I don’t just enjoy a rye whiskey – I’m also partial to rye in beer.
The grain imparts different qualities to the beverages.
In whiskey there’s usually a light sweet aroma, rather dry palate & a gorgeous spiciness to finish.
In beer I loose the spice.
With this Session Rye from DOT Brew a light sweet & fruity nose kicks things off.
Definitely dry on the palate.
Then fades rather quickly leaving you wanting more!
Rye grain is harder to work with – which is probably why it’s use faded over the years.
Makes it all the more enjoyable to savour when it does appear!
The Irish Craft Beer scene continues to grow.
Partly by innovation, collaboration & the exploration of new tastes & styles.
This latest barrel aged beer does all three.
It uses rye – a relatively unexplored grain for Irish Beer – as well as Irish Whiskey.
It’s also a collaboration by 12 Acres of Co Laois and DOT Brew in Dublin, who give this grain a further twist – by ageing it in Irish Whiskey barrels – as well as other finishes.
I got a pleasantly sweet orange note on the nose – which complemented the beer’s attractive colour.
The carbonation was relatively light – & suited me fine.
Rather than the dry signature spice I expect from rye whiskey – a wonderfully rich combination of earthy rye, biscuity malt & a fresh fruity element greeted me on tasting.
At 9% – this is no shrinking violet.
Heavy in flavour – but light on the palate.