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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,414
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.78%
Wants: 259
Gots: 397 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

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
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Photo of mschind
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I looked for this while on a trip to KC but was told it sold out in the stores in about two weeks. Back home in Sacramento I find that Total Wine still has plenty!

A- pours the color of an old penny, slightly hazy with a thin, creamy and persistent head.

S- A well balanced combination of rye, whiskey barrel, booze and vanilla. No hops.

T- Starts sweet and boozy followed by a rich malt flavor and then dark cherries. Rye spice and a bit of heat from the alcohol leave a nice clean finish.

M- This is a strong as some barely wines I've had but it somehow maintains a lighter body without any syrupy sweetness. I like the bit of heat toward the end. Smooth carbonation helps keep things on the light side.

O- Malt and wood forward with no discernible hop flavor or aroma but just enough bitterness to provide balance. A classic to look forward to each year. (862 characters)

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting my last 2013 bottle (750ml) - the previous were a bit young/hot, this has finally hit nirvana.

Very creamy, beautiful 2" head with fabulous lacing. Mid-brown/golden color.

Smell of spicy malts, maybe a little funk. Complex.

Taste is no longer hot, very blended...spicy rye, light barrel and rye whisky tastes. So very smooth. Bready, slight sweetness. But, the rye taste is dominant, yet not overwhelming, just well-developed. No apologies for tasting like rye...just surprised how balanced and smooth it all is.

Mouthfeel is 5 out of 5. You'd think it was on nitro. The creaminess helped blend all the fine flavors. This is what put it over the top. Delicious.

Overall, this bottle really needed a few year on it. But, as beer geeks will know, that's one of the thrills of aging a truly premier brew. I now regret not saving more...any left? (867 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dim reddish brown, with an ample white head. Great retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt, earthy rye, a bit of fruityness accented by a nice bit of whiskey and cherries. One of the most memorable beers I’ve smelled in the last year.
T: Flavor is a throwdown between the smooth sweet caramel malt and the brash spicy rye, ending with a quick kick of whiskey. Slight alcohol burn is noticeable, but not out of place for 12%. Otherwise, the whiskey is nicely integrated. Finishes pretty clean with the slightest bitterness.
M: Soft, fine carbonation with a medium body results in a pretty smooth mouthfeel.

I have to commend Boulevard on making an aggressive, whiskey barrel enhanced beer where all the other desirable attributes are also readily apparent. Easily my favorite Smokestack Series beer. If you like rye and whiskey, this is your beer. (845 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rye-on-Rye opens with a malty, smoky, charcoal-and-bourbon aroma that makes immediately apparent the beer’s barrel aging. The whiskey notes are upfront and potent, but not so much that they overpower everything else. Behind them lies a lovely layer of sugars and fruit esters, including heavy dollops of fig, raisin, and prune, as well as molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, pepper, and baking bread. A thin grapefruit and pine layer notes hops, adding citrusy and resin complexity that meshes well with the whiskey. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, and while it can pessimistically take on somewhat of a cola/Dr. Pepper syrup note, the whiskey barrel aging nicely combats this and brings out an alcoholic liquor addition that works very well.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly large blast of hops, sending pink grapefruit, pine resin, and lemon washing across the tastebuds. Against this onslaught the other flavors are temporarily opaque, but do slowly come through in syrupy raisin, fig, and prune fruit esters, as well as a noticeable peppery, woody whiskey-like alcohol burn that tingles the soft palate and goes up the nose. Thick brown breads and threads of vanilla become more apparent later in the mouthful, joined by toasted nuts. In subsequent sips the whiskey aging becomes even more apparent, coloring the fruit esters and breads with a nice woody, charcoal-whiskey tone. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, with surprisingly strong lingering sweet sugars and woodiness, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is a dry (especially in the aftertaste) medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite delicious fare, and it seems a very wise choice on Boulevard’s part to do a 67% rye whiskey barrel-aged/33% ale mix, as this option provides the beer with both a full, round, flavorful sugary malt base, as well as a nice whiskey overtone that plays off of the other flavors, rather than dominating them (as can happen with 100% barrel-aged beers). The heavy 11% ABV is noticeable throughout the entire mouthful, marking one of the beer’s few weaknesses, but even here that sensation mostly blends well, reminding of the beer’s origins. Very much worth trying. (2,242 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 2012.2 bottle # 14071
A- This beer pours a hazy dense glowing caramel brown body with a sea of racing microbubbles colliding with a thick beige head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The sweet malt and spicy alcohol lead to a paper straw and then green oak barrel aroma with some caramel malt in the finish. There is a soft fusel note and the aroma keeps growing as it opens.

