ScubaDave (3) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2013 does not count
Deep coppery-red and clear. The low, tan head falls quickly (as expected for 10%abv.) The aroma is of sweet malt with rich toffee and caramel notes and just a hint of rye spiciness. The flavor is hugely complex with layers of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and spiciness. The finish is long and layered with some nice, warming alcohol. The spiciness and dryness lent by the rye give this beer a drinkability that standard barleywines lack. This is a rich, complex beer and it would be easy to have several in an evening. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Everything about this delicious barleywine seems just right. Lots of complexity and darkness along with an extra alcohol boost. You’d be well served to have one of these. TH28 (451) - - JUN 8, 2013
Appearance is deep brown with a taupe colored foam cap. Aroma is really deep, rich malt, with a hint of rye, molasses, and smoke. Taste is all malt with dark fruit, chocolate, raisin, and roasted and caramel malts. Slight spice from the rye, and roastiness increases as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice but not overwhelming thickness. There’s just enough hop bitterness on the finish to balance it out, and definitely a nice bit of alcohol warmth, common for the style. Leaves a nice roasted malt flavor on the tongue that doesn’t linger too long superspak (5591) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/5/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, rye, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, apple, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, rye, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, rye, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt and fruity ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. BeerKurve (520) - - JUL 18, 2013
Nice Crimson color with a khaki head. Nose has rye, spice, caramel, malts, citrus hops and yeasts. Flavor has strong spicy-rye notes upfront, followed by citrus hops, caramelized malts, barley, and ginger. Body is fairly heavy and thick; Carbonation is fairly mild but this beer is a sipper. I’m not exactly a big fan of rye but this was actually quite good.
sjohnny (635) - - AUG 8, 2013
Fruit, booze and lightly bready aroma. Pours a very dark ruby or garnet red with a thin light tan head. Dark fruit sweet with a slight yeast or bread flavor. Hints of spice. Crisp on the finish with a little warmth and ester. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Rich malt, some sweetness, hops. A tad bit of spice, dark fruit. Decently full body, creamy, malt, a little alcohol. Fairly strong taste, but very nice balance. Pretty good. ronaldtheriot (1933) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine Ale has a thin-to-medium beige head, a semi-clear, red-brown (amber) appearance, some visible bubble streams, no sediment, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich bread, cream sherry, sweetness, caramel, and nougat. Flavor is of those elements, a little metal (sadly), some alcohol, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Ryewine finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and easily drinkable. Very little alcohol detected in this booze bomb. Overall, this is most excellent. RJT MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Dark brown pour w/ a hint of mahogany and a small off white head w/ ok lacing and a pretty good amount of visible carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Rich sweet aroma of light toffee a hint of pepper and a light spice I can’t quite place. A bit of a toasty character develops as it warms. Alcohol is clearly present with a bit of heat in the nostrils if you pull a few big whiffs in a row. Full well coated lightly creamy palate. Flavor is sweet, much more so than you’d expect form a Barley Wine maybe more of an ASA to style. The sweet malt characters and light spices carry through the finish is surprisingly clean for such a light hop flavor and high sugar content. Enjoyed this one quite a bit, even if I didn’t really get Barley Wine out of it. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle poured into a shaker. From notes. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue. Aroma of dark fermented fruits with some molasses, a little red wine and some oatmeal. Taste is similar, more leaning towards the dark fruits and molasses. Sweet but dry in the finish. Overall, very enjoyable. Nothing crazy but something ill enjoy drinking.