Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle 3621 of 12148 in the gold cage, capped under the small red disk, and corked tightly in the 750 ml bottle.
It pours with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head, with pretty good lacing from the outset. Underneath is a beer with a toasted brown, with traces of red and orange, but for the most part opaque - pretty, and looks solid.
Toffee and whiskey seem to be at the fore here, with just a hit of spice on the end of the nose.
Subtle in the amount of whiskey present - just enough to know that it was barrel-aged, but not so much that it's overwhelming. The rye of the beer itself is then underneath that, with a richness that is seldom found - pretty tasty. Some berries, grains, and toffee seem to be the dominant characteristics.
Creamy in mouthfeel, with a bit of peppery carbonation at the close - really exceptional.
I would love to enjoy a bottle or six with a group of friends in a dark speakeasy-type bar - it's that good. Great to sip and savor.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2010 00:58:26 | More by mdcrouser
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750mL cork-and-cage topped bottle served in a chalice glass. I am a big fan of rye so I've been excited to finally taste this, though the ABVs seem killer in this big bottle. Best by 11-2015 but I couldn't wait a day longer. Beer pours amber in color with a medium tan head. Intense fruity aroma of raisins and plums, very much reminiscent of barley wine. Or rye wine? And quite a bit of oak in there too, suggesting oaked California Chardonnay. Flavor delivers both the sharp edge of rye graininess and the rich, overwhelming rush of barleywine. And of course the course vanilla and bourbon flavors of the barrel. Yeah, I could easily believe these barrels once held rye bourbon. Boulevard's ingredients list mentions a couple of adjunct sugars, which no doubt pumped up the alcohol as well as left some residual sweetness. though 2.8°P final gravity is pretty freaking low. But where was I? Oh yes, this beer is fantastic, you should drink it.
As previously mentioned I'm a huge fan of rye beers (Lenny's RIPA is a favorite) and this beer takes rye in a totally different direction. Rye and hop bitterness play really well together. But an IPA this is not. It is, however, a fantastic barleywine, and a fantastic way to showcase oak aging. And also a really delicious rye beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 04:37:31 | More by hreb
4.98/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Boozy number here no doubt. Enjoyed growler from Lincoln Filling Station. Another tremendous beer from Boulevard. At 12% this is a sipper for sure . meant to be enjoyed at a slow pace. Appearance is caramel colored and cloudy. Smell is boozy and rye whiskey. Taste is rye and caramel, booze. Mouthfeel is warming thick and creamy with whiskey notes. Overall a solid 5 best whiskey barrel aged beer I've tried
Serving type: growler
07-19-2014 01:38:20 | More by bricksandivey
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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