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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 222
Gots: 372 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-16-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

drewone, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

duceswild, Jun 18, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Listening to some ice ice baby-vanilla ice as I review this one with the dingo

Batch 2010-1

Poured into Great Lakes snifter

Pours 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Really nice retention but no lace. Color is dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Well, it has the obvious rye and the 'spices' that come with the rye. A large oak flavor with hints of vanilla. It has a fairly odd malt profile to it that I can't put my nose on. Reminds me of smelling pop and the carbonation/fizz flavor from it.

Taste: Big rye flavors with a massive amount of oak. I love how big the oak profile is here. Vanilla profile -ice ice- is present. Some spice flavors, but it could just be the rye. It also has some dried apple flavors. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, oaky, and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean and dry with more oak, how shocking.

Overall, I love this beer for the oak. The oak profile is simply amazing and works so well with this beer. It is a great beer overall and something I am glad blvd made. This is one of the best they have done. Pretty drinkable.

EDIT: Very drinkable.

mothman, Aug 28, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

1600th review! Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottled 3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, orange zest, brown sugar, spicy rye, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toast, clove, floral, brown bread, and light spicy alcohol. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown sugar, orange zest, toast, toffee, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, brown bread, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, and toasted earthiness one the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malts with a near perfect balance of barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged strong ale! Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 12%. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 25, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: Amber hue with a decent sized head that leaves generous lacing.

S: Brandy, alcohol, malt, rye.

T: Rye malt, alcohol. The beer is really good, but definitely a sipper. It's very strong and full of flavor. It drinks like a fine liqueur.

M: Alcohol very present with a medium body.

D: A few ounces is plenty. This would be a nice after dinner drink.

Huhzubendah, Nov 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Mebuzzard, Jun 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mdaschaf, Monday at 03:07 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

biegaman, May 23, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Vintage 2013, Best before Jan 11 2014.

A very nice fluffy and tan head, grows three fingers, with a little bit of retention and togetherness. Lots of thin rising carbonation tan in color going up the sides of the glass, through a fairly opaque reddish amber brown body. The carbonation just creeps in slow motion.

Nose is full of rich caramel and thick vanilla. Nice mellow woody oak too, it smells like a sundae. Creamy, thick, dense. Is this dessert coming?

A real nice creamy palate, fills with what is nicely hinted on the nose. Lots of vanilla richness and milky cream. Sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of bittering hop even. Dry and punchy, with hints of fruit as it warms up on the hop angle of peach and oranges. Spicy malt with an equally playful carbonation that cuts. Palate really jumps around a lot on this one, but it's very fun. More warmth even brings out some banana like esters.

Really fun and great beer from these guys, this one might be my favorite I've had from them so far.

smakawhat, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rab53, May 27, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to jtd1969 for this one.

A - dark caramel with a thick, brown head that has great retention; some floaties throughout

S - esters, some faint rye, alcohol

T - peppery rye, fruity esters, some apple, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warming alcohol, smooth

This is a really nice beer. The flavor isn't as intense as I would have expected and it's not overly complex. This beer is very drinkable for the ABV and has a nice solid flavor profile that shows off the immense rye character. This is a must try for all rye fans.

tdm168, Apr 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured dark caramel brown in color with a thin white head covering the top.

The aroma has a strong woody oak presence to it with some good vanilla notes along with a modest bourbon flavor. Some malty caramel and bready rye come out in it as well. Oak is a little dominant but overall pretty good.

The taste also shows a lot of woody oak to it with vanilla and some bourbon showing up more towards the finish. Caramel and some spicy, bready rye is there as well. Again, a little oak dominated but good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer, the oak dominated a little but the caramel and bourbon notes that came out were really good. It felt pretty close to being great, but didn't quite get there.

billab914, Apr 19, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +8%

The wife picked this up for me today at the COOP... Thanks Babe. Shared the first pours with my carpool buddy.. Later, it was poured into my Delerium goblet...

Bottle #4566/12148

Very nice lite tan foamy head sticks around and leaves nice sheets of lace... The brew is very clear and deep orange/red.

Nose begins with a pleasant fruitiness that I'm having a hard time describing... like a mash-up of American hops with a fruity English yeast.. spiciness screams rye, but there is another layer that is befuddling me... cinnamon (alcohol)?? ... some apple or pear juice shows with significant warmth..

Definitely a big boned rye out of the gate.... the flavors are more mild than I was expecting.. a bit of pithy citrus hops.. lite toasty malt and some background caramel essence.. rye barrel is there, but adds just a nice overlay... really pretty dry throughout (and I like it).. vanilla and the dry rye whiskey shows more with warmth...

Medium body and good carbonation....

Edit: This and all other Ryewines need their own category or should be in the American BW slot... This is a great beer that is going to get better with some age.. Fresh, this still is American... "Rye beer" does no justice.

My above notes are in line with wheatwines too... I just don't get "wheatwines" or "ryewines" that are basically ramped up Big German Hefe's or roggenbiers. These need balance and BIG presence.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

JohnGalt1, Mar 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Zaphog, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

PEIhop, Mar 30, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle from MasterSki, 750ml into a tulip. Bottle number 8618 of 12148, batch 2010-1, best before January 2013. Thanks Alex!

Poured a murky brown, with a cream head. Nice lacing and moderate retention. Nose of caramel, rye bread, light whiskey barrel notes, spice and some rich apple pie filling. Tastes of rye, caramel, whiskey barrel is quite prominent, bready and sweet malt with some whiskey heat on the back end. Full feel, good density and medium carbonation. A definite sipper.

liamt07, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

Tone, Jun 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

glid02, Mar 18, 2011
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.