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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 235
Gots: 386 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU
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Brief sparkling gold cascades to produce a golden yellow, rocky, four-inch head. SRM 15-17 is chill hazed while a dense patchy lace forms on a Stiegl stange.

Strong whiskey aroma fades to reveal a grainy malt. Meanwhile a mix of odd spices are less complex than hoped for. Whiskey aromas return with warmth.

The flavor is closer to rum than whiskey. The balance is between sweet and bitter with caraway lingering in a light finish. Overall rather dry with some pineapple, oak and earthy notes as well.

Rye-on-Rye has a medium body with smooth velvety texture and light carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, though not hot in this dry beer with a touch of metallic notes.

This one was enjoyed while reading but would equally do well as a cocktail with hors d’oeuvres.

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750 corked and caged bottle into a teku glass. april 2013 bottling date.

Pours a dark copper, almost reddish color with an extremely bubbly inch thick head. The smell is real apparent and big - bourbon hit me as i was pouring it. A lot of sweet caramel aroma notes as well. The taste is really a treat. Starts off with sweet toffee notes that slowly make way from bourbon, but not overwhelming the prior flavors, and it ends with an explosion of wood/bourbon/fruit/oak/rye with a great warming. Full bodied for sure, with quite high carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Lovely, almost a dessert beer.

Overall an amazing beer from Boulevard. Huge recommendation for any BBA fans.

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Huge thanks to Phyl21ca for sending us this brew in a great trade.

Bottle No. 5802 bottled on January 2012.

A: A rich clear hue of whisky suggestive of the flavour waiting within. Topped with a pale tan head and poured just a scant finger worth.

S: A warm oaky smell similar to the inside of a cigar box, sweet maltiness lead the way with a solid rye whisky scent and spicy notes. Some alcohol esters towards the back end that compliment the warm woody and grainy scent.

T: Opens with a full on rye whisky flavour, sweet pale malts, spicy, woody, grainy, slightly smokey and warming through with alcohol esters that compliment the flavours. Hops show through at the front and compliment the rye and grains.

M: Carbonation is low while the alcohol esters warm the mouth livening the flavours. Medium to heavy body that clings pleasantly.

O: Incredibly delicious and offers the rye whisky flavour and smoky wood that's soul satifying and comforting. Incredibly bold flavours that are perfect on every front. I'm not even a whisky lover, but this might change my mind.

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Pours a whsikey colored caramel brown with copper hues beneath the eruption of cream-tan head which leaves scattered lacing and a constant ring atop the beer.

So much going on in the nose including notes of caramel malty sweetness, rye, oak, yeast and then an entire second layer of all of it.

The flavor starts off with generous spicy rye with caramel malt and as it warms the whiskey oak really kicks in and it gets a touch spicier. I cannot express enough the depth of character in this beer and all that it offers the senses.

Tis brew offers an enormous body, not necessarily thick but certainly coating to the palate with generous carbonation and a biting, boozy finish.

What a beer! Just plain awesome and so much character to entertain the senses.

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Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some rye whiskey notes and some light grainy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of spicy rye malt with some dry rye whiskey notes that are well-balanced and rounded with a dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and surprisingly not apparent presence of alcohol. I still can believe how easy this one is to drink, well-balanced while retaining a good level of complexity.

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Thanks to Mike for this one! Truly a most generous BA. Rye-on-rye is a bloody copper color with a fifty-fifty division of cloudiness and clarity. Kind of surprised to see barely any head form, even with a pretty aggressive, nearly straight-down pour. A thin, thin beige collar slowly assembles itself and disperses to the outer edges of the beer, where it meets the glass.

The aroma is plumped up with a good amount of dry rye and a touch of wet oak; even lighter inclusions of whiskey lie somewhere in the background. There's a river of malty, caramel sweetness flowing through that is kept tame by the spicy rye notes. I'm picking up some dense, almost tart apple skin and plum skin notes. Nice, overall, but there's just a touch of cardboard-y oxidation that seems like has taken place.

There's a lot more of that dry and spicy rye with the first sip than the first sniff, with a big whiskey and grain flavor up front. Smooth caramel and toffee malts with a little bit of sticky sweetness - as I mentioned before, the spicy and dry balances the sticky and sweet. A touch of plum shows up again, sans the apples (which is probably a good thing), to add just a slight twinge of borderline tart fruitiness.

The aftertaste is highly reminiscent of rye (or possibly pumpernickel in a lesser sense) bread. The malts tame themselves and the sweetness is alleviated by this time, and you're left with a bready, dry, and rye-filled flavor that coats your palate. Just a slight touch of oxidation has been confirmed with a bit of wet cardboard, giving the beer a slightly "old" flavor. Unfortunate, since the beer is only about a year old. Medium mouth feel; slick, dry, and heavy with low carbonation.

Despite the premature oxidation that has taken place, the beer was still pretty nice and quite drinkable for what it was. I'd really like to have another go at it, with a fresh bottle, as I'm sure it stands the chance to be even better. I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers, but this one was executed nicely, especially if you're a fan of whiskey and dryness.

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Poured out of a 750ml Magnum with a best by date into a tulip glass.

This beer pours a wonderful ruddy brown head that foams and foams, excellent head retention from my bottle. Wow you can smell the bourbon nose right off the bat, raisins, prunes, rye spiciness, clove, faint oak. The flavor is much the same with a forward rye spice followed by boozy bourbon notes and dried fruit sweetness, faint smokiness and a lingering oak finish. Only beef w this beer was the cloying thickness of it, but overall a very interesting and complex beer that tastes similar to an old ale with a healthy amount of rye thrown into the mix witch makes this a beer worthy of seeking out.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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