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 maximum12
1.94/5  rDev -48.9%
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 Theoboley
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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 kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
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 Ryan_Graham
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
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 russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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