HeBrew, the self proclaimed chosen beer line from Schmaltz Brewing, has chosen to team up with Buffalo Trace Distillery. The uniting of the brewery and distillery consists of Schmaltzs Bittersweet Lennys R.I.P.A. (a rye double IPA) aged in Sazerac 6 Year Rye barrels. Released in 2005, the 90 proof Sazerac 6 Year Rye is a blend of a small group of barrels.
The bonding between Lennys R.I.P.A and the Sazerac 6 Year Rye barrels resulted in a delectable brew labeled R.I.P.A. on Rye. The beer was brewed with an obscene amount of malt and hops, 9 malt varieties and 7 hop varieties to be exact. We enjoyed the whiskey presence, which was everywhere, especially on the lingering finish. The beer had a decent hop character, but for the most part this was overshadowed by the whiskey and caramel malt. Hints of sweet vanilla and chocolate were a pleasant surprise. Everything from the dark brown color to the ridiculous amount of malts and hops gave R.I.P.A. a barleywine- esque nature.
If you wish to try this concoction, make sure to come in soon, as only 469 cases were produced. If you miss out on this offering, you may still be in luck. It looks like Schmaltz Brewing will be making a habit out of barrel aging, as they have indicated that new barrel aged creations are in the works. Which of the HeBrew beers would you like to see barrel aged next?