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Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4306) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, dark fruit, the rye adds a nice spicy, toasted bread note, some slight booze as well. Taste was a mix of bread, toffee, toast, some nice dark fruit, raisin notes into some slight booze, vanilla, finishing sweet, slightly spicy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Poured an amberish color with an off white head. Toffee, caramel, rye, and some sugary sweetness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
Love this beer a lot. Had it from the bottle. Not a lot of Rye Wines done and this one is definitely my favorite. Pleasant oak, but nothing too aggressive. I could drink this next to a fire all night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Massive barrel sugar tones. Aspirin dryness. Not sure what to enjoy here. Malty raisin brown tone. Rye. Brown malt. Grew on me a little. but too sweet and one-dimensional over. Oak comes through the more I sip at it. OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a clear & bright, dark copper color, with off white head froth, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was very malty, tainted with cocoa, spice, some caramel sweetness, and lurking alcohol. The taste was vinous notes, and cherry skins, with decent alcohol presence, earthy & lingering bitterness, and a finish that was dry, with a bit of tannic astringency, and still a touch of malt sweetness. Nice complexity.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (1155) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 30, 2015
On tap -- Almost no hops. Old ale flavors, burnt sugar, caramel, aged/stale. Good and interesting for as young as it is.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (10758) - Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Draft. Heavy and boozy beer, dark fruits, spice notes, thick caramel booze notes, ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcon25 (498) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2016 Bottle pour at home, black cherry color pour, sweet barrel aroma of cherry and grape. Slight sour taste, very smooth, enjoyed this one a lot. Bottle pour at tasting, changeing my rating just a little.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1264) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours a beautiful dark coppery orange, substantial off-white head with excellent retention. Nose is big sticky toffee, candy sugar, dried fruit, crystallized orange peel, saltwater taffy from the County Fair. Mouth is slick and medium sweet front, biscuity malt backbone chock full of fruit but then (quite contrary to the description) there is a pronounced metallic bitterness poking through it that is off-putting -- and it lingers. Tone down that bitterness (different hops varietal maybe?) and this is a pleasant barleywine.


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