Hermitage Ryetopia
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Ryetopia has been, literally, a year in the making. This beer is the first, of hopefully many, beers that will come from our barrel aging program. Ryetopia was brewed with a generous portion of malted and crystal rye, which lends a spicy complexity to the beer. To balance out the malt flavors, Ryetopia was hopped with Bravo, Apollo, and Cascade hops. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this is a smooth sipper of a beer that will age well in the years to come. According to HBC Head Brewer Greg Filippi has this to say about the beer. Ryetopia is our homage to the delicious yet often overlooked rye malt. We started with a big bold barley­wine style ale, then beefed it up with a healthy dose of rye malt and crystal rye (about 16% of the total grist). Rye is known for its dry, slightly spicy flavor in beer. Crystal rye goes through a different malting process which converts some of the starches in the grain into simpler sugars before we add it to our mash. This results in a sweeter flavor, adding hints of licorice and toffee to the finished beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, wood, malts and some hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bourbon, chocolate, rye, alcohol, oak and malts. Gets better as it warms up. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (599) - Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Huge toffee and caramel in the aroma with bourbon barrel, plum, brown sugar and booze. Beautiful reddish brown color with no head. The taste has a lot of the toffee and caramel but brings in a lot more of the bourbon barrel and alcohol heat. The rye is most prevalent in the aftertaste. Great smooth palate which coats the mouth just enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Hermitage, a brewer that I had never tried before. This may be sacrilege, but this beer reminds me of BCS Barleywine and I believe it is just as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle, shared at game night. Murky amber with golden highlights and a low off white head. Bourbon is quite pronounced in the aroma, leading to some trepidation about balance on the palate. Thankfully there is a lot of malt here, and things come together nicely. Still bourbon-heavy, but not harsh really. There is done alcoholic heat in the finish, but more warming than intrusive. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
944play (402) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draft at Sprenger’s. Foggy brown with receding off white head. Unbelievable toffee, caramel, and lightly floral nose. Not as sweet as the barrel-heavy aroma would suggest, but instead nice root beer and citrus bitters pervade. Dextrins abound, making a viscous appearance and initial mouthfeel, but it wipes away quickly. This beer is *special,* damn it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2016
The beer pours muddy brown with almost no head. The aroma has caramel, toffee, vanilla, extra thick milk caramel and light oak. It has a big rich body body that’s lush and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor has a ton of rich caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, maple syrup and since alcohol. The finish has some more alcohol burn. Pretty tasty barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours caramel malt tan head. Nose/taste of rye, bourbon, oak, caramel, maple syrup and touch of spice - medium/full bodied for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle pours medium brown with ruby highlights, thin off-white head. Aroma sweet malts and bourbon. Taste sweet malts, caramel, toffee, bourbon, slight oak. Finish mainly bourbon and very slight hops/oak. Thick palate with nice alcohol tingle.

OK everybody puts "caramel’ in their descriptions of malty beers but with this one the caramel is REALLY pronounced. Very nice effort from a brewery I’m not familiar with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours dark brown. Lots of malt and caramel on the nose. Rye is prominent. Slight roast. Heavy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Probably my favorite at the GArBF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (958) - - MAY 18, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear brown amber color with a small tan head. Taste is a perfect balance between a toffee/vanilla sweetness and a spicy rye graininess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours a clear dark copper with hints of garnet, a small off white head and decent lacing. Aroma has a sweet toffee and cookie flavor, raisin, vanilla and some rye graininess. Taste is very similar to aroma with initial sweetness of molasses and toffee with a rounded rye spiciness, some bourbon character, prominent vanilla and only a slight bit of alcohol. Finishes with some sweetness and alcohol spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Interesting and more drinkable than I would have expected. Like the nice balance and blending of flavors and the different tastes that the crystal rye brings to it.

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