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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,109 Ratings
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Ratings: 1109
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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fourstringer

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 01-2013, Best by 11-2014.

A: Hazy, iced tea brown with 1 finger of coarse, off-white head. OK retention. Light lacing.

S: Spicy rye and barrel-aged elements up front - oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Brown sugar. Faint orange, apricot. Sweet bread.

T: Malty, bourbon-like sweetness initially. Very slow build to a mild/moderate hop bitterness and semi-dry finish. Moderately strong booze presence. Peppery, rye spice. Lingering whiskey on the finish.

M: Moderate to light carbonation. Moderate body. Adds to the bourbon essence.

O: You may have noticed the frequent use of the word "bourbon". This is not a mistake - this beer smells, tastes and lights you up like corn whiskey. Which is to say, a fine brew to sip and savor.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:09:49 | More by fourstringer
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky tanish-brown with a hint of amber. Very thin light tan head that fades quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Earthy rye, sweet sugary bourbon, charred oak. Somewhat subtle, but the nice aromas are there.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of earthy rye, hints of sweet sugary booze on the back end, with the finish leaving a sweet woody aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, pretty boozy, slight carbonation tingle.

O- A pretty interesting big beer. The flavors do not jump out, but I feel like this would be a good one to drink on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:22:26 | More by stephenjmoore
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argock

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Best by 11-2015 on back label, 2014 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dirty dishwater amber with 1-finger of off-white head which dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing.

S: Spicy rye nose, both from spicy alcohol and herbal rye spiciness. Orange tones with candy malt sweetness, almost pilsner malt-like. Light coconut and oaky, wood aromas. Very whiskeyish aroma overall.

T: The flavor is a blast after the nice but subdued nose -- sweet caramel maltiness folds into a herbal, earthy rye spiciness, and finishes with the light oak tannins and coconut and vanilla barrel flavors. There is an undercurrent of orange citrus and honeysuckle throughout. A very unique and flavorful beer. Neither the whiskey nor the rye character nor the sweetness overwhelm -- a great balance of these with alcohol character there but not overbearing.

M: Medium body, very dry for 12% ABV, low-medium carbonation. No astringency despite the drying mildly tannic finish.

O: Rye-on-Rye is a unique drinking experience -- it melds whiskey, rye malt, and barrel character with a deft hand. I recommend drinking this beer young to get the best of all three -- my bottle is probably about 2 months in my hand and probably about 4 since bottling. Stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:06:20 | More by argock
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snaotheus

Washington

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
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

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
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, but then again, I've never had a big rye I DIDN'T like. This one was robust, a bit boozy, but not as much as I was hoping for. Some fluffiness in the mouthfeel that tells me there was plenty of yeast. The spiciness of the rye comes through perfectly, though I do detect hop bitterness added in to try to cut into the sweet and sour taste. Maybe not enough bitterness, though. The one thing I didn't like about this beer was it was a bit too sweet. It was a fun sour-sweet that I like about rye, but both the sweet and sour character were a bit cloying. I wish they'd been cut into a bit with some smoky wood, some roasted malt, or maybe even hops. At the same time, I know this was an experiment into how big and "how rye" they could make a rye beer. So, it was fun to try, but definitely a cloyingly sweet and sour taste was left in my mouth that was unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 07:20:03 | More by ElCommodoro
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bnes09

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark caramel color. Thick, three finger head on the pour. Recedes to soft layer of foam that maintains throughout the drink. Sudsy like lacing.

Spicy rye and herb aroma. Sweet dark fruit. Mellow oak and almonds.

Sweet dark fruits: figs, dates and raisins dominate the flavor overall. Hint of rye. Smooth oak mellow out the brew and compliments the fruit flavor. Hint of almonds and wheat toast. Well hidden alcohol. Great balance. Mellows further as it warms.

Dense full body. Rich, creamy texture. Well carbonated.

Best rye beer I've had. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:17:35 | More by bnes09
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was fresh but the rye scent was all too soft with a more barley grain tone. The rye then became very tangy on the tongue with hints of grain and a strong bourbon alcohol taste. This did not take on the complexity I expected nor the overly overt flavors that it claimed, but it was still a good drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:02:20 | More by KYGunner
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surfcaster

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Night cap after dinner in a tulip.

A: Brown/amber with slight head. In contrast to the pours from the cork and cage, there was only a little head here from the keg.

S: Lots of sweet vanilla/toffee with rye whiskey that gets much more obvious deeper into the glass with warming.

T: Rye everywhere and the barrel is there but not overwhelming. Sweet with figs/raisins/dates with a hint spiciness on the finish. The whiskey flavor just gets better and better as it gets warm.

