Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,140
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 463 | Ratings: 1,858 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tilley4
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is absolutely a world class beer.... just unbelievable....

Sweet yet not cloying...

Strong but not boozy...

Hints of vanilla...sweet malt... bourbon....just delicious...

It's awesome...

Buy it if you see it...

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Photo of micada
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2020 12 oz bottle. Plain delicious. The head is a thin 1/2 finger white ring that burns to a wisp. The nose is very fragrant from a distance, portending caramel, rye, maple. Color is a deep amber, with fair carbonation disturbing it. First sips are a balanced mix of the rye and caramel, neither overpowering, both in harmony. It reminds me of an even better version of Founders Better Half, in that the Templeton rye really adds a depth of flavor. It’s too easy to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, and the flavors are perfectly harmonious.

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Photo of sjrider
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - mostly clear mahogany color with thin white head leaving minimal lacing. Nose is sweet bourbon barrel with some vanilla and caramel notes. Taste follows the nose with a bit of rye spice. Finish is smooth and sweet with a hint of spice. This is exactly what it says it is. Mighty fine.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1,900th review! 355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature and served into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $5.25 CDN. Listed at 12.9% by both the brewer and LCBO (with their labeling on all US brews coming across). Best before Feb 10, 2021. 2019 Vintage.

Appearance- Pours a clear auburn colored brew with a finger of off-white head resting on top. Very good staying power (especially given the ABV) and a small ring of lacing clings to the edges of the glass. Some small bubbles rise to the surface after an initial flurry.

Smell -Big bourbon notes for sure, and a huge sweet presence of caramel and vanilla, rye bread and hints of marmalade even.

Taste - Vanilla and caramel with bourbon and rye shining through. The taste is sticky and rich, some form of alcoholic cake (not rum based) is also appropriate. No molasses flavor but the falvors coat the mouth like molasses. Little bits of spiciness start to make an appearance after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - Thick and very chewy like molasses (but in, liquid form), mouth coating. No harsh booziness in the mouth, but alcohol definitely felt as is slides down the back of the throat. Carbonation is low.

Overall - Certainly not an everyday beer, but a special occasion sipper in the highest regard. Very smooth, flavorful and also easy to drink despite the massive ABV. Three beers that I instantly thought about in that Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye is comparable to were Firestone Walker's Stickee Monkee (a Quad) for the seamless way the bourbon is integrated into an already wonderful brew, Founders Backwoods Bastard (a Scotch Ale) for much the same reasons and Samichlaus (a Doppelbock) for the chewy voluptuous nature of the brew. Given the incredibly high regard I have for those brews and the fact that Rye-On-Rye can stand equal with them (almost... Stickee Monkee is a top 5 beer I've tried) is a testament to the great job at Boulevard.

It's become one of those things up here (where Boulevard doesn't have much if any distro) - I see a big boozy Boulevard beer, I buy 2 (at a minimum).

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/11/19
Consumed 3/20/20

Pours a shade or two darker than an irish red with minimal head and some 'ol bullshit (probably yeast?) floating around in it. Not off to a great start. Smells tremendous, however, with bourbon overtones and all that they entail: caramel and soft vanilla and all of that good shit. It's very reminiscent of Backwoods Bastard (a personal fave) on the nose. Tastes like a spicy, barrel-aged barleywine. The malts they use in this pair incredibly well with the bourbon notes. The back-end has a mild booze-soaked cherry hit. Finishes dry with almost no carbonation, which suits the beer well. I like this a lot and bet it will get even better as it warms.

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Photo of mschrei
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, and aging this does amazing things. Plenty of frothy head and long lasting lacing on top of a muddy brown color. Smell is rye and whiskey barrel with hints of caramel. Not particularly heavy bodied, plenty of alcohol presence, extremely smooth and very sippable. An extremely excellent beer.