T- The rich dry spicy malt has some buttery caramel flavor with a circus peanut yeast ester growing as does the rich caramel wood finish. The gentle sweetness in the finish is cut by the slight fusel alcohol taste that lingers. Some nice vanilla notes pop through as the depth and flavor grows.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth that grows along with the flavor.

O- The nice sweetness of malt is supported by spice earthy rye and alcohol with a full barrel flavor. This is a great sipper. (945 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Low carbonation. Beautiful reddish brown color.

67% of this beer was aged in a rye barrel. Admittedly it was difficult for my nose to sense the difference in a rye barrel aroma versus a bourbon barrel aroma, etc. Regardless, it smelled fantastic. The barrel did not hold back.

The taste was slightly bitter up front followed by a rush of rye. The rye taste was beautiful. I tasted zero hops. I noticed a buttery aftertaste. I do not know what created this, but it worked.

I liked this beer, but it did not inspire me like I hoped it would.

I’ll have another. (591 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

2014 vintage

A: poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown topped by a finger and a half of dense light tan head
S: smell is spicy rye, caramel, vanilla and wood
T: taste is rye, whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, slight alcohol burn, and some fruity alcohol. swallow is more spicy rye, whiskey barrel, caramel and vanilla.
M: fairly full in the mouth with slightly prickly carb and a slightly dry finish
O: this beer kills it plain and simple. it's smooth, complex and just so good. Definitely one of my favorite Boulevard beers that I look forward to seeing again next year. (586 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (2,034 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-14-10
Bottle no. 8953 of 12148
Batch 2010-1
Bottled on 1-13-10

Pours a hazy blood red color with millions of little floaters. The head is big and off-white, with big rings of lacing.

Smell is all rye whiskey, sweet and buttery. Slightly fruity with a very pleasant hit of oak. Perfect balance of whiskey and beer.

Taste is very tart at first, followed by an immense kick of rye whiskey. The booze is hot and really adds a cool hardcore character.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, with tight carbonation to remind you it's a beer.

Drinkability is very good, flavors are awesome.

Overall, get some. (613 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with my wife last night. Beer is brown with some haze but it clears as the beer warms slightly. Forms a nice two finger head that lasts a long time of tiny off white bubbles. Bubbles fall away leaving a ton of lacing on the walls of the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks great.

Aroma is kind of sweet, some liquor but its not overpowering, mildly hot, has a nice rye to it.

Beer is medium to full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. There is a lot of sweetness up front but its not cloying. It finishes a little dry but overall the syrupy flavors in the front are good and it gives way to this nice whiskey flavor in the middle. Its a great barrel aged beer and I would definitely have it again. (711 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #19028 From 2012 with a best by date of 02-2014
Poured into snifter

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with very minimal cream colored head. Maybe one finger worth and that's being generous. This settled to a small ring along the edges of the glass. I can see some tiny bubbles rising to the top when held directly to the light.

Smell: Whiskey up front with the spice from the rye. Big time sweet notes of caramel, toffee and booze soaked dark fruit with a ton of vanilla and oak. This one reminds me so much of an English style barleywine like Sucaba in the nose. An intoxicating smelling beer.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee and vanilla initially and then the rye hits mid palate. I am also getting the dark fruit component and the charred oak complements everything perfectly. The whiskey is quite evident producing a leather like taste and a warming alcohol effect. The finish is simply awesome with the rye and whiskey lingering through the entire swallow. The sweet caramel and breadiness also stick around between sips.

