Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an spectacular brew.... Rich and long with a rounded rye whiskey profile.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Purple and light brown design label highlighting the limited release nature with a seal with a handwritten looking like notes, and showing the number of the bottle (7010). Back label limited release, main brewing intent and ingredients, cellaring notes, and serving recommendation. Notes batch number 2010-1, best by date (01/13), and Alc. by Vol. (11%). Served in a large snifter.

A - Hazy amber brown pour with a good foamy head, nice retention, some lacing and a nice surface memory.

S - The aroma is rather pleasing but a bit shy early on, it does not shine much though in the end but retains a nice quality throughout. Whiskey notes woven in caramelized rye with a sugary fruitiness.

T - Long and rich taste profile with a whiskyed rye structure, the rye itself is not that assertive coated under the alcohol, wood notes, and sure enough charred and caramelized oak touches. Woven with the woody side minimal spicy hints woven back to a sugary malty sense with a gently fruity aspect.

M - Medium-full body with a good, even at times a bit generous carbonation, that adds a nice tingly finely tuned finish, not overwhelming. Slightly dry and long finish over a nicely tuned boozy sense.

D - It all comes together rather nicely. This is a great sipper and when it comes to the drinking experience it is outstanding if one appreciates this range of flavors. Great experience.

Notes: I´m admiring more and more some of these limited Smokestack releases. Quite outstanding brews, Here they offer again something rather unusual that works very well. It has a touch of their Bourbon Barrel aged Quad, but it is just a nice memory of its distant cousin since this one is clearly its own thing.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, signature smokestack head tops off a tawny brew. Has good retention with some fat fingers of lace sticking up above the leftover thick covering. Aroma is a bit sweet and sour with an undercurrent of oakiness and some dark fruits. Tastes a bit vinous with a quick hit of alcohol heat followed by more oakiness mingled with a nice hop bite all wrapped in some caramel. After a couple of sips prominent notes of maraschino cherries become noticeable. Medium bodied and smooth going down with the aforementioned alcohol heat lingering throughout. Another winner from the Boulevard crew.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Smokestack Series Chalice
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BOTTLE NUMBER: 9995 of 12148
BATCH: 2010-1 BEST BY: 01/13

This liquid is dark amber/crimson in color. There are light hints of golden browns, around the edges. The two-finger head of tan colored foam has very nice retention. When it finally subsides, it leaves a solid layer of foam, which is about an 1/8 of an inch thick, covering the surface. Lacing is good, but very slick, which was not expected.

The rye whiskey notes really stand out to me. This is a very good thing. There is also a fruity, almost citrus-like, tanginess here. Nice, solid, hints of the oak barrels along with some mild notes of rye spiciness. Good presence of bread-like yeastiness, which is covered in caramel and toffee.
The nose is actually a touch to the subdued side of things, but if you give it a little bit of time to breathe, it really starts to open up.

Mmmm. Rye whiskey soaked bread notes hit the tongue first. Then you get some light fruitiness of stone fruits. A nice touch of vanilla and caramel. Some almost candi sugar sweetness notes. Then the light spice notes, from the rye, come in. They are joined by a nice amount of whiskey warmth and a good amount of charred oak. These combine to give a long, yet nicely dry, finish.

This one is nicely full-bodied. The carbonation level is actually quite high, but it works for this one. It has a slight edge of sharpness, yet is quite smooth. The creaminess is a touch better than expected, but if the body was just slightly thicker, it would be amazing.

Well, alright, the 11.0%abv, combined with the warming sensation will most likely keep people from drinking this one all of the time. Aside from that though, this is a nicely smooth and enjoyable drink...especially if you have a fondness for whiskeys.
I can't wait to see how this one ages. Fortunately, I managed to get a couple of bottles to stash in the cellar.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Cork & Barrel recently, have been waiting for this one to hit Minnesota eagerly. Popping it open quickly to find out if it's good enough that I need to secure another bottle (or two) before it's gone from the shelves.

Beautiful beer. By some bent of magic, the beer is a dirty, earthly red around the edges, while maintaining a dark brown, light-repulsing core. The smell is virtually indescribable. Good, but faint. I'm not going to try.

