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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 07-19-2011)
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kimbo33
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a crazy idea! A black rye...and I love it! Shared this with a friend. Rye and smoky malts are obviously a perfect match. Nice bubbly mouthfeel...smooth aftertaste. Goes down very easy for a beer with that much roasted flavor up front. Rye adds nice complexity to it. Almost no hop flavor, all malt. WOuld seek this out.

kimbo33, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

kevgod, Oct 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

gleemonger, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Irrationalist, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of jdougherty
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jdougherty, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of hackedfly
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

hackedfly, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of DSkilling
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DSkilling, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We’ve had a lot of great beers find their way out of the (far) southland to our humble shack in the north. San Diego has long been a Mecca for craft beer aficionados, and the Karl Strauss Brewing Company has had a big hand in establishing that beachhead. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the Tower 10 IPA, or Red Trolley Ale, but I couldn’t get enough of their Full Suit Belgian brown seasonal.

Perhaps Karl Strauss needs to be thinking outside of the box to really shine. Boardwalk Black Rye, the latest in the brewery’s limited “Coastal Reserve” line, pours stout black with excellent head retention and lacing. Upon first sip, it is hard to pin down exactly what style of beer this is. There are a ton of Ahtanum hops balancing out a pretty heavy amount of caramelized rye that ultimately pushes it toward a “Rye PA,” but then there is the rest of the heavy grain bill to contend with. With a healthy bit of black malts adding further luxuriant mouth feel to an already creamy brew boasting 8% alcohol, perhaps this is some kind of Imperial Porter. Whatever it is, it’s tasty.

Hints of dried fruit (prunes, raisins), chocolate, and black coffee all play against a warming Bourbon alcohol note. The hops, however, take the last word with a nice lingering bitter tongue. This beer would make an excellent after-dinner drink.

monkeylovebeer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, devilish black colour, with a fine, slightly filmy, but solid enough head of yellowish mocha coloured foam. Lacing is intricate and fine. Body is actually quite light, and the beer is strangely translucent at the edges. Otherwise, a fine looking beer.

Nose is extremely pleasant, with a lovely blend of fresh citric hop characters and spicy dark rye notes. Together, it gives this nuanced, deep and complex hoppy aroma, that is layered and sophisticated. You can sense the darkness as well, but the rye is the main contributor other than the hops. And boy it's pleasant.

Taste is also excellent, with a smoothness from the malt skittering off course with the biting, citric fresh hop characters and the earthy, aromatic and slightly tart rye character. It gives this lovely conglomerate of flavours, at once fresh and lively and grounded and earthy.

The feel is excellent: smooth, but surprisingly light for the volume and the level of flavour. It allows the characters to come through fully, but never feels like it's not supporting them enough.

What a great beer. Rye is a marvellous addition here, giving an extra layer of complexity on top of an already layered and complex beer. The style calls for jarring dichotomies, and this beer has them, but also drags everything together into a coherent whole.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GRG1313, May 09, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but fruity dark brown ale with a lovely lacy head. This is quite a surprise, so intensely flavored yet mellow and drinkable. Big nose. The rye adds something like smouldering juniper twigs to the mix. One of the more sucessful rye brewed beers I've tried. Label notes "black and caramelized rye malt." Hops are listed as Ahtanum, which seems to be a good choice for the major spiciness that goes well with the scratchy rye-ness. Nice malty aftertaste along with faint hint of sour from the burnt malt, along with a fruity acidity.

I think this would be a highly rated beer if more enthusiasts got to taste it. KS may sell tons of uninspiring red and blonde beer, but their seasonals are invariably well-made and interesting. Sensational example of this "whutizzit" American black style.

mactrail, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for starters, my bottle says BOARDWALK BLACK RYE IPA. I cannot find anything else like this on BA, and I think they recently changed the label... i'm confused, but here goes (quickly):
black pour with a nice little head that is not very firm; smells nice and roasty. smells very nice. some green hop in there and some espresso, I think, and the taste follows that suit. a little burnt-ness to it, but very easy going down. rye seems to come at the finish with a little bitterness but overall this is pleasantly better than I was expecting. my apologies. I just hadn't had much respect for karl strauss but this is a serious abv with an astonishingly easy drinkability. I want to give it an 87 on appearance and smell but cannot, so I split them.

pkalix, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of sergio1va
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Downey Brewing Company, Downey, Ca

Pours to a reddish black pour with a light brown foam head. Scents of Malts and Hops are present even before your first sip. Upon drinking this beer you discover the great balance between the malts and the hops infused in this beer. It drinks more like a stout without a terrible impact of hoppiness in the profile. Drink this beer with some spicy food like chile con carne and you'll discover the best of both worlds- great food and great beer. Cheers.

sergio1va, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MrVonzipper, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Zorro, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours stout black with an enormous mocha head of fizz with good retention that settles to a half finger rocky clump on cream. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, toasted bread and prunes with a bit on char followed by a sharp citrus and pine hoppiness. No alcohol and no rye spice on the nose.

Dark roasted coffee, toasted bread, chocolate and toffee make a strong malt back bone without being overbearing as the hops come in with bright citrus and pine resin, textbook west coast hop bill. A bit of a bitter kick and smokiness on the finish. Delicious.

Fairly smooth texture over the palate with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and finishes drying after the malts lay down good and slick.

I didn't get much of the rye in this beer perhaps it added a bit of the fruitiness in the nose. A well hopped porter with nearly as much roasted malt complexity as a stout. Equally balanced, Karl struck gold with this offering.

rawfish, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It is a watery looking dark brown with a one finger head that does not last very long.

S: There is a strong hopy smell covering the grains in the background. Malt is also present in the aroma.

T: Very good. The malt, hop, and grain balance each other out perfectly.

M: Very good. It has a little less carbonation then I like but the viscosity is what I look for in a beer.

O: Very good. If you have the opportunity to get this beer do it.

jvillefan, Nov 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bona2vada, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

colforbin73, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

andidsaywhat, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

silentdonkey, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jaredkc889, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

sbanacho, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown in color with a fair amount of tan foam and an average amount of lace on the sides of the pint glass. The smell of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and a possible hint of caramel. A real nice aroma of different components with out the over powering smell of alcohol. Dark roasted, slightly burnt, coffee flavor, along with a touch of dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, with an aftertaste of rye. A very different flavor that is bitter and yet, very pleasant! Don't forget you can also get that alcohol kick after a few minutes.

BeerManDan, Dec 18, 2012
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Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.