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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 223
Gots: 375 | FT: 30
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Once again, a solid offering from Boulevard's Smokestack series. And also once again, very snug cork. jeez!

Looks great! Putting a 5 on this. Copper color, perhaps a bit tarnished. Nice off-white and bright head, lacing is great.

Aroma combines the rye spice with some yeasty spice, malt and orchard fruits--like apple with some caramel. Boozy.

Some vanilla in the flavor, but that's quickly beaten down mercilessly by the malt, spice and charred wood-caramel. Fruits bounce around as does some grassiness. I'd have to say this is a unique beer with rye coming at you from two directions, dodging the hops and yeast along the way. The wood gives in a smoothness that tames (a bit) the alcohol. Very nice

Mebuzzard, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

750 mL bottle tried 24 Sep 2010. Served in the (512) One snifter. #6029/12148.

As always with the corked Boulevards, it was difficult to open this one, although I didn't have to resort to pliers. Very large thick tan head. Well carbonated. Mostly clear with a few floaties, dark ruby in color. Aroma is floral and perfumey, becoming a bit boozy and syrupy as it warms. Initial taste is similar, floral, caramel, warming. Spicy rye throughout. Sweet lingering graininess. Medium oily body and mouthfeel, alcohol quite noticeable.

A says she is high on the rye.

htomsirveaux, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Lunch
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

750ml bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter. Pours a medium brown that is a little murky capped with a bit of light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells very strong of rye and booze with hints of barrel. Some sweet malt and a bit of bourbon. Not overly boozy, but it is there. Taste is rather sweet, but kinda dry at the same time. Lots of rye in both malt and barrel form. I have a bit of a love/hate with this beer. Certain sips are fantastic while others are less than stellar. Mouthfeel is full, but a little more carbonation would help and this feels a little flat. Decent beer.

Lunch, May 25, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

That time the beer spent in the barrel seems to have vanquished none of its spirit or complexion; this one emerges from its slumber with a healthy glow, a head that ballooned right up and a high-energy cast of bubbles that look like they're trying to make up for lost time. It does, however, seem to have absorbed some of that caramelly whiskey colour.

Does the 'smell' score reflect my opinion of this beer's aroma or what I think of rye whiskey in general? I'm not so sure the two can necessarily be separated in this one. While much denser, fuller, a little bit sweeter and far less potent, this still has the same characteristics: charred oak, dark honey, distilled flower essence and zesty grain and fruits.

At at least 11% alcohol, this may not be easy on the liver but it sure is a dream in the mouth. It's like Boulevard smeared butterscotch on a plank of charred oak, and then fed it to us like a cracker. They also sprinkled really lush, eloquent flavours of spicy rye grain, flowers, apple, pear and honey on top. The more traditional bourbon components (strong vanilla, corn and heavy spice) are not present. It's a refreshing change of pace.

This is my first and only time trying a rye beer aged in rye barrels (thanks Sam!), but thus far it strikes me as a more compatible combination than barley beers aged in bourbon barrels. Then again, a year and a half in the bottle probably gave them time to get to know one another. Plus, I doubt the base beer was too high a gravity to being with.

You wouldn't sit down and drink a whole bottle of rye whiskey, and I wouldn't have thought I'd be able to polish off the full 750ml bottle of Rye-on-Rye in one sitting either. But here we are. It's stayed composed and, as I start the remainder of the bottle slightly chilled, I think I've made a new best friend on this gloomy, lazy, overcast afternoon.

Rye-on-Rye is a really clever beer and it's far more tempered and accordant than a lot of bourbon barrel offerings. The trade off between rye beer and rye barrel happens like the shuffle of angel’s feet - it's seamless and blissful. There's no clashing, the two parties hit things off like bread and butter. Another highly recommendable Boulevard offering.

biegaman, May 23, 2011
Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

750ml bottle #3101 dated 01/13/10. Poured 8oz sample into snifter on 05/02/2011.
Pours a cloudy brown- rust colored but topped with a nice off-white head. Good retention and decent lace. I detect some apple, rye, earth, wood, and a touch of booze in the nose. Once the beer hits my tongue I get some very unique tastes. Apple juice, whiskey, and wood- strange but in a very good way... not at all off-putting. Full body and a little light in the carbonation but still good. This was tasty but one glass is plenty.

gnemesis, May 23, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle into a wine glass while in line before DLD. Gigantic thanks to the kind soul who poured me this sample.

