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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 369 | FT: 32
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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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nickd717

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by Arbitrator.

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color with a three-finger off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is rye whiskey, oak, honey, rye, and sweet malt. Pretty nice.

Flavor is great even though it's very sweet. Caramel malt, earthiness, oak, spice, and rye whiskey. Maybe it's just that I love rye barrel aged stuff, but this is pretty tasty.

Somewhat sweet on the palate with medium-full body. Just a tad syrupy.

Average-plus drinkability. A very solid beer overall, but not one of the better ones that have come out of a rye whiskey barrel.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 17:56:15 | More by nickd717
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Bottle No. 1207/12148
Batch Number: 2010-1
Best By Date: 01/13

A: Pours a lovely cinnamon/mahogany with 2 1/2 creamy fingers of khaki colored foam on top. Head retention was spectacular with it slooowly melting down to an ample skim and thick collar. Carbonation was plentiful but the lacing was a little lacking. Hazy and cloudy, looks kind of like iced tea.

S: The first aromas I detected snaking up out of the bottle were vanilla and coconut. That led into the delicious smell of whiskey, which was then followed by toasted barrel, dark fruit, molassas, caramel-apple bread pudding, spicy rye, and finally solvent alcohol tickling my nostrils.

T: Almost exactly as above with the sole difference being that the alcohol takes on more of a dominant role. It's not very intrusive, but I felt it kind of stepped all over the delicate rye spiciness that fights to get out from underneath the booze. Loved the caramel, vanilla, and toasted coconut.

M: At first, it gave the impression that it was going to be overly sweet, but the hot & dry booze (and to a lesser extent, the bitter rye) reigns in the sweetness and gives it a dry, spicy finish.

D: I thought I was a little goofy, opening this bottle on a 90 degree summer day, but it actually was refreshing. I couldn't justify doing it all in one sitting, going to save the second half for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 21:42:33 | More by GbVDave
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of thehand, my one stop shop for all things Boulevard. Bottle #10116/12148. Split w/ afausser, with my portion poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, hazed, rusty hue, transparent but only when held to direct light. Other times, there's a thick cloudiness present, a few floating particulates, and a hefty number of streams of fine and fast effervescence, racing towards the surface. Speaking of the surface, it was initially capped by half a finger of nice, smooth, foamy head, a nice creamy taupe note, and it actually has decent retention, surprising for an 11% -bal beer. I imagine it's largely a product of the explosive and consistent carbonation, but either way, it never really fades beneath a thick surface dusting, and also leaves a nice, thick collar. The lacing on the sides of the glass is also a little above average given what one would expect from such a beer, with a few glittery but somehow sticky blotches and patches of lace sticking to the sip side of the glass.

Aroma: Very mellow, but with a grassy, slightly spicy rye undertone. Sweet, roasted, almost dextrin-like malts emerge slightly as this one warms, toffee- and brown sugar-like, saccharine and thick in the nose. A few darker toasty notes and spicy rye overtones - both from the base beer and obviously from the spirit addition - meld with esters from the latter.

Taste: Surprisingly mellow and subdued, which I think I like, though I'm going to give it a while to develop. Yep, definitely give this one a while to develop - even at 55 - 60 degrees, it was still a little one-dimensional. Now that it's within a few degrees of room temperature, however, a lot more is jumping out. Initially, I was getting some semblance of a sweet backing beer, hints of rye, and plentiful spicy (and estery) whiskey notes. Now, however, I get much more - nice, thick, backing malts, not overly sweet but with a fair amount of roasted notes and sugary, sweet overtones, toffee, brown sugar, hints of blackstrap, caramel, faint toast. This one could have been disastrous had it been too sweet, so kudos. The whiskey melds nicely with the rye, though it's at points too faint and at other points too strong, the latter particularly in the finish. When it hits its stride, however, its fantastic, a long, mellow stroke of spicy whiskey, grassy, sweet, estery, and roasted. Hints of vanilla from the barrels round this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and fluffy, with a lot of the spice and assertiveness of the body coming through in the flavor profile, though that's accompanied nicely by a good - nay, large - amount of smooth, creamy effervescence, like foamed, whipped milk.

