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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 212
Gots: 371 | 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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-09-2013 23:58:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 05:02:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 04:09:38 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Rye on Rye

Dense & opaque, solid, almost sludgy...gorgeous cap of rocky, lace-leaving, beige foam holds down the fort. Beautiful.

Intriguing aroma. Notes of cherries, leather, alcohol, spice. Plenty of whiskey happening here. Rich and ripe. Arousing, enticing.

In the mouth, it's ablaze with flavor. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. A certain heat subsists throughout the drink,while the cherry and vanilla flavors wash over the palate again and again.

I'm a sucker for the whiskey barrel beers, that's for sure, but this one almost exceeds them all. Despite a huge alcohol content, I feel it's a well-balanced beer, ...for what it is. We've basically got a whiskey barrel barleywine in this one, a rich, hot sweetness, backed with formidable strength, then cool and mellow.

I think this beer is genius, and I'd be an idiot not to pick up more of these bombers.
Has to be one of the best beers I've had in a long time, not a surprise, as I've yet to have a Smokestack brew I didn't love. These guys are doing great work!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:53:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 6524, batch#1 opens with a solid whoosh & very effervescent caramel/orange with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Great head retention & above average lacing & nice viscous look

S: Whiskey notes & toffee

T: Whiskey, crisp dryness, toffee & smokey peat up front, along with some vanilla. Dryness, peat, & toffee are all mixing well as this warms, along with a touch of grainy swirled rye bread & caramel. Finishes dry, crisp, grainy with the sensation of licking the inside of a Whiskey barrel!

MF: Medium bodied with fairly bubbly carbonation ( really working for this ), with some stickyness & warming sensation, carbonation smooths out to the point I almost think I'm drinking whiskey

Great drinkabilty for the ABV, I am shocked at how well this worked. I had Odell's Bourbon Stout a while back & thought that was a slight disappointment, this is a much better blend of flavors. Thanks again Boulevard for raising the bar for beer in my neck of the woods!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:24:20 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with my wife last night. Beer is brown with some haze but it clears as the beer warms slightly. Forms a nice two finger head that lasts a long time of tiny off white bubbles. Bubbles fall away leaving a ton of lacing on the walls of the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks great.

Aroma is kind of sweet, some liquor but its not overpowering, mildly hot, has a nice rye to it.

Beer is medium to full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. There is a lot of sweetness up front but its not cloying. It finishes a little dry but overall the syrupy flavors in the front are good and it gives way to this nice whiskey flavor in the middle. Its a great barrel aged beer and I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 22:41:40 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-25-2014 03:09:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Next up for me in their Smokestack Series, which I love almost all of them, and I'm a fan of rye, so this should be a treat. Finishing an entire 750ml by myself... that will be a challenge.

Pours an off-white fizzy head that reaches a finger before biding back fairly quickly, the bubbly fizzy fades fast... but then hits a meniscus of a nice layered head that sticks to the sides of the glass and thinner in the middle, leaving a meniscus like look, also reinforced by bubbles floating from the bottom through the super hazy, sediment laden, ruby mahogany red colored beer.

Nose is great, reminds me of Ry(e)an ale, but maybe a bit heavier. A nice juicy malt base, with reddish toasty copper malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, and even a bit of molasses. Some spicy rye cuts through with a sharpness, a light fruitiness almost stone fruit like, hints of candied fig, and a dark fruit jelly. Then some booze comes through slightly tingling my nose, brought out even more by a bourbon like rye whisky aroma, there is a definite straight up whisky aroma built in, and hints of vanilla barrel.

