Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
05-09-2012 04:08:34 | More by GRG1313
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
1226th Review on BA
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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
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
4.48/5 rDev +14.3%
We’ve had a lot of great beers find their way out of the (far) southland to our humble shack in the north. San Diego has long been a Mecca for craft beer aficionados, and the Karl Strauss Brewing Company has had a big hand in establishing that beachhead. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the Tower 10 IPA, or Red Trolley Ale, but I couldn’t get enough of their Full Suit Belgian brown seasonal.
Perhaps Karl Strauss needs to be thinking outside of the box to really shine. Boardwalk Black Rye, the latest in the brewery’s limited “Coastal Reserve” line, pours stout black with excellent head retention and lacing. Upon first sip, it is hard to pin down exactly what style of beer this is. There are a ton of Ahtanum hops balancing out a pretty heavy amount of caramelized rye that ultimately pushes it toward a “Rye PA,” but then there is the rest of the heavy grain bill to contend with. With a healthy bit of black malts adding further luxuriant mouth feel to an already creamy brew boasting 8% alcohol, perhaps this is some kind of Imperial Porter. Whatever it is, it’s tasty.
Hints of dried fruit (prunes, raisins), chocolate, and black coffee all play against a warming Bourbon alcohol note. The hops, however, take the last word with a nice lingering bitter tongue. This beer would make an excellent after-dinner drink.
02-19-2012 03:10:04 | More by monkeylovebeer
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
What a crazy idea! A black rye...and I love it! Shared this with a friend. Rye and smoky malts are obviously a perfect match. Nice bubbly mouthfeel...smooth aftertaste. Goes down very easy for a beer with that much roasted flavor up front. Rye adds nice complexity to it. Almost no hop flavor, all malt. WOuld seek this out.
02-18-2012 01:35:40 | More by kimbo33
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
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
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
4.33/5 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
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%
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
4.22/5 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
4.47/5 rDev +14%
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.
10-08-2011 03:07:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.