Big Eddy Ryewine Ale
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale
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American Barleywine
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale
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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It may be retired (my bottle is dated 2013), but when we saw this on the shelf during a recent foray, I suggested that my friend buy it! He was kind enough to gift me a bottle & since 2017 approacheth, no time like the present.

From the ancient bottle: "A rare blend of rye malts gives a spicy complexity to a brew with the unforgettable depth of an American barleywine ale."; "Our Brewery was born on the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa, Wisconsin[.] Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I noted some crystals around the mouth. Caramelization? Oxidation? We shall see. A booziness began to waft forth, though, even before the pour. I employed a very gentle pour so as not to Rousey (loser!) any lees that may have formed in the interim since this beer's bottling. I noticed that some foaming had come up in the neck, so I was even more cautious than usual. It seemed to come out in a clot, so I poured maybe a quarter of it and then set it back down to re-settle. I only had wisps for head and even a vigorous in-glass swirl would not raise anything more than that. Color was a hazy Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27, but closer to 27) & I want to see if it clarifies with some wait time. Nose smelled like whisky with a woodiness and a booziness that just seemed to beckon me forth. Mouthfeel was big, full & thick, kind of like one of my exes. The taste was initially oaky with caramel undertones, but then I also got some leather, dried dark fruits, and a light peppery spiciness from the rye. Phew! This was unquestionably a sipper. I liked getting a dram or so in my mouth and just letting it roll around on my tongue. The caramel flavor really began to assert itself, but it was actually more towards toffee (not quite burnt) than caramel. I have shared before about my youthful (high school) desire to become a cook, but I HATE making candy! Especially hard candies. That s**t is molten and dangerous as heck to make. The smell in the HomeEc lab when we made peppermints was fantastic, but pouring it into molds left all of us shaking. Have you ever seen the scale on a candy thermometer? Ugh. Best left to the professionals. Back to the beer. Second pour. Clarity has only slightly increased, although I got a brief finger of soapy, light tan head this time, vice wisps. The leatheriness is becoming more potent as I now get it both on the nose and in the mouth. The mouthfeel remains like a dollop on my tongue. It would be daring to drink it in a quick swallow. Toffee? Butterscotch? NOT diacetyl, however! Finish was dry, very liquor-like, with a slight astringency from the rye. It acted kind of like a pepperiness in the back of the throat. Another memory: when I was assigned to the Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) on NAS Alameda, CA back in 1988, I was not happy about becoming a cop. I was even unhappier when the only way that we could be issued pepper spray was to have it sprayed on us first. Man, that stuff burns like fire! They told us to close our eyes and clamp our mouths shut, but I either inhaled some or it dripped into my mouth. This beer was nothing that intense, but it did have the power to conjure up the memory. Oof. Final thoughts as I ready the lees for consumption: What a shame that it is out of production! I really need to read some of the early reviews for (perhaps) a clue. It was a really lucky find on our part. It has held up extremely well. Time to assign some rating scores.

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Photo of deebo
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of 2013 that has been festering for awhile. Didn't have this fresh so going in blind.
A-Poured into a snifter, this brew has a thin finger of slightly tight tan head atop a clear (with yeast floaties) brown coloer with ruby highlights when held up to light.
S-Quite aromatic; notes of rum soaked cranberries and raisins with at this point hints of rye malt spiciness.
T-Quite a bit of dark fruit maltiness sweetness at this point with hints of rye peppery bite.
M-Pretty rich with a moderate body, fair warming in the finish with a little bit of alcohol vapors.
O-I like the way this has more than likely mellowed. The nice rich malty sweetness has overtaken any rye overpowering spiciness.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Huge notes of deeply caramelized malt, toffee, dates, sherry, and spicy rye form the complex aroma.

Flavor is spicy throughout, on the sweet side, with underlying dates, prunes, and toffee that lingers into the dry, lightly bitter, peppery finish. Very complex character. Light notes of cardboard in the aftertaste, but has aged very well.