Taste continues right where the aroma left off, starting with whisky though. Rye whisky explodes with hints of bourbon and a bit more vanilla barrel again. Then juicy malts come through again, reddish copper malts, tons of caramel, candied apple, molasses, hints of maple like syrup as well, and even a slight chocolate malt flavor with cocoa. it has a slight syrupy feel but fluffy at the same time as there is quite a bit of carbonation. Booze comes through strong with plenty of tingle and warmth to let you know that is truely is 11%, as well as a bit of a booze taste slightly fusel. It also bring a light smoky like taste and some barrel char that adds to the bitterness and gives it a slight unpleasant flavor, probably the only thing keeping this from hitting 4.5 on the flavor. Underneath all that is hints of fruit, stone fruit, again candied apple and candied fig, a bit of jam, and plenty of spicy rye flavors. The finish dries a bit and is slightly sticky but not nearly as sticky or syrupy as I expected it to be, a bit of warming booze, and plenty of lingering long flavorful finish, with more rye, whisky, candied fruits, hint of barrel char, and juicy malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied but not as thick as I expected, tons of carbonation, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall quite good, again similar to Ry(e)an ale but a bit bigger, boozier, but not quite as good. The barrel really comes through with some barrel char, vanilla, and plenty of whisky flavors, and if it had a bit of bourbon that really would have put it over the top. Nice malts, caramel, hint of cocoa, nice spicy rye, candied stone fruits, and bit of juicy malts add a nice complex flavor. The booze is a bit much, but whats to be expected for 11%, and a bit of bitterness more from the rye and char than hops, but tasty. A great tasting beer, but hard to finish an entire 750ml bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:07:21 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for splitting this bottle with me. Bottle No. 7,873 of 12,148. The beer pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong rye with some oaked notes and dark fruit. The flavor is very nice with rye, cherries, vanilla, oak and a strong, spicy hops and rye finish. The alcohol is fairly noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:29:15 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

damn this is a big beer. pours hazy golden brown like when the tater tots are perfectly ready, with a caramel hue and a fluffy tan head as tall as you want to make it. yum. it smells like rye malt, spicy and peppery and rich, and it also smells like oak casks, with some char and some strong whiskey notes of vanilla. the flavor is about the same, not as rye malt heavy as I thought from the nose, but still undoubtedly a rye forward brew. I think the barreling process is a little overdone in this one. I never really say that, but this one tasted more like whiskey than beer, especially in the finish, and it really overshadowed what I assume to be an expertly made strong rye ale. maybe just the blend was too much, I don't know, but it was an experience either way, with the alcohol becoming punishing in the finish and as I worked my way through a bottle of this on my own. full full body, good carbonation and a very expansive feel. lots of booze burn in the finish, and at least a mild hangover awaits the overeager, but like all beers in the smokestack series, this was well planned, well executed, and very original.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 17:22:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-21-2014 06:30:07 | More by SocalKicks
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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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mactrail

Washington

3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a hazy reddish orange brown in the big snifter. Very fine-grained foam that lasts and lasts with big clots of lacing. Delightful creamy texture. Interesting aroma of fruity and boozy, like a liqueur.

I'm not sure the rye grain comes through so well with all the boozy flavors. Overall this is sharp, bitter, and slathered with wood and whiskey flavors. Big candy taste of something very strange. Persimmon flavors, raisins, butterscotch, fruit cake. Moderate sweetness. The bitter aftertaste has a hint of medicine to it. Something to sip on, very slowly.

This is the 2014 edition. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:40:33 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-11-2012 19:41:42 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-16-2013 00:49:52 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery as well as this beer's current 94 rating. Batch number RR13326-2. Best by: 11/2015. Reviewed begrudgingly as a rye beer. 12% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice white-khaki colour. Good thickness. Nice even consistency and smooth complexion. Head retention is very good for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice consistent albeit uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a rich tawny orange-amber of above average vibrance; it has a brilliant glow when backlit. It's got brilliant cascading upward bubble trails indicative of sound carbonation. Yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's a pretty gorgeous beer. A special appearance which reveals the beer is alive and intrigues the drinker. I'm very excited to try it, and don't notice any flaws.

