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 clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with decent head and lace and has a sweet, boozy aroma, picking up a good amount of not only bourbon/barrel notes with alcohol but love the dark fruits (figs/raisins) and minor rye base (not overpowering) in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that is chewey and has some sweetness to it, figs and plums coming through with a little bit of sugary goodness and there is a woodiness and alcohol kick to this beer - the rye makes the beer real smooth and adds some heat and alcohol bite to this beer as well as a touch of sweetness; the rye is front and center in this beer. At times the sweetness is puckering but overall the beer is well balanced and the ABV is kept in check and this is just a solid drinking beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

Big pop when the cork comes out. Definitely some pent up carbonation as the head erupts and sticks around forever. It's a little yellowy/off-white and the body is dark with orange and red coming out in the light. Laces superbly.

Seems like it could have been 100% barrel aged with the alcohol notes and spicy whiskey coming off the nose. A little sweet. Caramel and cherry.

Rye whiskey, rye malt and 12% alcohol is prominent bringing plenty of warmth and spice. The cherry note from the aroma is fairly prevalent as well.

Damn this drinks amazing. Smooth medium bodied with some slight tingly bubbles. Ends a little dry.

I could see this aging great. Too bad I just drank my only bottle.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle, poured into Boulevard snifter

A- Pours an auburn brown color with some orange highlights, big creamy & foamy cream colored head that seems to retain forever, leaving thick thick creamy lace when swirled

S- Spicy rye is definitely noticeable up front with some peppery aroma, with it comes a fruity sweetness that brings notes of tangerine & orange flower water. A hint of bourbon juice and oak round it out, complimenting the rye without overpowering it

T- The rye takes front stage with an interesting mix of sweet and spicy flavors. The spicy flavors are peppery and grainy, the sweetness has a caramel maltiness. Light woodsy notes are there, but subtle. The barrel juice kicks in near the finish adding just enough complexity and accentuating the sweetness of the beer. sweet-yet-spicy finish with a hint of bourbon

M- thick and slightly chewy body with low carbonation produces a creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. A hint of warmth as it settles, good drinkability despite being 12%

O- One thing that I like about Boulevard's limited release beers, is that they only use a blend of barrel aged beers,complimenting the base beer and allowing the to shine. The rye plays well with the barrel notes and drinks very easily for the ABV. Very good

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery as well as this beer's current 94 rating. Batch number RR13326-2. Best by: 11/2015. Reviewed begrudgingly as a rye beer. 12% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice white-khaki colour. Good thickness. Nice even consistency and smooth complexion. Head retention is very good for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice consistent albeit uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a rich tawny orange-amber of above average vibrance; it has a brilliant glow when backlit. It's got brilliant cascading upward bubble trails indicative of sound carbonation. Yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's a pretty gorgeous beer. A special appearance which reveals the beer is alive and intrigues the drinker. I'm very excited to try it, and don't notice any flaws.

Sm: Lovely. Charred oak barrel, hints of burnt sugars, bursts of citrusy orange flesh and zest, toffee, complementary floral hop notes, subtly spicy rye, marshmallow, and a notably subtle rye whiskey spice. The whiskey and oak lend it cohesion throughout the aroma. It's got a pleasantly tangy fruity hop profile. Not your everyday whiskey barrel aroma, nor is it merely a rye beer. There's much more going on here, and I can't wait to try it.

A pleasant, bold aroma of moderate strength, yet it's somehow still subtle and subdued. No yeast character is detectable.

There is some light alcohol warmth which I find attractive. I don't find any overt off-flavours, but the citrusy orange does seem a bit out of place and I'm curious how it'll fit into the flavour profile.

T: The rye malt is woven throughout quite nicely, but what really works well here is the charred/burnt oak barrel, which immediately differentiates the beer from most other oak barrel brews; it's a refined sophisticated oak presence and has its own almost unique character. I would like it to feel a bit more toasty, but that might just be personal preference. Given both the rye malts and the rye whiskey, you'd think this would have more spiciness than it does.

It's actually strangely sweet, at least up to the midpoint, but never quite cloying. Just as I feared, the citrusy/orange fruit hop build doesn't really work very well alongside the more refined notes of oak, rye, and whiskey, and feels out of place. The choices of hops here are far from ideal; that's my biggest criticism of the flavour profile.