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Photo of Theoboley
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not as complex as most other barley/wheat/rye wines out there. After letting it sit for a good year and a half, it seems to have gotten worse. This was no gem to start with, but aged, I was hoping that it would pull through.

Mouthfeel is thin. I expect a big, malty, velvety, almost tongue coating feel, and this provided none.

Smell - there wasn't a lot of hop character to this to begin with, what little there was, was gone now. Smelled of spicy rye, malt, maybe a little raisin & fig. And a touch of alcohol

Taste - follows the nose, but add an odd bitter finish.

Look - again, like the mouth, the look was very thin, like it had been filtered. I looked at the bottom of the bottle, surely to see some dregs, and it was clean as a whistle. Very odd.

Overall - I've had this fresh, and I've had this aged. This was much better at its release. I actually drain-poured this and moved on to something better.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A rare blend of rye malts gives a spicy complexity to a brew with the unforgettable depth of an American barleywine ale." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine Ale with Rye malt added. Summer 2013 release in the Big Eddy lineup series, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy maple tan colored head over a cloudy dark brown body with deep burgundy highlights. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 2.75

(Smell) Caramelized dark sugars, soft caramel grains, some light unsweetened toffee malts, a pinch of alcohol. Soft stone fruitiness and a dense body add to complexity. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Light caramel syrups forward, making for a slick, easy drinking barleywine base with the delicate tangy but shallow rye contributing more to the body than the flavor complexity. Despite this, it still comes off highly drinkable for the style and lighter bodied than I usually expect per the style. Finishes slick and dry with a puff of mild alcohol. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a light frothiness and a moderately creamy finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Even with the inclusion of rye in the mix, this Big Eddy Barleywine manages to come across mildly bodied yet highly drinkable, with not too much added complexity nor a wide flavor range through the rye malts. Unlike several bad experiences with other beers in the Big Eddy label, however, I found this Ryewine Ale very drinkable for the style and considerably less harsh and grainy than other styles that Leinenkugel has experimented with. I would not go out of my way to seek this ale out but recommend it as one of the finer ales in the Big Eddy series and one worth getting, especially if bargain priced. I don't think that it holds a candle to some of the most mainstream American Barleywine ales out there but as per Leinenkugel standards, it's a pretty solid beer. 3.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Ryewine Ale

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a Liefmans snifter. This most excellent ale pours a hazy orangeish red with a 1/2 inch layer of foam with GREAT retention and beautiful soapy lacing. Nose of figs, nicely roasted caramel, raisins, and herbal grain spiciness. Flavors are sweet to the front, spicy rye to the sides, and a blend of figs, raisins, and sweet malts to the back with a lingering sweet aftertaste of fig like jam. Mild carbonation makes this one a fine sipper and a great addition to the Big Eddy family. Most excellent.


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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage pours an effervescent scarlet/orange with a pinky of tan head. Stays effervescent with decent head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, figs

T: Follows the nose, some jammyness, dryness & faint whispers of rye pepperiness. Booze warmth, leafy hops & more figgyness. Finishes jammy, with a little leafy hops & booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, some warmth & low carbonation

Must try this fresher, but this is a place holder. I would buy again in hopes of more rye...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark crimson amber color. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Surprising retention and lacing for the style.

(S)- A big rye malt base with massive raisin and plum dark fruits. Not overly sweet but a firm graininess to the smell overall.

(T)- Surprised at the amount of spicy dark fruits this has (plum, raisin, and prune). Slight biscuity yeast makes this quite belgian-like for me.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. I really like the balance this has, even though it has strong belgian-like qualities despite it being an american barleywine.

(O)- An interesting take for a barleywine. With the age on the bottle, this has morphed into something complex, just not necessarily in a barleywine sense.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep brownish amber, mostly clear, with a yellowish lacing for a head. Dissipates to nothing.

Smells of rich caramel, toasted biscuit, toffee, vanilla, and figs.