Rye-on-Rye is an eye-opening concoction. The rye whiskey & the rye malts pair up for a wry experience that is unparalled, yet. The whiskey is mildly strong, with a very nice vanilla note, undercut by a mouthful of rye spices. An almost Belgian, candied follow-through lends sweetness & lightness to the brew & keeps the rye from doing a Chuck Norris on me tongue. Faint hop bitterness of no particular line rounds out the show.

I'm having a trouble getting a handle on exactly what's going down in my glass, but I do know that I'm enjoying it. Carbonation is a bit much for a brew of this size, & distracts a mite. Glad to have split this with my wife, it's good, but...man, this is one strange beer. I may have to have another bottle just to figure out if I really like this or not.

Very good. Very unique. Love the rye overload.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.81/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color. pretty much straight brown. A little amber maybe but easily the most brown colored beer I've ever had. The head is a beautiful two fingers holding excellent retention and lacing. The head is a nice off white color.

S= Initially I smell a lot of spicy Belgian yeast to it. Sort of the green apple spice thing and pear going on. There is a strong alcohol presence in the smell as well as a little whiskey. There is a little bit of rye in it but not as much as I expected.

T= This is unique for sure. Again I get a nice Belgian yeast spice to it up front with some green apple pear flavors. Then that washes away and I get some rye. I think rye is a delicate malt and prolly shouldn't be imperialized. This is really light on the rye flavor. The major flavor is whiskey I would say. There is a little oakyness and wood to it but not much. All is sort of shadowed by the alcohol heat. Interesting but not the best rye beer I've had by far.

M= A little high in carbonation and prickly tingly bubbles. Somewhat thin.

D= This is a different beer for sure but a little too boozy and not nearly rye- ey enough. The rye is not very pronounced. An underwhelming beer indeed.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 3621 of 12148 in the gold cage, capped under the small red disk, and corked tightly in the 750 ml bottle.

It pours with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head, with pretty good lacing from the outset. Underneath is a beer with a toasted brown, with traces of red and orange, but for the most part opaque - pretty, and looks solid.

Toffee and whiskey seem to be at the fore here, with just a hit of spice on the end of the nose.

Subtle in the amount of whiskey present - just enough to know that it was barrel-aged, but not so much that it's overwhelming. The rye of the beer itself is then underneath that, with a richness that is seldom found - pretty tasty. Some berries, grains, and toffee seem to be the dominant characteristics.

Creamy in mouthfeel, with a bit of peppery carbonation at the close - really exceptional.

I would love to enjoy a bottle or six with a group of friends in a dark speakeasy-type bar - it's that good. Great to sip and savor.

Enjoying a '13 again on 01/10/15 - enjoyable as ever. More vanilla has really settled in here, becoming present on the nose and in the mouth. So good, I've completed melted into it. The perfect sipper for a winter evening.

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 6524, batch#1 opens with a solid whoosh & very effervescent caramel/orange with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Great head retention & above average lacing & nice viscous look

S: Whiskey notes & toffee

T: Whiskey, crisp dryness, toffee & smokey peat up front, along with some vanilla. Dryness, peat, & toffee are all mixing well as this warms, along with a touch of grainy swirled rye bread & caramel. Finishes dry, crisp, grainy with the sensation of licking the inside of a Whiskey barrel!

MF: Medium bodied with fairly bubbly carbonation ( really working for this ), with some stickyness & warming sensation, carbonation smooths out to the point I almost think I'm drinking whiskey

Great drinkabilty for the ABV, I am shocked at how well this worked. I had Odell's Bourbon Stout a while back & thought that was a slight disappointment, this is a much better blend of flavors. Thanks again Boulevard for raising the bar for beer in my neck of the woods!

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 9130 of 12148, poured from a 750 corked/caged bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy amber, very hazy with a gushing two finger head. The head lingers for a few minutes and receeds back into a nice thin layer on top of the glass. The aromas are fruit, vanilla, and bread. First sip of this beer gives notes of toffee, caramel, with a touch of alcohol. The finish is a spicyness from the rye, and the alcohol burns on the throat. To be expected (if I am reading the bottle right) as it's less than three months old. The bottles that I have cellared will be fun to open in 6 months or a year to see how time has changed the flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, a little bit of alcohol burn reminds you not to drink it too fast. Another great barrel aged beer from Boulevard Smokestack, and this one doesn't disapoint!