A: Chunky red-brown body with a fluffy finger of tan foam. Nice retention and lacing; other than the sediment, it's a great-looking beer.

S: Wow. Spicy and boozy, with rye, vanilla, oak, and raisins. The rye is so piquant it's truly amazing. I really can't describe how wonderful this smells - you'll just have to trust me.

T: Softer than the nose, with classic barrel presence - vanilla, oak, whiskey. Clean rye malt asserts itself toward the finish, with plenty of spicy, some grapes, and dark fruit. Delicious.

M: Smooth medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Great.

O: Incredible beer - probably the best rye beer I've ever had (Upright #6 is the only one that I can think of that comes close, but it's so different that it's hard to compare). The interplay of malt and barrel is stupendous, with each component able to add both complexity and amazing intensity. Terrific beer, and one that I hope I'll be able to have again someday.

Cheers!

woosterbill, May 22, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

the last of my big blvd beers of the week, i was definitely excited to try this one as i love the style and it really looked quite interesting. poured into a pint glass.

really very nice and quite heavy pour with tons of lacing coming down the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite nicely done.

aroma is dark fruits and malts up front with a nice kick of rye as it warms and shows its true colors. grassy and herbal and earthy with lots of things going on here. perhaps a touch of heather or something else going on in here as well. smooth and very full bodied flavors are all over this with hints of caramel, soothing earthy hops and a light dryness that ever so slightly comes togehter at the end.

overall another winner, and i am starting to think they really cannot or so not go wrong.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2011
Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Murky brown-orange, huge head.

Smell: Mild citrus, cardboard, booze, slight woody smell.

Taste: Very tangy and spicy at first, then woody, with caramel sweetness buried in there. As it warms up some wet cardboard starts to show up.

Drinkability: Usually big beers get better as they warm up, but this seemed more oxidized and cardboard tasting as it warmed.

Picked up a bottle to try, it definitely has a nice tangy, spicy rye kick to it along with some barrel-aged flavors. However, it seemed a little oxidized despite the cork being a monster to remove. Worth a try and glad to see Boulevard doing more than cranking out the unfiltered wheat by the truckload.

Mdog, May 08, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

750ml brown magnum, batch # and best by date on the label. #10671 out of 12148.

Expressive head but not a foamer, three fingers high from a firm pour. Good dense and rocky formation that plateaus in the middle. Ruddy brown color, good clarity. First sniff is a clean waft of leftover barrel juice from the rye whiskey barrels and the spiciness from the rye seems to come from all directions. Smooth and creamy with a semi-thick body. Rye malt flavor has a firm grasp on the palate, from sweetness to spice to a toasted character. Heavy fume of barrel juice is quelled by the size of the malt character, lightly fusel within. The wood is there but does not pull to hard. Some barrel char and fruitiness add some depth and complexity. Finish is fun but chaotic with all flavors peaking, booze, wood, spicy malt, fruit, etc.

Wow, pretty epic ... an amazing twist on the barrel aged beer movement which is nearly commonplace in the craft beer world. Very happy to run into this bottle.

Jason, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -8%

Bottle #4211 acquired from COBeerBuff, courtesy of the 666- 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of whiskey along with caramelized rye malts, some hops, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and a little fruit coupled with the essence of oaken whiskey cask aging. Then a very hearty rye malt character comes in seems like it took well to the cask aging. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There's a bit of an alcohol sting which is to be expected from a beer with 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to sip on for a long time, especially if you what something a little different.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Batch 2010-1, bottle 8061/12148, 750 mL.

Pours a nice translucent medium brown with a large tan head that sticks to the glass as it fades. A big whiff of rye whiskey comes off the nose, with an unidentified citrus fruitiness from either a yeast or something else unidentified. Smells pretty good.

