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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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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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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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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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kingmaker

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2%

04-15-2013 02:54:35 | More by kingmaker
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

09-07-2012 20:18:47 | More by gleemonger
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MrVonzipper

California

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Pitch black with no light penetrating. Solid, dense foamy khaki head with nice retention and lacing.

Dark malt, chocolate, woody oakiness, and faint hop notes like pine bark on the nose.

Flavor is a little different than other cascadian dark ales due to the rye ( I assume). It has a spicy earthiness that others don't have. Flavors include notes of bitter chocolate, piney bark like hops and a very nice coffee character especially on the back end.

Full bodied, rich yet crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall this is a damn good beer. I like it because it's different. Great overall character and flavor. I definitely recommend a try with an understanding of something different here.

09-04-2011 20:28:02 | More by MrVonzipper
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Irrationalist

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

04-28-2012 16:46:35 | More by Irrationalist
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

03-07-2013 13:41:27 | More by YamagamiTravis
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rand

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

From bomber to Mikasa pint glass

A: Black in color, coffee-tan 2-inch fluffy head that slow to recede. Ample lacing all over the glass

M: The nose is malt-forward, with scents of chocolate, toasted caramelly malts and sweet, multigrain bread. Fresh citrusy hops are right behind, joined by a nice whiff of alcohol.

T: Congruent with the nose, the malty aspects are noticed first, but the hops are more prominent on the palate. Toasty, bready mid-sip as West Coast-style resiny hops more than balance out the chocolate/coffee tones. The sip finishes on the bitter side of the profile.

M: Medium-to-light bodied, ample carbonation. Just about the perfect complexion for the style.

Another tasty brew in Karl Strauss' revamped line up. I just notice "Red Trolley, Off the Rails", which cracked me up because Red Trolley was one of teh reasons I dismissed Karl Strauss for so long. Well, no longer, and although this isn't the best of some the black IPA's to recently pop up around here, it's damn good.

12-04-2011 07:39:50 | More by rand
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.