Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
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
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
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
1226th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@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.
04-22-2012 03:02:43 | More by FosterJM
3/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
02-28-2014 03:20:42 | More by maximum12
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-16-2012 06:07:24 | More by Dope
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
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
4.04/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-09-2011 03:25:29 | More by jvillefan
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
A: Opaque dark brown color showing some light transmission at the edges, with over one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Intensely roasty with some contrasting herbaceous hops, slight wood smoke, and a re-occurring whiff of carbon dioxide. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins dry, with chewy chocolate malt and restrained piney hop aromatics amidst mild acidity. Astringency surges into the middle as dark roast persists, lasting to the end. Bitterness during the finish has a green herbaceous quality in addition to charcoal. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, balanced and slightly wet on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: This dark ale from Karl Strauss has all of the unrefined roasted malt one might expect, with a somewhat heightened herbaceous hop presence. It captures the character of many other porter-styles brewed by this brewery that have not made it to the bottle (for better or worse).
08-19-2011 00:38:14 | More by beagle75
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
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.