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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye-on-RyeRye-on-Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
398
Ratings:
1,687
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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274
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Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker murky brown with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. There is pretty good head retention.

The aroma is decent. There is a light citrusy note and a much more tame rye note than I would have expected. It has a very simple grain value and it's nice.

The taste is so mellow and I'm actually kind of bummed by that. There is definitely the presence of a barrel here with some vanilla notes. There is a very simple rye presence that is much less edgey than most rye ales I've encountered. It's interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and gentle bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. I"m not sure how I feel about it quite yet but it's certainly interesting. I'm not positive I would revisit this beer nor would I put it at the top of Boulevards offerings. I do believe however that Boulevard is one of the best midwest breweries available.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a brown color with 1 inch of white head.

s - Smells of oak, vanilla, and a little bit of whiskey.

t - Tastes of whiiskey, oak, rye, and vanilla. Some heat to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice rye beer, but definitely some heat to it. Would try again with some more time on it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a large off-white creamy head atop a dark amber body.

The aroma has a lot of dried fruit and some raisin mixed with vanilla

The taste has a bit of the same fruitiness that is in the aroma, but it's faint. Malt caramel sweetness comes in with some hints of vanilla, and more hop bitterness in the finish. There is some harshness in the finish with a touch of heat.

This is a big slow sipper, with soft creamy carbonation. This is a great barrel aged brew at an affordable price (relatively speaking).

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Photo of john0721
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

pours brown with a white medium sized head .

Some caramel, barrel notes, banana in the nose.

The barrel notes pick up in the flavor: vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey, plus caramel, some malty sweetness.

Feel is creamy but a bit thin, with some alcohol warmth. Finish is dry.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 750 ML bottle poured into a tulip/snifter style glass. Liquid is hazy brownish/purpleish color. Small gray colored head with mostly small bubbles, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Lots of grain, caramel, maybe a bit of earthy bitterness (rye). Slight hints of figs and some other dark dehydrated fruits. Some other bourbon and alcohol notes. Sort of what you might think a barrel aged dobbplebock might smell like. Pretty good.

Not bad in the flavor department. Some grain, and some dark fruits (raisons, plums, dates, ect). A bit boozy though, some grainy/bready flavors then hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is alright, a little disappointing. Has a light feel on the tongue yet it has a really strong lingering flavor. A bit of a high carbonation level, but not overly aggressive. Starts bitter, goes slightly sweet, then goes to a dry, hard bitter finish, and even hot at the end. Good but not great beer. I've had it fresh and aged and they both are pretty good. I'd drink it again for sure. This is a beer that should be shared in my opinion though, it's strong and not overly deep which slightly brings down it's drinkability, but you could still finish it on you own if you're into this kind of beer.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark copper, nearly red in color. This beer is cloudy, almost murky with a thick head.

S. Sweet and perfumy with strong whiskey tones. It also has a slight fruity Belgian yeast smell.

T. Pleasant rye flavor with oak undertones. It is sweet and alcoholic. I expected more of a whiskey taste, but it was still good. Very subtle hop character.

M. This beer had an average texture which was less than expected from the cloudy appearance. It was light and smooth with good carbonation.

D. A very enjoyable beer, the 750 mL bottle would be great to share with friends.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Jester King glass

Pours with a thick head that leave remarkable lacing down the entire glass.

Smell is of caramel, dark fruit, and bourbon.

Taste starts off with lots of spice, that just grows as the beer warms. Bourbon blends with dark fruit and caramel. Light on hop presence.

Carbonation is medium, but turns flat towards the end.

I was a bit disappointed in this one. Not bad, but a bit over the top of spices. Barrel flavors are a bit on the lighter side.

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Photo of mwclark2
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL champagne Bottle #22 of 12,148. Opened with a *loud* pop!

A: Poured a crystal-clear deep reddish-amber body with light tan marshmallowy textured head. Good retention.

S: Bright clean rye smell, nothing particularly stands out at first. As it warms I detect a funky Belgian-like banana aroma.

T: Wowza, this tastes like whiskey! Big malty rye flavor up front which fades to a very pronounced whiskey aftertaste. Almost like doing a shot. What's more, this stuff tastes like *good* whiskey. Smoky, warm, vanilla, caramel flavors abound. No hop flavor is evident. I expect an alcoholic bite due to the strong whiskey flavor, but it's just not there. Very strange in a very good way.

M: Medium-full bodied. Just on the verge of chewy. Almost exactly what I want in a beer with this big of a flavor. Carbonation is intense.

D: This is an interesting beer. Really a beer-whiskey hybrid; it feels like some freak experiment gone wonderfully wrong. Though I would enthusiastically drink this again, it is obviously not something for regular consumption. I continue to be impressed by what Boulevard is putting out in its Smokestack series.

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Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by Arbitrator.

