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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
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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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Massachusetts

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
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akang

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-22-2013 12:35:37 | More by akang
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-14-2013 02:40:37 | More by 2dogbrew
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

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

California

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
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2013 05:22:01 | More by Zbeetleman
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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.

HV

11-26-2011 02:30:56 | More by sholland119
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Fatehunter

Oregon

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.
Quite delicious.

05-14-2013 02:45:47 | More by Fatehunter
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-05-2012 03:42:29 | More by tbeq00
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jvillefan

California

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
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-11-2013 19:16:43 | More by funkel81
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-31-2013 02:53:07 | More by 2GOOFY
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beagle75

Iowa

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
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pkalix

California

4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

08-15-2013 00:53:24 | More by pkalix
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DovaliHops

California

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
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rawfish

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

03-18-2012 04:40:16 | More by rawfish
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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with the faintest of red tinge, while the head peaks out at 2 fingers thick and is a light tan in color. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is strong with great stick.

Smell - Strong notes of roasted malt and char smokiness. Chocolate. Distant coffee notes. Light floral and citrus hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant roasted malts. Char and peat smokiness. Dark chocolate. Moderate hops give it a touch of citrus zing, but they are nowhere near the star of the show. Where's the rye? Only hints in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Creamy, but the carbonation gives it a whipped-like quality. Undoubtedly will thicken up as it loses CO2.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a light, smokey RIS than it does your typical Classic 'Black IPA'. Reminiscent of Mad River Serious Madness and Grand Teton Black Cauldron alike. I don't get much rye flavor, and when rye is in the name of the beer, it should be the featured character; here it is not, thus the lower overall score. If rye weren't in the name, with probably gets a 90 score from me. Still as a beer itself, without taking into consideration the style, this is really good and a definite future buy.

07-18-2013 06:22:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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BeerManDan

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

12-18-2012 23:12:34 | More by BeerManDan
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-18-2012 04:34:05 | More by kevgod
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-19-2012 06:52:33 | More by jmccraney
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wethorseblanket

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap at the Universal City location.

A: Pours black with a thin mocha head which leaves sheets and blobs of lace.

N: Roasted malts with a faint citrus note. As warms more citrus comes along.

T: Roasty almost to the point of char. Pine and spicy from the rye malt.

M: Creamy, full body and semi-moderate carbonation.

O: Perhaps too much roast for me. Served very cold. Allow this to warm up some.

08-17-2012 02:45:09 | More by wethorseblanket
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-25-2013 03:55:24 | More by InfernoBoss
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-28-2012 19:45:56 | More by virinow
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2%

04-15-2013 02:54:35 | More by kingmaker
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.