I keep convincing myself I'm finding vanilla (or at least vanillicin) but then I think it's only because I'm looking for it. In any case, if it is present, it's far less prominent than you might expect in say, a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Caramel, light toffee, maybe some biscuit malt? I'm having trouble identifying the malts used here beyond just the rye. It's also got almost a honey or faint butterscotch note buried in the second act that I can't quite place.

I'm still hung up on how wrong the fruitiness feels here. But disregarding the hop-derived fruitiness, it's also got some plum notes which work decently.

I quite like the beer, but I really want that pesky fruitiness gone, as it really holds the balance back. It's a cohesive and almost gestalt build. Certainly this brew boasts some notable complexity and subtlety. Hell, I'd say the spice is too subtle. It could be more intricate and nuanced, but what's there is good. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some boozy warmth does manifest. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: A warm, lightly dry, and lightly coarse mouthfeel which has a full body and a good presence on the palate, but not as much weight as you'd expect. As a result, it's a bit more approachable than most barrel aged beers at this ABV, and it slides down a bit easier. Almost chewy. I'd prefer it more coating than it is. It's rather filling in any case. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated as well, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or stale.

The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: It's a hell of an inspired brew; very few breweries would think to try something like this. The subtle char is a highlight, but the awkward fruitiness is a drawback. While not the world-class mindblowing beer I expected, it's a very enjoyable and inventive beer with a lot to offer the discerning drinker. Solid work from Boulevard, but not a world class effort. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B-

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Ok, well, like... Rye on rye! The main man means, think silk on silk, gold on gold, Adriana Lima on Adriana Lima... This is that beer. Thing was creamy, lush, smelled like the heavens... Just straight goodness.

Sip and enjoy.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Less than a finger head, little visible carbonation and a straight amber color. See some immediate lacing.

Smell- this has an understated perfume scent that reminds me of alcohol sweetness, some floral hops and slight rye bread; nothing far off from what the name implies. Not much there even after teasing it but enough for me to complement the flavor profile.

Taste- You get hit with a strong cherry-whiskey-rye profile right at the front and it quickly mellows out to a more orange/lemon citrus. There are some spices such as coriander and cinnamon but not much distinguishable outside of that. This is my favorite rye beer that I have found on the market thanks to its ability to balance the old fashoined rye feel with a refreshing taste (Founders Red's Rye in close second for the hop characteristics).

Mouthfeel- medium-low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer is more of a sipper and the body reflects that; great balance.

Overall- With the 2014 in hand, I have the last few years of this delicious beer and am excited to give them all a shot thisyear. This beer ages extremely well while still being drinkable first year.

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Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy amber-brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Good retention with a large amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel aroma with some oak notes and spiciness from the rye.

Taste- Caramel and rye malt flavor with some oak and citrus flavors as well. Just a hint of booze flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Dry feel with a small amount of warmth from the ABV.

Overall- A great sipping beer. I am a little surprised that I have enjoyed this beer as much as I have. I normally don't enjoy barrel aged beers that much because I don't like the taste of bourbon but maybe I should give rye whiskey a try if it's half as good as this beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a big amount of sediment chunks floating around and a good one and a half finger head that has good retention.

Smell has some good ale aromas, not a whole lot of bourbon aromas but a lot of good grainy, husky aroma with a very mild spicy aroma from the rye. Grain is the highlight of the aroma.

Taste is great. A lot lighter then I was expecting but the malt is defiantly forward with slightly sweet rich grainy flavors before a mild dry oaky midsection and finish. Light tang is also present from the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is good.medium to light body with moderate carbonation keeps this very drinkable through all the big flavors.

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Photo of ajzbedo73
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep amber color. Light tan two finger head. A lot of lacing that holds on through the entire glass

S: Sweet on the nose with caramel up front, and bourbon and apple in the background.

T: Bourbon up from with a slight whiskey burn, but in a good way. On the second sip comes the hops and spices subtlety. Good balance. Don't get as much caramel as on the nose. Finish is sweet, salty, and a bit boozy.

M: Creamy and smooth across the tongue. A bit chewy. Warms the throat as it goes down. Good winter beer!

O: Another excellent offering from boulevard smoke stack series. They continue to impress. I wish I had a few more bottles so I didn't have to wait until next year to enjoy. I love you boulevard!


