Antiquity Rye Wine

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British Barleywine
Ranked #128
Ranked #12,598
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Antiquity Rye WineAntiquity Rye Wine
Notes: A beer style perhaps lost in antiquity, our rye wine closely resembles an English-style barley wine but with a spicy/peppery note from rye, this beer is dark copper in color with a full body, high residual malty sweetness, high complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters balanced by low bitterness and extraordinary alcohol content, some English-variety hop aroma and flavor is present, and caramel, dark toffee and vinous/sherry-like aromas and flavors dominate. Drink it now or let it age.

78 IBU
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 57
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Bourbon barrel notes, & cakeyness, some fig notes, all fade once warm to the point you get no nose almost, weird

T: Cakey, a little Bourbon sweetness, mixes with figs, raisins, a little vanilla & a little oaky dryness with just a little boozeyness. A little brown sugar sneaks in along with some Bourbon, & oakyness which also contributes dryness, along with some figgyness, plus a little booze warmth, just a little peppery rye spiceyness surfaces as well, just a smidge of brown sugar & cinnamon. Finishes with nice Bourbon sweetness, figgyness, oaky dryness

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, warming

Lovely beer, well put-together take on the style, wish the nose would've held up, only flaw with this gem

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal hop bitterness and rye/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spice/bitterness balance; with a slight hop/oak astringency on the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no bottled date. My first bottled beer from Destihl Brewery, and my first offering from them that isn't part of their Wild Sour series. 'Rye Wine-Style Ale, aged with oak spirals' per the label. Intriguing bottle artwork. Not entirely sure what to expect with this one.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - A dark ruby mahogany pour, thick and creamy with over two fingers of frothy tan head that leaves tons of fluffy sticky lacing behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks excellent.

S - A thick, creamy, earthy, woodsy, caramel / toffee drenched aroma. Subtle notes of nail polish remover booze fumes. Mild medicinal cherry notes.

T - Thick, creamy, syrupy, earthy, woodsy. Big notes of candied caramel & toffee. Very delicious stuff. Subtle notes of pepper / clove spiciness imparted from the rye. Very nicely balanced and well built stuff. Super complex and flavorful. Big notes of caramel, toffee, oak, wood, & earth. Subtle spice & booze warmth.

M - Feel is smooth, thick, & creamy. Full-bodied, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking stuff especially for the high abv. Doesn't feel nearly as boozy as it actually is.

Overall, very complex and delicious stuff from Destihl. Like the bottle says, suitable for drinking now, and very suitable for aging. My first 'rye wine' style ale, and I have to say it did not disappoint. Highly recommended stuff if you are able to get it!

Destihl Brewery Antiquity -----4/5.

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Photo of mschrei
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany, minimal carb, head, lacing. Very malty nose, slight oak and alcohol scents. The rye spice is up front, smooth caramel malt in the middle, slight tang (not strong enough to call a burn) on the back end. The 12.1% is disguised very well. Pretty good, but nothing I'd repeat buy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RYE! 500ML bottle, in hopes of washing the last beer’s taste out of my mouth & memory. Plus, I’ve heard rye is good.

The pour is a nice clear copper kettle with only a ring of oversized bubbles. I have to dig a couple fathoms down to find any aroma: touch of rye, sweetness, caramel. But not much of anything.

Antiquity should be sponsored by a dark rye bread company. As expected there are huge rye notes: rye bread crust, light rye spiciness, earthy rye. Once the rye Normandy is past, there is rich toffee, a Maytag dryer of oak, residual sugars, light alcohol nip. Dry & sharp. Tasty enough that a pint of this wouldn’t be difficult to take down.

Lovers of rye will like this. It doesn’t quite break the glass ceiling into my upper echelon, but it’s a very good brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark ruddy orange with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, spicy rye, dark dried fruit; earthy and a little boozy. Flavor is dry caramel mat, rye bread, orange family citrus, fresh and dried dark stone fruit. Drier than a traditional English barleywine with earthy, slightly tart notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting variation on the English barleywine; the rye is nicely integrated into the bready and caramel malt. The dryness is unexpected from a barleywine, but the interaction between rye and malt make up for it. The rye in this beer has an amazing rye / pumpernickel bread quality that is quite appealing. Unlike the aroma, the ABV is well hidden in the taste. Not very traditional, but well made, flavorful and intriguing. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Destihl tulip.
12.1% ABV, 78 IBUs

A - Antiquity pours out an incredibly gorgeous deep ruby color with a well-formed and long-lasting toffee-colored head that shrouds the glass in lace. To say this is a beautiful beer is an understatement.

