Rye On Rye On Rye
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #914
4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Inspired by the success of our "X" series of special Imperial Stout releases, we've embarked on a journey to the outer reaches of our popular Rye on Rye. For this inaugural release, a rich, tawny rye ale is aged in first-use rye whiskey barrels then transferred to yet another set of first-use rye whiskey barrels for a second aging, effectively resulting in "Rye on Rye on Rye."
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage
750ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep copper-ruby in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention after the pour

S- aroma opens with bold notes of peppery and spicy rye, followed by caramel, and some fruity elements. The double rye barreling really brings out the barrel notes, tons of booze soaked oak, vanilla, coconut & rye whiskey

T- slightly sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel and toffee, immediately followed by bold rye notes; cracked pepper & spices. Mid-palate brings out bold notes of rye barrel, adding sharp oak, toffee, vanilla and barrel juice that continues into the finish. Lingers of rye and oak

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a boozy warming finish

O- a rye whiskey lovers beer, if there was such thing as rye whiskey in beer form, this would be it. A unique and delicious beer

Apr 28, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Too much for me! I was expecting the usual barrel aged imperial stout - not so. More like an imperial scotch ale - think Founders Backwoods Bastard - but extremely boozy. I had to share the 1 oz taste. Not for me.
Draft at Gaslight -Atlantic Highlands
3.25 rating

Nov 27, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a little murkiness to it. Head is two fingers of khaki foam. Aroma is rich and ripe with all the spicy and zestiness of rye. Plums and dark fruits add a little sugary sweetness. Flavor profile is- again - dominated by rye. It's spicy and zesty with a quick dry finish once it falls off. Plums and dark fruits offer up a little sweetness to pave over the high alcohol content, making it dangerously drinkable. Mouth feel is thick with a lightly velvety, creamy texture. Overall, big and full with a pleasant cutting spiciness that keeps this octane brew drinking smooth.

Reviewed from notes.

Nov 06, 2019
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zonker17 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Under a micro harvest moon, hard to rate visual. 2017 release, minimal head or lacing. Nose carries wood, caramel, whisky. Taste is excellent, dried fruit, booze, treacle, fig, caramel malt, tannins in balance. Big body, light carbonation.

Sep 14, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a dense and rocky two and a half fingers of cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of caramel and vanilla mixed with some rye spice. Slight cherry and fruitiness as well with a touch of oak.
T: Taste is spicy rye, caramel, slight dark fruit, hint of cherry, more spice, oak, vanilla, and a touch of cherry. hint of slight mint quality as well. On the swallow there's some herbal rye, caramel, more fruitiness, vanilla, oak, and lingering spice.
M: This beer is thick and creamy on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end but it's where it should be for the style and ABV this beer is packing. The beer has a drying finish to bring things to an end which is expected for the style.
O: Overall this beer is intense in a good way. Huge flavors with great complexity really make this beer one to sip and savor. The concept is interesting since over barreled beers can just be too much but this one is great. Alcohol is pretty well hidden as well.

Aug 02, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip glass: color is murky amber brown, minimal head, minimal lacing, light spotted head on the top. for the processing of this beer it is expected to see this presentation; for the style its less than expected.

Smell is whiskey and estery booze, light roast, some aged fruit. Its big and flavorful and aged all in one swoop.

Taste is sharper, more bitter than the aroma but still whiskey presence, less malt and more aged fruit like flavors. Its big, its fairly smooth, and it has some aged bitterness within the flavors. The rye malt earthiness and light spice presents well even after multiple barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is very low carbonation, some sweetness, and then some aged bitterness.

Overall this is a big brew but the rye selection adds some depth without the added hop bitterness to counter the barrel aging and whisky/boozy flavors.

Dec 30, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored and very murky in complexion. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about half of the middle. The aroma is of malt, cola, and earthy rye. I'm tasting plenty of sweet bourbon with a lightly spicy to earthy note. There's also plenty of dark, sticky, chewy malt.

