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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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353 Reviews

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 1,494
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 266
Gots: 437 | FT: 25
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 Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BA beer review #1000!

Poured from the bottle a murky tea color with two fingers of fast-fading beige head. No lacing whatsoever left behind.

Boozy whiskey aroma with molasses and toffee upfront followed by citrus and oak notes.

This was definitely aged in a whiskey barrel. The 12% booze punches you right in the mouth. The molasses and toffee notes are big along with a bit of vanilla, citrus and light fruit in the finish.

Full bodied and dry with a lighter carbonation.

Quite interesting and complex. I liked this beer, though I'm not a whiskey fan at all.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

served in the boulevard glass

I sit here drinking this, and am in awe. It is unbelievable how Boulevard has somehow married whisky and beer together in such a perfect matrimony. This has been sitting in my fridge waiting for me to drink it for a little over a week now, and it was torture waiting. It came highly recommended, and was even said to be the best brew from the smokestack series, by one of the beer experts at a local liquor store, and sweet heaven and earth they may actually be right.

Its dark burnt orange and hazy brown appearance with a consistent half finger head atop a beautiful reverse waterfall of carbonation is immaculate.

the taste is something like i've never had before. like i said before, this marriage was meant to be. to have a 12% brew be so classy and smooth with little to no sign of an alcoholic bite is beyond me. This is a must try for anyone and everyone.

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy brown hue with thick, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail down the side of the glass ending in a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma with a sweet alcoholic whiskey background.

T: Complex sweet rye malt with a smooth whiskey wood background. Finishes on the dry boozy side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew. Great complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.61/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: It is a hazy deep brown/orange body with a 4 finger brown tinged white head.

S: Rye is definitely present. There is the aroma of whiskey and caramel malts in the background.

T: A little overly complex. There is toffee in the front that clashes a little with the whiskey flavors. There is subtle caramel malt present as well as some oaky flavors.

M: Very thick and heavy body with great carbonation.

O: A great beer. Rye is not my thing but this would be a fantastic beer for the rye beer lover. The only rye beer that I've had that is better is Dueling Pipers.

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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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, ruddy red-amber. Very sudsy, but little head visible. Carbonation continues to bubble as the glass warms. Odd and unusual.

Nose is unique -- I get wet wood, some fruitiness, butter, and toffee. Not that it's bad, just an unusual combination, again.

Flavor is fruits/berries and some toffee -- sweet and somehow wine-like. I don't detect much of the rye whiskey barrel, though, as this one just seems more of a fruit-oriented champagne style. It's quite easy to drink, and especially with the very deceptive 13% ABV.

Overall, certainly a memorable and genre-busting brew.

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Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden caramel with a huge thick, frothy cream colored head with nice lacing. Aroma offers a nice dose of sweet whiskey, sweet bread, a tease of some fruit, rye (which comes out after it warms some) and a little vanilla. Flavor is whiskey dominant and shows itself throughout the entire sip, it pairs with some bread and caramel,, some rye comes out as it warms offering some spiciness, and vanilla. Alcohol is present but works with the beer. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Not too much activity. Overall, highly enjoyable. I am quite hit and miss with Boulevard's oferrings but this one is a definitely a winner. A little more straightforward and less complex than I expected it to be going in, but quite enjoyable, nonentheless, and that is ultimately what matters.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into two snifters. 2012 vintage. Thanks a lot for these two bottles and the great extra, Woodsyy! Great trade.

A - pours nice and light brown and settles deep in the glass. Huge foam from the forced pour; it's obviously pretty highly carbonated. Almost completely opaque, very good looking.

S - yum, a lot like the best whiskey barrel aged beers out there. Big hits of wood and booze from the smell and a lot of the sweetness one would find in things like Backwoods Bastard and Sucaba. Points off though for way too much alcohol on the nose. The other bottle I have has 1% ABV more than this one (at 11%), so we'll see how it drinks in comparison.

T - a little empty in comparison to the smell. Some of the sweet whiskey flavors come out at first, but it recedes into a bland, soda-watery taste. I expect that's from the aging. Not terribly complex, but certainly not bad.

M - too carbonated, but the alcohol loses its intensity off the nose. A little thin, but, again, I expect that's from the aging.

O - good beer, I wish it was more readily available. I look forward to drink it fresh.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good.

Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel.

Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. That's ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. There's again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupel's fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity.

Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevard's Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. It's not the same, but there's clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, it's about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable!

Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!

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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.

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Photo of Anonymousmark
2.56/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, batch 2013/1, best before 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber red color, topped with a finger of creamy khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Delicious, sweet aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

T- Has a touch of bourbon but also a lot of leathery, spicy malt. Leans more toward bready, fruity flavors and away from the richer, sweeter characteristics of the aroma.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry with spice and some booze heat.

O- A solid beer overall, has a really nice aroma but is a bit less rich and delicious in the flavor, consider skipping this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

damn this is a big beer. pours hazy golden brown like when the tater tots are perfectly ready, with a caramel hue and a fluffy tan head as tall as you want to make it. yum. it smells like rye malt, spicy and peppery and rich, and it also smells like oak casks, with some char and some strong whiskey notes of vanilla. the flavor is about the same, not as rye malt heavy as I thought from the nose, but still undoubtedly a rye forward brew. I think the barreling process is a little overdone in this one. I never really say that, but this one tasted more like whiskey than beer, especially in the finish, and it really overshadowed what I assume to be an expertly made strong rye ale. maybe just the blend was too much, I don't know, but it was an experience either way, with the alcohol becoming punishing in the finish and as I worked my way through a bottle of this on my own. full full body, good carbonation and a very expansive feel. lots of booze burn in the finish, and at least a mild hangover awaits the overeager, but like all beers in the smokestack series, this was well planned, well executed, and very original.

