Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on the second day of the 2014 vintage's release, so it's as fresh as possible. I've had previous vintages out of the bottle, but never this close to release. I'm also curious to see how it compares to the bottle of 2013 I'm currently sitting on. Served in a 12 oz Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a murky burgundy-brown, with sangria red highlights at the edges where the light passes through. Atop the body sits a one-and-a-half finger head of vanilla white dense, frothy foam. Retention is good, and it leaves traces and spatters of lace intermittently around the glass.
Smell - Light vanilla, oak, caramelized sugar, rye spiciness and hints of black pepper, faint leather-like tannins, and esters from the whiskey.-soaked wood. There is some subtle fruit there as well, like dried figs or dates perhaps, but the sweetness from the wood and grain is more prevalent.
Taste - Toasted rye bread, white pepper, vanilla, toffee and some hints of a deeper sweetness, like molasses. The heat from the alcohol is certainly obvious, but balances well with the sweetness from caramel malts and rye grain. Of course, I'm a huge fan of rye, so the doubling down just makes for a richer, deeper experience of the specialty grain. Some light astringency from the whisky on the finish, but it also lends a touch of smokiness.
Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium==nice and chewy--with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish with a lingering bitterness that is a nice reminder of the sip you just took. Not at all syrupy, but does have a slightly viscous quality to it.
Overall, this is a fantastic and pretty unique offering from Boulevard. Not many people are dabbling in Templeton barrel-aged rye beers. It's hard to compare to my other favorite rye beer, since this one is barrel aged and the other one is far more aggressively hopped, but it's probably safe to say that this one is pretty close to tied for best in style in my mind. I look forward to it's annual release every year.
Serving type: on-tap
01-08-2014 08:44:20 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.29/5 rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of large snifters, poured at fridge temp into fairly warm glasses, so I'd guess it came out in the vicinity of 45-50 F. Batch Number/Best y Date: RR13324-11-2015. Served on 7 March 2014.
Pours brown, big creamy head which fades very slowly, is supported by a lot of carbonation. Has a beautiful silky texture. Cloudy, brownish. Smell is something grapey, maybe some yeast.
Taste...I just made the bitter beer face, and my wife asked (with surprise), "You don't like it?" My response was, "The alcohol just slapped me in the face. It'll take me a second to adjust." So, I guess I'd say it's a bit hot. Aside from that, lots of rye spiciness, some smoke, more alcohol.
Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, hint of grittiness. Overall...too hot to be great, but some pleasant flavors otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:01:06 | More by snaotheus
4.49/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Golden and brownish. Kind of foggy with a light colored head.
S: Smells awesome! Malt, brown sugar, big hops, and booze.
T: This drinks very similar to a barleywine. I get caramel, rye bread, seed, toast, honey, lots of hops, brown sugar, malt, and a nice spice on the end. Very tasty.
M: Pretty damn thick.
O: So glad I got this at the bar. A little pricier than the others, but definitely worth it. I'll be getting the bottle when I go to the shop next. Cheers!
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 04:13:02 | More by titty_mcbitty
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Re-review...oh wait, this is my first review, nevermind. I only rated this when I was completely fucked up beyond belief. 750ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: An aggressive pour yields a tawny colored body with an off-white shaded head that's a hand high. The head retention is...well, frustrating - it also has a very frothy texture that aids the aforementioned retention. Thick rings of lacing are left behind. The only detractor is some chunky sediment in the body itself.
S: I'm getting a really wonderful yet subtle barrel note, loaded with vanilla and mild oakiness. The malts provide some great rye notes - it's spicy much in the way a Belgian ale would be. That, or it actually uses Belgian yeast (not surprising given the brewery) and the rye works beautifully with it. I also pick up a lot of the European hops, which add a wonderful dimension to this beer. There isn't a hint of the 12% anywhere. Aromatically, it really speaks to me - it says "DRINK ME NOW".
T: It drinks much like a (good) BSDA would, only with a pleasant rye spiciness on the finish. This really brings the rye malts in a good way, along with some peppery and dark fruit-y yeast esters. Come to think of it, the finish is also pretty vanilla-forward, as well. Also, I get faint grapefruit hints. A light booziness enters the aftertaste, but otherwise, the alcohol is masked admirably. The flavor depth is solid - it's not the most complicated beer ever. Considering the fantastic rye flavors and well hidden alcohol, I don't really care. It's complex enough.
M: It's not ridiculously full bodied, but it is relatively creamy and restrained in carbonation. Actually, the restrained carbonation makes it a bit syrupy compared to, say, Duvel. Hey, it's 12%. Better to be a bit sweet than a bit boozy as far as I'm concerned.
O: Oh yeah, this hits my palate in all the right places. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's spicy, but not too spicy. It's boozy...no fuck that, it's not boozy at all. Boulevard really worked wonders here - it's so good, I think I'll kill this 750 solo.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:03:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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