Mouthfeel: A fairly full body here with a good amount of carbonation. This beer covers all corners of my mouth with a sticky sweetness but not cloying by any means.

Overall: An interesting complex beer to say the least. There is so much going on that each sip elicits a different reaction from me. Sweet but spicy and the barrel is done to perfection in this beer. A sipper but one I can't stop sipping! I'm glad I bought two of these because this is one hell of an enjoyable beer. (1,521 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Phyl21ca for sending us this brew in a great trade.

Bottle No. 5802 bottled on January 2012.

A: A rich clear hue of whisky suggestive of the flavour waiting within. Topped with a pale tan head and poured just a scant finger worth.

S: A warm oaky smell similar to the inside of a cigar box, sweet maltiness lead the way with a solid rye whisky scent and spicy notes. Some alcohol esters towards the back end that compliment the warm woody and grainy scent.

T: Opens with a full on rye whisky flavour, sweet pale malts, spicy, woody, grainy, slightly smokey and warming through with alcohol esters that compliment the flavours. Hops show through at the front and compliment the rye and grains.

M: Carbonation is low while the alcohol esters warm the mouth livening the flavours. Medium to heavy body that clings pleasantly.

O: Incredibly delicious and offers the rye whisky flavour and smoky wood that's soul satifying and comforting. Incredibly bold flavours that are perfect on every front. I'm not even a whisky lover, but this might change my mind. (1,075 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (474 characters)

Photo of NovoAleMan
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fine rye ale.

Appearance is nice, rich, and orange. Pleasant to see.

Smell...well, you can easily smell the rye. It is pleasant to the nostrils, not too lingering. Also has a very slight hint of fruit.

Taste is excellent. Rich, not overbearing.

The mouth-feel is quite smooth. It is a relatively drinkable rye ale.

Important to note it is a strong beer. 12.0% ABV means one should not trifle with it. Still, an excellent beer. (433 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with a boulevard bomber...and I loved it! medium to dark brown in color, unfiltered with a 1 inch foamy khaki head. there is a definite mediumly strong aroma of sweet bourbon and some slight rye. the taste is great! again the sweet bourbonyness takes the forefront, but there is some pleasant rye undertones that are pretty solid, unfortunately the rye flavor subsides after the first few drinks. this beer has a great body and mouthfeel as well, moderately low carbonation. this is a rich sipper for sure but nothing the experienced bourbon/beer/bourbon beer drinker cant take on on his own. great beer and good for the cellar too! (661 characters)

Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2013-1. There was no bottle # on this year's series

I reviewed this beer last year, and it turned out to be on of my favorite beers of all time. So here goes my 2013 review...

First, the beer got off to a bad start because of the bottling. No bottle number, first of all, and secondly, the wire around the cork broke, and did not untwist. I am a very attention-detailed person, so whether or not this was Boulevard's fault is one thing. But it was a pain to get the wire off once it broke. Could have been a much better opening experience. Now for the beer...

I used a small brandy snifter this year. Appearance was good. Rich dark amber color, about a 2 finger rich cream colored head. A little lacing that didn't stick around long. Lacing was outstanding when I took a sip. The carbonation bubbles rising in the brandy snifter looked awesome.

The aroma was very whiskey-intense, with a touch of licorice and some other spice. I was so perplexed with this spice, I literally smelled about 30 spices in my spice rack to try to figure out what it was, and I still can't put my finger on it. Regardless, the beer smelled wonderful.

This beer has always had an excellent mouth feel, and this year is no different. Not too thick, not too thin.

The first flavor is outstanding. Very strong whiskey-alcohol to start, but quickly fades to a sweet and spicy-vanilla flavor, which follows again by a lingering whiskey taste. The alcohol slightly burns, but not too much, giving this beer what I think is its best quality. It's a super-strong beer, and it holds its own in that category. Just like last year, the beer gets better as it warms slightly. I got my best taste from the glass after about 20 minutes of sipping.

Overall, this beer has become my favorite Smokestack series. It has surpassed Tank 7. I do think last year's brew was a little better, but don't get me wrong, the 2013 batch will impress you. Again, use caution, as this is a 12% abv (last year's was 11%), so this is not for the weak at heart or liver.

