Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,228
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
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LDOMustang17 from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Think Cool Spring Evening. Not warm enough for LawnMower Beer, but still cold enough for a fire pit at dusk. Nothing better than a winter-to-spring ale that warms your heart and soul for better days yet to come. This beer reminds you of the colder days that needed the boozy ABV while you enjoy the snow warm promise of Spring. You won’t drink this on the beaches of Summer, so enjoy the turn of the seasons with this in your glass.

Mar 25, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boulevard wasn’t lying. I hope you like Rye. Color is between honey and maple syrup. Small tan head. Negative on much lacing. Aroma - rye, wood, banana bread, molasses/caramel, light raisin and some alcohol. Taste is rye, raisin, molasses and spice. It is rich, but balanced and there is a perfect amount of sweetness from the maple syrup. Feel is medium bodied leaning toward the fuller side and almost chewy. Overall, a fantastic offering from Boulevard. Perfect for all of winter - the beginning, the middle and the end.

4.25, 4.5, 4.5, 4.75, 4.75

Mar 07, 2021
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TomDoniphan from Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best beer ever made. A sipper, of course. Butterscotch, or caramel, balanced by just enough hops. Alcohol just hidden. Wish this was available year round, so I wouldnt have to buy a case at each release. Dont miss it.

Feb 13, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 10 2021 and served barely chilled. This is the 2019 release "Rye on Rye 6", listed at 12.9% and aged in 6-year Templeton Rye whiskey barrels.

Pours a foggy brick red-amber colour, generating half a finger of creamy, off white-tinted foam that fizzles off within sixty seconds. A tight collar and a few filmy fringes are all that remain - no cap or lace to speak of. Not much to look at, but the nose will wake you right up - it's bold and plenty boozy, with lots of rye whiskey character - maybe too much, because it overshadows everything else. Substantial notes of toffee and oak, with rye grain spiciness as well as hints of vanilla, bruised orchard fruit, figs and honey: if you're a fan of rye whiskey then you're sure to love it.

That goes for the flavour profile too, which is anchored by a rich & sturdy backbone of toffee, rye breadiness, sultana raisin and appleskin - though it's the whiskey, burnt oak and ethanol coming out on top by the middle of the sip, remaining dominant through to the back end. Hints of honey, bourbon, vanilla and corn syrup come through at the finish, with just a hint of spicy, floral hop bitterness preceding a boozy-sweet aftertaste of whiskey barrel, spicy rye grain and caramelized sugar sweetness. Nearing full-bodied, with very low carbonation and a smooth, soft, relatively limp mouthfeel that doesn't feel especially satisfying - though I suppose it does suit the liquor/spirit theme.

Final Grade: 4.22, an A-. Boulevard's Rye on Rye is pretty high octane, but it still makes for an enjoyable and unique quaff - it's quite warming, but the booze is well integrated... and besides, if you're picking up a rye BA beer, you really should've been expecting some heat to begin with. I would definitely pick this up again - it's not something I'd want to drink regularly, but if I were in the mood for a rye whiskey barrel-aged beer I can't think of many other brews that would fit the bill any more perfectly. A must-try if you see it.

Jan 18, 2021
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Ryan_Merten from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went into this with no strong expectations, as a New Englander we have a love of IPA's and disdain for most other regions of the US. I came away pleasantly surprised.

This beer had a huge fruity and floral bouquet. At first I found the slight sweetness off putting but came enjoy its rich and complex aftertaste. It was only after I finished a bottle and found my self buzzed that I realized how high the ABV is. This is a masterwork in making a very strong beer drinkable and pleasant.

Dec 05, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paired this with a cigar last week, was quite nice, even though for some reason I presumed this would be a stout. The abv on my bottle says 13.2% not 12.

Anyhoo, there is the surprise, a deep amber pour instead of the black I thought was coming. Looks a pretty color with good clarity on it, 1/3" beige head. Light sweet barrel and sweet notes, not per se 'maple' but its definitely sweeter than almost every other barrel aged beer.