The 66% barrel-aging was definitely for the purpose of balance as the rye whiskey hits the back of your throat, but in a very subdued fashion. The rye flavor from the beer/barrel kinda of sits in your mouth. There is a bit of fruitiness that I would have guessed was from the yeast, but the bottle tells me is from citrus hops. This is really smooth and I really, seriously cannot believe this is 11%. To me, this has a nice, creamy body, the flavor of rye as advertised, mixed with a bit of citrus and oak, well hidden booze, big carb and that's about it. ...and what more could ask for? It's crazy drinkable. The only thing holding it back is that it is not assertive, but for some I think that is a positive. I am actually pretty surprised at how good this is.

seeswo, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle from a kind soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with large amounts of spicy rye. Also present are moderate amounts of rye whiskey - vanilla, spice, and oak - and hints of booze-soaked cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the rye whiskey is a bit more overpowering. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by spicy rye and dark cherry flavors. Midway through the sip the rye whiskey takes over, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the flavor profile wasn't quite balanced enough to take this beer to the next level, but it is a very interesting beer and those who love rye will certainly want to seek this one. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 18, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to cobeerbuff for this one, poured from a bomber into snifters. It pours a deep amber with a medium white head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet booze, oak, vanilla. The flavor is sweet, spicy rye, oak, and vanilla. It finishes with some sweet alcohol. The body and carbonation is medium. A great beer, very easy drinking for a BA beer.

bonkers, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

307th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
Batch 2010-1
Best by: 01/13
Bottle # 4157/12148

Big thanks to JeepCop for this trade.

App- Gigantic three finger head as experienced with all Blvd smokestack offerings. A great sticky lace and a nice dark murky brown/amber color.

Smell- Oak, bourbon, rye, spicy, faint hops and some bready malts.

Taste- Very very smooth with a slight whisky burn. Malty under currents with a very caramel sweet note as well. This was balanced and had a great all around note of all the major flavors. A unique creation with an often looked over ingredient and was very tasty.

Mouth- Medium bodied almost bordering on full bodied. A nice medium carb level as well. Little whisky burn and (I think) peppery after taste on the lips.

Drink- It's big, not as boozy as I thought it would be but hit me hard after drinking it. I loved it though. The whole smokestack series has been awesome!

FosterJM, Mar 12, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

COLD COCKED!!!! HOLY $hit!! Boilermaker in a BOTTLE!!! You have to like Jim Beam to enjoy this beer!

You can smell the whiskey/bourbon immediately. The beer starts off like a typical rye then finishes like a shot of bourbon. The color was a cloudy amber.

I had too many bad experiences with JB to enjoy this but grateful to at least try it. To those that can hang with this beer....more power to them! Boulevard nailed this beer!!! Anyone thinking session beer would absolutely get their A$$ kicked!

WoodBrew, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

#4906 of 12148
batch: 2010-1
best by: 01/13

A: hazy, dark copper almost brown. grungy white foam.

S: rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, bread crust, pepper, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, a hint of citrus. a little surprised that the oak & whiskey are still so prominent. blended in for sure, but still a major contributor. very complex nose. i like.

T: booze, spicy rye, touch of caramely sweetness, oak tannin, dark bread crust. this beer has a definite rye slant to it.

M: medium-ish body, dry finish, fairly high carb (3.4 vol. co2). i could go for a little less carb, a little more smooth.

D: really interesting brew, has a lot going on, especially the nose. i like the rye emphasis. i think it's still improving. a little sad that i only have one bottle left.

SafeAtFirst, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of clickpush
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Pour: 750ml bottle poured to tulip glass. Great pop out with removal of cork. Bottle 7366/12148. Gives 2.5 fingers of off-white head over hazy, brown-copper body. Tons of carbonation visible along edge of glass. Opaque coat of lacing remains the whole time there is beer in the glass and leaves sticky lacing along the glass.
Nose: Sour, sweet & oak all at once. Delicious aroma. Toasted caraway seeds. Dried hay, salty, earthy. Caramels with lemon zest... just goes on and on in different directions. So complex. A New Years Eve eve party for the nose. Come on, baby!
Mouth: Slow start, somewhat tart and dry up front. As it moves back it opens into an interesting mix of malty sweetness and whiskey warmth. Creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel. Finish shows hop character, bitterness from somewhere (maybe tannins?), and more toasty flavors of (oak) wood. Lingering warm finish coats the throat, killing any cold or flu germs that might be lingering there. This'd be the best "sore throat" medicine ever.

clickpush, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Glowing murky reddish brown, offwhite skim across the top that begins to lace after a second pour. Color is attractive, it looks nice in a stemmed tulip glass.

