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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautify light brown with the perfect amount of creamy head. I'm getting lots of cherry, followed by caramel and vanilla in the nose with a hint of booze. The taste is much of the same. All of the notes blend perfectly. It is a great combination, but you can also pick out the individual flavors. There is a nice warmth to it that reminds you it is 12% ABV; but this isn't a bad thing. The texture also works well as it is just as creamy as the head would leave you to believe.

Overall, this is an amazing beer by Boulevard. It reminds me of BBQ, but I think it even beats that. I haven't been this excited about a new beer in quite some time.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a 750 ml bottle, into a snifter.

I split this bottle over three nights, because this is truly a sipper, not a guzzler. I'm glad I did. I was a little surprised the first night, getting a taste and an effect that wasn't what I was expecting. But each night, I liked it better and better.

The appearance is amber, with lots of head. The first night, it was explosively foamy. The cork flew out of the bottle like a champagne cork. You'd expect that carbonation to fade over a night or two, but there was still some head on the third night.

The aroma is whiskey. The taste is rye spiciness, and lots of whiskey, with some caramel sweetness. It's more than a little boozy.

Overall, it's more like a Strong Ale, or a Barleywine, than like most other rye beers I've had. It's not as smooth or as subtle as my favorite barleywines, but it's quite good. Think of it as a strong barleywine, and take it slow. You'll like it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: looks great right off the bat, cloudy darker Amber color with medium bubbles on the body. The body is quite hazy, just as much as a Hefeweizen with a lot more depth...head is off-white with a slight orange tint...drops quick after a sip with sticky lacing.

Smell: Light whiskey notes with notes of yeast...wish it was just a little more potent.

Taste: Sweet whiskey is evident and a pinch sour. Rye is strong by the whiskey offsets it and honestly it feels like an American Strong Ale in disguise. Malts are there as well which gives the brew a very tasty bitterness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and well above average stickiness.

Overall: Great brew, weakest part about it is the scent but we came here to drink beer not smell it. It was definitely created with an obvious utmost effor and personally I think it delivered. Enjoy with love...Salud!

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF.

This is a strong ale, as is immediately apparent upon tasting. The flavor is just plain boozy, although I don't find this objectionable in this particular beer. The aroma suggests a less powerful beer.
Lightly sweet and limited spicing from the rye.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly easy to drink. The sweet whiskey barrel is strong both on the nose and flavor, but the alcohol bite is almost non existent. A bit of malt and fruit round out the flavors to make an interesting, boozy but drinkable brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with moderate cloudiness, likely due to the whiskey barrel aging. There's a fingernail of brown resting on top. The nose is packed with sweet and boozy rye whiskey and loads of malt. The taste is initially heavy with copious amounts of bready malt and then a boozy sweetness kicks in the back of the palate from the whiskey barrel aging. The mouth is warm with alcohol and moderately chewy and sticky.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

All in all, this is like sipping on a bourbon or scotch, and without sipping on a bourbon or scotch. There's rye and barrel flavor, some heat at the end but this is a beer the whole time and I'm impressed. This was a half growler well worth it. Clean barley and whiskey-like throughout, in the most enjoyable way.
World class stuff from this Missouri brewer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber color with a large and lasting tan-tinted head -- cloudy at first with a vigorous pour, but it clears as it sits. Strong aroma of malt, rye spiciness and rye whiskey that's sweet with cherry, oak and vanilla notes and some dry yeast behind. Tastes much lighter than the nose suggests. There's some smooth malt up front, followed by the rye spice and muted whiskey in the aftertaste. Pleasant, but much less heavy-hitting than I was expecting. Relatively light bodied with a touch of creaminess and that rye spiciness again in the mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2012 750 into a snifter

L: Clear,ice tea color, small off white head
A: Whiskey, peppery spice, sweet malt, dark fruit
T: Sweet malt, whiskey,
F: Thin, almost still
O: Boozy and hot, not very enjoyable

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the only demerit to this beer, it was poured with no head. The color is a dirty and cloudy brown/dark amber. Some streaks for lace.

Sweet, almost brandy like, smell. I'm used to rye beers being dry, this is unusual to me but still appealing.

The taste is completely Barley Wine, sweet and thick with a huge amount of warming alcohol. The taste is sweet from start to finish. There's enough hop in the swallow and aftertaste to prevent the taste from becoming too cloy. The body is rich and the carbonation is low. I get sweet cherries in the aftertaste.

Don't think rye, think barley wine and you'll love this.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mellowed in the basement for 6 months. This looks like iced tea! But, man, it tastes like a fucking diamond. Nice head that lingers. Didn't get much on the nose but the taste is what makes this stand out. Rye ale with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and vanilla on the back end. In between there's some wheat, fig and nuts with no heat whatsoever. Awesome.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. best by 07-2017.

A: pours a very hazy, if not opaque, muddy copper hue. head follows the muddy theme being a slight reddish, brown hue. bubble and thick lacing left on the glass. overall a lot of conditioning yeast doenst want to stay in the bottle no matter how careful you pour.

S: warm alcohol, molasses. rye boozy barrel notes. black pepper. earthy hops are hard to pick out.

T: starts super spicy. holy shit this thing is actually tingling on my palate. the booze is not overwhelming in the least but rather fits well. finish is spicy as well, but otherwise cleans up nicely.

M: hard to believe this is a 12% beer. drinks warm, but not too hot. full bodied. carb might be a little too high as you can tell this is a bottle conditioned brew and I find the refermentation to provide a bit too much bubbles for something like this.