Taste follows. Rich caramel and fruity malts with elements of figs, grapes, and pears. Some biscuit malt and maple as well.

Medium body with light stinging carbonation.

A fairly taste rich ale with decent enough flavor. A little overbearing, perhaps. Could stand to have a little more balance. Worth a try as long as it's not too hard to come by.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses/caramel and hops. There is also some vanilla, cola and a touch of anise.

Overall - Surprisingly good. Picked this up because I'd never seen it before. The booze is well hidden and it seems like it is really well crafted.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny port color capped by an inch or so of foam; quite a bit of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an herbal cherry cough syrup - plummy, with fortified grape, cherry and orange peel

Taste: Very fruity, with fortified grape, cherry, plum and dried orange peel cracking through the toffee malt; after the swallow, it tastes very much like fruitcake

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A rather odd tasting beer, with a fruitcake character dominating; not sure what happened to the rye

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Boozy and a little bland to the nose. It starts off smooth and finishes the same. It tastes a lot like red wine. It's a little watery for my taste. The 10% alcohol is masked well but the taste doesn't wow me. It's not a bad beer but it leaves a lot to be desired. I guess this is Leinenkugel's attempt at a full-bodied Amber. I think they ought to stick to the fruity beers that made them famous.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, some fruit and touches of spice and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malts character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There is some spice flavor in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit past best buy date, but I think it is listed as a date short for most for this style.
Poured into SA glass.
Nice whiff of sweet malt and sweet alcohol. A bit of toasty grain and very mild spice from the rye. Not too rich yet. Minimal hops.
Really an attractive color with garnet in light and a clear brownish hue otherwise. Small tan head that settles out.
Rather rich, as would be expected. Alcohol is smooth and hits my empty gut with an immediate warmth. Smooth malt flavors with a soft, but distinct rye crackle. Some candy like sweetness, but enough bittering to balance. Kinda' chewy on the finish and need to brush my teeth when done. Nice complexity to the grain bill offers interesting and pleasing flavors.
Good effort. Not exceptional, but like other Big Eddy's a nice version at a decent cost.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz 2013 vintage brown glass bottle with classy label art (especially for Leinenkugel's!) and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired for $3.49 at a local (and overpriced) bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which tends to disappoint. Reviewed as a barleywine/rye beer hybrid since the label identifies it as a ryewine. Normally I'd go with the brewery's classification, but this is Leinenkugel's we're talking about. 10% ABV confirmed. From the neck: "12614. A21011228."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption as I don't like my barleywines too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Doesn't quite pour a true head, but it does have a floating semi-circle of near-head which is pale khaki in colour, thin, and lacks creaminess. It fades within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

All that's left to look at is the unappealing body which is a strange murky amber-brown colour and is painfully dull, lacking any vibrance or glow whatsoever even when backlit. Nontransparent and quasitranslucent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Presentation overall is rather poor. This doesn't appear to be alive nor is it appealing; I'm a bit turned off. Appears undercarbonated, but I'm expecting overcarbonation given the brewery.

Sm: Toffee, caramel, marshmallow, the seeds of that stale cardboard note that tend to pop up in barleywines, brown malts, heavy residual sugars and a moderate accompanying sweetness, English biscuit malt, and cream. There's also some prominent prune and a hint of grape.

I search for rye (and/or its trademark subtle spiciness) and don't find it. I also have trouble identifying any discernable hop profile or yeast character. I do pick up some alcohol, but there're no other overt off-notes.

The toffee and marshmallow play well together and are a highlight for me personally, but I have my suspicions about how this will taste. It's a generally inoffensive aroma of mild strength. The aroma suggests a definite fruity stickiness.

T/Mf: The prune and grape dominate the flavour profile, obscuring the marshmallow and toffee notes - to the beer's detriment. The caramel also gets buried beneath the unbecoming fruitiness.

