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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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silentdonkey

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2012 17:09:48 | More by silentdonkey
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monkeylovebeer

California

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
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sergio1va

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

On Tap

Downey Brewing Company, Downey, Ca

Pours to a reddish black pour with a light brown foam head. Scents of Malts and Hops are present even before your first sip. Upon drinking this beer you discover the great balance between the malts and the hops infused in this beer. It drinks more like a stout without a terrible impact of hoppiness in the profile. Drink this beer with some spicy food like chile con carne and you'll discover the best of both worlds- great food and great beer. Cheers.

08-08-2011 05:53:02 | More by sergio1va
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hackedfly

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-12-2012 00:59:59 | More by hackedfly
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AleEvangelist

California

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
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bona2vada


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-29-2012 16:09:16 | More by bona2vada
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SteveRod

California

1/5  rDev -74.5%

01-04-2012 03:23:14 | More by SteveRod
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Pjilsner

California

4/5  rDev +2%

02-27-2012 07:57:49 | More by Pjilsner
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andidsaywhat

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-19-2012 17:49:07 | More by andidsaywhat
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Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.