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Photo of mwclark2
3.84/5  rDev -9%
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 Buebie
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bottles, one to cellar and one to drink. This being bottle #9628. Poured from the corked and caged 750 into a pint glass.
A soft pour produced about 2 inches of foam quality tan head. Head retention is pretty damn good, it took atleast 10 minutes to settle enough to start taking sips, which is completely fine.
Viewing the liquid, this is a nice looking beer. Pretty hazey really with a deep dark copper color, some golden at the skinner portion of the glass.
A solid layer of head is left behind, thicker at the collar. Some clinging full coverage lace as well.

Aroma is full of malt bombed caramel, booze laced whiskey, mild spiced rye, vanilla and maple. Its good and sweet at the nose, very welcoming as my palette has begun to salivate.

Holy mother f-er the mouthfeel on this beer was not expected. Carbonation is high with an almost infected amount of carbonation, similar to the Belgian's though and it was not a foamer like an infected bottle. However this thing is super dense and thick with a creamy slick feel to it. Not expected at all and extremely welcoming.

Taste is pretty sweet upfront with warm booze entering soon after the first sip. Plenty of whiskey flavors coming through much more strong midway through. Vanilla, booze soaked oak, just a touch of fermented fruit and caramel sweetness malt bombardment. Rye spice finished up the experience towards the end as well as a drying effect. Sweet up front and through the middle, then drying out considerably at the finish. A clean crisp finish as the creamy textures fall away as well. Some mild bittering at the end in a floral earthy tone.

Drinkability is quite good, but its very much a sipper. Alcohol is not hot or a burden of any kind. So drinkability rates well here.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint from a 750ml bottle. Bottle 8000/12148

A - Pours a dark amber with some nice caramel hues. and a nice off-white head of about 1.5 inch.

S - Smells like fresh baked bread. Delicious malty sweetness also perceivable. Some yeasty characters go hand in hand with the rye notes with some whiskey like aromas as well. Very nice.

T - Bread like hints are present and then quickly followed by intense rye whiskey notes with some woody and spices as well. Some mild cinnamon, sweet whiskey and alcoholic flavors are very present as well as woody ones. Some hints of yeast almost Belgian like. Similar to their (Blvd.) Quad IMO. Had with some pepper jack cheese and went well together.

M - Fluffy and well carbonated with a medium body and nice complexity.

D - This is a strong beer both in ABV and in flavor. Although very delicious it would be rough to drink more of these.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cedar with a creamy beige head.

Nose has rye malts, caramelized candies, subtle foral hops, oak and rye whiskey.

Taste has sweet, bready malts balanced by quiet hops, wood, whiskey and rye.

Medium to full body is nicely carbonated. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another ridiculously difficult cork to pop...

Slightly murky amber with glimmering ruby hues. Large creamy light tan head. The head recedes slowly leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

The upfront aroma is whiskey, vanilla and oak. Fruity Belgian aromas come out eventually. I get a hint of strawberry and pineapple. Interesting and complex

Wow, really complex flavor. Vanilla and oak initially, followed with tropical fruits, then spices and rye. Finishes with spicy alcohol warmth. I saw some people mention aging which would tone down the alcohol, but I wonder if the bright fruity notes would diminish as well.

Small bubbles of carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Nice and creamy.

The alcohol and sweetness have a pretty big presence, but that should be expected with this kind of beer at 11%.

I'm thinking the rye beer category is pretty open. It seems like most rye beer go the route of rye pale ales, so this is pretty different...but in a good way.

Another excellent offer from Boulevard...maybe I'm biased being from Kansas City, but I'm pretty impressed.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a burgundy hue. Thick, creamy off-white head that thins out but remains full.
Rye, hops, whiskey, and vanilla all come into play on the nose. Dry, pickled aroma is the foundation of the smell--very reminiscent of a Frontenac wine, and it's quite appealing. I became quite fond of Frontenac wines after a visit to Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing, so the smell of this beer is quite welcoming.
Taste is whiskey notes up front, with vanilla and oak accompanying. Malts and grassy hops follow. Pickled vegetables (celery) come in near the finish and carry through.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied, with an optimal level of crispness and a slightly dry finish.
Very good on drinkability. The alcohol presence is very well-hidden in both the smell and taste. I have another bottle, and I'd love to open it, but I've designated that one for the "cellar."
This is a superb beer. Perhaps my favorite of the Smokestack Series so far.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this bottle number 3676 of 12,148, 750 ml bottle, into my Orval glass.