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Photo of twage04
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange, light copper with medium carbonation. Aroma is immediately a bit of whiskey, maltiness, some oxidized barleywine. Taste is much the same, a bit sweet and malty but still mostly balanced, with some oak/whiskey/bourbon flavor really knocking your socks off. A great sipper, very enjoyable.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle dated 2017 into the test glass.
A - Muddy copper color, carbonation looks like it's struggling to make it top side. Thin ring of off white clings to the glass wall
S - Toffee, vanilla, phenols, alcohol. spicy grains, Orange marmalade on rye toast, light brown sugar.
T - Start with the sweet toffee, vanilla, then rye barrel, base grains again are like marble rye bread, love the orange candy thread as well
M - Slick, semi sweet then a bit of alcohol exhale, gentle carbonation is no match so the experience rides on the barrel treatment.
O - A very good barrel treatment of a very good base beer, this was purchased with the time on it, I will look for a fresher model to compare.

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Photo of Kolb
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark caramel color. Aroma has rich toffee and molasses. Taste is deeply malty and bready, with balanced sweetness and a lovely spicy rye whiskey flavor. A great beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at Banger Brewing taproom on Fremont St. in Las Vegas. No head on a brown, murky beer (not unusual for a barrel aged beer). Aromas of molasses, oak and rye whiskey. Flavors emphasize butterscotch, graham crackers, raisins and rye whiskey. Low carbonation, medium to thick body and deceptively low alcohol presence.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed early 2013; drank on draft 2/2/14.

Orange rust murk colored.

Off-white head; nice lace.

Oak & caramel nose; boozy.

Thick mouthfeel.

Oak, caramel & booze flavor; smooth but ultimately cloying.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

Poured into a small goblet: color is amber, transparent on the bottom, solid but not hazy at the top, head is off white with hint of tan, presenting 1/4 thick and lingers with a bit froth.

Smell is subdued compared to the others in the rye on rye set, but still notable rye, notable rye whiskey, some vinous notes, light sweetness.

Flavor amplifies aroma notes with rye malt and its earthy base of flavors at first, then a big hit of rye whiskey, aged malt, light sweetness, some aged sweetness and vinous like notes but the whiskey vanilla and oak overtake.

Mouthfeel is a low to moderately carbonated, then some light sweetness and lingering drying crispness.

Overall this is a big beer that does not dissapoint, however I thinking the aging on this may lend to some subdued aromas and presence that were notable at a 'fresher' date.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Gebhards, NYC.
Pours a dark amber and ruby red color, moderate foam head. Good looking color.
In the nose, toasty rye bread, biscuits, caramel and toffee. A moderately boozy rye whisky aroma provides an oaky alcohol spice.
Sweet and boozy with a strong warming finish. Thick and full bodied, it starts off with a creamy mouthfeel and gradually becomes more chewy. Flavors of rich toasty and caramel malts, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and rye whisky barrens. The spiciness of the rye plays off nicely with the citrusy hops.
Not sure what the base beer is, perhaps barley wine or strong ale. The rye adds a nice intense spice.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 2/11/19, so almost 4 months old. Best by 2/10/21.

Attractive Reddish brown amber body, initially a nice thick creamy tan head, dissipating to a ring and covering. Only a little lacing.

There is a light rye whiskey aroma.

Fairly sweet drink. Warmth from the barrel aging. The barrel aging effect on the beer is quite pleasant. Not getting much from the base rye beer, but the overall effect is a nice relaxing sipper.

Mouth is closer to full than medium. Finish is a good sweet whiskey wash, which manages to be strong without overpowering.

Overall, and I'm not a whiskey drinker, at this early age, this beer is a nice relaxing sipper on a Sunday evening.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight head head and lacing
A-Aroma has Whiskey and rye hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous Whiskey and rye flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Whiskey rye beer

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like watered down coke and smells sweet like tea. Taste is rather sweet and the alcohol says HOWDY. Raisin, dark fruit and alcohol that’s superb in the mix. Super easy drinking if the 12% alcohol doesn’t offend you. Overall it’s killer. Got ya some.

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Photo of brureview
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light caramel color with a 4F head in a Tulip.
Aroma isn’t strong, with rye and oak.
Light, malty MF.
The taste is excellent. Full oak, rye whiskey, caramel, tasty flavor.
Finish: not too bitter, just right.
Great beer. Especially with whiskey and oak notes.

