Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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

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Ratings: 1,812 |  Reviews: 443
Photo of Gaddabble
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a rich, brown beer that is fairly cloudy and props up a fluffy tan head. Gorgeous. The nose has the barrel and the requisite vanilla notes, but there’s also a spicy fruit component. I’m intrigued.

The taste has the barrel, but not overtly, and the vanilla, but the fruit stands toe-to-toe with those big, brawny flavors and adds a flavor to this beer that takes it into world-class territory, IMHO. Magnificent.

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Photo of Ov1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. Reminds me of backwoods bastard in a weird way. Scotty quatty. Gonna put a couple away for a while.

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Photo of jkblr
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 7/23/17 (bb 12/4/19) poured into a snifter at fridge just under fridge temp 12% ABV 33 IBU. The beer pours muddled red, brown amber with some snow globe activity and short lived off white head. The head recedes to nothing and leaves no lacing. The aroma is rye, oak and vanilla. The taste is semisweet caramel rye up front with the rye whiskey notes finishing up. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Recommended. If you're a fan of big barrel presence, get this one fresh. If you desire less barrel, I would ensure the beer was properly stored as mine sat warm 6-7 months before I purchased it and might have suffered a bit.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DOC's Commerce Smokehouse on 4/14/18. Review from notes. Appears transparent caramel in color (is this a stout?). Smells and tastes of rye, barrel, caramel, vanilla, and lightly roasted malt. Below average body and above average carbonation. Some noticable alcohol. Overall, the rye presence is strong and welcome, but the look and body miss the mark.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 12/04/17 - 33 IBUs

Pours hazy amber ruby red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells real complex and elegant with notes of toasted bread, rye spice, dried fruit, hint of melon, caramel, toffee, rye whiskey, oak, char, slight vanilla, mild chocolate, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread, spicy rye, dried fruit, a hint of melon, caramel, toffee, rye whiskey, oak, char, slight vanilla, mild chocolate, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice rye whiskey barrel aged rye ale.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown-copper with a small head. The aroma features a strong, spicy rye core, with vanilla, marhsmallow, caraway, anise, and fig. The flavor starts rich and sweet with notes of fig, banana bread, and marshmallow upfront, then toffee, banana, rye, caraway, and unsweetened chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and full with bright carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a really cool beer - the spiciness of the rye comes through way more than I had imagined, so it has the richness of most barrel aged beers, but well balanced by the spice notes.

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Photo of MrUse
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tourdot
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

20018 limited release in 12 oz. bottle. Pours a dirty brown with a fizzy tan head, which lasts just briefly. No lace to speak of, just a beautiful thick brown ale, like a good quad. Smells like a whiskey barrel and the rye whiskey is prevalent. The 12% abv is not hidden. Would definitely sip again.

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Photo of mojuyt
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with sediment and a 1/3 finger of head.

Aroma is of rye whiskey, tobacco, dark fruits, and a bit of brown sugar. There is a bit of funk intermixed.

Taste is much more dry than I expected. Very little sweetness, which I am actually missing. Lots of barrel character, with a little bit of dark fruits. A bit of alcohol burn and taste on the finish. Crisp carbonation

Overall, for me, the beer is too dry. More sweetness would be necessary to highlight the other desired flavors and fruit notes. I see this pairing well with cassoulet. It gets a 79/100.

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Photo of Curt3
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cherry-caramel color with a small yellowish head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is definitely barrel aged Boulevard beer. Nice aromas of dry whiskey and cherry, hot caramel, slight smoke, slight plum.

Flavor is lots of whiskey, lots and lots of it. Slight cherry and caramel behind it, oak, smoke. These flavors definitely need time to meld together. Would do well with 2-3 years age.

Feel is hot, medium-thin, very carbonated.

Overall, I have a feeling this beer would do well after a few years of age. The flavors will have time to mesh and create a synergy. This is a very dry beer, a very rye beer, a very high (abv) beer!

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Photo of Bammer21
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear rust color with a thin, poorly retained tan head that left little lacing. Smells and tastes of rye bread, oak, whiskey, molasses and a hint of spices. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly dry finish, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of hman43
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours amber with some orange hues. The head is a very light brown. Head retention is low.

Smell: The first aroma impression is that of high levels of rye and rye whiskey. There are also aromas of cherries and low bread in the background. There are very low hints of other dark fruits that are distinguishable.

Taste: The flavors are high in rye with a good dose of whiskey and alcohol. There are cherries that are in the background with maybe a small hint of blackberries. There is also a bit of spice.

Feel: It has a full body with smooth alcohol warming. It is moderately bitter with a hint of sweetness in the finish.

Overall, this beer is excellent especially if you love rye.

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Photo of Tony210
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark copper with Boulevard's signature micro foam head and lacing. Lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar; alcohol is very prominent. Rich and chewy, very boozy, lots of malty caramel, burnt sugar, English toffee, bourbon barrel. Medium to full bodied, syrupy, carbonation is perfect. Overall this is a nice BA imperial rye ale that I have drank a few times and finally reviewed. The only reason I would buy this again is that it is finally bottled in a more manageable format: 12 oz bottle. I look forward to aging a few and opening them in a few years.

12 oz bottle, 2018 release, Best Buy date: Dec 2019
4 rating

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled on 12-07-17

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Photo of meatyard
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of omparker
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pbarg
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,812 ratings