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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 1110
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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thebigredone

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2012 Version

Had this one sitting in the cellar for a bit, finally decided to pop it. Pours a reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head.

Smell... damn it all to hell. The smell is off. No whiskey, slightly tart and acetic.

Taste confirms what the smell hinted at. Tastes slightly spicy and then everything goes to s@#%. Slightly tart, slightly rotten garbage, very disgusting.

Mouthfeel - who cares when the beer tastes like this?

Overall, I was looking forward to trying this as Boulevard usually makes a solid product. Quite disappointed by how this turned out.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:18:21 | More by thebigredone
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Anonymousmark

Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is definitely a niche market beer. It came highly recommended by the shop owner and I was attracted by the high ABV and the whiskey barrel aging process. Obviously, it is not chugging beer. It is brewed to enjoy slowly in an easy chair along with good company and stimulating conversation. I have to say though, that I didn't enjoy it as I though I would. I can't blame the beer... it was exactly as advertised. But as it turned out, I just didn't like the blended tastes. In the future, when I want rye whiskey I will drink rye whiskey and when I crave a brew, I will have a beer. With that said, its a distinctive and unique tasting beer that is worth a try by true beer aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:14:44 | More by Anonymousmark
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle with Bottle No. 17291; Best By: Feb. 2014; Batch: 2012-2

The beer poured a brown/dark copper color, with noticeble carboantion rising to the top of the glass, off white/cream colored head that dissipated in the blink of any eye.

The beer gave off an aroma of Dark fruits, wood, a hint of smoke and whiskey. In my opinion, this was the best part of the beer.

The taste was way too much whiskey for me and not enough of Rye. I like a good Rye beer, which is why I bought this one, but if I wanted whiskey, I would have poured a Johnnie Walker instead.

The beer had a medium feel mouth feel to it, it had good carbonation, and the alcohol was very noticeable.

Overall, while I applaud the creativity, I think that this one is a miss, but given the overall rating, I would be willing to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 00:49:22 | More by PhillyStyle
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head.

S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I can't pick out what it is.

T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesn't taste like there's anything particularly wrong with it. Don't think it was a brewing/packaging issues; there's just something my palate doesn't agree with.

M: Dry and a bit hot.

D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevard's bigger beers, but can't get into this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:04:20 | More by Thorpe429
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color. pretty much straight brown. A little amber maybe but easily the most brown colored beer I've ever had. The head is a beautiful two fingers holding excellent retention and lacing. The head is a nice off white color.

S= Initially I smell a lot of spicy Belgian yeast to it. Sort of the green apple spice thing and pear going on. There is a strong alcohol presence in the smell as well as a little whiskey. There is a little bit of rye in it but not as much as I expected.

T= This is unique for sure. Again I get a nice Belgian yeast spice to it up front with some green apple pear flavors. Then that washes away and I get some rye. I think rye is a delicate malt and prolly shouldn't be imperialized. This is really light on the rye flavor. The major flavor is whiskey I would say. There is a little oakyness and wood to it but not much. All is sort of shadowed by the alcohol heat. Interesting but not the best rye beer I've had by far.

M= A little high in carbonation and prickly tingly bubbles. Somewhat thin.

D= This is a different beer for sure but a little too boozy and not nearly rye- ey enough. The rye is not very pronounced. An underwhelming beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 04:08:31 | More by jjanega08
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this one solo tonight.

I pour straight in so its got a head on it that then fades out leaves a bit of lacing but not a lot. nice sunburst color.
The aroma is a heavy dry rye note, a light white pepper and just dry.
The flavors have that spicy note you expect from a rye beer. It is the kind of spice that when implied "rye" people will like and when implied "chili" people will not like, really on the border.
There is some alcohol that pokes through because of the dryness of this one, and makes it a bit smokey, and light notes of vanilla bringing in some sweetness.
Mouthfeel is quick to fade due to the dryness.

I am indifferent to this one, going to drink the whole 750ml, but its just average. i guess i like the rye, but could go for more alcohol heat,whiskey, and maybe a little less dry, but i am strange.

Love, Chad

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:52:52 | More by ChadQuest
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bashiba

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light brown, thin ring of white head, no retention.

The smell is malty and a bit spicy and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet with a bit of woody whiskey flavor, big alcohol heat and a strange off tartness, a bit harsh as well.

The mouthfeel has a bit of thickness and heat.

Not enjoying this at all, a big mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:07:53 | More by bashiba
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in Peoria before Christmas, now opening it on a Friday night in March. It pours dark, an amber copper color, a little bit of haze and a thick off-white head with each pour. Like 8 fingers of foam, but it subsided pretty quickly.