M: Good carbonation and not sticky. Surprised it was 12%

O: Big. Glad I had the 12oz pour as a big bottle would need 3-4 to enjoy. Great fireplace sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 12:14:58 | More by surfcaster
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Jjski

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once again: full disclosure that I love huge beers, Boulevard and anything rye so I am biased. On vacation and this is day 5 of big beer, good food, happy kids and a warm wife. The snow is deep and after a good day riding, we are watching the Olympics

Vintage 2014, so she a bit young

A- tawny copper , tiny head with persistent lacing

S- orange, malt, solvent spirits

T- Unfortunately the alcohol hits first, followed by a puckering dryness that is not hops. Lots of rye. Hints of orangey brown sugar

M- perfect body, but the feeling of alcohol lingers, like I just gargled with a medicinal product

IMHO it's got a long way to go before it matures. I was hoping to be blown away, but I think it needs a bit of time. The fundamentals are great. I actually now plan on buying 2 more, but it will be 2 years until I revisit. Not guessing, but I anticipate this giant will blossom into wider realms of flavor. With this amount of barrel/rye whiskey at the outset, fading will Not be an issue.

For more moderate suggestion of Rye Beer: Southern Tier 2x Rye is awesome right away. Red' s Rye by Founders was once my " if I could only drink one beer forever" choice

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:22:55 | More by Jjski
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mactrail

California

3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a hazy reddish orange brown in the big snifter. Very fine-grained foam that lasts and lasts with big clots of lacing. Delightful creamy texture. Interesting aroma of fruity and boozy, like a liqueur.

I'm not sure the rye grain comes through so well with all the boozy flavors. Overall this is sharp, bitter, and slathered with wood and whiskey flavors. Big candy taste of something very strange. Persimmon flavors, raisins, butterscotch, fruit cake. Moderate sweetness. The bitter aftertaste has a hint of medicine to it. Something to sip on, very slowly.

This is the 2014 edition. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:40:33 | More by mactrail
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really, Really excellent and well made Rye Ale. Looks beautiful, big copper penny glow with a creamy dense head. You get plenty of Rye spice and some booziness in the nose. Flavors are a combo of Rye spice and sweetness, with a slight citrusy undertone, a bit of vanilla oak butteriness. I get plenty of oak and whisky notes, but not really a lot of char. 12% ABV is well hidden, save for a bit of astringent boozy heat in the finish. I like how Boulevard blends the base rye ale (1/3) with the barrel aged ale (2/3) so that the booziness doesn't override the delicious spice of the rye malt grain bill.

This really deserves to be sat upon for another couple of years, but it's delicious now. I'll go buy a couple more to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:06:56 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent reddish-amber, dark reddish-brown away from the light; clear with the exception of streaming carbonation; fluffy beige head with mixed fine and spotty larger bubbles, settles into a centimeter or so of covering; intricate tight, broad lacing
S: sweet bourbon and malt, buttery
T: astringent, bourbon, grass
M: medium-bodied, dry finish
O: almost always personally disappointed when a beer's other flavor's don't mask the astringency of a high alcohol content. I want to be respectful of the style, but bourbon beers are apparently not my thing, starting from the basic bourbon flavor to the sweetness to the astringency.

750mL / Pint Glass

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 08:07:31 | More by RandomExile
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: spicy malt, prominent sweet bourbon sweetness.

Appearance: Amber brilliantly clear.

Taste: light caramel, vanilla, spicy rye, prominent bourbon/whiskey finish.

Mouthfeel: medium, whiskey bite lingers into the finish. Needs a bit more carbonation.

Overall: great beer, hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:59:03 | More by PPOmaha
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mschind

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:07:32 | More by mschind
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with decent head and lace and has a sweet, boozy aroma, picking up a good amount of not only bourbon/barrel notes with alcohol but love the dark fruits (figs/raisins) and minor rye base (not overpowering) in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that is chewey and has some sweetness to it, figs and plums coming through with a little bit of sugary goodness and there is a woodiness and alcohol kick to this beer - the rye makes the beer real smooth and adds some heat and alcohol bite to this beer as well as a touch of sweetness; the rye is front and center in this beer. At times the sweetness is puckering but overall the beer is well balanced and the ABV is kept in check and this is just a solid drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 21:03:42 | More by clayrock81
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle, poured into Boulevard snifter

A- Pours an auburn brown color with some orange highlights, big creamy & foamy cream colored head that seems to retain forever, leaving thick thick creamy lace when swirled

S- Spicy rye is definitely noticeable up front with some peppery aroma, with it comes a fruity sweetness that brings notes of tangerine & orange flower water. A hint of bourbon juice and oak round it out, complimenting the rye without overpowering it