It has a plump, wet, sticky feel on the palate, which isn't a good presence for a style which excels with a lightly dry coarse texture. Carbonation is off, but I can't tell in which direction. It's filling, medium to full-bodied, and thick. Also a bit syrupy. The texture doesn't seem well-tailored to the taste, nor does it suit the style. I will say that it isn't as heavy on the palate as most beers in the style.

I pick up a bit of bread crust/light bready malts. Some vague nuttiness. Plenty of brown malts and a bit of English biscuit malt. I search for rye but the eponymous malt never shows up, nor does its trademark subtle spiciness.

Speaking of subtlety, there is none here. Nor is there much complexity, intricacy, or nuance. What little I was looking forward to after the aroma (the marshmallow and toffee primarily) got buried in the flavour profile. Grape rarely works in a barleywine, and Leinenkugel's sure isn't the brewery to brew the exception to the rule. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No hop profile comes through. I don't pick up on any yeast character either. It has some alcohol presence, but I wouldn't call it boozy or hot.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Not quite the sipper I expected, but the syrupy thick mouthfeel does restrict drinkability and holds the beer back. I definitely wouldn't pick this beer up again (especially at this price point). Far from Leinenkugel's worst effort, but it's a pretty lackluster barleywine and has little to offer the discerning drinker. Even huge fanatics of the style are unlikely to be satisfied. I'd caution friends against purchasing this and doubt I'll remember it in a couple weeks. It's just a forgettable middle-of-the-road barleywine and feels like a Leinenkugel's attempt to squeeze some bucks from craft drinkers. Hey, they got my money.

Uninspired mediocre stuff.


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Photo of weltywm
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Harrah's Casino in Philadelphia. What am I doing drinking this at a casino? Why is it in a pint glass?

Appearance: Deep dark ruby red, with minimal head and minimal lacing.

Smell: A slight whiff of rye, mostly dominated by brandy and sweet cherry.

Taste: Notes of molasses, lots of brandy, and a slight hint of prune juice. Not as much spiciness as I would expect from the rye. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. A decent dry finish. Very smooth though.

Overall: This is pretty OK, and definitely worth trying, but not mind blowing. Tastes like a middle-of-the road Barley Wine to me, and not much to differentiate it as a Rye Wine. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - a finger of tan head rests atop a beautiful body of dark ruby brown; head disappears fairly quickly leaving no lace

S - very fruity, grains (rye et al.), alcohol

T - tons of sweetness up front with lots of raisins and dark fruit; some grains; hint of wood; strong peppery spice, probably from the rye; hop bitterness cuts in toward the end, combining with the spice for an almost balanced (but still pretty sweet) finish

M - thick medium/full body, smooth with a little stickiness, highly carbonated, alcohol warms

O - Ryewine Ale is certainly on the sweet side. That said, it is a pleasantly complex and flavorful barleywine.

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Photo of maximum12
1.94/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

For some reason this has been languishing in my beer fridge for the past couple of months, which is about ten weeks longer than anything involving the word 'rye' usually sticks around. 12 oz. bottle from the Big Eddy series, which I've enjoyed in the past.

Pour is a deep red that wouldn't look out of place in a Silpada party necklace, with a fair amount of bubbles. Smell doesn't rep the name very well, just a straight shot of sweetness right in the brain pan.

Big Eddy Ryewine tastes more like MD 20/20 than a rye or barleywine. Overbearing sweetness brings the palate to its knees, & I can feel my dentist's hands twitching over his wallet. Bit of raisin, perhaps toffee, plum, but it's all drowned in the cradle by the domineering wash of sugary obnoxiousness. Too much to drink, really.

The first miss from Leine's that I can recall in a long time, but this is a doozy. Six times as much sweetness as necessary & no hint of rye. Ony because I have about twenty sweet teeth am I going to finish this.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/5/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, rye, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, apple, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, rye, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, rye, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt and fruity ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mdog
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Purplish-red, good head.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruits, caramel.

Taste: Sweet fruits-raisin, dark cherry. Earthy component to it. Balanced feel, not hoppy but not too sweet either.

