Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Vintage 2013, Best before Jan 11 2014.
A very nice fluffy and tan head, grows three fingers, with a little bit of retention and togetherness. Lots of thin rising carbonation tan in color going up the sides of the glass, through a fairly opaque reddish amber brown body. The carbonation just creeps in slow motion.
Nose is full of rich caramel and thick vanilla. Nice mellow woody oak too, it smells like a sundae. Creamy, thick, dense. Is this dessert coming?
A real nice creamy palate, fills with what is nicely hinted on the nose. Lots of vanilla richness and milky cream. Sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of bittering hop even. Dry and punchy, with hints of fruit as it warms up on the hop angle of peach and oranges. Spicy malt with an equally playful carbonation that cuts. Palate really jumps around a lot on this one, but it's very fun. More warmth even brings out some banana like esters.
Really fun and great beer from these guys, this one might be my favorite I've had from them so far.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 00:13:19 | More by smakawhat
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3.61/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Corked and caged 750 ml from my trip back home to MD. Pours orange amber colored with some light showing through and a massive yellowish off white head. Aroma is whiskey and spice, oak, some oxidization, a hint of sourness on the nose. Hmm. Weird. Flavor is near straight rye whiskey, lots of rye grainy spiciness, earthy tones, lingering oak and mild vanilla. Almost no sweet malt presence. Somewhat bland, sort of like watered down whiskey on the rocks. Body is thinner than I was hoping for, with medium carbonation. Meh.
Maybe a little hard on this to start, as it improved as it warmed and slowly grew on me. Still was hoping for more sweetness and maybe it was one of those "not on the mood for this right now" issues. But it paired nicely with some dried figs, and I suspect would be enhance with some funky cheese alongside that.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 00:26:23 | More by BMMillsy
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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