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Photo of artoolemomo
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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 pkalix
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark apricot color. lots of carbonation. perfect 1/16" layer of topping, level across. absolutely beautiful looking brew....
sticky-sweet malty aroma, with alcohol.... nice thick coat on the sides as the glass tilts.... some fruit in the nose. mesquite....
sweet, barrel and alcohol taste. I can taste the rye and it numbs my tongue. does anyone else get a numbness from rye? some fruit on the palate. dark fruit. head stays on top and level throughout. again, mesquite...
second pour yields a fluffier, fuller head, not as level, but stiff and full.
overall, a very nice brew for 12%. a little different than what I was expecting, but decent.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with reddish hints. A bit hazy. 3 finger light tan head dissipates slowly, last 1 finger in particular. Thin layer of creamy foam lasts almost down to the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is spicy rye whiskey to start. Oak, vanilla, and caramel notes from the barrel. Fig, date, and green apple. Pepper.

Rye whiskey leads the flavor, strong but smooth. Spicy pepper and some fruit flavors. Lemon, green apple, and orange rind. Barrel notes next in the form of oak, and vanilla. Caramel and light molasses for sweetness at the end.

Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Spicy and sharp on the tongue to start going to a mild creaminess at the end. Lingering whiskey. Understated fruitiness.

My favorite from Boulevard. Rich flavors, well blended and complex. Whiskey is prominent without overpowering.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with a boulevard bomber...and I loved it! medium to dark brown in color, unfiltered with a 1 inch foamy khaki head. there is a definite mediumly strong aroma of sweet bourbon and some slight rye. the taste is great! again the sweet bourbonyness takes the forefront, but there is some pleasant rye undertones that are pretty solid, unfortunately the rye flavor subsides after the first few drinks. this beer has a great body and mouthfeel as well, moderately low carbonation. this is a rich sipper for sure but nothing the experienced bourbon/beer/bourbon beer drinker cant take on on his own. great beer and good for the cellar too!

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Photo of gatornation
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle
A- pours clear dark mahogany color with some garnet highlights a fresh khaki head stays thru-out
S- rye malt wood and whiskey
T-rye malts with vanilla and wood aged whiskey some citrus fruits hops with smoke and spice
M-perfectly carbonated smooth mellow rye whiskey ABV well hidden
O- great BA Rye beer smooth mellow whiskey notes

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Light mahogany with some dark ruby red accents shining through. Off-white head of about 1.5 fingers with an aggressive pour. Quite an impressive head with gorgeous lacing for a 12% beer.

S- Sweet caramel is supplemented with an intense at times and subtle at others oak. The whiskey. Booze all over the nose. Lots of damp wood as well.

T- Sweetness, peppery rye spice, charred wood, boozy whiskey all get after it in the initial wave of flavor that comes through. It's an intense battle with my taste buds at stake. Just when it hits a brash, bold peak, it instantly mellows out like a boss as a deep vanilla character takes the lead.

M- Mid to full body with full flavor. Finishes quite dry on the tongue. A sipper that resembles a fine, aged scotch. The warmth (and even the burn in the back of the throat on the way down) is clearly there, but it isn't totally chewing me up and spitting me out.

O- Gets better with each sip. I'm not going to lie, I have increased my ratings on this one twice as I write up this review. Rye-on-Rye...sounds so simple, yet manages to have so much depth and complexity. Should certainly be enjoyed by those that love whiskey, without totally scaring off those that don't.

750 ml bottle for $14.99

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Photo of happilyhopped
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition, 750 ml bottle, Opened on 1/13/2014

A - a nice copper/mahogany color with an emanating glow to it (looking down from the top it almost appears golden if the light hits it right), minimal head that doesn't linger long.

S - a bit of barrel smokiness on the nose, lots of caramel and a little vanilla, maybe even a little orange zest.

T - lots of caramel and a little whiskey heat on the front, with some notes of raisins and dates in the middle, finishes with some bitter citrus (orange pith/passionfruit) most likely from the hops, then a nice heat and rye spiciness from the rye barrels lingers after swallowing and gives you that feeling of just having had a sip of whiskey, but with the massive flavor from a delicious beer. Mmmm!

M - mouthfeel is nice, a little syrupy but doesn't coat the teeth (my girlfriend said it coated her teeth so maybe it does for some), decent amount of carbonation and a little more than i like in a beer that has so much complexity going on.

O - An excellent beer overall. The rye finish is really nice and helps break up some of the sweetness from the malt character. The finish is superb with the spiciness from the rye lingering on. Really enjoy this beer.

