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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Our "Hi-Fi Rye" is brewed with almost 60% malted rye to give this beer a very rich and intense maltiness. The American hop varieties used impart complex citric, spicy, earthy notes, and combine to amplify the rye character. The tradition of the barley wine-style ale is carried out with this ode in rye. Cheers!


1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
obguthr (3436) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
From Brewengineer @ 12th Richmond Gathering: Rye, dates, and bread on the nose. Dark copper, thin head. Cloying flavor of dates. Very syrupy. I like barleywines as much as the next beer geek, but this didn’t flip my trigger. Bad ryewine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber thanks to thetomG on BA. Deep reddish-amber pour with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and red berries in the aroma along with some rye. The flavor is mildly sweet but pretty good. Caramel and toffee malt base along with a good rye spiciness. Rye is big - bitterness seems to come from that as well as the hops. Somewhat sweet and also a bit hoppy. Medium-bodied for the style with average carbonation and pretty good smoothness. I like it. Not very barleywine-like really but a solid rye beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber, cream wax dipped. The pour yields a clear, dark, figgy-brown body with violet and crimson hues. A billowing head of smooth, consistent, beige tinted foam. Slowly settling to a thin, swirly film, the head leaves thin, tattered cobweb trails of hard lacing on the glass. Caraway seed is immediate and unmistakeable on the nose, as is abundant toasted rye, creamy caramel, and chocolate roast. Hints of stewed raisins lend a bit of dark, earthy, fruity sweetness, as warming alcohol and a hint of anise let you know this stuff means business. It’s not very hoppy, but the dark, dry roast brings thigs into balance. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of sticky burnt caramel, dry cocoa, toasted nuts, and maybe a bit of molasses. Raisin is there again, as is the spicy rye, caraway, and bready-peppery yeast. Alcohol is more prominent than I’d like, as a low, rolling warmth intensifies to an almost full-on burn at the bittersweet, burnt toffee finish. Big bodied, the palate is moderately carbonated,finishig with a sticky, cloyig consistency and the aforementioned alcohol burn. This reminds me a bit of Julio’s Rye(a)n Ale, only more boozy, not as well balanced, and minus the barrel character. In other words, it’s very solid, but it falls well short of Smuttynose’s rye wine masterpiece.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Flossmoor hi-fi. Thanks to Adam for bringing this... Pours a pretty dark garnet red with a thin soapy head. Looks pretty nice actually... Sweet bready malt in the nose, spicy rye... Flavors are consistent with the nose with more of a sacharine sweet feel to it. Some shy bitterness appears in the finish but just barely. Buttery and creamy mouthfeel.  7/4/8/4/15 

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
shared on 4/12/10 by dakine. nutty brown color with a pale tannish head. it smells like toasted caraway seeds, malt, caramel and mint. the flavor is quite heavy on rye.... caramel is there as well as spice and a bitter finish. medium body. rich but rye spice thins it out a touch. neat.8/4/8/4/17/4.1

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3240) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Poured an amber color with aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, light rye and some booze. Flavors were the same with some wet cardboard/oxidation in the aftertaste. Decent beer overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
22 oz bottle, 2010. Murky brown with beige froth and speckles. Nose is caramel, caraway and raisin. Medium to full body with an airy buzz. Taste is caramel, light molasses, caraway and grass. Wonderfully integrates the sweet spice of the caraway with the bitter seedy side.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Someone hooked me up with a nice pour on DLD2010. I was very excited to try this. Ruddy reddish pour, off-white head. Aroma is earthy, with noticeable herbal hop and rye notes. Flavor is spicy, fruity, some citrus. Very nice. Smooth and a pleasure to drink. Really digging the rye in this. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3082) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pour is a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is some caramel malt with a nice hop. Flavor starts out with a nice mellwo hop then comes some almost intense rye malts to fill things out. Of all the rye beers I’ve had this one shows the rye the most. A very tasty rye barley wine

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3069) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
This has a really strong alcohol nose. It comes through much milder in the palate and makes for a nice biting taste.


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