Taste I liked, the sweetness, caramel, maple notes were varied without any bossing the others around. Surprised to see the ibu level almost 50 on this, it was a smooth experience throughout, would have guessed half of that, I think the sweetness really tempers the bitterness and alcohol, they aren't nearly as detectable as they should be at those numbers. Paired it with an Acid cigarillo that was also sweet, they went nice.

At only $3 a bottle, this is a good deal in craft beer. Pairs nicely with a summer or fall evening on the porch, around a fire, etc. . .

Sep 04, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge rye fan, but this might make me change my religion...

Probably the first rye based beer I have truly enjoyed. The look was hazy caramel with thin to non-existent foam. The smell was boozy but not overpowering with a sweet distance twinge of caramel. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy with just a touch of carbonation. The taste was superb - a blend of light bitterness, sweetness, and booze that made me nurse this one and only bottle I had. Oh how I wished I had more. Great beer. If you can get you some, do it...

Aug 23, 2020
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Sparty76 from Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- poured into large tulip glass. Dark brown with small tan head. Little lacing and head didn’t last long.

Smell- rich, boozy, smooth and slightly sweet

Taste- big, deep and rich, somewhat sweet but not overpowering. Great overall flavor and better warmer. I stored in our wine refrigerator at 56 degrees and that helps open up the flavor. First bottle I had was out of our regular refrigerator and was too cold...didn’t really develop full flavor until glass was almost empty and had warmed up.

Feel- silky, can feel warming with each sip.

Overall this is a big, delicious, boozy, slightly sweet beer. I’m sad to see it is out of stock locally. Should have picked up more when it was available. Will definitely buy again if available

Aug 23, 2020
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just1cho from California

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

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This ale poured a clear light brown color in my glass, looking very carbonated with lots of fast rising bubbles. This had about a half finger thick white colored head, but it had almost no retention to it leaving a white lacing around my glass.

On the nose, I found that this beer was fairly balanced between the barrel and malt characters. Upfront, I was able to get notes of whisky, caramel, and butterscotch; very rich smelling. Despite the large rich aromas that I got in the front, I was still able to get some notes of biscuits in the back-end with a slight alcohol sting.

Similar to the nose, I found that the taste also presented a nice balance between the barrel and malt character. There was a bold presence of whisky upfront, which was then balanced by a caramel-like sweetness and butterscotch richness. The almost overwhelmingly sweet, boozy, and rich tastes faded a bit into notes of rye bread soaked in whisky. The more I drank this though as it warmed up in my glass, the beer became a bit too cloyingly sweet for me.

This already rich beer was complimented by a nice full body with a moderate carbonation. You can definitely feel the alcohol in this, since it definitely warmed my throat every time I took a sip. The aftertaste on this was overwhelmingly rye and rye whisky, but it surprisingly wasn't too strong but definitely long and lingering.

Overall, I really enjoyed the robust and rich flavors of this beer ranging from its bold rye and rye whisky flavors. But I wish there was a bit more complexity to this beer, since I felt like the use of rye for the malt and aging it in rye whisky barrels made this a bit boring and one-note for me. Even so, I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer, definitely the best rye beer I've had so far.

Aug 06, 2020
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Reddish/brown, thin tan head, moderate lacing
S: sweet, dark fruits, fig and plum
T: Oaky, some maple, hint of vanilla
F: All the mouthfeel is upfront, slightly boozy, slightly sweet
O: this is a great sipper, improves as it nears room temperature

Jun 07, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

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...

May 07, 2020
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micada from New York

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.

May 04, 2020
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sjrider from California

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.

May 02, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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).

Apr 23, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 21, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Feb 09, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

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.

Jan 27, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 24, 2019
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Kolb from Montana

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.

Nov 20, 2019
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Radome from Florida

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.

Sep 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Sep 05, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 08, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jun 22, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 03, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

Apr 14, 2019
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1880 ratings