Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
10-09-2011 03:41:00 | More by AleEvangelist
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-26-2011 02:30:56 | More by sholland119
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-09-2012 04:26:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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.
05-14-2013 02:45:47 | More by Fatehunter
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
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-06-2011 07:10:31 | More by laituegonflable
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-13-2011 07:16:51 | More by DovaliHops
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-23-2011 00:16:11 | More by Offa
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.