Review: Five & 20 Rhiskey Business
New York’s Five & 20 doesn’t just make whiskey, like many craft distilleries, it also makes beer. Its Rhiskey Business combines both worlds: The aged rye beer is made with local pale malt, C10 malt, rye malt, and chocolate malt along with Chinook and locally grown Cascade hops. After fermentation, it’s aged in the company’s freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels for approximately 7 months.
The mahogany colored beer is ultra-sweet up front, heavy with figs, vanilla, and a strong milk chocolate character. There’s rye-driven spice on top, but the chocolate malt and whiskey barrel have had their way with this beer, leaving the front top-heavy with sugar. It settles down with time, and a note of peppered crackers, lightly buttered, eventually winds its way to the palate. The finish offers a reprise of that jammy fig note.
As barrel-aged beers go, Rhiskey Business is fairly innocuous, though the relatively low alcohol level might make it more approachable to newcomers to the category.
B / $NA (12 oz bottle) / fiveand20.com
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