Boss Ryeway
Revolution Brewing

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Rye Beer
Ranked #5
Ranked #1,591
4.44 | pDev: 4.28%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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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Photo of stortore
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ktr5010
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into Deep Woods snifter at fridge temp.

Appearance: Black body with Khaki head that slow dissipates down to thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Huge cognac / brandy barrel notes with dry / mature oak notes. "Malty bomb" aromas of brown sugar and a hint of dark fruits; the rye is huge and spicy. Very unique not smelled anything like this before.

Taste: This leads with the barrel notes and rye. The Armagnac flavor is just like it smells a brandy or cognac type spirit that gives some hints of dark fruit and grape notes as well as almond, molasses, and hint of vanilla. A bunch of spicy rye. Malt profile is mostly brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of a medium bodied; yet almost achieving that full bodied status. This is on the lower end of moderate carbonation. This does not feel over carbonated and is in fact adequately / well carbonated. The abv is noted and has a light booze sting perpetuated from the rye spiciness. The beer hits the palate feeling creamy and coats the mouth.

Overall: Incredible beer from Revolution. Probably my favorite canned offering from the Deep Woods Series this year. Very unique and Complex. Boss Ryeway boasts flavors seen from a well crafted barrel aged Old Ale. If I would try to describe this beer, I would say this is a blend of an Old Ale and an Imperial Rye beer then barrel aged to near perfection in a unique barrel. Revolution is trailblazing with this beer! The barrel program is showing alot of diversity with Boss Ryeway and all the draft variants available at Revolution on the release day.

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Photo of darktronica
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beers aged in armagnac barrels (and also cognac, to a degree) generally walk a thin line between gaining brandy influence and being overwhelmed by it. Armagnac is particularly flavorful, so beers risk being taken over by oak, grape, and crabapple tartness and bright notes that come across as out of place in a darker beer. Thankfully, Boss Ryeway avoids this trap, thanks to the skillful blending with bourbon and rye barrel-aged liquid. I suspect it also benefits from Ryeway to Heaven being such a brown sugar- and vanilla-forward beer in the first place. The result is a graceful balancing act that primarily shows off the base beer on the nose and the blended barrel treatment on the palate. Still shows off a smooth mouthfeel and moderately dry finish that impresses me.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage - draft pour for a special tapping at Milwaukee Burger Company in Hudson.

I was a slightly surprised by the light coloration of Boss Ryeway - when my pour arrived, I almost mistook it for a brandy or cognac. The nose actually fell right in line, being slightly spicy. Tasting notes are curious - at first, I found it just a bit creamy - texture is quite rich and almost syrupy in the glass. I didn't find the rye spice to be particularly forward at first, but as the beer warms up, the rye and alcohol take on quite a bit more heat. Nonetheless, it finishes very nice and clean.

It's a hell of complex beer, and a very good one - certainly not a daily drinker, but it's terrific in cold weather!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019 vintage.
On draft.
The looks is a deep brown. Ruby hints. Clear. No crown.
The smell is brings a nuttiness, oak, slight bourbon. Figs, leather.
The taste and mouthfeel brings notes of spicy rye, dry oak, slightly warming bourbon. Mustiness again like vsod. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not really spicy, but kind of a spice like element.
Overall, this is solid but I’m not digging the mustiness/dustiness I got in this and vsod. Maybe it’s just me and how my palate perceived it.

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Boss Ryeway from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 54 ratings