The beer pours an ugly murky brown with a light tan head, rising about a finger falling quickly.

The aroma is medium, mostly lots of alcohol, whiskey, with a slight vanilla finish.

The taste is very intersting, its almost like drinking a Johnny Walker Red soaked in a loaf of bread.

The feel is extremely heavy with lots of warm alcohol feeling.

Overall, its a very tasty interesting beer.

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Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a goblet. 8262 of 12148 batch 2010-1

A - Pours a hazy deep amber to brown color. Very opaque. Head formation is strong, appearing very carbonated. Grey, mocha in color.

S - A strong whisky note is coming through - edgy and burnt. Very raw. Some yeast and astringent rye is present. As a templeton rye drinker, I certainly get that burnt oaky note.

T - Starts off with some sweetness, 2 row malt, and just a hair of rye bite. Some burnt, whisky barrel oak is present. Very smooth at this point. Gets more sweet, almost orangish in the mid-stream. No hopping. Finishes with an interesting sweet note of almost a wine like sour note. Finishes with a oak barrel aftertaste. The rye is not as dominant as I would like, but certainly very good.

M - Moderate body - at times creamy, at times a little more edgy from the carbonation. A sweet sugary cling hangs on the tongue in the aftertaste.

D - Incredibly hidden ABV. Very smooth and easy drinking. Not filling. This beer would take you out if you weren't careful. Has a belgian like finish, without the burn, the makes it go down very smooth.

If the breweries of Belgium made a high point rye beer, this would be it.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle number 8576 of 12148, for whatever that's worth, which probably isn't much, except to note the limited and relatively small batch produced. Among barrel aged beers, there's some controversy over what's appropriate for flavor, some being too boozy, others too weak, some too strong on barrel, and others too much of whiskey. This has a lot of both, and while the alcohol is plenty evident and the beer plenty bold, it's also subtle and rather interestingly put together against many of its kind. Well worth the try. These are my first impressions:

Pours beautifully. A deep dense coppery caramel color, though rather clear and clean (less so later in the bottle). Fantastic head rises with a frothy fullness that presents great longevity, leaving generous lace all over. Nice full and fluffy.

Nose is rich and round. Lots of grain, including a notable rye aroma, and plenty of whisky. A little spicy and nicely smelling of old oak. I think I've had a beer like this before, and whenever that was, it must have been good from the nostalgic flashback this beer induces in aroma.

Taste is wonderfully not overdone. By that, I mean that what could have been a thick chewy mess is actually strong and forward without being overburdened by fullness and a flavor so dense you can't chew through it. Oaky up front, then round, with lots of caramel without being too sweet, rye grainy spice seems to phase in and stick around enough to cut through the building whiskey flavors. Most of the taste peaks at the finish and lingers through the aftertaste, including a generous helping of whiskey-weathered oak, old vanilla, soft caramel, and some more rye grain. Spiciness gives way to a mild sour bitterness enforced in part by the alcohol sharpness. All in all, quite well balanced and strong without being overwhelming, at least as goes with the potential for a beer of this dimension.

Feel is medium, maybe full but definitely posing as lighter, with alcohol helping, really seeming to cut through. Astringent in the finish, with a lingering airy slick coarse feeling. Almost numbing to the tongue, almost rough, yet fading just quickly enough to invite more.

Leaves a stinging bitter residue on the lips, surprising and rather nice in its uniqueness. Alcohol prohibits drinking as much as I'd want to by taste, which is nicely reminded against by a fullness in the stomach that hints at consequences. Sips fantastically and is quite worth the try.

edit: I can't seem to get enough of this beer. it's become one I develop a taste for frequently and am not disappointed in.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No. 13 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series

Pours a muddy brown/apricot color with a white head that's still hangin' on 30 minutes later.

Fruity, spicy, rye whiskey goodness on the aroma. On the palate too. Caramel, cola, hard to identify fruit flavors, prune, oak, orange peel, toast, some barleywine-esque malt sweetness, with gobs of rye whiskey on the finish. Needless to say, a lot there...

The fruit, spice, cola, and whiskey flavors make for a sipper you will savor.

