Boss Ryeway
Revolution Brewing

Boss RyewayBoss Ryeway
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #592
4.43 | pDev: 4.51%
Nov 21, 2023
Jul 31, 2018
This velveteen Ryewine was aged for 15 months in WhistlePig The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific barrels. These beautifully crafted French oak casks were originally used to age single-island Philippine rum before finishing one of the most sought-after rye whiskeys in the world. Notes of dark sugar, spice, and oak intertwine with subtle expressions of tropical fruits and rich spirit. 14.9%

2019: 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. 14.6%
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
12oz. Can into a Side Project snifter.

Pours the color of coca cola. Spotty lace, no head. Thick, oily, sticky legs. Nose is brown sugar, caramel, molasses, barrel, and oak. Warm, rich. Beer opens brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. A touch of burnt caramel in the middle. Loads of barrel, rich nuttiness. Hints of tobacco and wood at the finish. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Slick and chewy on the palate and goes down warm and rich. Long, lingering, sticky aftertaste.

A beautiful example of barrel aging at its finest.
Nov 21, 2023
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sampled on tap at The Gnome Craft pub. Side by side with the DBVSOJ the wine is very evident but the beer overall is excellent.
Nov 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Attractive but unassuming in the glass. Nose is similarly restrained, with musty notes of toffee, rye, whiskey, prune, and honey.

On the palate, however, this absolutely takes off and soars. Definitely on the sweet side, but it's from the whiskey and the malt base, making for a slow, winter warmer-style sipper. The amount of whiskey translated to the palate is absolutely phenomenal - and delectable. Tasting notes include red grape, prune, brown sugar, leather, toffee, cherry, clove.

Absolutely huge beer on the palate, but it's just gentle enough to let you sip and savor. Still, there's plenty of lingering heat and effervescence that lets you know just how potent this one is, even if it hides the punch in a velvet glove.

Absolutely wonderful beer.
Nov 04, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Solid excellence, that’s how I would describe this beer. High quality craftsmanship and fantastic whiskey barrel with oak, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Good feel and carbonation. It isn’t anyone’s favorite beer; but the lowest rating on this site is 3.9ish, so no one dislikes it either, and that’s a hard thing to pull off.
Nov 01, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a slightly cloudy rich brown color with a sudsy tan head that is not interested in lingering. This beer looks hefty in the glass.

Popping the top immediately evokes a coconut note that is courtesy of the oak, and there’s loads of caramel and toffee with some cherry notes as well, and more than a little booze.

The taste is caramel and toffee up front, but quickly slides into the oak, cherries, and bourbon, especially as the beer warms. So smooth and so drinkable at 14.9% ABV, but you are aware at all times that this beer can bite you.

The mouthfeel is rich and edges toward creamy, a perfect sipper. I wish I had more of this, because it is world class, IMHO.
Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jul 31, 2023
Rated: 4.61 by o29 from Texas

Jun 11, 2023
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This one comes to the party with attitude. Usually the jock that rolls into the party with a case over his shoulder is your typical meathead; too stoked on his mustang and muscle milk. But this one (Boss Ryeway) is different. This jock might listen to joy division and watch Michael Powell/Emmich Pressburger films. And that’s ok with Raul (as is you guessed it, Boss Ryeway).
May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Second night in a row I’m drinking a beer gifted to me by JJ_17, this one a 12 oz. can containing my favorite ingredient: rye. And beer. Thanks dude.

The pour looks like liquified cranberries dipped in blood – a dark, dark red. Barely any bubbles to speak of. The nose brings caramel, booze, rye, & handfuls of brown sugar.

Boss Ryeway can be the boss of me any day. The rye barrel serenades me like a young George Michael, bringing booze, spiciness, rye bourbon, & a happy grin. The base beer manages to peek out, but barely, with toffee, more rye, brown sugar, with a stab of oak right on the finish. Spritzy, deep, & drinkable as water in ninety-degree heat.

I’m a big fan of Ryeway to Heaven & this beast somehow manages to kick it up a notch; if/when they release it again, I may day-trip to Chicago. A stunner.
May 24, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Chris7482 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Raisin brown pour. Dark fruit and caramel nose. Sweet, dried fruit flavors. Hides the alcohol wonderfully. Exceptionally thin mouthfeel, it real lacks in this area. Good beer but flaws don't allow it to be great.
May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I was lucky enough to be able to reacquaint myself with regular Ryeway a few days ago to establish a baseline.

The Boss spent time in third use barrels, rum, then rye whiskey, then Boss Ryeway. There is certainly some overlap between the two, plenty of sticky sweet caramel and toffee in each. The Boss though has a bit less brown liquor and some unique notes of orange marmalade and sweet cherries. The rye bite at the finish is more noticeable here as is the oak-y char.

No wrong answer here as far as I'm concerned, both are outstanding. The Boss is a unique beast that I absolutely love.
Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 4.73 by Chilmer from Iowa

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured at fridge temp. Pours dark, slightly reddish, brown. The nose is great. Toffee, oak spice, maple, and vanilla.

The taste is really nice. Warming. Nutmeg, vanilla, clove, toffee, maple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rye spice. It's a bit syrupy and artificial tasting. A bit of cold medicine. This is really good, but it's nothing spectacular to me.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Aftertaste is somewhat medicinal.
Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Apr 09, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by EMH73 from New York

Apr 02, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by fthegiants from California

Mar 16, 2023
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 93 ratings