Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

407 Reviews

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 release, 750ml bottle. Copper in color, maybe darker, like mahogany. About one finger of foam on the head, with retention/lacing being pretty good for a 12% ABV beer. The "spicy" (still can't think of a more descriptive word) character of rye is evident on the nose. Next up is caramelized sugar. Less vanilla character than bourbon barrel-aged beers, as the aroma suggest a drier beer.

The flavor profile isn't sweet at all, contrary to what I'd expected. More than enough bitterness to balance out the flavor profile. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is just a big rye beer with a more mellow hop character, and that's fine with me. Of note is the very mellow, soft, and smooth mouthfeel, which makes this a pleasure to sip. I guess I expected a bigger, bolder flavor profile, but the quality of Rye-On-Rye can't be denied. A supercharged, yet restrained rye beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Buck89
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky rusty color with a shy white head that retreated. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla and plum. Taste was bold: whiskey followed by caramel, toast, dark fruit, followed by vanilla and oak. Warming at the end with a medium bodied feel

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a dark copper with a minimal head of tiny tight bubbles. The aroma is predominately bourbon and brown sugar. On the tongue you get plenty of sweet caramel, vanilla and bourbon. There's plenty of booze to warm you. Medium mouth that coats the tongue well. This would be very good to sip by the fire on a cold night.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: slightly hazy caramel. big fluffy tan head.
smell: subtly spicy vanilla and oak. Deceptively tame for a big beer.
taste: much like the nose though richer with a slightly spicy finish. Very easy drinker. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of dcotom
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750-ml bottle into a 6-ounce sampling glass at a bottle share. Brownish-black in color with a dark tan head. Aroma has notes of rye barrel up front, with some dark fruits and roasted malt. Notes of rye barrel and lots of alcohol warmth tend to dominate. I plan to cellar one of these to see if the flavor profile mellows. Still an exceptional brew in any case.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently hit shelves here in the bay area, first time in awhile. Missed it last time, made sure to grab a bottle.

Pours frothy, nice creamy head. I'm using a SARA snifter shaped glass, and you definitely want to use something with a narrowed top, to catch the smell, because the nose is fantastic - cherry, dark fruits, rye.

Those same flavors are what you taste, too, along with hints of the typical barrel profile (vanilla, oak), though the bitter rye stands out a bit.

It actually comes across as a faux-quad, if you follow me. Somehow the fig and booze notes remind me of, say, St Bernardus ABT 12, but a midwestern American rye version.


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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed with this beer. I wanted more rye from the grains, and more rye whisky flavor. Neither of those really came through, they were overwhelmed by the alcohol. Not bad by any stretch, but not what I was looking or hoping for.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a murky amber color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, oak, toasted, vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, figs, and warm alcohol. Smells good.

Taste: Same as above and very cool. Some bitterness and and booze in the rear too. Above aromas blended well on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, nice warm booze, medium to full bodied, a bit dry, light tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Wow, wow, wow. Thus I'd one stellar beer. Very sad to not see it in the top beers categories, but it will always be a top beer for me. I look forward to the next year of this beer anf many more afterwards.

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Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three plus fingers worth of luscious airy light khaki colored vibrant frothy goodness with an ever so slightly rocky top... Outstanding retention... Turns a bit more pillow like as it settles a bit... Ultimately there is a full thin veil of airy lacing... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... The color is a somewhat murky copper... The nose is utterly outrageous... The rye whiskey barrels age such complexity and depth without overpowering it's almost criminal... The rye whiskey barrels are at the forefront but never ever over power... Vanilla notes... A rich caramel malt base then rises to the forefront of the nose... It smells so good I almost don't want to drink... The flavor is largely as expected... The whiskey barrel is at the forefront, followed by rich vanilla and an abundance of sweet caramel and toffee malt backbone... While the base rye beer seems to get a bit obscured by everything else going on, there is a slight spicy rye kick on the finish that lingers in the back of the throat... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Light carbonation... A bit sticky... A bit chalky... Even and consistent... The aroma is amongst the best ever... The rest of the beer is amazing, but doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose... Highly recommended...

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Photo of AirBob
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Tons of floaties detracted from the appearance, but overall an excellent representation of the style. Pillowy off white head with excellent lacing and retention. Sweet Rye on the nose and taste - mellow, well intergrated. Booze is non-existent. Pleasantly soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of tt_andy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version...very interesting beer. The whiskey flavor was very balanced ie you could taste it but it was not overpowering. Plus the 12% ABV added a nice kick.
Enjoyed this one a lot and will try to get another when available.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

cloudy and sediment-ridden. smells like raisin and sweet biscuit. big ol' rye & whiskey barrel taste, with some nice plum/dark fruit notes. aftertaste is the same. delicious!

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My on complaint is I let this bottle warm up to room temperature (which where I live is 50) and unlike other bottle conditioned beers this one was a gusher. But looking past that it was the best foam I have ever had. Nice rye spiciness and the whiskey flavor and aroma does wonders. It's not stout like at all with lots of chocolate or coffee flavors but it is a dark full bodied beer with some nice tones of whiskey and rye. The person who blended this is a magician, well i am guessing it's blended based on the ratio but overall good beer thick warming great tasting.

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Photo of LordofWord
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A classic from Boulevard. None of the flavors punch you in the nose, but the nose is excellent. Not sure I would pay $12.99 again, though. Maybe $9.99. So probably my last bottle.