Overall: A nice barleywine, though I don't taste or smell much rye. Maybe that's the earthiness that comes through. This kind of reminds me of a strong Belgian dubbel but with a little more sweetness.

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Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut ochre in color, topped with a darker khaki-tan head with some staying power and which leaves a nice ring of lace on the side of the glass as it falls. Excellent clarity -- very well filtered, and looks good in the glass!

Nose is rich, sweet, and just a little bit spicy from the rye. Not much hop presence, almost smells like Nobles, but my palate (or nostrils) must be wayyyy off if that's the case. Some resiney pine, not much else. Fruity (strawberries), and maybe a little bit yeasty.

Big, sweet, plummy and fruity on the first sip, with just a touch of rye character and some dryness and bittering hops struggling with the sweetness. Quite dry in the finish, actually, and some longering booziness... but not what I'd expect from 10% ABV (it seems almost lower than that, percent-wise.)

On the second sip there's some fusel-like character from the booze and grain, some very slight oxidation (I think this was bottled in April?) and a more robust bitterness than on the first sip, and seeing how it has warmed a bit, the character is coming together -- there's a nice balance.

I'd be interested to learn how much rye malt went into this one? Aside from the rye character being there just enough to tell it's there, this is a pretty straightforward barleywine and leans closer to British than the American hopped-to-beat-hell variety.

I can see this one benefiting from some time in a cherrywood or Laguvalin barrel, ala the J.W. Lees. Are ya up for it, Leinie's?

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine Ale has a thin-to-medium beige head, a semi-clear, red-brown (amber) appearance, some visible bubble streams, no sediment, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich bread, cream sherry, sweetness, caramel, and nougat. Flavor is of those elements, a little metal (sadly), some alcohol, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and easily drinkable. Very little alcohol detected in this booze bomb. Overall, this is most excellent.


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Photo of MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper beer with a deep red hue and great clarity. The tan head is long lasting and made of a low raft of fine bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass. There is a fair amount of carbonation in the glass, well at least more than and I'd expect to see in this style.

S: A moderate rye spiciness, a low malt sweetness with a moderate raisin note and a medium amount of alcohol sweetness dominate the nose.

T: A medium malt sweetness, an orange ester and a medium-low alcohol sweetness dominate the flavor. A moderately-low hops bitterness and no hops flavor. The balance is somewhat towards the malt sweetness. There is a light bit of a fruit character along the lines of raisins. The finish is medium with a quick aftertaste.

A: A cream, medium-full bodied beer with a medium-low level of carbonation.

O: It drinks way too smooth and the flavor seems a bit thin for a Barleywine but I like that it is not overly sweet.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as a random single. Let's go.

Beautiful clear maroon pour with decent carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Carmel malts, some tobacco and leather. Almost "old ale" in character. Some sweet fruits mixed in too, more light than dark. Interesting.

Malty old ale barleywine with above mentioned flavors on the tongue. There's an aged woody vibe, and if you told me this was partially barrel aged, I would have believed it.

Mouthfeel is nicely rich and full, supports the flavors. Nothing off.

Pleasantly surprised here. I think I heard the bottle whisper "barrel me" a few times, but I may have been drinking too much.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There's not much I can say about this, but WOW. Who knew that combining rye and the barleywine style would be the best idea that anyone this century has had. There is a robust flavour at the forefront with hugely sweet malty overtones. It is the perfect blend of robust rye and pure sugary sweetness, with a wonderful tinge of alcohol to it. Honestly, the bitterness of the rye and the sweetness cover up the alcohol just a bit too much. That is my only complaint. The body is wonderful. It's thin considering the flavour, but has some body to it. Just enough, I'd say. The finish is all smoke. I don't know if some of the malt is actually smoked or if it's the rye giving it that effect, but damn, if it doesn't taste smoked. Simply amazing. I will be buying more of this. No question.

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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 144 ratings