Boardwalk Black Rye | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
88 Ratings
Boardwalk Black RyeBoardwalk Black Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 07-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/black with a dark khaki head that is rich, full and creamy looking.

Nose is rich sweet chocolate; roasted grain, bing cherries and sweet black plum - very nice and very complex and layered.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and rich. Very well balanced and nicely carbonated. In fact, mouthfeel is superb.

Flavors follow nose and mouth - all around good. Big assertive roasted grain, sweet black chocolate and rich "black" tones. Plums, chocolate cherries, chocolate cherry liquor and rich chocolate tones lead to a bitter chocolate finish that goes on and one to a bitter grapefruit minutes later, all with rye flavor undertones.

My only real criticism is that there is not as much rye character as I'd like. Otherwise, this one is one of the nicest black beers I've had and one of the best from Karl Strauss.

I taste at room temperature which, I believe, really brings out the character and flavors of this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous soul for sending this bottle my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a good off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Very thin cap and a good-sized collar hang around throughout. Lots of spotty lacing. The nose brings some earthy and piney hops along with a good dosing of roast and some slight chocolate character. The flavor doesn't have quite as much hop character, but there's a nice bitterness to round everything out. There's a touch of rye, though I'm not sure I could have picked it out had I not known it was there. Medium body with good carbonation. Roasty bitterness through the finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Universal City location.

A: Pours black with a thin mocha head which leaves sheets and blobs of lace.

N: Roasted malts with a faint citrus note. As warms more citrus comes along.

T: Roasty almost to the point of char. Pine and spicy from the rye malt.

M: Creamy, full body and semi-moderate carbonation.

O: Perhaps too much roast for me. Served very cold. Allow this to warm up some.

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Photo of mactrail
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but fruity dark brown ale with a lovely lacy head. This is quite a surprise, so intensely flavored yet mellow and drinkable. Big nose. The rye adds something like smouldering juniper twigs to the mix. One of the more sucessful rye brewed beers I've tried. Label notes "black and caramelized rye malt." Hops are listed as Ahtanum, which seems to be a good choice for the major spiciness that goes well with the scratchy rye-ness. Nice malty aftertaste along with faint hint of sour from the burnt malt, along with a fruity acidity.

I think this would be a highly rated beer if more enthusiasts got to taste it. KS may sell tons of uninspiring red and blonde beer, but their seasonals are invariably well-made and interesting. Sensational example of this "whutizzit" American black style.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber w/ a freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, huge head.

SMELL: Spicy rye, thick resin hoppiness, roasty edge, dark fruit, dark bread.

TASTE: Roasty, spicy, hop oil, resin, pipe tobacco, charcoal, alcohol, burnt currants, semi-dry, semi-burnt biscuits.

A beer to seek out ... Rye, hops & roasted character all work great together. Rye is a great twist on the Black IPA.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice american black ale. Carries all of the characteristics you want to see, but delivers it in a very drinkable fashion. Can't really think of any detractors besides a bit too much carbonation. Doesn't matter though. This is still a nice beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at a Whole Foods. It poured dark brown with a thick tan head and lacing in my mug. It's a thick black ale that first reminds me of an imperial porter for all the cocoa. But as the beer warmed the spicy rye and citrus hops came forward. Still, I'd like less body, there's a lot of vague barley sweetness that's getting in the way of the hops and rye. Not a bad take on the style, but not my favorite either. On the West Coast I'd opt for a Deschutes Hop in the Dark.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown colored ale with a good sized lighter brown colored head, looks a lot like a strong porter.

Smells hoppy and a little sour with lots of patent malt and hops. Fairly strong carrot scent from the hops mixed with the patent malt. A little chocolate and coffee, but not really that big a part of the smell.

Starts out tasting like a heavily hopped porter, similar to Flying Dog Gonzo. Fairly sweet with a strong carrot taste. Still this is more of a porter than a Black IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, but not really a Hoppy beer. This is an Imperial Porter and a dead ringer for Flying Dog Gonzo. A very tasty beer that I will buy again. A cheaper and possibly superior version of Gonzo.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a full off-white head, good retention, solid lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some citrusy hops with a hint of spice.

T: Dark chocolate malt and grapefruit, tastes like an average Black IPA, no real rye spice character. Middle of the road.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O: Solid to the style, but the promise of the rye didn't really come to fruition. Though if you like the style, you'll like this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, devilish black colour, with a fine, slightly filmy, but solid enough head of yellowish mocha coloured foam. Lacing is intricate and fine. Body is actually quite light, and the beer is strangely translucent at the edges. Otherwise, a fine looking beer.