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color with a three-finger off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is rye whiskey, oak, honey, rye, and sweet malt. Pretty nice.

Flavor is great even though it's very sweet. Caramel malt, earthiness, oak, spice, and rye whiskey. Maybe it's just that I love rye barrel aged stuff, but this is pretty tasty.

Somewhat sweet on the palate with medium-full body. Just a tad syrupy.

Average-plus drinkability. A very solid beer overall, but not one of the better ones that have come out of a rye whiskey barrel.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown-orange, huge head.

Smell: Mild citrus, cardboard, booze, slight woody smell.

Taste: Very tangy and spicy at first, then woody, with caramel sweetness buried in there. As it warms up some wet cardboard starts to show up.

Drinkability: Usually big beers get better as they warm up, but this seemed more oxidized and cardboard tasting as it warmed.

Picked up a bottle to try, it definitely has a nice tangy, spicy rye kick to it along with some barrel-aged flavors. However, it seemed a little oxidized despite the cork being a monster to remove. Worth a try and glad to see Boulevard doing more than cranking out the unfiltered wheat by the truckload.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. best by 07-2017.

A: pours a very hazy, if not opaque, muddy copper hue. head follows the muddy theme being a slight reddish, brown hue. bubble and thick lacing left on the glass. overall a lot of conditioning yeast doenst want to stay in the bottle no matter how careful you pour.

S: warm alcohol, molasses. rye boozy barrel notes. black pepper. earthy hops are hard to pick out.

T: starts super spicy. holy shit this thing is actually tingling on my palate. the booze is not overwhelming in the least but rather fits well. finish is spicy as well, but otherwise cleans up nicely.

M: hard to believe this is a 12% beer. drinks warm, but not too hot. full bodied. carb might be a little too high as you can tell this is a bottle conditioned brew and I find the refermentation to provide a bit too much bubbles for something like this.

D: it is exactly what the label says, a rye beer aged in rye barrels giving you just that, a very rye ale. the only problem I find with all this is that instead of making a beer layered with complexity by doubling everything up, it is just more of the same notes. not bad by any stretch, but pretty straightforward and I was expecting a bit more. for those interested, I doubt cellaring would do much as this doesn't drink hot now and if anything some of the booze would fade out in a drink that isn't that boozy to begin with.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Given with less than a finger's worth of head which had pretty good retention. The head was a slight off-white with hints of tan and light beige. The body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. Some sheeting which extends from the rim of the glass.

Nose- Isn't showing much at all at the moment. Some slight sweetness from citrus. A light clay perhaps. After a while, more citrus comes out along with a tiny bit of rye spice. Swirling is pointless; it adds nothing to the sparse picture.

Taste- Starts off pretty mellow, then introduces some citrus but then bam, the rye hits you like an Old-Fashioned right in the eye. I expect this from this type of beer- I did not expect it from BBQ. Nice citrus (mostly orange, some lemon), tons of rye, and huge amounts of spice which challenge the tongue. Some pepper, coriander, and even cinnamon. I don't know if this is exactly my type of beer but I enjoy it nonetheless. It certainly doesn't lack presence with its strong notes of citrus and rye. Some cherry, a slight bit of pineapple. This is very reminiscent of BBQ as it is pretty much the flavor profile of an Old-Fashioned. Some lemon and a good amount of tartness. I like it but I wish there was a little bit more malt presence. The complexity and presence are there but some more malt would give it a little more balance. Good to really good beer. For such sweetness, it is fairly integrated. Pretty much a really good beer even if it isn't exactly what I would want to drink.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation which benefits the overall mouthfeel. A little bit of zip really works the slight tartness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible if you like Old-Fashioneds or beers with slight tartness. I imagine this would repulse many but this beer is doing exactly what it set out to do. 5 dollars a pint seems incredibly reasonable for this beer. It could be a 6 oz pour easy.

Overall- Good to really good beer. But rather pedestrian for Boulevard. This brewery does such good work that it's really hard to praise a competent beer from them. It's not exactly my cup of tea but it could be amazing for someone else. Must try for those who like rye beers but know that this is very sweet (with notes of cherry, lemon, and orange). Connotes bourbon without any real bourbon flavors. A fun beer but not one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4211 acquired from COBeerBuff, courtesy of the 666- 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of whiskey along with caramelized rye malts, some hops, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and a little fruit coupled with the essence of oaken whiskey cask aging. Then a very hearty rye malt character comes in seems like it took well to the cask aging. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There's a bit of an alcohol sting which is to be expected from a beer with 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to sip on for a long time, especially if you what something a little different.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF.

This is a strong ale, as is immediately apparent upon tasting. The flavor is just plain boozy, although I don't find this objectionable in this particular beer. The aroma suggests a less powerful beer.
Lightly sweet and limited spicing from the rye.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love rye, so this one should be one to remember. Cheers!