**I edited this description throughout drinking it as the beer warmed up to room temp and it got much better. So don't necessarily need to refrigerate.**

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Photo of Lunny777
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mm. Delicious.

The 2014 vintage has more barrel char and smokiness in the nose and taste, and a touch of white pepper, relative to my memory of previous Rye-on-Rye offerings. Not much alcohol heat or sweetness, as the high abv may suggest. To me, the 2013 rye-on-rye was the perfect adult candy, with more of the malty sweet and vanilla flavors of barrel aging. 2013 was much sweeter. I'm not sure which flavor profile I like better. This beer is incredible.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on the second day of the 2014 vintage's release, so it's as fresh as possible. I've had previous vintages out of the bottle, but never this close to release. I'm also curious to see how it compares to the bottle of 2013 I'm currently sitting on. Served in a 12 oz Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a murky burgundy-brown, with sangria red highlights at the edges where the light passes through. Atop the body sits a one-and-a-half finger head of vanilla white dense, frothy foam. Retention is good, and it leaves traces and spatters of lace intermittently around the glass.

Smell - Light vanilla, oak, caramelized sugar, rye spiciness and hints of black pepper, faint leather-like tannins, and esters from the whiskey.-soaked wood. There is some subtle fruit there as well, like dried figs or dates perhaps, but the sweetness from the wood and grain is more prevalent.

Taste - Toasted rye bread, white pepper, vanilla, toffee and some hints of a deeper sweetness, like molasses. The heat from the alcohol is certainly obvious, but balances well with the sweetness from caramel malts and rye grain. Of course, I'm a huge fan of rye, so the doubling down just makes for a richer, deeper experience of the specialty grain. Some light astringency from the whisky on the finish, but it also lends a touch of smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium==nice and chewy--with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish with a lingering bitterness that is a nice reminder of the sip you just took. Not at all syrupy, but does have a slightly viscous quality to it.

Overall, this is a fantastic and pretty unique offering from Boulevard. Not many people are dabbling in Templeton barrel-aged rye beers. It's hard to compare to my other favorite rye beer, since this one is barrel aged and the other one is far more aggressively hopped, but it's probably safe to say that this one is pretty close to tied for best in style in my mind. I look forward to it's annual release every year.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this little gem hidden at my local liquor store. 2010 vintage enjoyed 3 years later on 11/2/2013. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful toffee brown color with some slight amber undertones. A 1/3-inch head with big bubbles is apparent upon pouring but disappates quickly. Lacing is excellent. The beer looks free of sediment, but you can't see through to the other side of the glass due to its dark color.

S: Caramel booziness is foremost on the nose of this aged beer. Toffee notes. Slight hint of rye in the background, but it definitely doesn't hit you in the face. The smell is overall underwhelming.

T: Wow - the rye notes are very apparent on the tongue. The pepper spice associated with rye also hits with a punch. In the background, the caramel/toffee malt is nice and smooth. I also get a hint of cherry in the back. The beer is hoppier than the smell would indicate. Booziness, while apparent, is well-hidden....probably due in-part to its age.

M: Probably the driest beer I've tasted this year. Extremely dry - almost evaporates on the tongue altogether. I wish the beer had a bit more body and lingered on the tongue a bit longer.

O: This is a very balanced beer. Of course the rye notes dominate the taste, but they are mellowed out nicely by caramel malt base with a healthy dose of hops. The alcohol content, while apparent, is well-hidden. It's a great sipper while curling up with a movie on Saturday night. That being said, there's nothing that stands out to me as remarkable about the beer. It's a great, inoffensive big beer.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle acquired in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage (batch # 2013-1, best by 11-2014), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/15/13 over an several hours while homebrewing:

A: 2/3 - dark mahogany-brown coloration, minimal clarity, pours thickly into a subtle glass lacing, big alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - rich, intense rye flavors and alcohol pouring out of the glass, little hop aroma, no detectable flaws

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, it's as expected from the complexity of the aroma...rich rye malt and barrel complexity - lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee and stone fruit; in the middle of the mouth, the flavors continue to develop and linger; the alcohol is barely detectable and I was extremely surprised to learn that this beer is 12% ABV (initially thought that it was more in the 6-10% range)

M: 4/5 - high bodied; appropriate carbonation; little aftertaste that invites another sip and makes this dangerously, dangerously drinkable

