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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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93
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385 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
1,640
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
21.77%
 
 
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Rye-on-RyeRye-on-Rye
BEER INFO

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

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Photo of aasher
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied cherry wood brown with a one finger soapy and creamy two finger head. Te nose features smooth and spicy rice with a touch of rye whiskey. I expected it to be a little more pronounced. You could say that the aromas are holding back a bit. The flavors are nice and malty. There is plenty of spicy rye with a nice about of rye whiskey, some caramel, and some toffee with a slightly soapy finish. The flavors are nice. I like how the rye base works with the whiskey. They complement each other well. If anything there could be more whiskey presence. Luckily it builds as it warms but even then there could be more. It drinks medium in body and not necessarily over carbonated but it instantly stimulates your entire palate in an effervescent type of manner. Overall this is a nice beer. I definitely prefer it to their bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This is yet another high quality beer from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle cork and caged
Bottle # 18829 "2012-2/02-2014"

I love rye beer, and I love rye whiskey. Hopefully the two can work well together.

LOUD cork. Absolutely beautiful and unusual color. A red to burgundy with yellow tinted head. Head diminishes quickly. Good amount of carbonation.

Smells of charred wood and whiskey. The only beer I can think of that smells anything like this is a well aged old ale. A pleasant slightly oxidized alcohol + caramel aroma.

Taste is amazing. Charred wood and a smooth whiskey burn. Pleasant suiting bitterness. Somewhat thinner body. Acidic to the tongue although not from carbonation. Lots of spice coming from rye malt. Hints of citrus. Mouthfeel gets better as carbonation wears off. Really wide spectrum of balanced flavors. Quite intense and unusual.

I can see why anyone argues it's not appealing. You have to like whiskey to like this beer. Definitely a burn and booze flavor involved. But for me it works, I like it a lot.

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

A - Dark orange and amber color with a half inch of head. Translucent, almost ruby-like appearance.

S - Rye whiskey aroma is dominant, as it should be and it is complemented by a very slight burn from the alcohol. Some sweeter fruits come through here as well such as raisin and fig.

T - Delivered as promised, strong rye whiskey character with a strong rye bread (caraway seed) backbone. Slight alcohol burn, by nothing deterring. I expected to be overwhelmed by too much of a rye flavor, but this isn't the case; the two rye types go well together. No hop character, but a sweet malt profile to hold everything in place.

M - Spicy and warm rye aftertaste that properly tops off this full-bodied rye brew.

O - This is easily my favorite beer of the year because of its amazingness and that it promises exactly what it provides. 5's across the board.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of jar2574
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a snifter at Beer Kitchen. Not very much head. A thick dark brown looking brew. Smell is sweet, malty, and rye. Upfront the taste is strong rye. Extremely bready, thick, syrupy, not much carbonation. The taste is also sweet cherries and caramel malts. The 11 percent alcohol is well hidden. If you like big semi-sweet beers and rye bread on your sandwiches you'll like it.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -28.2%
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

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Photo of TheCondor
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is somewhat hard to come by in the KC area, so I had to visit my go-to guy that keeps the really good stuff behind the counter. In return, I won’t send the goons to burn the place down…but seriously, the guy always hooks me up.

Appearance – Pours a caramel color with auburn tinges, really looks like a tasty beer. Big dominant head on it which left awesome lacing on the glass, really thick looking. It seriously looks like liquefied caramel to me.

Smell – The nose is a strong bourbon, wood, some spices and sweetness. Complex nose is really impressive.

Taste – This beer is quite complex in its flavors as it is in the nose. The watchword here is BIG. There are some more subdued wood notes (I use the term subdued relatively) and a little caramel sweetness, but the rye, whisky, and malt come through like Albert Pujols in October. Wow. As the beer warms, the bourbon takes an ever more dominant role in the taste, to where by the time the brew is at room temperature, its almost like sipping really smooth bourbon and water.

Mouthfeel – Chewy, big bodied, no sign of the rather intense 11%ABV. Smooth to the point of ridiculous, goes down so easy its dangerous, especially at 11%.

Overall – A very impressive beer, a good representation of the Smokestack series and my hometown brewery. Boulevard strikes it big with this one. If I was going to send one of the Smokestacks to someone, I would likely send this one over all others. Highly recommended. Drink this with whatever or whenever you would normally think of drinking bourbon, except this is much better.

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Photo of taez555
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the horseshoe pub in Hudson MA.

Poured a clear tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose was amazing with a strong caramel malt, but loads of rye whiskey.

Taste is along the same lines. Big body, but not over the top. No hint whatsover this beer is 11%abv. Lots of absoultely delicous caramel and bready malt mixed with layers of rye whiskey. Flavor. Oak, mild touches of vanilla, some leather. Your typical barrel aged sort of flavor.