Nov 04, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.750ml bottle into Tulip
BB 11/11/18 sitting in the cellar for about a year and a half
Pours a deep brown, almost reddish brown with a nice sized head for a barrel-aged beer
Apricot fruit leather aroma, oak, vanilla, rye, some alcohol
Warming spicy rye, fruit leather, brown sugar, oaky with a boozy finish
Medium bodied, average carbonation, a sipper but not too thick, heat has been takes by age
Overall this is a great beer, but different than other Barrel-aged beers as the rye barrels accentuate the rye base beer as opposed to adding a new dimension

Oct 14, 2018
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Avitra from Switzerland

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's something a bit empty about this one which is surprising for a 14 percenter. Maybe a but too bubbly and the flavors are not really there. A bit of citrus and melon but not very rich. Decent beer which could replace a triple ipa as a light yet heavy alcoholic beverage for a summer day, but can't replace similarly strong beers on a rainy day

Jun 17, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Burnt reddish-brown with a creamy uneven tan blanket leaving a few reaching arms of lace.

Smell is spiced caramel, whiskey and an almost peaty smokiness.

Taste is semi-sweet yet dry and woody, bringing a sort of Port flavor to mind, including the boozy heat! Flavors of toffee and whiskey come up in time.

The body is thin with a bubbly carbonation and a dry finish.

May 24, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wisely shared this bottle at a party. All agreed it was a great, flavorful ale.
A month ago, I had Rye on Rye and, frankly, would have to drink them side-by-side to note the difference made by the extra six months in a third rye barrel.
One important difference is 3 Ryes has 33 IBU and Rye on Rye has 44. That I could tell the difference, having a lower hop threshold than most Americans.

In truth, I particularly like how rye itself is spicy and, hence, seems to need less hops.
This tawny ale in a word: smooth. The 14% is well concealed.
I get other flavors and aromas. Some self-evident: whiskey, vanilla and some dark dried fruits. Others are more subtle, like I detect something peppery that may (or may not) come from the rye.

Would I have this again ? Only if I could find it again... and, of course, I'd share.

Mar 23, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 11/10/16, had 11/4/17. Had on tap 3/2016, no written review.

Pours a dark amber, somewhat opaque, with a one inch head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of rye, rye whiskey, malt, caramel, cherries, dates, plums, some oak. The taste is a little more rye whiskey prominent, rye, malt, plums, dates, figs, light vanilla, oak. Really great flavor. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

Terrific flavor, great aroma. Liked it better on tap, but why quibble? Hope they make this again. Liked the original rye squared just as much, maybe even more.

Mar 16, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy deep amber with a one finger white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and whiskey.

T - The taste is plums, caramel, vanilla, oak, whiskey and light spicey rye.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a big boozy beer. The flavors are sweet with tons of whiskey coming through. Almost drinks like an English Barleywine.

Mar 04, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Best by date of '11NOV2018'.
Amber brown colored body, with reddish highlights. No long lasting head, but ring is fed by rising bubbles. Just a couple of spots of lacing.
Aroma and taste are full of alcohol. Aroma also has the rye oak barrel. It's almost like there should be a warning to keep the beer away from the flame (as a flammable liquid).
Taste has the rye oak barrel, along with the rich caramel/toffee/molasses sweetness.
Mouth feel is heavy and thick. Has a trailing away alcohol taste and feel.
A powerhouse of a barrel aged ale. Sweet but punctuated through and through with the alcohol and the "tawny" rye barrel. A true sipper.

Feb 25, 2018
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TH28 from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 11/11/18 best by date. Appearance: Deep mahogany, fairly clear, with a moderate khaki head and no lacing. Aroma: Sweet rye maltiness with vanilla, oak, and a touch of whiskey. Barrel character is strong. Taste: Strong rye malt sweetness, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and whiskey with a low perceived bitterness Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a light carbonation that leaves a tingle on the tongue, and a high alcohol heat. Finish: Whiskey spirit lingers after the swallow, with molasses and caramel Overall: Fantastic beer that allows the spirit of the barrel carry all the way through. Complex aroma and flavor that hits a strong rye character, a strong vanilla note, and an unbelievable whiskey spirit note. Alcohol heat is crazy high, but understandable for a beer of this strength

Feb 24, 2018
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Badger2121 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color not a ton on the nose which was a bit curious for a beer this strong. Taste was more of a strong amber beer. Just ok versus other beers at this price range.