S - Spicy rye is reminiscent of the bite from a rye bourbon with the beer's higher (but rather softly perceived) alcohol but quickly transitions to toasted rye bread crusts and toffee sweetness with notes of stone fruit before finishing out with a touch of earthy hoppiness.

T - Toasted rye and wheat bread crusts intertwine on the tongue with spicy rye notes following closely; a decidedly malty brew. Toffee and soft caramel cube sweetness peek through undertones of stone fruit but Antiquity ultimately finishes with earthy hops and notes of raw oak lingering on the palate.

M - Quite smooth with a perfect carbonation level, the initial sips are velvety soft on the tongue as the sweetness gives Antiquity a full body. Warming alcohol and earthy hops dry the palate out before timid bitterness creeps up on the tongue for a well-rounded finish.

O - Immediately gorgeous upon the pour and worth reflecting on, sip after sip, Antiquity is quite possibly one of Destihl's finest beers. Rich with deep complexity in aroma and flavor, perfectly interwoven for a deceptively strong, exceptionally balanced rye wine that finishes all too smooth!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

strange they say this one is oaked, it doesnt seem like that at all, and in fact seems almost harsh, not mellow like time on would would bring. its amber in color, dense, heavy looking, and with a pretty darn lazy bubble head on it. nose of rye spice, very true, but plenty of barley too, its just not all that dynamic, but it certainly is bold. sweet smelling, but intensely grainy in the taste, sweet a bit, some honey or something like that in there, and some booze to it, although only in the taste, not the smell. never know its this strong, but these guys have disappointed all the way so far. an oaked rye wine, yum! but it just never gets to yummy, its thick and sweet and you wait for it, but it never comes on. still in feel too, which i think hurts it, but the beer tastes good, its just not world class. something negative here, like a failure to meet expectations, but all the beers from these guys so far have...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Well, might as well try out the rye wine that's sitting in front of me. I mean, how many rye wines do you encounter these days? This stuff pours a mostly clear rusty sienna topped by half-finger of light sandstone foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, honey-laden biscuit, rye spice, light pumpernickel, mild booze, and a bit of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, creating the effect of an old-school English barleywine loaded with some nice rye effects. Not bad at all. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewily smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice rye wine, one of the best Destihl beers I've yet come across.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper color. Tan head with lace.

Caramel, toffee, and a bunch of rye spice. Dark fruits and molasses. Oaky. Vanilla. A very big beer with some heat showing.

Spicy and warming. Medium bodied.

Solid rye-wine. Lots of flavor. Strong too.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-09 in Normal, IL at the brew pub

A - Moderately clear amber-brown with 1/2-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Spicy rye malt, light citrus. Not real strong but food aromas were present.

T - Rich and sweet rey malt, spicy like a rum cake. Alcohol sweetness. Toffee. Light sour for balance. Rich tasting and delicious.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Moderately-thick and creamy. Fairly sticky/cloying but in an appropriate way.

O - Basically a spicy barleywine. A nice change-of-pace. I dig it.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap and liked it so much i had to take a growler home. this years batch is 11% abv if i remember correctly. a nice fingers worth of tan creamy head sits atop a ruby brown body. head recedes to a thin ring and the body clears up after the beer has a minute to settle in. taste and smell are very sweet at first with a big malty presence. the rye quickly becomes dominate in this drink. the big abv is not hidden, but not overpowering either. mouthfeel is thick with decent carbonation. very smooth with a touch of stickieness that the alochol washes away. left with a warming feeling in my belly. overall i really like this offering. not the best rye beer i've had, but a pretty good barleywine none the less.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current version listed at 10% ABV.

A - Poured a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, khaki colored head of foam. It left patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rye malt and sweet floral notes.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. Taste of rye bread come through with a spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This was a very good English Barleywine. I like the rye in a barleywine.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After sampling a few of the current beers, I decided on this one. It was served in a large brandy snifter type glass. The pour was probably about 12 oz., and it was pretty cold.

The bartender had mentioned that they used the same rye malt that they use in their Baldock Rye IPA. It's color was a dark reddish brown, not much light got through. There was ample off-white foam, with some decent lacing. Aroma was faint, some rye earthiness, but not sweet like I might have expected. Not sure if the temperature had something to do with this, it was sitting there warming for 1/2 hour during dinner, and didn't improve much. Taste was dry and papery malt, moderately bitter, a mild spicy element from the rye or possibly from the hops used, not much hop flavor that I could positively identify. The feel was medium, thankfully not a booze monster, but it was very drying. I finished it, but probably wouldn't seek it out again. Maybe a touch more sweetness and hop character would fine tune it just right.

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Antiquity Rye Wine from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 57 ratings