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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 07-19-2011)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

22oz brown bomber w/ a freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, huge head.

SMELL: Spicy rye, thick resin hoppiness, roasty edge, dark fruit, dark bread.

TASTE: Roasty, spicy, hop oil, resin, pipe tobacco, charcoal, alcohol, burnt currants, semi-dry, semi-burnt biscuits.

A beer to seek out ... Rye, hops & roasted character all work great together. Rye is a great twist on the Black IPA.

10-04-2011 04:05:07 | More by Jason
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-28-2012 19:45:56 | More by virinow
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black pour with a thin off-white cap. Regular and lined lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt and chocolate aromas, though relatively simple and one-note.

Flavor consists of the same: roasted malt and some faint chocolate along with some hop bitterness. Simple, and dominated by the roast.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A roasty and simple black ale. Nothing particularly special or unique. Drinkable. Average.

07-28-2011 20:44:43 | More by ehammond1
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-25-2013 03:55:24 | More by InfernoBoss
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MrVonzipper

California

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Pitch black with no light penetrating. Solid, dense foamy khaki head with nice retention and lacing.

Dark malt, chocolate, woody oakiness, and faint hop notes like pine bark on the nose.

Flavor is a little different than other cascadian dark ales due to the rye ( I assume). It has a spicy earthiness that others don't have. Flavors include notes of bitter chocolate, piney bark like hops and a very nice coffee character especially on the back end.

Full bodied, rich yet crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall this is a damn good beer. I like it because it's different. Great overall character and flavor. I definitely recommend a try with an understanding of something different here.

09-04-2011 20:28:02 | More by MrVonzipper
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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with the faintest of red tinge, while the head peaks out at 2 fingers thick and is a light tan in color. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is strong with great stick.

Smell - Strong notes of roasted malt and char smokiness. Chocolate. Distant coffee notes. Light floral and citrus hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant roasted malts. Char and peat smokiness. Dark chocolate. Moderate hops give it a touch of citrus zing, but they are nowhere near the star of the show. Where's the rye? Only hints in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Creamy, but the carbonation gives it a whipped-like quality. Undoubtedly will thicken up as it loses CO2.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a light, smokey RIS than it does your typical Classic 'Black IPA'. Reminiscent of Mad River Serious Madness and Grand Teton Black Cauldron alike. I don't get much rye flavor, and when rye is in the name of the beer, it should be the featured character; here it is not, thus the lower overall score. If rye weren't in the name, with probably gets a 90 score from me. Still as a beer itself, without taking into consideration the style, this is really good and a definite future buy.

07-18-2013 06:22:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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somnus

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-18-2013 23:19:42 | More by somnus
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bona2vada


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-29-2012 16:09:16 | More by bona2vada
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Picked up a bottle at a Whole Foods. It poured dark brown with a thick tan head and lacing in my mug. It's a thick black ale that first reminds me of an imperial porter for all the cocoa. But as the beer warmed the spicy rye and citrus hops came forward. Still, I'd like less body, there's a lot of vague barley sweetness that's getting in the way of the hops and rye. Not a bad take on the style, but not my favorite either. On the West Coast I'd opt for a Deschutes Hop in the Dark.

06-03-2012 00:14:51 | More by tempest
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a rich roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Wonderful.
The taste is rich as well. Roasted malt, rye spice, coffee just a little bit burnt.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
Quite delicious.

05-14-2013 02:45:47 | More by Fatehunter
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-08-2011 05:59:03 | More by jheezee
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-19-2012 06:52:33 | More by jmccraney
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GRG1313

California

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Pours a brown/black with a dark khaki head that is rich, full and creamy looking.

Nose is rich sweet chocolate; roasted grain, bing cherries and sweet black plum - very nice and very complex and layered.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and rich. Very well balanced and nicely carbonated. In fact, mouthfeel is superb.

Flavors follow nose and mouth - all around good. Big assertive roasted grain, sweet black chocolate and rich "black" tones. Plums, chocolate cherries, chocolate cherry liquor and rich chocolate tones lead to a bitter chocolate finish that goes on and one to a bitter grapefruit minutes later, all with rye flavor undertones.

My only real criticism is that there is not as much rye character as I'd like. Otherwise, this one is one of the nicest black beers I've had and one of the best from Karl Strauss.

I taste at room temperature which, I believe, really brings out the character and flavors of this one.

05-09-2012 04:08:34 | More by GRG1313
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jdougherty

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-30-2012 07:23:20 | More by jdougherty
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afrokaze

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

05-18-2013 22:21:41 | More by afrokaze
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javiernano

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2012 01:35:33 | More by javiernano
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-18-2012 04:34:05 | More by kevgod
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Pugs78

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-27-2013 05:00:19 | More by Pugs78
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wethorseblanket

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap at the Universal City location.

A: Pours black with a thin mocha head which leaves sheets and blobs of lace.

N: Roasted malts with a faint citrus note. As warms more citrus comes along.

T: Roasty almost to the point of char. Pine and spicy from the rye malt.

M: Creamy, full body and semi-moderate carbonation.

O: Perhaps too much roast for me. Served very cold. Allow this to warm up some.

08-17-2012 02:45:09 | More by wethorseblanket
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-13-2013 20:18:02 | More by Zaphog
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jwalden

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-05-2013 21:06:53 | More by jwalden
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Zorro

California

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Clear dark brown colored ale with a good sized lighter brown colored head, looks a lot like a strong porter.

Smells hoppy and a little sour with lots of patent malt and hops. Fairly strong carrot scent from the hops mixed with the patent malt. A little chocolate and coffee, but not really that big a part of the smell.

Starts out tasting like a heavily hopped porter, similar to Flying Dog Gonzo. Fairly sweet with a strong carrot taste. Still this is more of a porter than a Black IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, but not really a Hoppy beer. This is an Imperial Porter and a dead ringer for Flying Dog Gonzo. A very tasty beer that I will buy again. A cheaper and possibly superior version of Gonzo.

12-15-2011 04:07:53 | More by Zorro
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thebeeler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-01-2014 15:51:04 | More by thebeeler
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colforbin73

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-27-2012 03:24:46 | More by colforbin73
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andidsaywhat

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-19-2012 17:49:07 | More by andidsaywhat
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Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.