What an AMAZING beer. I could drink this all day. (Technically I did). :-) I really wish this was a full time brew from Boulevard. Awesome stuff. I ordered a second round, then went back later in the day to order a 3rd and 4th. Seriously, awesome beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nearly brown, thin head of white foam. Tons of oak with vanilla, burnt toast, and dark cacao coming forward. Caramel and toffee malt run deep. Smooth hop bitters with some biting tannins at the end. Not nearly as complex or rye-forward as the bottled version, but a really nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours the definition of the word auburn. Mostly transparent but the body of the beer is pretty dark. Head is massive. It dies down a bit but is still a full inch high minutes after the pour. Head leaves lots of disconnected lacing streaks along the glass.

S-The sweet and spicy rye is both noticeable via the rye whiskey and the base rye ingredient. Sweetness is very rich and derived from sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The rye is awesome because it really accentuates the oak of the whiskey barrels. There is also a very nice citrusy hop aroma. Avery aromatic, intense and complex nose.

T-First off, I must say that the finish on this beer is absolutely exquisite. Finishes like a fine rye whiskey with a generous splash of water. The oak lingers forever. Before the finish is much complexity. The citrus and pine from the hops really adds a great element. The sweet dark fruits and luscious caramel flavors add to the plethora of various tastes. The rye really brings it all together and somehow is not overbearing.

M-Lighter than expected with a nice carbonation level. Smooth and rich. Far from cloying. The dry wooden whiskey flavor lasts forever. Literally feels like I am sipping a watered glass of rye bourbon.

O/D-This is a really cool beer. There is so much going on within this beer. It boasts one of the most memorable finishes I have experienced in a beer. Perhaps the best component of this beer is that it isn't too intense but has more than enough flavor in every sip. Very unique and very interesting.

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Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to jumpjet2k for hooking me up with this bottle. My 1500th review, I think I need to get a life :)

A: Pours a beautiful hazy ruby red color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, bread/biscuit aromas, wood, and vanilla. Some fruits like apples and pears as well. I really like the nose.
T: Follows the nose with lots of toasted, bread/biscuit malts up front that I love. Rye bread all the way. Sweet vanilla, wood notes, and fruity flavors. Apples and pears. The rye, barrel, and fruit flavors have excellent balance and compliment each other perfectly.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Just a bit thin for my tastes. Especially for a barrel aged beer, but overall not bad. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, and a great sipper.

Yep, another Smokestack success that I love. No surprise. Everything here is very balanced and complimentary to other components. I love it and highly recommended.

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Photo of bsp77
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich ruby red with massive bubbly head that looks like it belongs on a root beer float. Great lacing tendrils.

Smell: Caramel, plum and some light oak. Generally spicy and boozy as well.

Taste: There is a strong malty backbone of caramel, plum, toffee and cherry. However, there are equally strong layers from the added rye and the Rye Whiskey barrel aging, with strong spice, oak and booze. Tastes a little bit like a Manhattan, which is really cool.

Feel: Full, thick body with a decent carbonation, as Boulevard seemed to treat the carbonation a little more like a Belgian beer. Very warming.

Overall: Once again, this is like a Manhattan in beer form. Unique, utterly delicious and dangerously sippable.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch #1 Bottle #9450

A-Pours a swarthy,murky crimson body topped with 2 1/2 inches of dense,surprisingly sturdy for the ABV,light tan foam that held fast for a good amount of time and left sticky,chunky ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Dark fruit,sweet whiskey,lightly charred oak,rich vanilla,red grape,caramel and light spice.Some very vinous notes of ripe,red grape and fruity alcohol.

T-Dark cherry,fig,raisin,black pepper,whiskey,toffee,light vanilla and light citric hop tang on the finish.

M-Medium/full body of considerable complexity and balance.Really spot-on carbonation with a leveled sweetness and good supporting alcohol.

O-Easily my favorite brew in the Smokestack Series.Definitely gonna revisit this one.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from batch 2012.

A: A deep brown and red pour. Large fizzy tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves pretty decent lacing behind.

S: As you would expect, loaded with rye. Primarily rye whiskey that really stands out along with some oak. Some rye bread too but subtle.

T: Lots of rye whiskey but not as overpowering as the smell (but still tons of it). Loaded with charred oak and caramel. Lots of spicy rye and a bunch of bready malt too. Boozy.

M: Fairly effervescent, moreso than you would expect. Outside pretty smooth and not too heavy despite the 11% ABV.

O: Well, definitely a beer for rye lovers, whether it be the spice or the whiskey (or both). Feels lighter and more bubbly than you'd expect for such a big beer. Definitely boozy though. It's pretty good but I'm gonna have to sit on some to see if it mellows out a bit.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2" light yellow head.

S- definite whiskey ( love me some Templeton!), slight smoke cherry wood, caramel and spices.

T- sweet caramel, smoked malt, dark fruits, whiskey, and spiciness from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation, has a nice warming feeling that you would get from sipping on TR.