The aroma is both good and bad, I liked the rye but didn't like the medicinal notes. Cough syrup is rarely a positive feature in a beer, and this beer unfortunately embraced it. It smells a bit alcoholic too, surely due to barrel treatment.

It tastes about as expected from aroma, strong spiciness from the rye, heavy whiskey barrel notes, and light medicinal badness throughout.

Heavy stuff, not entirely appreciated by me, probably my least favorite from the smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:19:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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Pahn

New York

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage, bottle #16,947.

Appearance: Steady pour yields a 2 inch fluffy bonewhite head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby and leaves spots of lacing and liquor-like legs (alliteration).

Smell: Oaky whiskey with cola like effervescence. Some faintly citrusy hop aroma and sweet malty tang. Pretty boozy.

With warmth, all other aroma besides rubbing alcohol is obliterated. It was fun while it lasted, oak / cola / hops.

Taste: Up front, mild oaky vanilla, whiskey, and prune, with a long oaky finish. Finish is interesting... it's dry and light in feel, but heavy on the oak notes (usually experience those with sticky, full feels).

Each sip is sort of prune-y up front with orange/lime hop flavor, segueing to assertive American oak and booze. Doesn't really mix too well... they don't clash, per se, but the dark fruit esters combined with the vanilla oak kind of remind me of cheap whiskey.

Actually, this tastes like putting some Jack Daniels into virgin American oak barrels and aging it for 5 years (then lightly dry hopping it). Plus some placebo-strength malted rye influence.

It's not a bad flavor at all, but it has more perceived alcohol heat than Dogfish Head World Wide Stout or any other ridiculously high ABV beer, but without any of the deep malty complexity. Hard to really find the point of this beer, but it tastes alright.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Not quite creamy. Dry finish. Memorably good mouthfeel.

Overall: The thing is, *I'd like* drinking cheap whiskey aged in virgin American oak barrels for a few years. I'm not very impressed with the beer, but I'll enjoy finishing this bottle over the course of a few hours.

At $14 for a 750ml bottle of barrel aged beer, it's not a terrible value, but I think your money would be better spent on any of the numerous superior barrel aged beers on the market today. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'd happily accept it as a gift.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:37:47 | More by Pahn
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to cploking for coming through with this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy crimson color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of whiskey, a bit of oak. Taste is strong of whiskey and alcohol, a faint rye presence, a bit of oak. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall if you are into whiskey barrel beers, this would be in your wheelhouse. For me it was just a bit overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 20:53:49 | More by tone77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a orangish amber color with good carbonation and big fluffy dirty white head

S: Rye, booze, wood, vanilla

T: Starts out boozy, midway through its boozy with some rye and finishes boozy with less rye with a little vanilla

M: Seems thin, boozy, throwing off CO2, unappealing and tough to drink minus the excess booze feel, thin body and flat tastes

D: While not terrible it got a B out of sheer generosity. Avoid. This beer is way overpriced and spend the $13 elsewhere!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:57:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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Auracom

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Next to BBQ, this is the most excited I've been to try something from Boulevard. Bomber purchased as MSCM and poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on April 19th, 2012.

A - Murky brown coloring with ruby hues. One-finger, light tan head. Retention amount to a frothy film. Really good lacing.

S - Plentiful rye spices, figs, banana, and raisin bread. The barrel notes play second fiddle, with hints of oak and rye whiskey blended with further toffee. The base aroma here seems inherently Quad-like.

T - Strong raisin and date bitterness morphs into a rear palate of deep caramel and whiskey barrel flavors. Not particularly complex, rather mellow presentation. No alcohol presence throughout.

M - Medium body, very smooth. Velvety-light carbonation, adequate for pushing darker notes through. Touch of alcohol warming.

D - I definitely prefer the nose here. The front end of the drink is particularly weak and I'd prefer a bit more barrel presence overall, particularly some sweetness to balance everything else. Worth a visit but don't expect an overwhelming success.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 16:47:46 | More by Auracom
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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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

750mL brown glass cork & caged bottle. Bottle number 5678 of 12148.

Pours a ruddy/muddy brown with some amber hues and very little off-white head.

Nose is heavily whiskey influenced with that spicy rye vanilla/white pepper note. A little toffee and mocha too.

Palate is boo-wait for it- zey! At first it tastes like someone poured a shot of straight rye in a barley wine. A little thin on the body. Orange zest, vanilla beans, toffee, a little oily, a little sharp from the alcohol content, finish is a little "green" (vegetal). Finish is almost clean, but there's gripping spiciness from the whiskey and oak tannins.