Good job Boulevard.

Batch 2012-1 Bottle #7023

Appearance is a deep muddy red, about an inch and a half of almost-white foamy head, and I was surprised to get little to no lacing. Maybe the glass choice I picked (standard top-rounded pint)?

Aroma is nice; definitely a whiskey barrel wood scent with a really nice maltiness. More wood to me than malt.

This beer is pretty complex to me. Starts out sweet (whiskey-ness), but the middle gets complicated. A little caramel, and some type of citrus I can't put my finger on. Then you get the whiskey again, rye and malt, which gives it a pretty good wow factor, plus a bit of alcohol taste. Finish is slightly dry, but has a lingering sweetness; characteristics I like a lot.

It feels good on the mouth, not too thick, not too thin and very smooth. As this beer gets warmer in the glass, it presents a lot more whiskey dominance, but it's like your sipping it with water, which I personally enjoy. It does not present hard alcohol characteristics.

Overall, this is probably going to be one of my favorite smokestacks, next to Tank 7. But this could be dangerous since it is so smooth. Bottle says 11% abv so you'd have to be careful with it.

My friend Chris got this for me as a b-day gift (it's really hard to find special release smokestacks in the KC area because they sellout really fast). I appreciate this a lot. Thanks Chris. (3,413 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is somewhat hard to come by in the KC area, so I had to visit my go-to guy that keeps the really good stuff behind the counter. In return, I won’t send the goons to burn the place down…but seriously, the guy always hooks me up.

Appearance – Pours a caramel color with auburn tinges, really looks like a tasty beer. Big dominant head on it which left awesome lacing on the glass, really thick looking. It seriously looks like liquefied caramel to me.

Smell – The nose is a strong bourbon, wood, some spices and sweetness. Complex nose is really impressive.

Taste – This beer is quite complex in its flavors as it is in the nose. The watchword here is BIG. There are some more subdued wood notes (I use the term subdued relatively) and a little caramel sweetness, but the rye, whisky, and malt come through like Albert Pujols in October. Wow. As the beer warms, the bourbon takes an ever more dominant role in the taste, to where by the time the brew is at room temperature, its almost like sipping really smooth bourbon and water.

Mouthfeel – Chewy, big bodied, no sign of the rather intense 11%ABV. Smooth to the point of ridiculous, goes down so easy its dangerous, especially at 11%.

Overall – A very impressive beer, a good representation of the Smokestack series and my hometown brewery. Boulevard strikes it big with this one. If I was going to send one of the Smokestacks to someone, I would likely send this one over all others. Highly recommended. Drink this with whatever or whenever you would normally think of drinking bourbon, except this is much better. (1,596 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle acquired in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage (batch # 2013-1, best by 11-2014), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/15/13 over an several hours while homebrewing:

A: 2/3 - dark mahogany-brown coloration, minimal clarity, pours thickly into a subtle glass lacing, big alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - rich, intense rye flavors and alcohol pouring out of the glass, little hop aroma, no detectable flaws

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, it's as expected from the complexity of the aroma...rich rye malt and barrel complexity - lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee and stone fruit; in the middle of the mouth, the flavors continue to develop and linger; the alcohol is barely detectable and I was extremely surprised to learn that this beer is 12% ABV (initially thought that it was more in the 6-10% range)

M: 4/5 - high bodied; appropriate carbonation; little aftertaste that invites another sip and makes this dangerously, dangerously drinkable

O: 9/10 - I had Founders Backwoods Bastard not that long ago, and, even though sylistically (malt bill, yeast and barrel-aged) they are very different, I cannot help but comparer these two beers; although I like both beers, I enjoy this one much more for the following reasons: barrel notes are not as overpowering, booze is not as intense and apparent and the rye dries it out leaving little aftertaste and clamoring for another sip; this beer is mighty impressive, and, for $9.79 at Franklin's in Hyattsville, MD, it's probably the best beer oz.-for-oz., $-4-$ that I've purchased in the DMV

TOTAL = 45/50 (1,580 characters)

Photo of geom
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was great. If you enjoy whiskey, especially rye this beer is for you. It was the initial punch of a sip of rye but then mellows in your pallet to what I would describe as being as close to rye as possible but still maintaining its beer roots. (252 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich ruby red with massive bubbly head that looks like it belongs on a root beer float. Great lacing tendrils.