Nose is extremely pleasant, with a lovely blend of fresh citric hop characters and spicy dark rye notes. Together, it gives this nuanced, deep and complex hoppy aroma, that is layered and sophisticated. You can sense the darkness as well, but the rye is the main contributor other than the hops. And boy it's pleasant.

Taste is also excellent, with a smoothness from the malt skittering off course with the biting, citric fresh hop characters and the earthy, aromatic and slightly tart rye character. It gives this lovely conglomerate of flavours, at once fresh and lively and grounded and earthy.

The feel is excellent: smooth, but surprisingly light for the volume and the level of flavour. It allows the characters to come through fully, but never feels like it's not supporting them enough.

What a great beer. Rye is a marvellous addition here, giving an extra layer of complexity on top of an already layered and complex beer. The style calls for jarring dichotomies, and this beer has them, but also drags everything together into a coherent whole.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle2k10 for yet another bomber of rye goodness. Black Rye? Intriguing or abomination? Let's find out. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is black. Nose is gentle & unobtrusive. Soft sweet malts, touch of roast, slight milkiness. Porteresque.

Boardwalk Black Rye is a the taste equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. Big notes of roast up front (the fingernails) followed closely by a clashing crescendo of citrus & spices (the chalkboard), mixed with tire-slashing bitterness (the shrieking classmates). It doesn't actually taste bad, it just makes my face scrunch up - making it even more marred & leering, I'm sure - every time I take a sip. Half a bomber will be just fine, thank you.

Possibly the least well integrated beer I've ever tasted, & in the top 5% of beers with a mild smell that lure you into a completely different experience once the glass tings off your teeth. Not even sure how to score this. Is there a score for "jarring"? I guess I'll go with mediocre, because it's not bad, but I am certainly never going to need one again.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for starters, my bottle says BOARDWALK BLACK RYE IPA. I cannot find anything else like this on BA, and I think they recently changed the label... i'm confused, but here goes (quickly):
black pour with a nice little head that is not very firm; smells nice and roasty. smells very nice. some green hop in there and some espresso, I think, and the taste follows that suit. a little burnt-ness to it, but very easy going down. rye seems to come at the finish with a little bitterness but overall this is pleasantly better than I was expecting. my apologies. I just hadn't had much respect for karl strauss but this is a serious abv with an astonishingly easy drinkability. I want to give it an 87 on appearance and smell but cannot, so I split them.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date on this one. Hopefully not too old.

A: Pours dark brown with a good sized thick light brown head. Head fades quite slowly. Top notch head retention. Mid-range fluffy smears of lacing here and there.

S: Some floral character and citrus. Some raisin/dark fruit? A bit of roasted malt, mostly char. I get just a hint of anise too.

T: A little bit of hoppiness initially, mainly citrus. Get some caramel, char, spices and chocolate in the middle. Caramel fades leaving a much more bitter baker's chocolate and char remaining behind. Touch of citrus and caramel and chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a touch chalky in the aftertaste (char).

O: Decent black IPA. Hoppiness is very subdued, though it might be an old bottle (who knows). Roasted malt and caramel is nice though. Didn't get much rye either, maybe there's some in the middle that I couldn't quite identify. Decent but nothing special overall. Might have been really good fresh with some strong hoppiness.

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Photo of rawfish
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours stout black with an enormous mocha head of fizz with good retention that settles to a half finger rocky clump on cream. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, toasted bread and prunes with a bit on char followed by a sharp citrus and pine hoppiness. No alcohol and no rye spice on the nose.

Dark roasted coffee, toasted bread, chocolate and toffee make a strong malt back bone without being overbearing as the hops come in with bright citrus and pine resin, textbook west coast hop bill. A bit of a bitter kick and smokiness on the finish. Delicious.

Fairly smooth texture over the palate with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and finishes drying after the malts lay down good and slick.

I didn't get much of the rye in this beer perhaps it added a bit of the fruitiness in the nose. A well hopped porter with nearly as much roasted malt complexity as a stout. Equally balanced, Karl struck gold with this offering.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a rich roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Wonderful.
The taste is rich as well. Roasted malt, rye spice, coffee just a little bit burnt.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
Quite delicious.

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Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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