Four Peaks Winter Wobbler 2011: Ryewine

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Well, youve heard of a Barleywine right? Its much the same except we used a large amount of rye malt in place of the barley. The Ryewine will be a little lower in alcoholic strength (9.1%) than our barleywine (12%), and unlike our Hopsquatch it is considerably lower in hop bitterness and aroma. We did dry-hop the Ryewine, though, with a little Hersbrucker hops. It will also be noticeably drier and less sweet than the Hopsquatch. Why rye? Because rye imparts a spicier, heartier flavor to beer. And, following in the tradition of all of the previous Winter Wobblers, which tend to be darker in color, we added a new malt called chocolate rye. This will impart a darker hue as well as lending some roasted flavors to the beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2012
On tap following the Flannys Four Peaks tap takeover, dark brown pour with a light aroma of dark fruits and grain. Taste is also light overall for flavor. It is a fine beer, but do not think it has aged particularly well as it appears to have zapped an abundance of the flavor away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DesertDevil (698) - Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
(From notes) On tap in a snifter at Four Peaks. Pours a dark brown and burgundy color with an off-white, 3/4-inch head and light, even lacing. A slightly malty aroma with notes of wine and wood. Initially, the taste is grainy and acidic with a very dry finish that sadly leads to a harsh rye aftertaste. The rye and alcohol taste increases greatly as the beer warms. In general, Im not a fan of rye beers and this one did nothing to change my attitude toward them. I normally enjoy the annual Winter Wobble variations, but this is not one of Four Peaks better efforts. Hopefully, the 2012 version will be something closer to the 2010 Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
12/5/11 4P winter wobbler rye bw 9.1% Porter color. Creamy tannish ow head. A is cold...earthy, citrus-candied lemon peel,soapy rye F has some tea-like qualities akin to bourbon,some choco,toffee, tingly AT,soapy rye Med body,creamy and smooth but quite dry and very un-barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap at the Tempe Four Peaks location poured into a squat tulip glass revealing a mahogany colored body with brown edges and a short lived two minute tan head leaving behind some spotty lacing. The modest aroma offers up some sweet dark fruity esters and a rye like spiciness with milder notes of pine and maybe grapefruit in the background. The aroma is muted due to it being served a good ten degrees too cold. The taste is almost candy like with a sweet mixture of malt sweetened citrus hops, sweet dark fruity esters and a modest amount of malt sweetened pine like hops. It gets a touch chalky midway as some dryness is ushered in as the finishes approaches. It has a pleasing faintly rich flavor that leaves somewhat dryness and spiciness lingering into the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
At tempe location with eaglefan538. Good dry citrus and rye aroma. Black brew with thin head. Decent mix of flavor to keep us talking about the beer as we were distracted ambience of the place. Dry on the palate decent brew. Thanks Brian good catching up with you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 14, 2011
On draft at the brewpub in Tempe w/ bockyhorsey, crazy wild place, attractive young ladies. The aroma was brown sugar, citrus, spices. .The flavor was brown sugar, citrus hops, spices, chocolate, wheat, caramel. The mouthfeel was moderate to full bodied for a wheatwine, carbonation low. Neat little tulip glass serving, adding a point for the servers appearance too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
On tap at the Tempe location. Pours coffee in color with a ruby tint around the edge and a trim beige head. Smells of sweet malts, candy sugar, lemon zest, and alcohol. Tastes of each with and added note of licorice and rye grain in the flavor. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2011
(On draught at scottsdale grille). Pours a dark mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma has caramel, wheat and some spice. Taste is sweet with caramel, chocolate, and banana. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Spicy finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2011
On tap at four peaks in Scottsdale. Dark brown pour with a very thin head. The rye comes out and hits you in the face. Toasted malt on the palate with an almost smokey finish. Heavy on the alcohol. Better as it warms as it was served too cold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Dark brown pour. Tan head. Spicy rye note is the first aroma that hits. Followed by light cocoa, light alcohol and bready notes. Flavor is a superb mix of sweet malt, dryness, just enough hops, earthy. Damn good stuff.

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