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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange / amber pour with a thin white head. light rye nose with a touch of citrus... fighting a bit to get some aromas flowing. very nice body with rye, spices, pepper, grape, raisin, fig, and dates. sweet finish with more dark fruit layers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2150) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is displays lots of caramel, toffee and sherry with a bit of spice for effect. The flavor features the rye really well with spicy grains set in a sweet caramel malt backdrop. Earthy hops kick in giving this a nice IPA-like complexity, and also a bit of bread and biscuit fill in the back end. The palate is full and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering sherry and white pepper. Overall: I like the occasional sweet beer (as long as they don’t taste like saccharine), I love rye, and I worship barley-wines. How could this possibly miss, well it did not--this one came across as exceptional. I loved it. I tried pairing with a couple of cheeses as I occasionally wont to do: Goat Feta-not so good, Dutch Gouda-very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011
Appearance : Clear amber.
Aroma : Spicy rye with malt. Nice rye.
Taste : Spicy rye with malt, nice malt.
Overall : NIce stuff but nothing special. Nice rye and malt on the finish. Rather sweet. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
On tap@ the maproom. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet nose some grain touch of alcohol though nothing too strong in the nose. A little overly sweet lots of earthy hops that rye and toasted malts that also contend with that earthiness. Sweet but decent. Slick body Long earthy bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (2022) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Pours amber orange with no head. Aroma of malt and dark fruit. Taste is malt, prunes, slight bitterness. Interesting but not for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2019) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to Mike & Tim for sharing. Swampy looking, opaque copper body with nearly no head... barely even a ring forms around the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet, dark prunes & nearly vinous grapes with caramel, buttery toffee, & a light bit of toasty bread. Seems like some oxidation has taken place... lightly "stale" character in the back-end. Taste is big graham cracker up front with sweet toffee, light caramel, plums, prunes, grapes, & some more oxidation on the palate, lightly sherry-like but also somewhat stale & cardboard-y in the aftertaste. A little thin for a barley wine, & a mild rubbing alcohol character grows with too much warmth. Slightly disappointing considering how good the barrel aged version is. Wonder if this one was much better out of the gate?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Deeply hazed ruby pour with light off-white head that releases a very strong alcohol nose along with spicy and earthy hop notes and darkly roasted grain sweetness. Flavors are very strong: roasted barley sweetness, rye cereal spiciness, alcohol dryness in the finish, herbal and earthy hop bite, and very robust malt bottom. Texture is thick and vinous, with a luxuriant oily quality that needs to be sipped slowly and allowed to open up as it approaches room temperature. Very impressive experimental brew! Can’t wait for the BA version to mature.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by maximum12. Clear dark copper pour, a little carbonation and a nice boozy hop aroma. Flavor is nice spicy hops and a little booze mixed with some sweet caramel throughout. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to theAlum. A ton of dried fruit with some papery oxidation. A touch of raisins. Kinds thin. Overall solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed with Honkeybra. Smooth as hell. Incredibly deceptive with subtle flavors. Very malty but also perfectly balanced. Just a fantastic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged barley wines out there.


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