Sweet, bready, and almost fruity nose, the Templeton Rye is immediately recognizable, soft aroma of brown sugar and toffee sweetness. The rye beer provides the rich bready component, and the barrel offers a mellow vanilla sweetness with traces of honey, citrus, and dry woodiness in the aftertaste. Rich and full bodied, soft and supple feel, but not boozy. Medium level of carbonation. Rye spirit flavor is very present, but with minimal associated heat. Great symbiosis between the barrel and the beer. This bottle was cellared for around 3-4 months.

emerge077, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

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%.

codewarrior, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

Received this as an extra from iasanlee. Thanks, Jason!!

Shared with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence last night.

I let mine warm to room temperature to get the full effect of this beer before reviewing.

A: Copper/amber color with excellent head formation and retention. Nice lacing left behind as the glass is emptied.

S: Slightly boozy nose with the aroma of caramel and well-done bread. Very "fresh" smelling.

T: [I have never had rye whiskey or a rye beer, so this was uncharted territory for me.] Wonderful, spicy/fruity flavors on top of a bready/caramel malt base. There is a slight bitterness at the end that I cannot tell if it is from the hops or the rye, but it is wonderful.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and round mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation. The alcohol leaves just a very slightly dry finish that allows for the wonderful bitterness to take over.

D: Slam dunk as the easiest to drink high ABV beer that I have ever had. The alcohol is so hidden and the flavors so fresh and light that there is no doubt that this ranks a 5 (imo)!

This beer has been added to my Wants. I sure hop that they make it again!

Spica66, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

A: Deep hazy red color. Kind of unusual in that it refracts light. Wait. Yeah. A finger and a half of billowy white head with really nice lacing.

S: What I like about this beer is you can actually get a bit of actual rye even with the barrel aging.The barrel is there but not overwhelming. There is a weird aroma of pickles that I occasionally get while smelling this beer. More likely a combination of the rye, barrel, vanilla, oak, and little bit of leather. Weird what the mind can do. Little bit of fruitiness. Really just a great nose.

T: Starts off with a nice soft spiciness from the rye. Bready. The rye barrel comes in right after that. Vanilla .Wow this is smooth and complex. The barrel aging and the rye ale work so well together. Nice sweetness. The alcohol is there but never overwhelming. Little bit of toffee. A nice complexity of malt as well. A real gem.

M: Assertive medium body. A little syrupy. Carbonation is spot on.

D: More. I love this beer. Their smokestack series does nothing but impress. It is a toss up between this and old habit. Damn close. If you like rye beer this is a must.

aerozeppl, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of kenito799
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

220z bomber

Chestnut brown brew with rocky foamy head, lots of lacing.

Shro and tangy whisky aroma, vanilla and oak, some cherry fruitiness.

The palate is massively art and tangy in a woodsy, boozy, leathery way. The rye brings a sharp spiciness, alcohol is balanced but this is an aggressively flavored beer. Excellent!

kenito799, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -5%

The color is a slightly hazey dark copper with a bubbly off-white to tan colored head that lasts throughout all 750 ml's. Good bubbling too.

The aroma has some light caramel malts notes with some spicey, peppery aromas as well. Not quiet sure ones are from the rye and which are from the hops.

The taste is spicy sweet upfront. White toast with a little orange zest marmalade. The middle egts a little picier still with some heat from the alcohol and some green peppercorns. The finish has a more mellowed, borbon flavor and heat, with some soft caramel and toasted wood flavors.

Very good sipping and sharing beer.

scruffwhor, Nov 21, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A very nice dark amber body. Translucent redish hues come through very nicely. Pours a very large frothy off white head. Gives a nice lace down the glass. I haven't ever been too impressed by the looks of a beer before, but this ruby red lacy brew is something to behold.

Vanilla from the oak hits the hardest. A little cinnamon burn from the alcohol. Cherries and oak to boot. The whiskey barrels take over the aroma of this bad boy, but there is a faint malty sweet undertone.

The cherry and vanilla carry over nicely to the taste. An oaky quality is present throughout the beer. Starts to get a little hot at the end otherwise it would have hit a few higher.

Very chewy beer. Silky smooth low carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on. Awesome beer just a tad hot right now I'd say sit on this bad boy for a year or two, and it'd be a prize in anyone's cellar.

bfields4, Nov 20, 2010
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.