Though it is impressively balanced, this is definitely a Whiskey drinkers beer. A real Rye showcase without allowing the whiskey to overwhelm the more delicate flavors.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a reddish brown with a fluffy head.

Smells of cotton candy, caramel, vanilla and sweet, sweet rye. Picking up some citrusy hops as well.

Those hops are at the front of this beer... then, that rye kicks in! Man is this good! There is a terrific balance of hops and rye. This is rather sweet. Sugars, caramel and even some apple.

Very creamy mouthfeel. 11% hinders the drinkability a bit, but it is rather well-hidden all things considered.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet...

A: Pours a golden amber body with a huge four finger creamy head that is very sticky...

S: Huge aroma of tart fruit, grapefruit and green apple come to mind, the rye comes through nicely along with some yeast and a little booze as well. Some wood and bourbon are also hugely present, but not domineering.

T: While it is a little hot right now, I know this beer will mellow with some age and become very well balanced, but right now this is fantastic. Follows the nose with some added bourbon and fruit, very delicious and surprisingly balanced.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation and slightly oily. The booze is a little hot but not terrible. Overall, the mouthfeel will get better with time but its a little harsh right now.

D: At 11% this is crazy smooth and drinkable. Although the booze is present it doesn't detract too much. Great beer!

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Photo of jsh420
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle #10618 of 12148
batch 2010-1 1/13

broke out my blvd smokestack glass for this one

pours copper bronze with a big 2+ finger head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of belgian yeast and tangy rye malt

taste - rye on rye is a good name for this one - but the charred oak barells are so much that the flavor they give off is of baking soda which makes me give it lower marks

mouthfeel - is medium body with good carbonation that works well

drinkability is ok even @ 11%abv - my only true beef with this beer is the baking soda flavors

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited by the prospect of Boulevard's Rye-on-rye making it to Texas, I was disappointed to hear that its first-release distribution would be more limited. Especially since it's an 11.00% Rye beer aged on rye whiskey barrels. Thankfully, jconrick1 hooked me up with a great trade!

Into a Foothills pint glass, the 750 ml corked & caged bottle (Batch 1) pours a brilliant burnt orange that fades to a deep caramel at the edges. Superbly retained head, 1" in height and the color of manila-khaki paint. Paint is the operative word, here, as the lacing coats the glass with a thick layer of bubbles, while the 11% ABV makes it all the more impressive. Aroma jumps out of the glass with a juicy fruitiness that suggests grapefruit and sour apple. The rye-barrel aging adds a tangy booziness to the ethanol note that packs a healthy dose of spice behind it.

Lots of rye whiskey on the tongue; this beer is still a bit green. But even in its early stage, the alcohol isn't overly hot or taxing on the tastebuds. Chewy caramel and toffee malts add a sticky, brown-sugary base that is balanced well by a crisp, piny hop profile and lots of rye spices. I can't wait to see how this beer matures in a year. Mouthfeel is a little thick and syrupy, and the rye whiskey weighs heavily on the palate. But still, this is an excellent beer, and I can't wait for another taste. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a smokestack bottle into a pint glass. Poured a deep burgundy-ruddy brown color with a large cream-tan head that was filled with may large bubbles. A very carbonated beer, especially being so fresh from conditioning.

Smell is of belgian yeast? with dried figs and raisins, with a slight hoppy woody character.

Taste is dominantly raisins. Nothing else particularly, with the small hint of bitter citrus hop and aged wood. Must try again when this has aged longer.

Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is ok.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with thick cream colored head that has great retention. Aroma is of caramel, cittrus, candied sugar, vanilla, charred oak, and some spicy rye.

Initial taste is of citrusy and slightly fruitty hops. This gives way to loads of spicy rye with some oak and vanilla, along with some more citrus on the finish. There is also plenty of balancing sweetness from the malt. The rye flvors seem to linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

This a very unique and delicious beer from Boulevard. Another Smokestack success here.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $13. Nice dark, tawny color. It smells like strong rye whiskey but is oddly pleasant and I do not like whiskey at all. i could not stop sniffing away at this and the more I drank the more the whiskey faded into something sweet. The flavor was very similar to the smell, rye whiskey with sweet notes, barley, maltiness, just a really nice tasting beer. Overall, this is a perfect beer to share or sip with a friend. Once again Boulevard has impressed me.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,808 ratings