Brewed three months before the date of this tasting (Batch number: 2012-2).

A: There’s a thick, dirty-brown body to this beer; a rusty hue, so hazy that it’s nearly opaque. The head is beige, a big finger of foam before thickening up to some foamy retention. Lacing is abundant, yet oily, slowing moving back down into the body.

S: This one’s very boozy, but in a spicy whiskey way. Woody astringency, maple syrup, artificial vanilla, peppery spice, and dark, hot alcohol – that’s definitely a rye whiskey barrel. Rye grains beneath lay out a great bready underbelly, with pumpernickel spice, chili powder, and roast. I’m getting a ton of fruit to finish it off, too, lifting the palate from just straight alcohol: lots of fig, cherry, and raisin.

T: Boldly boozy, with the right-off-the-bat power of whiskey, bitter dark chocolate, hot cinnamon, and oak. This feels more like a liqueur than a beer, with its incredibly thick and boozy flavor. Astringent syrupiness of vanilla, molasses, coke syrup, and Dr. Pepper. There’s even a bit of smooth leather, dark mushroom flavors, chamomile tea, and chipotle; it’s a meal in a bottle. The rye flavors are all toasted bread and woody spice, as robust as they get. Finishes with a taste of brown sugar and oak alcohol; dry only in its booze tendency.

M: The body is only thick in its alcohol; otherwise, it’s a foamy, smooth powerhouse. It’s hot, drying the palate with a moment of alcoholic warmth.

O: Rye-on-Rye is more booze than everything. Imagine an old ale with a shot of whiskey and you’ve got this explosive brew; it’s intensely flavorful and alcoholic. It isn’t my favorite style, but it definitely satisfies.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked bottle. Review from notes....

A- Pours a brownish amber color. Two finger light tan head that shows light retention. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This one has almost no rye in the nose. Toffee and caramel malts in the front. Oak and whiskey in the middle of the nose. Light vanilla throughout with some darker fruits hinting toward the end. I was hoping for some rye somewhere in there though!

T- To be honest I thought this tasted more like a barrel aged scotch ale. Toffee and caramel malts dominate the front end with a touch of alcohol. Middle has a peaty taste with some oaky vanilla. Light rye in the backing with a whiskey alcohol finish.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. More malts with a touch of oak left on the palate with a warming whiskey like alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors were well put together. Very drying on the palate.

D- This beer is limited to a bottle and that's it. I like it a lot and would love to see how this one ages..which I assume would be pretty well.

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 133 of 12148 in batch one of 2010, shared by ottovon. Poured into a tulip.

It’s all in the name: Rye on Rye is brewed with two varieties of malted rye and aged in barrels of Templeton Rye, which ottovon tells me one of the most sought-after whiskeys in the Midwest. Only 67 percent of the final blend makes it into barrels, but all of it’s brewed with perle, magnum and saphir hops.

Foggy burgundy, revealing notes of ruby under a light. Some little floaters of yeast dot the liquid while the fuzzy one-finger head of sandy tan becomes a thin lingering top layer. It’s hazy but clear enough to see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

The nose: new oak, lots of bourbon and butter. I get something like sour cherries, the tartness of which may or may not be coming from the rye. Toffee and caramel are also in there.

The flavor exhibits a smooth blend of whiskey. Butter, bourbon and vanilla-tinged oak gently meld with spicy rye and some cherries. It’s a tangy/sweet flavor that’s mildly bitter and surprisingly subdued.

The silky medium body is so nice, sticking on the tongue like melted butter. Soft, dense carbonation begets very light fizz, and the alcohol is nigh unnoticeable.

This bottle became kind of a joke at our regular tastings. Ottovon would bring it along, we would always go for other stuff first and get too drunk or fatigued, and the bottle would sit lonely in the fridge. But the mockery was undeserved — this is a damn good beer displaying a complex, spicy flavor.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson red color that appears a dark tawny mahogany in the glass with golden orange edges and a three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, lingering throughout the pour and coating the glass with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Impressive looking beer.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with a delicate barrel presence that's well integrated into the complex malt bill of the base beer. Was expecting, and actually prefer, stronger barrel notes but the nose if this beer is still inviting with a nice blend of charred oak, spicy whiskey, toasted coconut, peppery rye, dark fruit and sweet caramel malts. Dry wood with boozy sweetness and spicy rye from the whiskey. Subtle vanilla and coconut followed by vinous sweetness with some fig, plum and raisin. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, roasted but and dark breads. The nose isn't all that impressive lacking bolder barrel characteristics. Still, it's not offensive in any way, just somewhat bland.