Sm: Lovely. Charred oak barrel, hints of burnt sugars, bursts of citrusy orange flesh and zest, toffee, complementary floral hop notes, subtly spicy rye, marshmallow, and a notably subtle rye whiskey spice. The whiskey and oak lend it cohesion throughout the aroma. It's got a pleasantly tangy fruity hop profile. Not your everyday whiskey barrel aroma, nor is it merely a rye beer. There's much more going on here, and I can't wait to try it.

A pleasant, bold aroma of moderate strength, yet it's somehow still subtle and subdued. No yeast character is detectable.

There is some light alcohol warmth which I find attractive. I don't find any overt off-flavours, but the citrusy orange does seem a bit out of place and I'm curious how it'll fit into the flavour profile.

T: The rye malt is woven throughout quite nicely, but what really works well here is the charred/burnt oak barrel, which immediately differentiates the beer from most other oak barrel brews; it's a refined sophisticated oak presence and has its own almost unique character. I would like it to feel a bit more toasty, but that might just be personal preference. Given both the rye malts and the rye whiskey, you'd think this would have more spiciness than it does.

It's actually strangely sweet, at least up to the midpoint, but never quite cloying. Just as I feared, the citrusy/orange fruit hop build doesn't really work very well alongside the more refined notes of oak, rye, and whiskey, and feels out of place. The choices of hops here are far from ideal; that's my biggest criticism of the flavour profile.

I keep convincing myself I'm finding vanilla (or at least vanillicin) but then I think it's only because I'm looking for it. In any case, if it is present, it's far less prominent than you might expect in say, a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Caramel, light toffee, maybe some biscuit malt? I'm having trouble identifying the malts used here beyond just the rye. It's also got almost a honey or faint butterscotch note buried in the second act that I can't quite place.

I'm still hung up on how wrong the fruitiness feels here. But disregarding the hop-derived fruitiness, it's also got some plum notes which work decently.

I quite like the beer, but I really want that pesky fruitiness gone, as it really holds the balance back. It's a cohesive and almost gestalt build. Certainly this brew boasts some notable complexity and subtlety. Hell, I'd say the spice is too subtle. It could be more intricate and nuanced, but what's there is good. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some boozy warmth does manifest. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: A warm, lightly dry, and lightly coarse mouthfeel which has a full body and a good presence on the palate, but not as much weight as you'd expect. As a result, it's a bit more approachable than most barrel aged beers at this ABV, and it slides down a bit easier. Almost chewy. I'd prefer it more coating than it is. It's rather filling in any case. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated as well, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or stale.

The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: It's a hell of an inspired brew; very few breweries would think to try something like this. The subtle char is a highlight, but the awkward fruitiness is a drawback. While not the world-class mindblowing beer I expected, it's a very enjoyable and inventive beer with a lot to offer the discerning drinker. Solid work from Boulevard, but not a world class effort. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:37:27 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-08-2014 02:29:22 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-06-2014 02:11:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-22-2012 18:27:47 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2013 04:30:47 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to josh...
Bottle # 7793
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small, light beige head, with a scattered splattering of lacing draped around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, jelly beans, vanilla, cream, bananas, rum, and booze.
Taste is of the aromas with an evident whiskey flavor. Yummy flavors that linger along the palate.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, hot, and really delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:08:27 | More by weeare138
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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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-10-2013 06:09:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 2012.2 bottle # 14071
A- This beer pours a hazy dense glowing caramel brown body with a sea of racing microbubbles colliding with a thick beige head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The sweet malt and spicy alcohol lead to a paper straw and then green oak barrel aroma with some caramel malt in the finish. There is a soft fusel note and the aroma keeps growing as it opens.

T- The rich dry spicy malt has some buttery caramel flavor with a circus peanut yeast ester growing as does the rich caramel wood finish. The gentle sweetness in the finish is cut by the slight fusel alcohol taste that lingers. Some nice vanilla notes pop through as the depth and flavor grows.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth that grows along with the flavor.

O- The nice sweetness of malt is supported by spice earthy rye and alcohol with a full barrel flavor. This is a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:21:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-02-2013 04:35:38 | More by zestar
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.