Ramblin' Rye is a collaboration beer between AleSmith Brewing Co. and Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. Ramblin' Rye is a brown ale, but the bottle's back label goes into more detail calling the beer a "malty Roggenbeir." Roggenbier. That's a new one for me.
German Beer Institute, a roggenbier is a medieval ale brewed with barley, wheat and rye malts. The resulting beer is more robust and complex than your typical brown ale. You will not confuse a roggenbier with a mild English brown ale.
Rambling Rye is big, roasted and poured dark brown. It had a thin, cappuccino-colored foam that didn't stick around long and ran counter to the meaty beer underneath. You immediately taste the rye. It always brings heft and spice to a beer, and Ramblin' Rye was no exception. I also picked up chocolate and tobacco, in particular the tobacco wrapper of a fine, unlit cigar. I'm not sure whether this was subliminal or coincidence since one of the brewers is called Cigar City.
Ultimately, I liked and enjoyed this 8% abv beer. It's not a beer I'd reach to every day, but it was well crafted and interesting. I'm glad, too, it was not a traditional brown ale that the brewers juiced up, but a complete different style of brown ale.