Young Master Ales

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Young Master Ales
Rye Beer
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3.86 | pDev: 0%
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015
RyeØ is an intense rye wine brewed with a blend of malted rye and barley and aged in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels for a year. Complex flavors of rye, malt, oak and hops have married and matured before bottling. RyeØ is a "live" beer, hand bottled and conditioned with fresh bourbon whiskey yeast, allowing it to change its character with time. Enjoy it now or cellar for up to 10 years.
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2014 vintage, bottles March 2015. #693/798

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges. Nearly opaque and somewhat still with carbonation slowly bubbling up during the pour. One finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex yet inviting aroma with prominent barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the leathery malt, spicy rye and vinous sweetness of the base beer. Strong oak character but not to harsh. Dry char with toasted count and spicy rye whiskey character. Spirit/booziness is tame but the rye and spicy whiskey stand out a bit more as it warms. Under the barrel, there's some more rye spice and a nice balance of earthy, leathery malts and dark fruit sweetness. Leather, tobacco, peppery rye countered by caramel and toffee sweetness, plum, fig and raisin.

Lighter end of medium body and a bit thinner than expected. Pretty mellow considering the high ABV and length of time in the barrel. Smooth and deceptively drinkable with delicate spirit, charred oak and rye spice countered by a complex malt bill and dark fruit esters. Similar to the aroma, the oak character dominates the barrel flavor yet it's a bit more complex. Char, spicy spirit, boozy sweetness, coconut and vanilla bean with more rye spice and whiskey flavor as it warms. Bourbon yeast is evident as well with fiery spice and sweet malts. There's also a bit of lavender and honey before the complex malt bill comes through. Slightly earthy with leathery tobacco followed by caramel, toffee, date, fig and raisin. Again, this beer in surprisingly drinkable. Never would have guessed 11.5%. The barrel/whiskey presence could be a bit stronger but overall, this is an enjoyable beer with great balance and complexity.
Dec 02, 2015