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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
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 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
Photo of afrokaze
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
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

kingmaker, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Pugs78
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pugs78, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jmccraney, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerManDan, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dope, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

sbanacho, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

silentdonkey, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

andidsaywhat, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

kevgod, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tbeq00, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of pepelemofo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

pepelemofo, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely black, even up against the light, with a one finger dense tan head. Even, steady lacing clings to the glass. This smells like a brownie. Thick, dark milk chocolate with a good amount of caramel and a little cracked oat or flour with sugar giving it a bit of a cookie aroma as well. The spicy rye really comes out as it warms, out of the darkness, it seems. Dark, bitter bakers chocolate starts the taste out, followed by burnt toast and dark roasted coffee. Burnt is a pretty good overall description of this one. The rye comes out as it warms, like the aroma, but it's mild and unabrasive. It's bitter, but it seems like it's from the malt, not hops. A metallic copper-ish taste and feel sticks in the throat a bit. The feel tends toward viscous, but only slightly. Finish is dry, similar to a dry stout.

I'm intrigued by this beer. It reminds me of a stout, but it has more flavor. With the amount of grains going into this thing, I would expect it to be a bit more complex. If this had a lower ABV, it would be damn good.

Philousa, Sep 12, 2012
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.