Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kels:
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Been waiting for a while to share this one with someone. Glad pwoods could help.
The beer pours a wonderful honeyed shade of amber. It is moderately opaque with a slick, viscous appearance. The initial 2 finger white, foamy head fades to a nice, swirly skim. It leaves behind tremendous amounts of sticky, spotty lace.
Lots of big aromas in this nose. There's a deep, creamy, slick caramel richness. The warmth of the alcohol and the char of the wooden barrel add a great dimension, and there's a nice raisin sweetness in the finish.
The rye is definitely more notable in the taste than in the smell. It possesses a rich and earthly depth that sets it apart from other grains. The alcohol is big and warming without being too hot, and the wood gives off hints of vanilla and smoke ever so subtly. There's a great sticky raisin in the finish. The feel is pretty well carbonated with a moderate heaviness and sticky residue. The aftertaste is long-lasting and very delicious.
Drinkability - not high. It is delicious, but the 11% is definitely there.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2010 01:08:31 | More by kels
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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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