Drinkability: I both really enjoyed this beer and thought it could have been a little more. First, the specifics. This beer is, process-wise, pretty near perfect. The appearance is nice, above average for barrel aged beers of any variety, and the mouthfeel is great for the flavor profile presented here (as well as objectively and independently). The taste and aroma fall a little short, I think, though I'm not sure why - even when fully developed and near room temperature, it seems to fall a little flat. Now, relatively speaking within the broader spectrum of Boulevard beers (perhaps an unfair point of comparison), this beer is perhaps at even more of a disadvantage - their BBQ and Imperial Stout were both a little better than this one, and most of their Smokestack Series has been uniformly outstanding. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good brew - it's just not a great brew. Still worth a try (not that there are any left on the shelf now). Grab it if you get a chance, just don't expect it to be a Saison Brett or a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:16:27 | More by CrellMoset
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thetomG

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking pour - cloudy amber/brown color with a bountiful amount of head. Impressive.

The whiskey comes through well in the aroma, but the flavor is much more balanced and complex with bits of rye, vanilla, and some woody spices. Very very smooth and drinkable - surprisingly so IMO.

I would definitely drink this again if given the chance - probably the tastiest beer I've ever had from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:35:32 | More by thetomG
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Massiver 4 finger head, most of the Smokestack beers have plenty of carbonation and this one is no different. Decent lacing. Verg good retention. Color is mahogany brown.

S. Smell is pretty hot. Rye, malt, whiskey. An oakiness/woody smell. Vanilla. Lots of alcohol aroma at its current stage.

T. Taste is rye, whiskey, vanilla. Not as much heeat on the tongue. Actually fairly smooth. Like the taste of this quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a little lingering sweetness.

D. Drinkable. Goes down fairly easy for such a big beer. Smell is very boozy, but the taste is already smooth and well balanced. Another winner from the Smokestack Series. *With a year on this beer, it becomes something else. The booziness fades away and leaves a very delicous complex beer*

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 16:48:56 | More by siradmiralnelson
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a brown color with 1 inch of white head.

s - Smells of oak, vanilla, and a little bit of whiskey.

t - Tastes of whiiskey, oak, rye, and vanilla. Some heat to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice rye beer, but definitely some heat to it. Would try again with some more time on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 18:18:42 | More by mdfb79
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mcallister

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting a while to crack this one. Garnet colored with sediment abound and a large off white foamy head that holds suprisingly good retention considering ABV. Chunky lace also.

Woody and toasted vanilla aromas at the forefront with spicey rye esters, green tea, red currant, raisin, brown sugar, hints of floral hop.

Very nice. Full of toffee and caramel, dates and fig and a touch of prune. Vanilla oak, with woody tannins on the finish. Thick and creamy with good moderate carbonation levels. A bit of earthy hops and spicey characters on the finish from the rye. Nice alcohol burn in the chest. But overall a very tasty friendly beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:44:13 | More by mcallister
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite red and a bit hazy with a thick, foamy, tan head--good retention; lacing tries to hold on but eventually fades

S: Sweet and grainy; obviously a spicy rye quality; plus lots of balanced whiskey--something else though, raisins?

T: Grainy and slightly spicy; rye is prevalent as is the whiskey--but it's not abrasive; at times like a whiskey and club soda but creamier

F: Slightly thin and paradoxically somewhat creamy as well; decent mouth coating

D: For what this is, it has a decent drinkability, but this is one you must share--sweetness and whiskey gets a bit wearing

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:37:54 | More by dbossman
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mroberts1204

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a two-finger head that never completely subsides. Minimal lacing. 4.0

S: The smell is fairly muted considering everything that went in to this beer. A little bit of rye and a subtle nuttiness. Definite barrel notes--oak, caramel, vanilla. 3.5

T: It starts out with a spicy whiskey character. Some woody caramel sweetness. A little nuttiness as well. Hop bitterness balances this out really well. This has all the qualities of whiskey without any of the heat and booziness. 4.0

