Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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 Archimedes
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth as Smooth gets!

This rye beer leans away from the hops and has more of a barleywine taste. In my opinion this is the best beer Boulevard has made so far. You will never have a rye beer quite like it.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged bottle into a tulip - Batch 1-2010

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really nice in this one. There are big aromas of vanilla, rye spice, apples, and cherries.

T: The taste starts with the cherries and apples then moves to a spicey rye flavor with some vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium.

O: This is one of the better rye beers I've had and worth a try if you can find it. Thanks to my Santa for hooking me up with this long time want!

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Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lots and lots of vanilla and caramel. Strong oaky and smooth bourbon notes bring up the finish.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Some slight bourbon notes toward the finish with a light bitterness. Smooth, clean finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is super creamy and smooth.

O: a great beer. Fairly simple, but delicious and smells great with a smooth, creamy body.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy brown amber color with a frothy but thin head. A nice lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: The rye is present in the aroma but not as strong as you might think. Honestly I am not sure if it is the rye or the hops that makes for the spicy aroma. A little bit of biscuit to the smell too.

Taste: A little bit sweeter than I imagined it would be. There are some definite bourbon tones followed by spice. It is malty but not much on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bit of carbonation and warmth.

Overall: It is a nice beer for later in the evening or sipping with some friends

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Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker murky brown with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. There is pretty good head retention.

The aroma is decent. There is a light citrusy note and a much more tame rye note than I would have expected. It has a very simple grain value and it's nice.

The taste is so mellow and I'm actually kind of bummed by that. There is definitely the presence of a barrel here with some vanilla notes. There is a very simple rye presence that is much less edgey than most rye ales I've encountered. It's interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and gentle bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. I"m not sure how I feel about it quite yet but it's certainly interesting. I'm not positive I would revisit this beer nor would I put it at the top of Boulevards offerings. I do believe however that Boulevard is one of the best midwest breweries available.

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Photo of Spider889
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, huge thanks to BlueOkie for this bottle. I didn't know much about it before agreeing to it in our deal, but from the first whiff after popping the cork I have been sold that this is likely the finest beer to come out of our deal.

Bottle #8548, Batch 2010-1, Best by: 01/13.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

The beer is a rich opaque burgundy tinged sienna brown color. The head never grew more than a finger, but the small cap of foam sitting atop the beer has some serious lasting power. Lots of visible carbonation rising up the sides of the glass. No lace, or I'd have been tempted to "5" the appearance.

Bah, had to edit as on the second pour I got a much taller, more rocky head. Much better looking. Upped 'er to a "4.5!"

Smells outstanding. From the first pop of the cork rich caramel and potent whiskey emanated from the bottle, and even more so out of the glass. Toffee, caramel, mild honey, and even brandy are easily detectable to the nose. Medium to heavy toasted oak is also a welcome addition, adding to the warmth the liquor has imparted. I'd really love to try this side by side with Kuehnhenn BB4D as Rye-on-Rye is conjuring fond memories of that heavenly brew. There's no question that this beer has little to no room for improvement in aroma.

The flavor is also something to savor, though the whiskey, while amazingly well suited to the beer, is still hot and slightly overpowering. I'd love to try a bottle with 3-4 years on it and see what this could mellow into. Oaky tannins meet strong yet sweet whiskey. Honey and coconut, as well as strong caramel make this decently sweet. There's also a bit of fruitiness that lingers mid palate. Spicy rye is there, but not as big as it might have been fresh. Finally one notices a mild but clean hop bite and bitterness on the end.

Nice medium, full carbonation and body. It finishes very clean for the high abv and barreling.

Overall and excellent beer. The best I have had yet from Boulevard.

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Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of afksports via trade.

Pours a dense and opaque, solid amber color with a gorgeous inch or so of rocky light tan head which leaves brilliant lacing. Really nice.

Aromas begin with dark caramel malts mixed with some leather, dark cherries and a little spice. Plenty of spicy dry whiskey which emerges more and more as it warms. Less alcohol than the Abacus (Blended barrel aging) but more than the Vertical Jewbelation (also aged in Rye Whiskey barrels), which I both had this past weekend. Dark fruits continue to emerge more an more as it warms (dates, figs, prunes).

The tastes begin quite complex and full of flavors. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue and warming on the gullet. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. You get nice dark cherries and warming sweet vanilla flavors that wash over the tongue. Distinct spiciness from the rye (barrels or malt I am not sure) is a very solid presence throughout; probably the most dominant in fact.

The mouthfeel is quite full but with great amounts of carbonation (for the style) to help dry this high ABV monster out. The rye leaves your palate nice and dry, almost inviting more consumption.

Overall this is a superb beer. Really a great showcase for Rye malts and rye whiskey barrel-aging. It is basically a barrel-aged Rye Barleywine (per say), so if you like Barley Wines and Rye beers and Barrel-aged beers, this is HIGHLY recommended. My one complaint it that the rye whiskey alcohol is a little dominant for my tastes and slightly overpowers the rest of the flavor profile but regardless it is still quite good. Would be better to share a monster like this because to indulge by yourself could be a task. Can't wait til this is going to be released again (early 2012) because I will be buying several.

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Photo of spointon
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy brown with orange highlights. The head was way impressive for a barrel aged beer. Poured a 1/2" off white head that slowly dropped to a thin but solid cap.

S= The aroma of this beer was a hugely complex blend of spicy rye, fruity esters, vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey. Very very pleasant in the nose.

T= Flavor started with a fair bit of maltty sweetness backed by some sweet fruity esters. Then the rye from the beer and from the barrel kicked in to add a lot of spicy character. Vanilla and oaky notes completed the flavor onslaught. Finished boozy but relatively dry.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate to full carbonation level.

D= Though this was a deliciously complex beer, I was hard pressed to finish the bottle by myself. Just a lot of flavor going on here....

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 133 of 12148 in batch one of 2010, shared by ottovon. Poured into a tulip.

It’s all in the name: Rye on Rye is brewed with two varieties of malted rye and aged in barrels of Templeton Rye, which ottovon tells me one of the most sought-after whiskeys in the Midwest. Only 67 percent of the final blend makes it into barrels, but all of it’s brewed with perle, magnum and saphir hops.

Foggy burgundy, revealing notes of ruby under a light. Some little floaters of yeast dot the liquid while the fuzzy one-finger head of sandy tan becomes a thin lingering top layer. It’s hazy but clear enough to see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

The nose: new oak, lots of bourbon and butter. I get something like sour cherries, the tartness of which may or may not be coming from the rye. Toffee and caramel are also in there.

The flavor exhibits a smooth blend of whiskey. Butter, bourbon and vanilla-tinged oak gently meld with spicy rye and some cherries. It’s a tangy/sweet flavor that’s mildly bitter and surprisingly subdued.

The silky medium body is so nice, sticking on the tongue like melted butter. Soft, dense carbonation begets very light fizz, and the alcohol is nigh unnoticeable.

This bottle became kind of a joke at our regular tastings. Ottovon would bring it along, we would always go for other stuff first and get too drunk or fatigued, and the bottle would sit lonely in the fridge. But the mockery was undeserved — this is a damn good beer displaying a complex, spicy flavor.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.