T- The rye takes front stage with an interesting mix of sweet and spicy flavors. The spicy flavors are peppery and grainy, the sweetness has a caramel maltiness. Light woodsy notes are there, but subtle. The barrel juice kicks in near the finish adding just enough complexity and accentuating the sweetness of the beer. sweet-yet-spicy finish with a hint of bourbon

M- thick and slightly chewy body with low carbonation produces a creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. A hint of warmth as it settles, good drinkability despite being 12%

O- One thing that I like about Boulevard's limited release beers, is that they only use a blend of barrel aged beers,complimenting the base beer and allowing the to shine. The rye plays well with the barrel notes and drinks very easily for the ABV. Very good

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:55:51 | More by Treyliff
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery as well as this beer's current 94 rating. Batch number RR13326-2. Best by: 11/2015. Reviewed begrudgingly as a rye beer. 12% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice white-khaki colour. Good thickness. Nice even consistency and smooth complexion. Head retention is very good for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice consistent albeit uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a rich tawny orange-amber of above average vibrance; it has a brilliant glow when backlit. It's got brilliant cascading upward bubble trails indicative of sound carbonation. Yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's a pretty gorgeous beer. A special appearance which reveals the beer is alive and intrigues the drinker. I'm very excited to try it, and don't notice any flaws.

Sm: Lovely. Charred oak barrel, hints of burnt sugars, bursts of citrusy orange flesh and zest, toffee, complementary floral hop notes, subtly spicy rye, marshmallow, and a notably subtle rye whiskey spice. The whiskey and oak lend it cohesion throughout the aroma. It's got a pleasantly tangy fruity hop profile. Not your everyday whiskey barrel aroma, nor is it merely a rye beer. There's much more going on here, and I can't wait to try it.

A pleasant, bold aroma of moderate strength, yet it's somehow still subtle and subdued. No yeast character is detectable.

There is some light alcohol warmth which I find attractive. I don't find any overt off-flavours, but the citrusy orange does seem a bit out of place and I'm curious how it'll fit into the flavour profile.

T: The rye malt is woven throughout quite nicely, but what really works well here is the charred/burnt oak barrel, which immediately differentiates the beer from most other oak barrel brews; it's a refined sophisticated oak presence and has its own almost unique character. I would like it to feel a bit more toasty, but that might just be personal preference. Given both the rye malts and the rye whiskey, you'd think this would have more spiciness than it does.

It's actually strangely sweet, at least up to the midpoint, but never quite cloying. Just as I feared, the citrusy/orange fruit hop build doesn't really work very well alongside the more refined notes of oak, rye, and whiskey, and feels out of place. The choices of hops here are far from ideal; that's my biggest criticism of the flavour profile.

I keep convincing myself I'm finding vanilla (or at least vanillicin) but then I think it's only because I'm looking for it. In any case, if it is present, it's far less prominent than you might expect in say, a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Caramel, light toffee, maybe some biscuit malt? I'm having trouble identifying the malts used here beyond just the rye. It's also got almost a honey or faint butterscotch note buried in the second act that I can't quite place.

I'm still hung up on how wrong the fruitiness feels here. But disregarding the hop-derived fruitiness, it's also got some plum notes which work decently.

I quite like the beer, but I really want that pesky fruitiness gone, as it really holds the balance back. It's a cohesive and almost gestalt build. Certainly this brew boasts some notable complexity and subtlety. Hell, I'd say the spice is too subtle. It could be more intricate and nuanced, but what's there is good. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some boozy warmth does manifest. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: A warm, lightly dry, and lightly coarse mouthfeel which has a full body and a good presence on the palate, but not as much weight as you'd expect. As a result, it's a bit more approachable than most barrel aged beers at this ABV, and it slides down a bit easier. Almost chewy. I'd prefer it more coating than it is. It's rather filling in any case. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated as well, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or stale.

The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: It's a hell of an inspired brew; very few breweries would think to try something like this. The subtle char is a highlight, but the awkward fruitiness is a drawback. While not the world-class mindblowing beer I expected, it's a very enjoyable and inventive beer with a lot to offer the discerning drinker. Solid work from Boulevard, but not a world class effort. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:37:27 | More by kojevergas
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RaulMondesi

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Ok, well, like... Rye on rye! The main man means, think silk on silk, gold on gold, Adriana Lima on Adriana Lima... This is that beer. Thing was creamy, lush, smelled like the heavens... Just straight goodness.

Sip and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 23:47:52 | More by RaulMondesi
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Less than a finger head, little visible carbonation and a straight amber color. See some immediate lacing.