M: Carbonation is on the high end of moderate. The mouthfeel is really nice for whatever this style is. Thick enough for the flavors to linger for a while, but not thin in the least bit. 4.5

D: This beer is well balanced and very drinkable. As it warms there is a touch of booziness that becomes a little more apparent. Considering the 11% ABV this beer has superb drinkability. 4.5

A very different beer that exhibits a wonderful use of Rye and barrel aging. Interesting and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:37:43 | More by mroberts1204
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: extremely, deep, deep brown-rose color, somewhat cloudy, very nice head, tiny bubbles
S: somewhat mild, but very nice nose, vanilla, treacle toffee
T: WOW!, a bit rough on first sip (probably because of the 11% ABV) but very good, mellowed out as drank more, taste is similar to nose!, roasty, toasty, caramel, treacle, with nice malt backbone
M: very nice, not overpowering from EtOH, spritzy feel in mouth
D: drinkable and very good but only in smaller amounts due to ABV, perfect for a winter night

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:30:33 | More by wisrarebeer
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EchoCharlieEcho

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark amber, with 3/4 inches of head. Some light sediment settles on the bottom shortly after poured.

S: Malts, vanilla, oak, and booze blend well. There is a slight hint of earthy hops.

T: Oak, vanilla, caramel, and earthy hops. This is sweeter than I expected, but the rye adds a subtle spiciness. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, giving this some warmth at the end.

M: Medium-full body, low carbonation, warming.

D: I really had to think of this as a beer and a whiskey as I was drinking it. This is the only barrel-aged beer that I've found myself considering this way. That alone is enough to consider this a success.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 05:48:10 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Review from memory about two hours old.

A: Color is a nice amber color. Pours with a solid two-inch tight, off-white head. Pours with a noticeable 'fizz'. Head slowly dissipates, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S: Immediately notice the whiskey barrel aging affects on this beer, but not in an over-powering, in your face kind of way. Definitely getting woody notes along with a welcome vanilla smell. Some spicy notes as well, especially as the beer warmed.

T: Continuing from the smell, getting a healthy dose of barrel affects, with more woody and vanilla notes. A slighly sweet, caramal malt presence helps balance things out. The rye adds a bit of spiciness to the flavors. Getting some definite warmth on the finish. Not to the point of being harsh or 'hot', but there is some alcohol there. But finish is nice, mellow, and long.

M: Medium to medium-full body. Medium carbonation that is less than expected after a fairly active pour.

D: For what this is (a wine substitute), this was excellent. The bottle was split over dinner and disappeared way to quick. Both my wife and I enjoy rye beers and the addition of the whiskey barrel aging was a very nice compliment to a solid base beer. While a little on the spendy side ($13.49), this will be a regular as long as it's available locally.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:48:27 | More by oregonskibum
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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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largadeer

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arbitrator. Rye on Rye pours a clear crimson red, topped by a finger of off white head. Color and clarity are excellent.

It smells of berry-like fruitiness, toast, caramel malt; not a lot going on. Mild and clean, this doesn't exhibit much malted rye or rye whiskey.

The taste is a bit bolder, showcasing both the caramel sweetness of the barrel and the spiciness of the rye malt. There's also caramel malt, black pepper, tannic oak. Medium-bodied, very spicy around the mid-palate with a mildly hot and peppery finish. I love the concept of this beer and had high expectations, and while it is good, the flavors and especially the aromas are somewhat muted for such a high gravity barrel-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:45:07 | More by largadeer
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, clear, medium-amber color, capped off with a huge, rocky light brown head. Aromas of freshly cut wood, vanilla, spicy rye and booze. Fairly boozy on the palate, with rye whiskey, brown sugar and some late hoppiness. As I mentioned, this one is pretty hot, but also quite good. I'm really enjoying these new rye barrel aged rye beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:24:07 | More by emmasdad
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard has a masterful way of using a base style and then using it as a springboard for experimentation and aggression. Rye-on-Rye does all this and keeps its balance and stature pristine. Absolutely amazing.

