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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 07-19-2011)
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Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -23.3%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.3%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Zaphog, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

akang, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

SocalKicks, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +2.3%

InfernoBoss, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of GatorCoop
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GatorCoop, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

pkalix, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of betterbitter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of DSkilling
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DSkilling, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSixthRing, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of jwalden
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fatehunter, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

2dogbrew, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kingmaker, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

2GOOFY, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

YamagamiTravis, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.