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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2012 02:46:31 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous soul for sending this bottle my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a good off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Very thin cap and a good-sized collar hang around throughout. Lots of spotty lacing. The nose brings some earthy and piney hops along with a good dosing of roast and some slight chocolate character. The flavor doesn't have quite as much hop character, but there's a nice bitterness to round everything out. There's a touch of rye, though I'm not sure I could have picked it out had I not known it was there. Medium body with good carbonation. Roasty bitterness through the finish. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:20:25 | More by Thorpe429
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-22-2013 00:34:43 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:26:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-22-2013 06:26:45 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 05:13:38 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a full off-white head, good retention, solid lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some citrusy hops with a hint of spice.

T: Dark chocolate malt and grapefruit, tastes like an average Black IPA, no real rye spice character. Middle of the road.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O: Solid to the style, but the promise of the rye didn't really come to fruition. Though if you like the style, you'll like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:55:19 | More by Halcyondays
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:07:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-28-2013 16:27:02 | More by GraduatedCashew
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laituegonflable

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 07:10:31 | More by laituegonflable
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FosterJM

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1226th Review on BA
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@Karl Strauss Costa Mesa

App-  Major dark pour with a abyss like density. Again no head but has MAJOR sheen and cling. Damn good looking.

Smell-  Much like a black lager. Just a malty mix of scents. A little rye but nothing sticks out.

Taste-  Very rye forward and a mix of a black IPA but just kinda bland. No real flavor differation and just kinda eh.

Mouth- A medium body almost on the low side. Medium carbonation with a medium rye residual flavor.

Drink- Just kinda eh. Nothing special but has some okay flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 03:02:43 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle2k10 for yet another bomber of rye goodness. Black Rye? Intriguing or abomination? Let's find out. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is black. Nose is gentle & unobtrusive. Soft sweet malts, touch of roast, slight milkiness. Porteresque.

Boardwalk Black Rye is a the taste equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. Big notes of roast up front (the fingernails) followed closely by a clashing crescendo of citrus & spices (the chalkboard), mixed with tire-slashing bitterness (the shrieking classmates). It doesn't actually taste bad, it just makes my face scrunch up - making it even more marred & leering, I'm sure - every time I take a sip. Half a bomber will be just fine, thank you.

Possibly the least well integrated beer I've ever tasted, & in the top 5% of beers with a mild smell that lure you into a completely different experience once the glass tings off your teeth. Not even sure how to score this. Is there a score for "jarring"? I guess I'll go with mediocre, because it's not bad, but I am certainly never going to need one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:20:42 | More by maximum12
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 20:44:43 | More by ehammond1
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-15-2014 03:44:02 | More by mattmarka1
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-29-2013 05:56:01 | More by jenray
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date on this one. Hopefully not too old.

A: Pours dark brown with a good sized thick light brown head. Head fades quite slowly. Top notch head retention. Mid-range fluffy smears of lacing here and there.

S: Some floral character and citrus. Some raisin/dark fruit? A bit of roasted malt, mostly char. I get just a hint of anise too.

T: A little bit of hoppiness initially, mainly citrus. Get some caramel, char, spices and chocolate in the middle. Caramel fades leaving a much more bitter baker's chocolate and char remaining behind. Touch of citrus and caramel and chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a touch chalky in the aftertaste (char).

O: Decent black IPA. Hoppiness is very subdued, though it might be an old bottle (who knows). Roasted malt and caramel is nice though. Didn't get much rye either, maybe there's some in the middle that I couldn't quite identify. Decent but nothing special overall. Might have been really good fresh with some strong hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 06:07:24 | More by Dope
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-12-2014 19:15:09 | More by petermethot
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:16:11 | More by Offa
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akang

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-22-2013 12:35:37 | More by akang
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Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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