D: it is exactly what the label says, a rye beer aged in rye barrels giving you just that, a very rye ale. the only problem I find with all this is that instead of making a beer layered with complexity by doubling everything up, it is just more of the same notes. not bad by any stretch, but pretty straightforward and I was expecting a bit more. for those interested, I doubt cellaring would do much as this doesn't drink hot now and if anything some of the booze would fade out in a drink that isn't that boozy to begin with.

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Photo of Prager62
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A best by date of 07-2017 from the Thrillogy box set poured in my 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a toffee color leaving a ring of off white foam around the glass.

Smell- Bannana, whiskey, and some clove in the back.

Taste- Hot whiskey up front, followed by bannana, toffee and some clove.

Feel- Slick with a pretty good punch of heat.

Overall- A pretty tasty beer that is split between big barrel characteristics and flavors of banana and clove I'm guessing is from the yeast. It's quite tasty while being on the heavy whiskey side. It's worth a try for lovers of barrel aged beer.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.66/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a Thrillogy pack, best by 7/2017. Dirty dishwater color, small tan floated. Looks like rusty water. On the noise caramel, oak and earthiness. Taste follows the nose but borders on turning tart. Thin mouthfeel. I'll pass.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose is boozy in the best way possible - sweet, spicy and fruity - like a well crafted whisky.

Palate is superbly balanced with plenty of fruit, without being overly sweet. Apple, grape, cherry, even some watermelon. Subtle vanilla and caramel waft throughout. A little rye spice cleans up the finish. There's plenty of whisky barrel but it's always in a gentle, complementary fashion. There is nothing about this beer that smacks you in the face.

Mouthfeel is so soft, round and balanced. Really impressively dry considering the ABV.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky hazy auburn with a nice creamy light tan head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. There's also some noticeable sediment. The aromas are very sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee. Some cherry. The whiskey is there and blends well with everything else. The flavors are very rich. Tons of malty goodness. Tons of caramel and toffee along with some cocoa notes. More cherries. The whiskey is very present, but balanced. Some vanilla and oak in the mix. The rye is very present, especially in the finish. It finishes spicy with the rye along with some black pepper. It also finishes warm, but it's really not boozy at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's slick and smooth. This makes for a great sipper.

This is a very nice brew. Boulevard really does some good stuff with barrels, and this is no exception. Even though I personally like their BBQ and Imperial Stout more, this is still great. The rye does its thing. Well crafted and very enjoyable. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of MandoMaster
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015. Poured into a 12 oz. snifter with half in. reddish beige head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a yeasty rye barrel aroma. Tastes of rye (floral, licorice) through strong ale with a medium fizz. Finish was dry, leaving lingering flavor. Awesome rye ale. I am loving all the great barrel aged varieties from Boulevard!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With an opaque copper color, this beer starts off with a lot of bright malt booze with vanilla and slight oak. While the booze is overpowering at first, it has a lot of spicey characters of rye that lingers nicely during and after the booze, all the way to the aftertaste. It also has a bright, malt rye spice in the aroma. As we get to the bottom, especially when it’s aged, some starfruit and bubblegum hues start to appear in the palate. If you ever had some rye whiskey before, this is basically like it except with much less alchohol and more character. This makes for a good competitor for the Barrel Aged Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company. It’s really cool that they made this out of Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels!

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Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For a title like Rye on Rye, and knowing that rye as a grain has a certain taste quality, and can even sometimes be overpowering, this was lacking some serious punch.
Opened the bottle, nice pour, lots of foamy head. Smelled nice, tasted ok, not great but certainly not bad, just lacked a pungent rye.
All in all, not bad, but not worth the price tag

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottle pour. This is a truly rye whiskey forward beer.....in fact you could probably warm this up and persuade some that this is just a whiskey itself. The initially feisty head dissipates quickly and this seriously ends up looking like a wee dram. Grainy rye bread, slight vanilla essence evident. A winter warmer this would be.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, corked and caged

pours a light brown color, nice head. great whiskey aroma, good blend of earthy flavors and vanilla and caramel. sticky mouthfeel, good feel. medium bodied. overall very nice beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Clear ruby pour, no head, no carbonation.

S - Spicy malt and alcohol, notuch more.

T - Alchohol, dark fruit, oak, toasted caramel malt from start to finish.

M - Heavy medium body, slight warming on the way down, coats the mouth with whiskey and toasted caramel malt.

O - This beer aged extremely well. Enjoying this one.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

beer is auburn with a thick, rich head. there's a fair amount of particulate floating around in the glass.

smells like the barrel, but not overwhelmingly so.

taste is remarkably fruity up front, with the whiskey really becoming apparent as i exhale.

for 12% and barrel-aged, this is remarkably clean on the palate. full-bodied without being tedious.

i like this one a lot. it's well balanced and easily identifiable for what it is.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am a fan of Boulevard. I am a big fan of their Smokestack Series. But holy hell...was not expecting this. Might be one of the best beers they have produced. It is different but tasty and comforting. It has the bite/warmth of rye but not so out there that it's unapproachable. The thing that scares me is it seems prime to get better with age. The color borders on a copper hue, the smell is of rye (more of the grain as opposed to the funk that is attached to say Wytchmaker from Jester King). May not be the the beer you typically expect but one you need to try at some point. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle
- 2015 Vintage-

Pours a clear copper color with a nice light tan head. A rye beer aged in rye whiskey barrels creates a nice complex oakiness with some of the rye spiciness that I enjoy from rye beers. Overall, a solid rye beer that I feel would age phenomenally.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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