Smell: Caramel, plum and some light oak. Generally spicy and boozy as well.

Taste: There is a strong malty backbone of caramel, plum, toffee and cherry. However, there are equally strong layers from the added rye and the Rye Whiskey barrel aging, with strong spice, oak and booze. Tastes a little bit like a Manhattan, which is really cool.

Feel: Full, thick body with a decent carbonation, as Boulevard seemed to treat the carbonation a little more like a Belgian beer. Very warming.

Overall: Once again, this is like a Manhattan in beer form. Unique, utterly delicious and dangerously sippable. (772 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2013 bottle with a best by date of 4-12-2014.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Starts out with a nice big four finger off white head that recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A quite complex malt and spice driven aroma with lots of barrel hints. Big scent of rye whiskey upfront along with hints of wood, oak chips, and vanilla. Bready malts with a lot of rye spicing and hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, peat, and yeast. Some burnt brown sugar and subtle undertones of citrus fruit including orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Also a light hint of licorice. Very woody as the barrel elements are pretty strong. Very interesting and good smell.

Taste: As complex and good as it smells. Big barrel presence throughout with a big taste of rye whiskey, oak chips, wood, and vanilla. Lots of malt taste with big notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, and peat. Light anise licorice notes. Some candied brown sugar sweetness. Subtle taste of citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is actually fairly drying and not very boozy. Literally tastes like rye whiskey without the big heat. Really good tasting rye beer here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy and somewhat chewy. Very smooth for its size. The 12% abv is hidden really well considering.

Overall: A really great barrel aged rye beer. Big rye and barrel flavor and the sweetness and heat is kept in check. Really well done. (1,603 characters)

Photo of treznor
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL, best by date of 11/2015, into a Goose Island Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a deep copper that is barely translucent in front of a light. Massive head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing.

S - Smells almost boozy, but mostly just with a massive rye note. Maybe it smells boozy from the rye whisky barrels?

T - At first it tastes fairly boozy, but then it smooths out and you realize that what you were tasting probably wasn't the alcohol, but rather the rye whisky barrels tricking you. So much rye everywhere in this one!

M - Just slightly thicker and this would be perfect! As it is it has a nice mouthfeel that lingers.

O - A pretty awesome contribution. I'm not even sure of exactly what style I'd place this in other than 'Rye'. It's like waves of Rye on Rye (sound familiar?). My wife, who in general hates Rye beers and dislikes Barrel Aged beers (hey, more for me!) even thought this was pretty good, at least for a sip or two. It smoothed out a bit after sitting our for about an hour, starting at fridge temp (~40F), probably ending around 55-60F. These notes were taken at the end.

I'm torn on whether this is one to cellar or enjoy now. I could definitely see how cellaring could improve it, but as it is its pretty awesome and I'm worried that cellaring would smooth out the somewhat rough character that I like in rye. (1,379 characters)

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern—served into a pint glass

Appearance: red-brown in color, hazy, 1.5 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: whiskey barrel and light rye

Taste: light rye that becomes more present as the beer warms. followed by huge sweet caramel/vanilla/ and toffee with big whiskey oaking through the finish

Mouthfeel: very sticky sweet but not cloying, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Amazing. Maybe the best from Boulevard that I have had and certainly one to revisit. I love the oaking in here especially the way it combines with the caramel malt. My only complaint is I wish the rye was more pronounced. That said, as long as I do not expect to get a rye bomb, this is phenomenal. (718 characters)

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Equal parts strong and smooth, this is no beer for the faint of heart. It poured nicely and it's rich brown color and head were ascethitcally pleasing. The aroma is what you'd expect from a beer aged in rye whiskey barrels. Full of flavor on the front and back end, along with a pleasing aftertaste. All in all, very well crafted brew! (335 characters)

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.