Rye-on-Rye pours with a glowing but slightly hazy deep copper, truely amber color. A froathy and creamy off white head shows a lot of structure and allure with great staying power (characteristic of rye beers) and impressive lacing throughout. Light legging through the alcohols can be seen with a gentle swirl of the glass.

Dopplebock-like aromas fill the olfactories with strong notes of sun-kissed barley fruitiness and deeply bready melanoidins. The rye character gives a gentle spice and deep bread (bread crust) scent that hovers just above the deeply caramel scent.

Raisons and plumbs lead the sweet start the beer from an estery and rum-like sip to a deep and complex bready sweet bread notion mid-way through. The spicy rye then ushers the beer from sweetness to a non-descript maltiness in the end. The finish delivers an alcoholic and powerful malty-dryness that avoids the boozy notes that sometimes detract from the beer-y notion of whisky aged beers.

Definately a weighted and malty mouthfeel, especially early- the beer retains a lot of body and creaminess deep into the session, with a deep and bready texture throughout.

Interestingly enough, the beer is increadibly complex but doesn't scream about all its nuances. Beautiful in its simplicity but intriguing in its development as the glass warms and the carbonation releases. I wish that the beer dried out a bit more in the finish and I want more of a toast quality. Where the sweetness of the malts are amplified by the sweet rye whisky contributions, the beer takes on a candied flavor and texture. But the rye grains and rye whisky aging has done it's artistic job in a very robust and characterful way. Again, hats off to Boulevard.

Thanks again BlueOkie- I owe you!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:39:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/15/10

Bottle No. 5858, Batch No. 2010-1, Best Buy 01/13

Many thanks to mhewes

Pours a dark brown; once in the glass it has almost a plum or dense crimson bent. A multitude of small particles drift slowly throughout. Slightly hazy, this is nearly impenetrable beer. Despite over two fingers of head from the pour, retention is very thin. Scant lacing.

This is seriously a rye bomb; rye-on-rye, indeed. Rye malts come through distinctly & are augmented by the rye whiskey barrel aging. Whiskey is at the fore with hints of charred oak & vanilla. The aroma is also airy & smooth, with a notable boozy swoon. Maybe a few wisps of earthy hops come through.

A mild earthy hop sizzle hits upfront. From there on, it's all about the rye - spicy & oh, so tasty. Rye breadiness is at the core, with the rye whiskey flavor acting as a panoramic augmentation. Vanilla notes are prevalent as well. Hints of oak & charcoal help to solidify the flavors. I'm tired of typing rye; suffice to say, the taste is exceptional.

Rye-on-Rye is basically full bodied. It isn't lacking density, that is. Carbonation is moderately low; allowing for an expressive flavor profile. Alcohol is apparent most of the time, though not excessively hot. Notes of whiskey, rye malt & vanilla hang on the finish.

Considering the intensity of the beer, drinkability is is good. It's a sipper for sure, but well worth investing the time it requires. Every time I've had a Boulevard beer I really wish they distributed to Ohio; this is no different.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:10:24 | More by Ryan011235
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much sweeter everywhere than I was expecting. The nose is nice, caramelly, smooth, vanilla-y and oaky. Some whiskey jumps out but its really knocked back by sweet vanilla and caramel.

Again the taste is quite sweet. Malts, caramel, fruits, wine, charred oak vanilla and even some creamsicle. The whiskey comes in strong, especially in the middle of the flavors as they meld and move across the palate.
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Notes after having a bottle of my own sent to me by AleWatcher:

Bottle No. 8056 of 12148. Batch Number 2010-1 Best by 01/13

A- Typical Smokestack Series big white sticky head. The beer is a deep red.

S- Definitely lots of rye. That souriness and breadiness of rye comes through a lot. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey are blended together well.