Jan 28, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 11/20/2018
L: Pours a ruddy reddish brown with a tan head that lingers leaving a nicely laced glass.
S: Whiskey is overwhelming when the cork was removed.
T: Sweet! Toffee, caramel, ash and a bit of whiskey.....
F: Thick but not "oily".
O: Definitely a cold winter nite zipper. It probably needs a year the cellar......

Dec 20, 2017
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BrewMaven from New York

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last and biggest of the NC haul....Poured a deep, cloudy ruby amber with a thin off white head. Head dropped to a cover and the lace followed the ring down the glass as the level dropped.

Getting mostly caramel on the nose... Not sure of anything else. I'm just not good at deciphering aromas in beer...

Taste is also caramel up front, a bit of rye whisky heat and a sweet smooth finish. This beer is thick!

Mild carbonation and one of the fullest..? mouth feels I've ever felt! Awesome!!! I want this again!

Nov 11, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich, deep copper color, fizzy tan cap that settles into a thin lace. Aroma is overflowing with warm caramel malt, sticky toffee, nut, bourbon - almost decadent - though one thing i was missing was rye. The taste veers in that same direction - more of a barrel-aged old ale - though some rye spice does ultimately poke its head up here and there. The bulk of the ale is all of those aforementioned notes - it is big and sultry - though there is a distinct vein of straight whiskey alcohol shooting throughout. That note clashes a bit with those warmer flavors and detracts somewhat. If you like barrel-aged beers it represents a nice change of pace from endless stouts / coffee stouts / etc, but in and of itself it is only a solid triple, not a home run.

Sep 25, 2017
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SargeMcCluck from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dirty brown. These cloudy beers are always exciting.

Sugary fruits stew away in wet oak, butter, caramel, vanilla, marzipan, plus the obvious grain sweetness. Could be cloying, but the peppery carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel keep that at bay - as does the genuine whisky heat on the chest. Very enjoyable.

Sep 01, 2017
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justme from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Boulevard Brews since 1990, bought this one on a whim. Very tasty. Like it said in another review here, remarkably easy drinking for such a high ABV. This is still very much a sipping beer, to be shared with friends. This is kind of what I would expect if someone decided to make a Barleywine Light. I do not mean that in a bad way.

Aug 31, 2017
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml cork and cage purchased and refrigerated a couple of months ago with a best by date of 11 NOV 2018 poured in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a murky caramel color with a centimeter of off white foam. It disappears to a ring around the glass leaving no lacing behind. A lot floaties can be seen.

Smell- Bourbon, rye, vanilla and caramel.

Taste- Bourbon forward followed by slightly sweet caramel, vanilla and oak. A hint of rye in the finish.

Feel- Thin and slick with a very dry finish.

Overall- A bourbon forward ale that tastes like a cross between a barrel aged English barleywine and Scottish Ale. The barrel takes center stage and dominates this beer. While not super complex, it is a solid barrel aged beer with a sneaky well hidden 14% abv.

Aug 27, 2017
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HawkGX from Kansas

4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my first rye-on-rye (on rye) style beer. Had been drinking beer for less than a year so I figured this might be a little too much, too soon. Wow, was I wrong. This was a fantastic beer in all regards (even for a noob like me). Rich, dark coloring, a potent, sharp smell and a rich rye taste that, while a little strong, was very drinkable.

Aug 18, 2017
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One word review, diabetes.

The aroma, at least, has depth and intrigue. Musty wood, vanilla, and of course some strong alcohol. There was some sugary sweetness noticeable, but not enough to prepare me for the sticky, sickly sweetness I was about to taste.

I did taste some prickly rye and strong wood flavors. These elements worked okay together. But there is just too much sugar to varying degrees from start to finish. The finish pretty hot, bordering on rubbing alcohol.

Aug 13, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours light plum color with light tan head. thick ring left around the glass. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Dark fruit plum, brown sugar, lots of alcohol, oak, caramel. You can tell from the aroma this is a beast.

Taste - Lots of plum/fig, brown sugar, oak, rye, a ton of whiskey. There is also a good amount of vanilla pretty sweet.

Feel - Medium bodied nice alcohol bite slight burn but still easy drinking.

Overall - This one is right up my ally if you like a in your face boozy beer this is it.

Aug 13, 2017
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