O: 9/10 - I had Founders Backwoods Bastard not that long ago, and, even though sylistically (malt bill, yeast and barrel-aged) they are very different, I cannot help but comparer these two beers; although I like both beers, I enjoy this one much more for the following reasons: barrel notes are not as overpowering, booze is not as intense and apparent and the rye dries it out leaving little aftertaste and clamoring for another sip; this beer is mighty impressive, and, for $9.79 at Franklin's in Hyattsville, MD, it's probably the best beer oz.-for-oz., $-4-$ that I've purchased in the DMV

TOTAL = 45/50

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013

A: Pours a slightly cloudy tawny red color with a fingers worth of cola colored head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: Very malty. Lots of spicy rye (from both malt and barrel) with a little bit of an alcohol and smokey phenol kick. Some fruitiness from the phenols as well. Aside from just the rye whiskey imparted by the barrels, there is some oak and woodiness in there

T: Starts off with quite a bit of wood, oak, and rye whiskey from the barrels as well as some spicy rye malts. Goes into a light phenolic smokiness to go along with the oak and woody character from the barrels. Some alcohol kick, but doesn't seem like 12%. Finishes with some earthiness/wood from the barrels

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly on the thicker side for a BA beer

O: Extremely complex rye beer with lots of layers and flavors to pick out. A nice sipper for colder nights. Even though the 12% is well hidden, you can still tell that it's a big beer. Good value for the quality

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Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brief sparkling gold cascades to produce a golden yellow, rocky, four-inch head. SRM 15-17 is chill hazed while a dense patchy lace forms on a Stiegl stange.

Strong whiskey aroma fades to reveal a grainy malt. Meanwhile a mix of odd spices are less complex than hoped for. Whiskey aromas return with warmth.

The flavor is closer to rum than whiskey. The balance is between sweet and bitter with caraway lingering in a light finish. Overall rather dry with some pineapple, oak and earthy notes as well.

Rye-on-Rye has a medium body with smooth velvety texture and light carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, though not hot in this dry beer with a touch of metallic notes.

This one was enjoyed while reading but would equally do well as a cocktail with hors d’oeuvres.

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

750 corked and caged bottle into a teku glass. april 2013 bottling date.

Pours a dark copper, almost reddish color with an extremely bubbly inch thick head. The smell is real apparent and big - bourbon hit me as i was pouring it. A lot of sweet caramel aroma notes as well. The taste is really a treat. Starts off with sweet toffee notes that slowly make way from bourbon, but not overwhelming the prior flavors, and it ends with an explosion of wood/bourbon/fruit/oak/rye with a great warming. Full bodied for sure, with quite high carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Lovely, almost a dessert beer.

Overall an amazing beer from Boulevard. Huge recommendation for any BBA fans.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Phyl21ca for sending us this brew in a great trade.

Bottle No. 5802 bottled on January 2012.

A: A rich clear hue of whisky suggestive of the flavour waiting within. Topped with a pale tan head and poured just a scant finger worth.

S: A warm oaky smell similar to the inside of a cigar box, sweet maltiness lead the way with a solid rye whisky scent and spicy notes. Some alcohol esters towards the back end that compliment the warm woody and grainy scent.

T: Opens with a full on rye whisky flavour, sweet pale malts, spicy, woody, grainy, slightly smokey and warming through with alcohol esters that compliment the flavours. Hops show through at the front and compliment the rye and grains.

M: Carbonation is low while the alcohol esters warm the mouth livening the flavours. Medium to heavy body that clings pleasantly.

O: Incredibly delicious and offers the rye whisky flavour and smoky wood that's soul satifying and comforting. Incredibly bold flavours that are perfect on every front. I'm not even a whisky lover, but this might change my mind.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whsikey colored caramel brown with copper hues beneath the eruption of cream-tan head which leaves scattered lacing and a constant ring atop the beer.

So much going on in the nose including notes of caramel malty sweetness, rye, oak, yeast and then an entire second layer of all of it.

The flavor starts off with generous spicy rye with caramel malt and as it warms the whiskey oak really kicks in and it gets a touch spicier. I cannot express enough the depth of character in this beer and all that it offers the senses.

Tis brew offers an enormous body, not necessarily thick but certainly coating to the palate with generous carbonation and a biting, boozy finish.

What a beer! Just plain awesome and so much character to entertain the senses.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,709 ratings.
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