Boss Ryeway | Revolution Brewing

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4.44/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
pDev:
4.05%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of coz
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Sauced4life
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrsp1107
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of novamat
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoosier222002
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krl2112
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 krome
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppie82
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Gambyt20
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 chrismattlin
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FBarber
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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: 4.44 out of 5 with 24 ratings