Smell- this has an understated perfume scent that reminds me of alcohol sweetness, some floral hops and slight rye bread; nothing far off from what the name implies. Not much there even after teasing it but enough for me to complement the flavor profile.

Taste- You get hit with a strong cherry-whiskey-rye profile right at the front and it quickly mellows out to a more orange/lemon citrus. There are some spices such as coriander and cinnamon but not much distinguishable outside of that. This is my favorite rye beer that I have found on the market thanks to its ability to balance the old fashoined rye feel with a refreshing taste (Founders Red's Rye in close second for the hop characteristics).

Mouthfeel- medium-low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer is more of a sipper and the body reflects that; great balance.

Overall- With the 2014 in hand, I have the last few years of this delicious beer and am excited to give them all a shot thisyear. This beer ages extremely well while still being drinkable first year.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 19:59:57 | More by SavvyStudent
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scratch69

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy amber-brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Good retention with a large amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel aroma with some oak notes and spiciness from the rye.

Taste- Caramel and rye malt flavor with some oak and citrus flavors as well. Just a hint of booze flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Dry feel with a small amount of warmth from the ABV.

Overall- A great sipping beer. I am a little surprised that I have enjoyed this beer as much as I have. I normally don't enjoy barrel aged beers that much because I don't like the taste of bourbon but maybe I should give rye whiskey a try if it's half as good as this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 16:02:21 | More by scratch69
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a big amount of sediment chunks floating around and a good one and a half finger head that has good retention.

Smell has some good ale aromas, not a whole lot of bourbon aromas but a lot of good grainy, husky aroma with a very mild spicy aroma from the rye. Grain is the highlight of the aroma.

Taste is great. A lot lighter then I was expecting but the malt is defiantly forward with slightly sweet rich grainy flavors before a mild dry oaky midsection and finish. Light tang is also present from the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is good.medium to light body with moderate carbonation keeps this very drinkable through all the big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:35:02 | More by Fcolle2
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ajzbedo73

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep amber color. Light tan two finger head. A lot of lacing that holds on through the entire glass

S: Sweet on the nose with caramel up front, and bourbon and apple in the background.

T: Bourbon up from with a slight whiskey burn, but in a good way. On the second sip comes the hops and spices subtlety. Good balance. Don't get as much caramel as on the nose. Finish is sweet, salty, and a bit boozy.

M: Creamy and smooth across the tongue. A bit chewy. Warms the throat as it goes down. Good winter beer!

O: Another excellent offering from boulevard smoke stack series. They continue to impress. I wish I had a few more bottles so I didn't have to wait until next year to enjoy. I love you boulevard!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:09:42 | More by ajzbedo73
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Given with less than a finger's worth of head which had pretty good retention. The head was a slight off-white with hints of tan and light beige. The body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. Some sheeting which extends from the rim of the glass.

Nose- Isn't showing much at all at the moment. Some slight sweetness from citrus. A light clay perhaps. After a while, more citrus comes out along with a tiny bit of rye spice. Swirling is pointless; it adds nothing to the sparse picture.

Taste- Starts off pretty mellow, then introduces some citrus but then bam, the rye hits you like an Old-Fashioned right in the eye. I expect this from this type of beer- I did not expect it from BBQ. Nice citrus (mostly orange, some lemon), tons of rye, and huge amounts of spice which challenge the tongue. Some pepper, coriander, and even cinnamon. I don't know if this is exactly my type of beer but I enjoy it nonetheless. It certainly doesn't lack presence with its strong notes of citrus and rye. Some cherry, a slight bit of pineapple. This is very reminiscent of BBQ as it is pretty much the flavor profile of an Old-Fashioned. Some lemon and a good amount of tartness. I like it but I wish there was a little bit more malt presence. The complexity and presence are there but some more malt would give it a little more balance. Good to really good beer. For such sweetness, it is fairly integrated. Pretty much a really good beer even if it isn't exactly what I would want to drink.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation which benefits the overall mouthfeel. A little bit of zip really works the slight tartness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible if you like Old-Fashioneds or beers with slight tartness. I imagine this would repulse many but this beer is doing exactly what it set out to do. 5 dollars a pint seems incredibly reasonable for this beer. It could be a 6 oz pour easy.

Overall- Good to really good beer. But rather pedestrian for Boulevard. This brewery does such good work that it's really hard to praise a competent beer from them. It's not exactly my cup of tea but it could be amazing for someone else. Must try for those who like rye beers but know that this is very sweet (with notes of cherry, lemon, and orange). Connotes bourbon without any real bourbon flavors. A fun beer but not one I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 00:29:19 | More by artoolemomo
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