct light, ruby red and translucent with effervescence evident.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), desert sand, somewhat fizzy but otherwise high density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and a thin partial cap. No head with second pour.
Lacing – None – not expected at this ABV.
Aroma – 4.75 – Begins with brown sugar, chocolate, and roasted malt, with the end of a long, leisurely inhale ending with weak Armagnac. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.75 – Begins moderately sweet with brown sugar and a bit of rye spiciness. Ends with the Armagnac exiting aromatically through my nose. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol (14.6 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma but some ethanol vapors caress the soft palate when I exhale, and mild gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5 Overall, a particularly good drink. While the palate and appearance are good but not outstanding, the aroma and flavor are the real reason to drink this. I could easily suck down a sixer of this while watching sumo and not regret it later. No regrets because no remembrance of things past the second can.

Nov 09, 2020
4.5 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Apr 14, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 12/20/18, had 4/12/19.

Pours a darker amber, a little cloudy, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of white grapes, caramel, figs, brandy, rye whiskey, brown sugar, dates, malt, plums, apples, some vanilla, light tobacco and char, light bourbon. Smells incredible, real incredible. The flavor starts out with a bigger presence of the brandy and rye whiskey, then white grapes, malt, some bourbon, dates, vanilla, plums, figs, caramel, light tobacco and char. Tastes as incredible as it smells. Very smooth, a great medium body, well carbonated.

One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Sublime aromas and flavors, unbelievable barrels. Revolution is the king of barrel aged beer in Chicago. No longer any doubt.

Mar 20, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on November 15, 2019. An exceptionally complex sipper that combines bold American rye with toasted, nutty French oak. Boss Ryeway is a new take on Ryeway to Heaven matured in WhistlePig Boss Hog Armagnac barrels. It’s expertly blended with a small selection of bourbon and rye barrel-aged Ryeway for balance. Dry but incredibly full-bodied, with oak tannins and spice notes, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

Mar 07, 2020
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

021620: 2019 Vintage. Like a soda pop with the fizzies. A multifruit nose with sandalwood and a bit fusel. Booze is not a surprise. Better feel than expected. Splitter for sure. Thanks Stephen!

Feb 24, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

At first it appears muddy to mahogany brown, but after it calms down it becomes clear brick red under the light, with a short tan head that fizzles out quickly.

Milk chocolate wafer and Reisen quickly escalate into an assertive yet unique barrel spice that's both a little peppery and a little like fortified wine. The woodiness increases with time, but so too do hints of orange liqueur, but neither in a bad way. Touches of cinnamon and gingerbread provide welcome accents to this complex experience as it warms.

The tingly, crisp carbonation lifts the densely heavy body that would otherwise be quite viscous, somehow coming to a pretty semi-dry finish, exhaling a substantial heat.

It's quite a sophisticated experience.

Feb 18, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you FranFab for this
12 oz can, dated 12/20/18, poured into snifter

A- A deep ruby red with a two finger light tan head.

S- Rye, toffee, caramel, dark stone fruits, oak, some berries.

T- Toffee, rye, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, charred oak, berries.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Super easy to drink for 14.6% ABV, very smooth and balanced. Just another great barrel aged beer from Revolution.

Jan 25, 2020
4 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Jan 02, 2020
4.53 by Mikexw from New York on Dec 19, 2019
4.46 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Oct 05, 2019
4.25 by scottiethebody from California on Aug 17, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

A bit thin but a great barrel forward beer.

Aug 10, 2019
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jul 25, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2019 vintage. Crowler filled 7/19/19; drank 7/21/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy brown/orange appearance; minimal bubbles appear throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; nice lace.

Leather, cream, caramel, oak & mild booze heat notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Oak, leather, cream & caramel flavors up front; mild booze heat & oak notes on the finish.

Old ale vibes here; it's substantial but enjoyable. Not an everyday beer, but a nice change of pace.

Jul 21, 2019
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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

It’s 90 degrees outside in July, what better time to drink a 14.6% barrel aged rye ale! Definitely not a poolside beer, but I’ll drink these all summer while in the air conditioning.

First off the smell is phenomenal. It smells super sweet and boozy. Having aged a bit now, the heat is less apparent though and the alcohol isn’t over bearing as some old ales can be for me. The carbonation on the tongue is perfect. It’s less thick than a great stout, but there’s plenty there that you won’t be gulping it down. I was afraid the sweetness would be too much but it’s really well balanced. I’m glad I have a few more cans as this will continue to age extremely well. Great offering Rev!

Jul 20, 2019
4.49 by YvesB from Belgium on Jun 11, 2019
4.25 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 08, 2019
4.68 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin on May 31, 2019
4.4 by Furlinator from California on May 24, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ktr5010 from Illinois

Such a unique beer. The armanac barrels make the already unique ryeway to heaven even crazier. Definitely a little sweeter than ryeway. Very smooth and boozy at the same time. Smells unlike anything else.

May 20, 2019
4.03 by ccozzi from Colorado on May 17, 2019
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on May 11, 2019
4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California on May 08, 2019
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 21, 2019
4.28 by JCashman03 from Illinois on Mar 19, 2019
4.5 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Mar 08, 2019
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Mar 04, 2019
4.5 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Feb 27, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

A: Ruby brown with off white head
S: Brown sugar, caramel, dates, red apple, whiskey, prune, berry fruit snacks, armagnac, leather, rye spice
T: Sweet but dry, big armagnac, alcohol heat, caramel, oak, light whiskey, fruit snacks, leather, rye, caramelized peaches
M: medium heavy, really nice carbonation
O: Sometimes the high proof whiskey barrel is very apparent, sometimes it's very smooth. A super complex BA offering from Rev

Feb 22, 2019
4.43 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 19, 2019
4.4 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2019
4.06 by coz from Illinois on Feb 16, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. This one is defined by its snarl, namely from the armagnac barrels and the heaping of boozy rye, both in smell and taste. Smell was darker, with the rye and wood leading the sweeter brandy flavors, nuts and vanilla, very potent. Taste is sweeter than expected with some citrus, brown sugar, vanilla, and date to go with the hot booze, rye, smoke and thick malt. The feel is the issue for me, booze is too hot, the back end burns with the rye and a weird cloying texture, but the rye spice and smoky malt adds plenty of variance to save it. Enjoyed ryeway to heaven more, this is still good but loses all hope of nuance

Feb 13, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Vigorous pour yielded a reddish brown liquid with atwo plus fingers of off white head that rose quickly then settled into a thin ring.
Smells of toffee, raisin, plum. Big barrel notes.
Taste follows with a bit of rye spiciness.
Heavy side of medium body, a bit syrupy but cleans up with a spicy bite from the barrel and rye I presume.
Overall an excellent one!

Feb 12, 2019
4.42 by Sauced4life from Michigan on Feb 10, 2019
4.6 by mrsp1107 from Illinois on Feb 09, 2019
Boss Ryeway from Revolution Brewing
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