Archive for January, 2013
There’s a very special project at 10Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon called the Small Tank Project. These very small batch beers are typically done on a special basis, probably like an R&D project, I’d imagine.
While at Newport Market in Bend recently, I came across a beer called Rye’m or Treason, the latest product to come out of the Small Tank Product. This Imperial Red Ale is the brainchild of a fellow by the name Bobby Jackson – production brewer at 10Barrel and in charge of the barrel program.
According to Jackson, Rye’m or Treason is a play off of Super Fly Rye that they ‘imperialized’ (I’m not sure what that means – if you do, please leave a comment below!). The beer is aged in whiskey barrels from a distiller in Park City, Utah.
Each bottle of Rye’m or Treason comes hand-dipped in wax, so the minute you go to pop the top on this brew, you’e in for a treat. This rare ale comes in at around 60 IBUs and is about 11% ABV.
Rye’m or Treason pours a special copper red color and has a creamy beige head. To your nose, you can smell the fresh oak and hints of vanilla.
Unlike any beer I’ve ever had – it’s big, bold and very, very interesting. Being aged in rye whiskey barrels, it’s very flavorful but not overwhelming. I can taste a lot of different hints of earthy hops, whisky, fruit and an amazing barley-focused finish.
I must say, this is the best beer I’ve ever experienced. It’s flavorful and leaves you feeling like you’ve just gone on a journey guided by an experienced ale artisan.
Go find this beer today!