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Photo of john0721
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -9.1%
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 SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

2014 vintage

A: poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown topped by a finger and a half of dense light tan head
S: smell is spicy rye, caramel, vanilla and wood
T: taste is rye, whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, slight alcohol burn, and some fruity alcohol. swallow is more spicy rye, whiskey barrel, caramel and vanilla.
M: fairly full in the mouth with slightly prickly carb and a slightly dry finish
O: this beer kills it plain and simple. it's smooth, complex and just so good. Definitely one of my favorite Boulevard beers that I look forward to seeing again next year.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting my last 2013 bottle (750ml) - the previous were a bit young/hot, this has finally hit nirvana.

Very creamy, beautiful 2" head with fabulous lacing. Mid-brown/golden color.

Smell of spicy malts, maybe a little funk. Complex.

Taste is no longer hot, very blended...spicy rye, light barrel and rye whisky tastes. So very smooth. Bready, slight sweetness. But, the rye taste is dominant, yet not overwhelming, just well-developed. No apologies for tasting like rye...just surprised how balanced and smooth it all is.

Mouthfeel is 5 out of 5. You'd think it was on nitro. The creaminess helped blend all the fine flavors. This is what put it over the top. Delicious.

Overall, this bottle really needed a few year on it. But, as beer geeks will know, that's one of the thrills of aging a truly premier brew. I now regret not saving more...any left?

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Photo of DutchmansFlat
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Equal parts strong and smooth, this is no beer for the faint of heart. It poured nicely and it's rich brown color and head were ascethitcally pleasing. The aroma is what you'd expect from a beer aged in rye whiskey barrels. Full of flavor on the front and back end, along with a pleasing aftertaste. All in all, very well crafted brew!

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Photo of --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Boozy and delicious. Did I mention it's boozy??? Super strong, packed with flavor, it's a butt-kicker no doubt. It's like taking a drink of barleywine and chasing it with bourbon. It's obnoxious and if you don't like huge beers that punch you in the face then you need not imbibe this glorious nectar. However if you do appreciate the awesomeness that is a 12% whisky barrel aged rye bomb then by all means.... drink deeply and allow your palate to forever be left wanting. Great job once again Boulevard, please send me free beer....j/k... but seriously....

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 ml from my trip back home to MD. Pours orange amber colored with some light showing through and a massive yellowish off white head. Aroma is whiskey and spice, oak, some oxidization, a hint of sourness on the nose. Hmm. Weird. Flavor is near straight rye whiskey, lots of rye grainy spiciness, earthy tones, lingering oak and mild vanilla. Almost no sweet malt presence. Somewhat bland, sort of like watered down whiskey on the rocks. Body is thinner than I was hoping for, with medium carbonation. Meh.

Maybe a little hard on this to start, as it improved as it warmed and slowly grew on me. Still was hoping for more sweetness and maybe it was one of those "not on the mood for this right now" issues. But it paired nicely with some dried figs, and I suspect would be enhance with some funky cheese alongside that.

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Photo of hreb
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork-and-cage topped bottle served in a chalice glass. I am a big fan of rye so I've been excited to finally taste this, though the ABVs seem killer in this big bottle. Best by 11-2015 but I couldn't wait a day longer. Beer pours amber in color with a medium tan head. Intense fruity aroma of raisins and plums, very much reminiscent of barley wine. Or rye wine? And quite a bit of oak in there too, suggesting oaked California Chardonnay. Flavor delivers both the sharp edge of rye graininess and the rich, overwhelming rush of barleywine. And of course the course vanilla and bourbon flavors of the barrel. Yeah, I could easily believe these barrels once held rye bourbon. Boulevard's ingredients list mentions a couple of adjunct sugars, which no doubt pumped up the alcohol as well as left some residual sweetness. though 2.8°P final gravity is pretty freaking low. But where was I? Oh yes, this beer is fantastic, you should drink it.

As previously mentioned I'm a huge fan of rye beers (Lenny's RIPA is a favorite) and this beer takes rye in a totally different direction. Rye and hop bitterness play really well together. But an IPA this is not. It is, however, a fantastic barleywine, and a fantastic way to showcase oak aging. And also a really delicious rye beer.

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Photo of bricksandivey
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boozy number here no doubt. Enjoyed growler from Lincoln Filling Station. Another tremendous beer from Boulevard. At 12% this is a sipper for sure . meant to be enjoyed at a slow pace. Appearance is caramel colored and cloudy. Smell is boozy and rye whiskey. Taste is rye and caramel, booze. Mouthfeel is warming thick and creamy with whiskey notes. Overall a solid 5 best whiskey barrel aged beer I've tried

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by myself at Curran's tasting.

Pours a hazy slightly dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like spicey rye, caramel, coconut, wood, toffee, and whisky.

The taste is similar. This is about a year old, the '13 vintage, so the rye whiskey flavors are light, subtle, and warming, with tons of caramel, toffee, coconut, and vanilla, with some fairly prominent woodiness. Even though rum is not involved at all, I get a bit of a spiced rum feel from this one as well.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. There is some slight bitterness, but it doesn't linger. The alcohol is not really present at all.

I'd prefer this beer to be a little drier, and use more rye malts, but other than that, this is a fairly decadent, delicious beer.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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