Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Brau Brothers Rye Wyne Ale
I am SO glad I got a bottle of this from a buddy who is from the area. I cellared the bottle for a few months before opening and think this could probably sit for a good year or two before it peaks. But, that is way too long for me to wait...and I never was a fan of patience.
Poured into a 10 oz. snifter. The smell is wonderful. Tons of whiskey, malt, vanilla, and oak. Not much head, but the color is a bit murky, but still enticing. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, which I could use less of. However, that is ok because the taste is as good as the aroma. The whiskey is down-played in comparison to the smell, but it's definitely a main component of the profile.
Let this one warm. I started drinking it right out of the fridge. After about 20 minutes, the characteristics of this brew really come out. I got a lot more whiskey and wood flavors as it warmed. The malt sweetness really is a great balance to the harsh booziness (which I am quite partial to).Point blank: if you're in the Northern Mid-west and can score a bottle, try and get at least two or three so you can try some now and save the rest for a rainy day.
Overall, this is an awesome beer. And for what it's worth, I preferred this over Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye (which I look forward to trying again now that they've been in the cellar for about a year).
I need to shout out @Apostlebrewing for sharing Rye Wyne with me!
Serving type: bottle