Big Eddy Ryewine Ale | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 05-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, 2013,

A - Beautiful crimson amber in color this barleywine has nice clarity despite it's darker appearance and is topped by a densely packed, cascading khaki head. Thin, sticky lace coats the whole glass as the foam subsides.

S - Subtle and malty, this latest addition to the Big Eddy series flourishes with deep complexity. Sweetness abounds but doesn't intrude with toffee and caramel notes easing into rye spice attributes that don't become sharp. Cocoa merges well with the earthy undertones of hops along the back end but the aroma is a somewhat closed one.

T - Ryewine's depth continues into the flavor, opening up more nuances as it progresses and warms. Toffee takes a back seat to a subtle dark fruity character that goes well with smooth caramel and notes of milk chocolate. Spicy rye adds a touch of bite to the smooth flavor but it doesn't seem as showcased as the sweeter malt. Alcohol and hops are nowhere to be found in this brew's velvety flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation adds nice dimension to this soft and smooth, medium-full bodied brew. It's sweetness is balanced incredibly well by the use of hops which play no role in flavor as this mildly dry beer but are integral nonetheless. The disappearing finish is a mystery considering the inclusion of 10% ABV!

O - Like the other Big Eddy series beers, this barleywine is extremely drinkable, shying away from it's boastful ABV for a smooth and drinkable malty treat. It might be labeled as an American Barleywine but this beer has no hop interaction beyond pure balance. It's no flaw, but the lower level of rye, which adds nice spice, could be elevated and showcased a little more. Big, flavorful, and smooth, Ryewine Ale is another solid offering from Leinenkugel's!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Mdog
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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 sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 deebo
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 NewGlarusFan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in a New Glarus Flute Glass

A) Dark reddish orange color, clear in the middle and cloudy around the edges which I have never seen before very interesting. Little head half-finger, disappears quickly.

S) Leather, grape skins, grape juice, alcohol, rye bread

T) Rye up front, barley, grape skin, finishes with alcohol

M) medium carbonation, alcohol burns the gum line not a characteristic i like

O) Other than the burn, it's a damn good beer. I really enjoy the Big Eddy series looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Served in 10oz fluted glass.

Transparent crimson color with small off-white head with decent lacing. Taste is quite complex. Slight sweetness to the malt base. Rye influence is subtle, but adds pleasant spice notes. Some apple pie flavor with clove. I get a sense of apple jack. The alcohol is fairly well masked.

A unique and enjoyable take on a barleywine. I will be setting some aside for aging.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Leinekugel's Big Eddy Ryewine Ale a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't been really impressed by any of the beers I have had from Leinenkugel's Big Eddy series, but I had a sample of this at a recent beer festival and I was pretty impressed, so when I saw some bottles on the shelf I made sure to pick one up to review, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, late spring release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty much the same as all the other beers from the series, but it still has a nice simple and classy look to it. It poured a slightly clear darker copper color that took on some nice bright ruby hues when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left pretty much no lacing behind with some noticeable alcohol legs. This is a nice looking beer the color was really nice, but the head and lacing were a little lacking even for a higher alcohol beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a pretty big malty aroma with some caramel and toffee coming through. Up next comes a nice mix of dark fruits with no one fruit sticking out the most and it's followed by a noticeable spicy rye aroma. Towards the end I get a little more sweetness followed by a little bit of earthy hops with a lighter amount of medium alcohol coming through. This beer has a good aroma, it's a little on the sweet side side, but it has some nice complexity to it which I appreciate.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness followed by lots of malts that impart some nice caramel and toffee flavors with a good amount of dark fruit flavors with all the fruits blending together. Up next comes a somewhat lighter amount of rye with a little bit of spicy rye flavors coming through. The alcohol is barely noticeable and not warming at all which is pretty impressive for a %10 beer and there doesn't seem to be any hop flavors. On the finish there's a little more sweet malts with a really low amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and malty aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, it had some nice and complex flavors and it wasn't boozy at all, I enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, a little sticky, rich, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, I have never had a beer labeled as a Ryewine before, but I thought this was pretty similar to an Old Ale or a Barleywine, I don't think the rye stuck out enough to warrant calling it a Ryewine. This beer had great drinkability, it was pretty smooth, the alcohol was hidden really well and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could probably drink a few if these if I was in the mood, but I'm sure I would pay for it in the morning. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste and how drinkable it was, i wasn't expecting a 10% Ryewine to be so damn drinkable. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it was nice, but the head and lacing were a little disappointing. I would for sure buy this beer again, I already got an extra one to throw in the cellar, but I'm going to make sure to at least get a couple more before they are all gone, it's worth the money and I would recommend this to anyone who likes Old Ales and Barleywines. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I don't have the best of the luck with series but this one turned out to be a winner and it's my favorite from the series and one of my favorite Leinenkugel beers. This was just as good as the one I had at the beer festival, nice work guys, I enjoyed this one and I hope to see more beer of this quality make it to the Big Eddy series.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

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 caskstrength
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 drpimento
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish, tan, short-lived head and no lace. Color is a lovely, clear mahogany with some slow bubble trails. Aroma is a heavenly malt, rye up front with spice, and fruit behind. Flavor's like nose, rye fruit and malt sweet dominate with a little tang. Not much in the way of hops, which is out of character for an American barley wine style even if it is rye instead of the barley. Body and carbonation are in character and ok. Finish is like flavor, slowly diminishes, and alcohol comes out sneakily at the very end. Decent brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 weltywm
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 lwillitz
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Chaz
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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 MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ryewine pours a very dark reddish orange color with bright clarity. When backlit it appears more of a dark copper. Creamy layer of surface foam, a little bit of frothy lace forms around the edges. A thin veil of skim remains after the first few sips.

Aroma is mild, some light butter toffee, a vague floral hop note.

Sweet and buttery toffee, light astringency, slippery feel. Vegetal bitterness in the aftertaste, along with some mild alcohol heat, sort of jarring. As it warms it gets a little thin and medicinal. Lacking flavor and complexity, slightly cloying and one-dimensional. Reminds me of Point's Whole Hog Barleywine with a better hidden abv.

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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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