Notes: Perhaps the best of the 3 Rye on Rye beers I've had (this one, Smuttynose Ry(e)an, and Lenny Bruce RIPA on Rye). The whiskey influence is good, but I'm starting thing that you cannot successfully integrate rye whiskey into a rye-based ale. Just doesn't meld well. Glad to have tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:25:41 | More by SFLpunk
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Barrelista

California

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rum and caramel at the core with a pop of early Rainier cherry.

Foam is frosting-thick on initial pour. Carbonation is low and delicate enough to encourages the beer's sweetness, as if this beer shares a parent with cava.

Full, heavy mouthfeel. Lung-filling on first whiff. Hued a color reserved for sugar at around 315 degrees Farenheit.

Wonderful. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:54:05 | More by Barrelista
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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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Tone

Missouri

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

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and poor lacing. Smells of whiskey, alcohol, wood, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of rye beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of whiskey, alcohol, wood, hint of hops, and hint of dark citrus. Overall, very strong whiskey/wood flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 18:42:13 | More by Tone
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lnashsig

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer number 4 of the Astros #brewandbaseball challenge! I'm behind but doing my best to catch up. Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a nearly transparent dark amber color, some decent head retention, which is surprising given the ABV and Barrel aging. A creamy looking texture to this beer. Smell- booze, molasses, some spicy bready notes from the rye. Woody barrel notes, some vanilla. Alcohol is obvious. This will be a really boozy bastard. Taste- the booze is puckering. its pretty much all I am getting at the front of the tongue, resembles straight rye whiskey. Some nice woody notes and vanilla linger around the sides of my mouth, but I struggle to get a lot of depth and complexity to this one. After the booze, it seems that the flavors are a little muddled. Nothing stands out, but this is a beer that will have to develop in order to be worthy. I'll review again after a year and see what comes of it, but would not recommend to drink it fresh. Not a great experience, not a horrible one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:25:36 | More by lnashsig
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

I had heard a lot of praise for this beer and never had a chance to actually try it so I was very glad to find it on tap at Stub's. Served in a 10 oz wide mouthed glass.

Pours dark mahogany with a creamy tan head. Great lacing as the glass empties. The aroma is not nearly as potent as I was expecting. Smooth malts and some barrels, maybe. Ample hops in the taste but gels well with the overall profile of the beer. Warms one up as it goes down.

Frankly I was confused for a while about the beer I actually got but soon enough the rye comes forth... maybe the only element that keeps the bitterness in check on a warm beer. I started to like it finally and it is certainly a well made beer. But I didn't really enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 05:35:53 | More by tewaris
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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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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a creamy off white head, very little lacing. Smell is vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, carmel, and leather. Taste is all of those things, vanilla and bourbon dominate, pretty mild considering what it is. Body is a little thin, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and very easy drinking. This solid not really familiar with the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 19:22:43 | More by SawDog505
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vkv822

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml : tulip snifter

Pours an amber red with a thick, foamy off white head.

The aroma is primarily of rye and vanilla, booze-soaked oak.

Strong vanilla-oak notes blended with boozy rye notes.

Medium-full body.

A good beer, though the boozy, oak is a bit much at times.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 09:16:34 | More by vkv822
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cinnamon stick brown color with some nice head, decent lacing. Smell is big on the whiskey with some nice spicy rye notes in there too. Taste follows, but with some big buttery vanilla notes. A bit of piney hops, but just a tad, some spicy malt, wood, and more vanilla. Oddly, this all seems a bit muted to me. The flavors just don't 'pop' like I want them to. Also, as the beer goes on this becomes more pronounced. Medium to full body with some nice creaminess, decent carbonation to keep it going. Drinkability is pretty good, but as the beer goes along it kind of loses its power, an odd experience. I was happy to try this. This might be an unfair comparison, but given the option to spend $13 on this or a 4-pack of Backwoods Bastard, I'd go with the Backwoods. Nevertheless, good stuff, just not necessarily all there for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 06:32:30 | More by LordAdmNelson
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codewarrior

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Snifter

Bottle 5790 of 12148, from Batch 2010-1

Finally got around to pouring this bottle at my visiting friend's request. Have been looking forward to this guy, as I love pretty much everything that comes out of Boulevard.

L: Rusty brown with at least 8-fingers of foamy-cream-pillow head, globs of head clinging to the glass. A touch muddy, in a good way.

S: Sweet, sweet with tangy sour notes ... little touches of whiskey in the back.

T: Starts off sweet, touch of sour, and then a wall of booze. Fades into booziness, lots of booziness. Touch thin and a touch overwhelming in the booze-factor. Whisky in the back is wonderfully balanced.

F: Thin and oddly a touch under-carbonated for how much head there was in the preview.

D: Better as you go and surprisingly drinkable at 11%.

Serving type: bottle

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