Thankfully, the flavor profile is anything but bland. There's and explosion of dry, spicy rye that dominates the palate, lingering over the barrel notes and sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Nice balance of barrel, rye and malt sweetness of the base but it's almost too much rye. It's a shock to the palate at first, but once the palate adjusts, the other flavors come through. Dry charred oak that's slightly burnt but doesn't have much of a harsh toothpick flavor. Very nice spicy spirit presence which was lacking in the nose. Spicy spirit adding nice rye whiskey flavor without much heat. Some boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. In addition to the oak and spirit, there is some silky mallow and vanilla bean from the barrel along with toasted coconut. Underneath the barrel is a complex malt bill with heavy rye component countered by caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Again, the spicy, peppery rye flavor dominates but the other malt flavors come forward as it warns. Caramel sweetness with toffee, hazelnut, fig, date and raisin. Overall, this is another very solid release in the smokestack series. Complex with great oak, whisky, rye and sweeter malt flavors. Definitely a sipper but much easier to drink than anticipated.

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Photo of aasher
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied cherry wood brown with a one finger soapy and creamy two finger head. Te nose features smooth and spicy rice with a touch of rye whiskey. I expected it to be a little more pronounced. You could say that the aromas are holding back a bit. The flavors are nice and malty. There is plenty of spicy rye with a nice about of rye whiskey, some caramel, and some toffee with a slightly soapy finish. The flavors are nice. I like how the rye base works with the whiskey. They complement each other well. If anything there could be more whiskey presence. Luckily it builds as it warms but even then there could be more. It drinks medium in body and not necessarily over carbonated but it instantly stimulates your entire palate in an effervescent type of manner. Overall this is a nice beer. I definitely prefer it to their bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This is yet another high quality beer from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For a title like Rye on Rye, and knowing that rye as a grain has a certain taste quality, and can even sometimes be overpowering, this was lacking some serious punch.
Opened the bottle, nice pour, lots of foamy head. Smelled nice, tasted ok, not great but certainly not bad, just lacked a pungent rye.
All in all, not bad, but not worth the price tag

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky tanish-brown with a hint of amber. Very thin light tan head that fades quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Earthy rye, sweet sugary bourbon, charred oak. Somewhat subtle, but the nice aromas are there.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of earthy rye, hints of sweet sugary booze on the back end, with the finish leaving a sweet woody aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, pretty boozy, slight carbonation tingle.

O- A pretty interesting big beer. The flavors do not jump out, but I feel like this would be a good one to drink on a cold night.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy brown amber color with a frothy but thin head. A nice lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: The rye is present in the aroma but not as strong as you might think. Honestly I am not sure if it is the rye or the hops that makes for the spicy aroma. A little bit of biscuit to the smell too.

Taste: A little bit sweeter than I imagined it would be. There are some definite bourbon tones followed by spice. It is malty but not much on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bit of carbonation and warmth.

Overall: It is a nice beer for later in the evening or sipping with some friends

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber color with a large and lasting tan-tinted head -- cloudy at first with a vigorous pour, but it clears as it sits. Strong aroma of malt, rye spiciness and rye whiskey that's sweet with cherry, oak and vanilla notes and some dry yeast behind. Tastes much lighter than the nose suggests. There's some smooth malt up front, followed by the rye spice and muted whiskey in the aftertaste. Pleasant, but much less heavy-hitting than I was expecting. Relatively light bodied with a touch of creaminess and that rye spiciness again in the mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of afksports via trade.

Pours a dense and opaque, solid amber color with a gorgeous inch or so of rocky light tan head which leaves brilliant lacing. Really nice.

Aromas begin with dark caramel malts mixed with some leather, dark cherries and a little spice. Plenty of spicy dry whiskey which emerges more and more as it warms. Less alcohol than the Abacus (Blended barrel aging) but more than the Vertical Jewbelation (also aged in Rye Whiskey barrels), which I both had this past weekend. Dark fruits continue to emerge more an more as it warms (dates, figs, prunes).

The tastes begin quite complex and full of flavors. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue and warming on the gullet. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. You get nice dark cherries and warming sweet vanilla flavors that wash over the tongue. Distinct spiciness from the rye (barrels or malt I am not sure) is a very solid presence throughout; probably the most dominant in fact.

The mouthfeel is quite full but with great amounts of carbonation (for the style) to help dry this high ABV monster out. The rye leaves your palate nice and dry, almost inviting more consumption.

Overall this is a superb beer. Really a great showcase for Rye malts and rye whiskey barrel-aging. It is basically a barrel-aged Rye Barleywine (per say), so if you like Barley Wines and Rye beers and Barrel-aged beers, this is HIGHLY recommended. My one complaint it that the rye whiskey alcohol is a little dominant for my tastes and slightly overpowers the rest of the flavor profile but regardless it is still quite good. Would be better to share a monster like this because to indulge by yourself could be a task. Can't wait til this is going to be released again (early 2012) because I will be buying several.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,687 ratings.
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