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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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a dark mahogany.
s - the woodiness from the barrel dominates the aroma but in a good way.
t - rye, spice, dark fruits, oak with a hot finish. nice and complex.
m - very creamy and smooth.
o - terrific beer. the alcohol was evident but fits in well with the other flavors. i think this would benefit from a year of aging but is still a great sipper fresh.

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Photo of tut2528
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release

A: pours an awesome hazy light orange/brown like rust that is not completely opaque. the pour created a solid fingers worth of off-white head formation, and the lacing was very nice as well.

S: wow this is immensely complex. definitely taken by suprise. massive toffee, caramel and vanilla sweetness, alcohol soaked raisins, rye whisky, some plums, brown sugar, and oak. this is honestly one of the best smelling beers I have ever had. and it is so damn well balanced.

T: strong whiskey and oak comes out here more, but the massive sweetness from the toffee, caramel and vanilla help prevent the whiskey from overtaking the brew. i also pick up on berries, a slight waffer note, as well as bubble gum. massive complexity

M: coats the mouth with immense vanilla and oak sweetness with an inviting heat from the alcohol. solid medium bodied brew. nice carbonation, and the sweetness sparks salivation.

O: a best friend of mine said that this is like an English Barleywine, and I must admit that his statement is very true. Immense complexity, and it has a terrific balance. For being 12%, it is one of the best balanced brews I have had. This will be one that I consistently seek out. A well done brew.

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Photo of campuschief
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EPIC! I never rate beers because I feel they are a personal choice. This one was on another level! Seriously I've had all of the top 5 or more and this one is the best! Thanks Boulevard for doing such a good job with this beer and please, PLEASE, make more for me to imbibe.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle

A: Dark amber with a large off white head. continuously carbonates and is effervescent. With some alcohol legs

S: getting some rye, caramel, and some sweet fruits.

T: sweet but slightly boozy. nice rye flavor and has some dark fruit flavors. also has a slight sour undertone. It has a good rye/caramel taste. citrusy and tangy

M: Creamy, malty, tangy, and citrusy

O: great rye and good buy

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip

A- Pours very hazy and murky. A light brown orange. A large light tan colored head with surprising retention. Impressive alcohol legs as well. A dank and intense looking beer.

S- Smells like whiskey and I like it. A good rye presence as well, somewhat spicy and cold. A lot of caramel and sweet malts. A bit of char as well.

T- A slight fruity bitterness at first. A bit of dark fruit in this beer. A lot of figs and plums and rum soaked raisins. A massive smooth caramel malt. A lot of wood character and charred oak as well. The rye in this beer is spicy and has a live mouth feel. A good amount of whiskey flavors in this beer that compliments the rest of the brew. No alcohol taste, very well hidden. Faded hop flavor but some hop bitterness.

M- A thick and strong beer but quite balanced and drinkable. Warming. High carbonation but its smooth in the glass.

O- This is my new favorite Boulevard beer. A great barrel aged strong ale and interesting take on rye.

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Photo of streetcommander
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure : I love rye beers and whiskeys.

Well balanced and crisp for a 12 12 12 12 abv, yeah. (if you haven't seen the YouTube "deer vs. Dog; ghetto style" yet, then you wont understand)

Smooth rye flavors are ubundant and glorious. Bourbon flavor comes through on the finish. Not overpowering, just perfect. No syrupy nastiness or macro swill corn covering. Booze are present, but salute with honor and grace. Nice brew, no doubt.

Not the 98 the Bros bestow, but damned good high test brew.

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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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, 2013, poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy orange with a ruby tint and a three finger off white head.

S- Rye, citrus, whiskey, some oak, some spices, and a nice sweetness that I can't put my finger.

T- Whiskey, rye, vanilla, touch of oak, caramel, toffee, some spice, touch of hops, great balance.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- A great whiskey barrel aged beer. Strong, complex, very tasty. Can't wait to pick you another bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.49. 2013 release. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours golden orange with two fingers of frothy off white head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of caramel, toffee and a big whiff of whisky.

Taste is whisky forward. Rye whisky, oak, toffee, caramel, must, malts and warming booze. A boozy yet smooth sweet mixture.

Medium body with strong fizzy carbonation. Long sweet boozy aftertaste.

An interesting rye theme here. It has a much different profile than the typical rye-P-A that seems to be gaining popularity. The rye whisky really steals the show. I've not previously considered aging a rye beer but I this would be a good candidate.

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Photo of daledeee
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml Special Edition bottle.

Poured this into my new Stone glass.

I got an auburn colored clear body with minor head but some lacing.

The smell is quite interesting. This beer really does have a whiskey note to it.

Taste: Everybody is into whiskey barrel aged beer these days, but this one is actually whiskey tasting. Up front that is the first thing I noticed. Then there is a hint of mustiness, malt with hops, caramel and some fruit(not really dark, but not light).

The impression I get from this beer is that if I was blindfolded I would think it was a barleywine. It's not super hoppy. It's not super malty but it has many nice flavors and lots of boozy warmth. Looking at the label shows 12%. This is definitely the strongest rye beer and a different rye beer since most of them have leaned toward hoppy IPAs. I like this unique beer and it is definitely a keeper. Top shelf all the way.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.