Lazy Rye (Sazerac Barrel-Aged) Pale Ale
Country Boy Brewing

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American Strong Ale
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3.82 | pDev: 15.97%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Country Boy's Lazy Rye Pale Ale (RPA) aged in Sazerac Rye Whisky barrels.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Country Boy brewery during Lexington Craft Beer week, poured into an 8oz sample glass.

A - Translucent golden amber, very nice lacing, finger of white/cream head, tiny amount of carbonation rising.

S - Bourbon, rye, spices, carmel, maple, cherry, vanilla

T - Bourbon, vanilla, carmel, rye, oak, maple, spice. finish comes a bit a spicy and just a touch hot (booze)

M - nice and frothy, bit of cream, rye does linger, viscosity is low/med

O - This does carry some similarities to Founders' Doom. Bourbon barrel aging ales is a still a taste that is evolving on me. I really like what Country Boy did with the rye & Bourbon taste. Head retention is really good. Charred oak and sweetness really pull this brew together.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's exciting to see what how a barrel can change a beer. The introduction of Lazy Rye IPA to the Sazerac Rye Whisky barrel takes this beer from a spicy and earthy Rye IPA to an American Strong Ale that shifts the beer from hop bitterness to succulent sweetness.

While carrying a very similar appearance to the Lazy Rye Pale Ale, the beer does offer a subtle lighter sheen that seems to have been bleached by the barrel aging process. A tighter and softer head character restrains the head character and lace just a bit. Lesser of a haze may also be the effect of extended barrel residence.

Aromas are sooo seductive- chocked full of buttery caramel, vanilla, aromatic oak, and a supportive spice, spruce, and citrus note that tells me this is a beer and not a desert liquor. The balance in aroma has shifted to favor malts and sweet alcohols, not the hops that usually present themselves in Pale Ales.

Flavors are even more intense with barrel character than expected from the aroma. Delicious whisky-like caramels blend seamlessly with malts for a rich toffee flavor that boarders on butterscotch. Vanilla, coconut, almonds, cherries, and apples all rise with the impression that they have all been soaked in sweet rum. But the overwhelming flavors of the barrel seem more so of Bourbon than of straight rye whiskey. Both delicate and masculine in the same sip. The backdrop of citrusy and sprucy hops keep the beer from cloying and offers added layers of complexity for exploration and appreciation for the palate.

Richly textured at first, the sheer sweetness from malt and alcohol resonate with a tingle to the teeth. But the light carbonation fuels a very creamy mouthfeel that ushers in the warmth and velvety malt complexities that chase the beer into a semi-dry finish of whiskey heat and spicy tannins with rye. Lingering with the caramel, coconut, almonds, and cherries makes this beer the perfect after dinner digestive.

The beer is served in an 8oz glass which is best because it's very easy to ignore the alcohol flavor and feel and drink the beer based on pure supple sweetness; that is if you are a lush like me. I believe this is the best barrel-aged beer made in Kentucky!

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color, more clarity than the unaged version, with a cream head that leaves a bubbly rim around the glass.

Aroma is a hint of vanilla and bourbon, with a solid caramel malt backbone and a touch of citrus hop. The sweetness of the bourbon malt combination dominates the finish, and the citrus hops provide good respite.

The flavor profile is not initially indicative of the aroma in the least. The malt backbone is consistent, but the citrus hops are much more prevalent than expected. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the oak character, but provides a solid finish. As it warms, the bourbon and vanilla emerge and accompany the flavor fairly well on some level.

Body is fairly light, with moderately low carbonation. Astringency is still slightly present. Alcohol bite is a bit disappointing.

Overall a very interesting beer with some characteristics that counteract each other a bit. Smoother than the original, but preference is a bit of a tossup.

Comparing the two side by side, I like the citrus character of the unaged, but the bitterness is better countered by the bourbon and vanilla. The finish is still bitter, though not nearly as dominant. Very interesting brew!

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Lazy Rye (Sazerac Barrel-Aged) Pale Ale from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 9 ratings