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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
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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Photo of AleEvangelist
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wonderfully dark with a rich, creamy head that had some staying power with great lacing.

Aroma: Complex, hoppy in the nose with a solid bed of malt underlying it. Roasted malt throughout, but floral and citrus notes also present; a gift for an ale this dark.

Taste: Wow! Roasted malt, some coffee bitterness accentuated by a beautiful hoppy bitterness! I am far more impressed than I thought I'd be! Finish is a lasting bitterness, which is hard to place: roasted malt, hops, or combination of both? Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth, the mouthfeel is precisely what I was hoping for. Hops cannot completely overpower the malt, and the result is something that, while eminently drinkable, is also quite rich and creamy.

Overall: This has been my first experience with Karl Strauss, and I must say, I am surprised. How I let something like this go under the radar for so long is beyond me. Malty sweetness battles west coast hoppiness in this epic battle. Who will win? I will...because it's quite good!

AleEvangelist, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Opaque pour, dark brown, almost black with a big tan head and great lacing.

S-Roasty and spicy, nice blend of roasted malt and rye malt. Delicious.

T-Nice roasted malt, spicy rye, earthy hops. Delicious flavors, well put together.

M-Medium bodied, crisp.

O-One of my favorite black ales. The rye component is quite nice. Beyond that this beer has a very nice rich roast that is often missing in this style.

HV

sholland119, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice american black ale. Carries all of the characteristics you want to see, but delivers it in a very drinkable fashion. Can't really think of any detractors besides a bit too much carbonation. Doesn't matter though. This is still a nice beer.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fatehunter, May 14, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Oct 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

virinow, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

InfernoBoss, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jheezee, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of jwalden
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of vma
4/5  rDev +2.3%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with mahogany edge up to the light. Head is nice and generous at first, dissipates to a sparse film but lovely lace left behind. Sensing a good body here, but yeah, looks nice.

Smells very boozey, but it's a nice character. Lots of coconut, sweet vanilla and marzipan nuttiness. Touch of honey, and a hint of bourbon at the back. Yeah, very pleasant though; nutty and sweet. Good use of rye.

Taste is also very nutty. A bit dry, really, with lots of slightly sour notes of roasted peanuts, macadamias and dark chocolate on the back. Plenty of nutty notes from the rye turns it almost savoury with a slight saltiness, marzipan and hint of brown sugar. Not as big or as boozey as I'd expected but a nice blend of lighter and darker grains for an interesting sweet palate.

Full, smooth, slightly hot from the booze but pretty nice anyway.

Nice beer with good characters. Quite intriguing, could use a little less booziness on the nose and feel.

laituegonflable, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Talisker
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Talisker, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

the_encinitan, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pjilsner, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pepelemofo, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kingmaker, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black with medium tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is lightly hoppy with some floral notes with a lot of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as most black IPAs I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The rye flavors add some nice characteristics to this brew. A lot of coffee and chocolate with a little bit of hops (a lot more than the nose). Some floral and earthy flavors as well. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this a tasty beer that has its alcohol very well-hidden. I would definitely purchase it again.

DovaliHops, Sep 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

2GOOFY, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

petermethot, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sunny289, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GatorCoop, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is nice, fairly characterful and well balanced.

Black with a medium-big tan head that slowly shrinks to thin foamy top, some nice lace.

Aroma is nice, toasty dark bread, caramelly prune and molasses, hints of citrus (fermented lemons) and rye. It's very nice, some depth and complexity.

Taste is nice charcoaly roasted grain, caramelly prunes. dark bread. It has nice sweetness with balancing bitterness that lingers and dominates the finish slightly. Feel is good, firm.

Offa, Oct 23, 2011
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.