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Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout English nonick

a; Clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded toeven surface foam and dense fading lacing.

s; Mildly of whiskey

t: Definite whiskey notes dominate moderate bitterness. Cloying alcohol and sweetness in the finish.

m; Medium, good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o; The lighter flavor profile of this rye brew lets the barrel aging effects dominate the flavor. Some probably won't like that but I did. Powerful and flavorful.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow - what an interesting beer. Didn’t know what to expect from this rye beer but the ratings here were just too good for me to pass up trying this brew. Pours a dark, honeyed-brown color with a little nice head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of some smoky whiskey with a nice malt hit, and if only the aromas were more full and upfront then I would have rated it higher than 3.75. Tastes delicious - combination of smoky whiskey and peat, bourbon wood barrels, vanilla, caramel, toffee, mild roast coffee and a great malt backbone. Amazingly smooth, rich and slightly creamy mouthfeel. The high ABV is actually quite well-hidden. Good carbonation and the overall complexity and depth of flavors really helps to elevate this beer. Likely with a little time and aging the flavors would mellow out a little. There was definitely more warming alcohol present after the first 15 minutes.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, Limited Release 2018, Best By 01DEC2020. Brown with some rusty reddish hues; thick foamy tan head. Bold rye whisky and spicy rye malt aroma; oak, booze, caramel, fruity esters. Great complex flavor notes of spicy & earthy rye, boozy rye whisky, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, and earthy hops. Full body, sweet and syrupy, alcohol is warming with a bit if a burn on the dry finish. I had this one a few years ago and thought it was ok, but I'm really digging it this time around.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Rye On Rye, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that left no lacing. Nose is bourbon and roast malt, taste follows, slight bourbon burn, and slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aromas of caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Tastes of caramel and alcohol. Sweet to start with some boozy bitterness at the end.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Rye-on-Rye"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY... 04DEC2019" and sampled on 15JUN2018

Notes via stream of consciousness: Boulevard has become one of my favorite brewers over the years because they constantly deliver solid beers, but their barrel aged beers have been extra special and thus I have high expectations for this one. It's poured a two-finger thick head of khaki colored foam atop a hazy very deep copper and almost reddish chestnut brown body. The aroma expresses sweetish malt with some clear rye, dark fruit, red fruit, whiskey, and oak. It's not as bold as I thought it might be but it's clear and bright. The flavor... follows, as is usually the case, but with richer malt, much more oak, and clearer notes of everything else except for the red fruits which seem to be more limited. It's a touch spicy and I'll assume that's from the rye but it might also be from the rye whiskey, and additionally, alcohol. How strong is this? 12%! Well then yes, I'd expect a little alcohol to show, and surprisingly it's pretty well cloaked for being that strong. I'm getting much more dark fruit at this point, and only a little bit of apple, and just a hint of red berries. There's something else as well, a note that's kind of like almond. It's an interesting beer to say the least. It's not that bitter, it lists 33 IBUs on the label, yet it still finishes dry with some spiciness, oak, and alcohol helping. Still, it lingers nicely. This is a great sipping beer. Looking back the head has dropped to a broken surface covering and creamy collar, and the lacing is limited to tiny spots and streak here and there. Oh well, that's not too uncommon with strong barrel aged beers though. In the mouth it's got a dextrinous medium full body and a soft, smooth, moderate, gently tingling carbonation. Any more carbonation might accentuate the spiciness thereby throwing off the very nice balance that it has. Certainly worth checking out.
Review# 6,068

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Photo of Strix
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear yellowish-brown

Mostly whiskey, with sort of a dark fruit/cherries behind it.

Lots of whiskey barrel in this one, but a bit muddled overall, some caramel, bready and dark fruit notes.

Well carbonated.

This was interesting and got me buzzed, but didn't knock it out of the park for me.

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

The pour yields a rich, brown beer that is fairly cloudy and props up a fluffy tan head. Gorgeous. The nose has the barrel and the requisite vanilla notes, but there’s also a spicy fruit component. I’m intrigued.

The taste has the barrel, but not overtly, and the vanilla, but the fruit stands toe-to-toe with those big, brawny flavors and adds a flavor to this beer that takes it into world-class territory, IMHO. Magnificent.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1858 ratings