T- Nice vanilla, oak, light whiskey, fruity hops. A big dose of sour rye that gives it a bite.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:48:36 | More by MbpBugeye
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mobyviacheslov

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick root beer head. Cloudy, thick, rich amber color.
S - Citrus and malt jump out. Slight cinnamon and vegetable aromas emerge as well.
T - Bold but balanced, and delicious. Wood, red wine, caramel malt, orange, and vanilla. More flavors with each sip, but very balanced. The finish is a bit boozy, but it's not overpowering, and doesn't interfere with the more subtle flavors.
M - Pure velvet.
D - This is worth devoting a night to. One person, one 750ml bottle...taste it, enjoy it, and call it a night. I wasn't sure how to score the drinkability on this one. It is a stroonnnng beer, but it is supposed to be.
I started this guy in a balloon glass at about 55deg, and let it sit as I drank...took me about an hour and a half to fully enjoy this beer, and was therefore finishing it a room temperature. Quite a journey of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:41:23 | More by mobyviacheslov
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farrago

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Careful when pouring or you'll get a head of three plus fingers, loosely knit tan brown color, medium-sized bubbles, looks very frothy, average stickiness to the lacing takes some time to settle close to the surface. Very hazy orange-brown color, like muddy water, fully opaque, no change in hue further from the core. In the nose the oak comes through loud and clear, vanilla, buttered toast and caramel, definitely on the boozy side, banana and bubblegum as well as poached apricot and peach scents, the rye component softer than expected, lowering the overall breadiness, as it warms more mixed citrus comes out. Full-bodied and a real mouth filler, the carbonation ensures every pore covered cheek to cheek. Sweet without turning dulcet, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla fudge and carob, the raw whiskey flavors doesn't choose sides, dry in that heady, boozy fashion. The rye much stronger here, cuts the sweetness and lends a bitter burst. The orange citrus juicy and sweet, same for the concentrated apricot, peach, cherry, banana fruit flavors. Earthy in a fecund, herbaceous manner. This is a road grader of a beer so be forewarned.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:04:13 | More by farrago
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazed amber/burnt orange mix with a large blooming off white head.The charred oak really shows thru in the nose along with caramel,and slight green apple.Full on lush feel in the mouth,borderline chewey.Flavords are big in vanilla tinged oak with a touch of char,the rye impart a peppery-like spiciness and green apple-like tartness in the finish.A bigtime complex brew here,big in the oak and rye tartness,very nice.

Bottle#7296 of 12148.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:13:28 | More by oberon
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morimech

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #9509 of 12148 Batch 1

Served at cellar temp. Pours a clear chestnut color with a large cream colored head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. A lot of whiskey in the aroma. Hints of vanilla, leather, and toffee. Not really much of a beer aroma. Very boozy in flavor. Definately get the rye whiskey flavor but not much from the rye beer. Also hints of vanilla and toffee. Just a touch of sweetness in the finish that gives a clue to the base beer before it was barrel aged. Not a bad tasting beer, actually enjoyable if you enjoy rye whiskey, but it seems the barrel aging got away from them or they should of adjusted the blend a little. The body feels full and creamy. Nice for a big, boozy beer. As a rye beer this is not the best example. But as a barrel aged beer, whiskey fans will find this quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 18:22:27 | More by morimech
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25+ oz bottle into a standard pint glass
Pours a beautiful golden mahogany with a huge head (careful!). Head settles eventually into a white coating. Lacing isn't heavy but lasting. Nose is whiskey, molasses, toffee and candied fruit. Taste is very complex - the rye, cherries, toffee and tobacco noticeable, but the whiskey taste is throughout. There is a boozy warming and tiny bitterness at the end. The progression of things this goes through are fascinating. Mouthfeel is moderate but it does feel heavy in aftertaste. This is NOT boring! Couldn't have much more of this at a sitting (11%) but will definitely seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 18:42:05 | More by regspeir
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy, burgundy color with a light brownish colored head. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing and has pretty good retention.

S- Rye and whiskey smells jump right up and hit you. Some nice breadyness here, vanilla and floral hops.

T- It tasted pretty sweet, booze and rye. Also could pick up some woody taste, spicy notes, and a bit of vanilla.

M- Quite dry, fuller side of medium in body and lower side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not a huge fan of the rye beers, but I really did like this one. Probably more of a sipper but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:20:26 | More by nrbw23
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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