O- excellent beer! The spiciness from the rye combined with aging in Templeton barrels is just a perfect match. Will be looking for more tomorrow!

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Photo of silentjay
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

louuud pop. murky mahogany brown with a quickly receding almost white head that leaves chunky lacing behind.

definite whiskey aroma... toasted wood, rye spice, slight smoke, molasses, vanilla, caramel sweetness.

very slight smoke and woodiness with a vanilla smoothness and caramel sweetness that balances the rye spice and alcohol warmth. a well-balanced and tremendously crafted brew.

slightly thin bodied with a subtle carbonation that works perfectly for the style. an alcohol heat, but without any harshness. great blend between a whiskey and a beer.

I love it. One of the best Boulevard beers I have had. Just wonderfully balanced. a sipper, which it should be. Will pick up a couple more...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To start, cold has a huge effect on this brew, lots of chill haze. I've reviewed it one it warmed up...

A - Clear mahogany, great clarity for a complex brew. Nice strong carbonation and wonderful foamy and soapy tan head. no lacing or residue.

S - Huge rye and vanilla scents. You can smell the heat too.

T/M - Awesome smoothness and vanilla feel. Perfect moderate carbonation. The rye stands out, but is not overwhelming. Lots of heavy barley and delicate hops. The heat is very well hidden and does not stand at the forefront. The heat is detectable, but not over top or annoying. Very wet, heavy, and roasty.

O - Awesome first impression of Rye on Rye! Great brew! Highly recommended, i'll be anxious to see where this one goes with a bit of time. Huge and enjoyable!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky amber color. The head is an inch of solid off white foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, rye whiskey, oak, and rye bread. All of the elements of the aroma are well balanced, and play nicely with each other. The taste is of maltier than the aroma with more caramel, and rye bread character. There are still a significant oak and whiskey notes, but they are more in the background. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that distracts from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a cloying texture that I dislike in beer. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again, but I can't see myself searching for it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a buddy.

Poured into a snifter.

The color of this brew is warm and very lovely. Cloudy reddish brown that is quite dark. A fingers worth of yellowish tan head. A ton of lace.

The nose has a noticeable heat right out the gate. A bit of rye spiciness blended with some vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

The taste is smooth and has a light amout of rye spice, butterscotch & vanilla, booze, and then some more rye in the afteetaste. The vanilla and rye stand out the most

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a perfectly suited amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent example of what a rye barrel can do to a beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, batch 2012-2. Bottle #20670.

A- Pours with a dark red body, almost looks brown. Very light tan head forms to about two fingers with a bubbly fizzy texture. Creamy ring leaves a few nice rings of lace.

S- Opens up with warmth, at first I couldn't get anything in the nose. Sweet caramel and rye malts with a vanilla whiskey oak barrel influence.

T- More complex here. Spicy rye and rye whiskey combine to be pretty, spicy. The whiskey has an oak, vanilla and general bourbon feel. Lots of raisin, spice, dark fruit, caramel and slight alcohol.

MF- Foamy feel overall with a lighter gravity body. Spiced palate with slight bitterness and pretty warm from alcohol.

Pretty much what one would expect with rye beer and rye whiskey. A nice oak presence and the rye whiskey and malt add spicy pepper, coriander and raisin hints. Balances out pretty nicely.

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Photo of ahq514
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This years vintage (2012).

Pours a fluffy, off-white, two and a half finger head. Dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Well balanced aroma consisting of strong, sweet malt and then an element of oak, vanilla, and whiskey come in. A little bit of rye detected, but probably wouldn't have guessed if I didn't know.

Just as I expected from the aroma. Starts off sweet and malty, with a light element of spiciness from the rye. About halfway through, the sweet, oaky, whiskey flavors come through. Definitely comes through, but not overpowering. Also a bit of warming alcohol on the finish.

Has moderate carbonation, medium-full body, and great drinkability for 11%. Would have guessed it was around 8 or so.

Boulevard doesn't make a bad beer (especially their smokestack series stuff). Love the drinkablity for 11%. Would have classified it as a american strong ale, rather than rye, but it doesn't matter either way. Seek it out.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Martin City Brewpub - $7 for a tulip glass.

I bought a bottle of this that's sitting in my refrigerator, but wanted to try it on tap.

Whiskey is the dominant aroma, but the spicy malt dominates the taste with a nice whiskey backdrop.

Extremely flavorful and pleasant to drink. Wouldn't know it was 11% if I wasn't familiar with it. Looking forward to my bottle.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 9618. 2012 Vintage.

Cloudy burgundy with a larger than 2 finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, caramel, oak, and citrus. Smells like it should be sweet.

Tastes of rye, caramel, citrus, oak, and a little vanilla. Somewhat sweet, but balanced by the citrus hops which provide some bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer. One of the best tasting Rye beers I have had since SurlyFest.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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