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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

388 Reviews

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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 Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel colored body with two fingers of off-white head.

No doubt, the smell is rye. Spicy, and smellin' like rye whiskey. Hints of vanilla.

It tastes just like carbonated rye whiskey, too. Vanilla, peppery spice, and the finish like sour dough.

The last two categories take some knocks because of the alcoholic burn. Not only does this taste like rye whiskey, it feels like it, but for the carbonation. Very, very hot.

Alas, it makes this one no more than a sipper. Ideally, it would be great to split a 750ml with a friend. But tonight I drink alone. With no body else.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

750mL brown glass cork & caged bottle. Bottle number 5678 of 12148.

Pours a ruddy/muddy brown with some amber hues and very little off-white head.

Nose is heavily whiskey influenced with that spicy rye vanilla/white pepper note. A little toffee and mocha too.

Palate is boo-wait for it- zey! At first it tastes like someone poured a shot of straight rye in a barley wine. A little thin on the body. Orange zest, vanilla beans, toffee, a little oily, a little sharp from the alcohol content, finish is a little "green" (vegetal). Finish is almost clean, but there's gripping spiciness from the whiskey and oak tannins.

Notes: Perhaps the best of the 3 Rye on Rye beers I've had (this one, Smuttynose Ry(e)an, and Lenny Bruce RIPA on Rye). The whiskey influence is good, but I'm starting thing that you cannot successfully integrate rye whiskey into a rye-based ale. Just doesn't meld well. Glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours murky amber with a two inch head of dense beige. A solid cap remained on the surface for the duration of the glass along with a terrific display of tattered sheets of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with bourbon, oak, peppery malt, caramel, and vanilla. Woody and a bit boozy with plenty of malt heft and a grainy edge.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slight chew and a rather plump mouthfeel. Creamy with a slightly crisp edge. Nice.

Rich malt with bourbon overtones and some mixed grains start the palate. Lush caramel and toffee with vanilla, oak, and proofing dough.

Finishes with lingering bourbon, juicy malt, vanilla, and oaky char.

Great balance to this beer. Neither the rye or bourbon is overbearing but still contribute greatly to the complexity of the beer. Not to mention the beer drinks more like 9%, not 11%.

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

750ml corked & caged beer poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a really nice dark hazy red color with a small white head. Nose is like a fresh rye bread, hops.

Taste is rye whisky, sweet malty booziness. Very sharp an crisp with a light fresh mouthfeel. It's a really solid and drinkable beer for rye lovers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sending me this beer awhile back.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, leaning towards brown, with a fluffy off-white/khaki colored head.

S: The nose is full of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, and sweet caramel and toffee malts. Quite simple, but very nice.

T: A similar story in terms of the flavor. A slight spice character that I generally associate with rye beers as well as a nice whiskey note from the -bal. The oak provides some vanilla that blends in nicely with the sweet toffee and caramel notes.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is one smooth and easy drinking beer. The whiskey and the beer blend seamlessly and make for a really nice experience.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a New Belgium glass. N° 0491 of 12148 bottles. 11% ABV, I didn't grab the date off it.

Thanks again to mtunnell for sharing this awesome Boulevard brew at the 'goop tasting'

A - Rye-on-Rye pours a hazy brown with a dense off-white head. A low level of lace forms.

S - Toasted amber malts are prominent in the nose of this bottle with a slight brett funk and a bit of barrel aroma as well. Rye is low in the nose.

T - Light funky brett is the first noticeable thing with a rye whiskey barrel flavor with toasted amber malts backing it all up.

M - This brew is smooth with a medium body with a lightly roasted bitter finish and a touch of warming alcohol sensation.

D - Very drinkable for what it is, it's got a fantastic flavor and aroma! An awesome rye brew from Boulevard, it might be one of my more favorite rye beers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head.

S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I can't pick out what it is.

T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesn't taste like there's anything particularly wrong with it. Don't think it was a brewing/packaging issues; there's just something my palate doesn't agree with.

M: Dry and a bit hot.

D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevard's bigger beers, but can't get into this one.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to mtunnell for this one.

Poured from a bottle into my New Belgium globe glass.

A: cinnamon brown, small cream hued head, soapy lace ring

S: sweet malt, lots of rye, caramel, spice, hint of booze

T: sweet rye and caramel malt, the spices from the rye shine with every sip, just a touch of the high abz can be felt, great flavor

M: medium to full body, creamy mild carbonation

D: Overall a fantastic rye beer. I could easily finish a whole bottle myself. Thanks again Matt.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to oregonskibum

This beer is an excellent showcase of barrel aging. Aroma is full of wood and a candy sweetness. Rye whiskey barrel is apparent, warm and inviting.

Taste is barrel up front, quickly dropping off into candy sweetness and residual hop bittness. Complex and interesting to stand on its own, but also complements a savory meal quite well. 11% and barrel flavors suggest a sipper, yet drinkability remains high. The barrel flavors are apparent but mild and warming. Any alcohol bite is masked by big malty sweetness mid palate, and lingering bitterness toward the end.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit thin and overcarbonated for the
flavor profile, which is one of my few minor gripes. Otherwise an excellent beer that I would buy again tommarrow if I could.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listening to some ice ice baby-vanilla ice as I review this one with the dingo

Batch 2010-1

Poured into Great Lakes snifter

Pours 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Really nice retention but no lace. Color is dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Well, it has the obvious rye and the 'spices' that come with the rye. A large oak flavor with hints of vanilla. It has a fairly odd malt profile to it that I can't put my nose on. Reminds me of smelling pop and the carbonation/fizz flavor from it.

Taste: Big rye flavors with a massive amount of oak. I love how big the oak profile is here. Vanilla profile -ice ice- is present. Some spice flavors, but it could just be the rye. It also has some dried apple flavors. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, oaky, and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean and dry with more oak, how shocking.

Overall, I love this beer for the oak. The oak profile is simply amazing and works so well with this beer. It is a great beer overall and something I am glad blvd made. This is one of the best they have done. Pretty drinkable.

EDIT: Very drinkable.

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

750ml bottle shared by Arbitrator.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Bottle No. 1207/12148
Batch Number: 2010-1
Best By Date: 01/13

A: Pours a lovely cinnamon/mahogany with 2 1/2 creamy fingers of khaki colored foam on top. Head retention was spectacular with it slooowly melting down to an ample skim and thick collar. Carbonation was plentiful but the lacing was a little lacking. Hazy and cloudy, looks kind of like iced tea.

S: The first aromas I detected snaking up out of the bottle were vanilla and coconut. That led into the delicious smell of whiskey, which was then followed by toasted barrel, dark fruit, molassas, caramel-apple bread pudding, spicy rye, and finally solvent alcohol tickling my nostrils.

T: Almost exactly as above with the sole difference being that the alcohol takes on more of a dominant role. It's not very intrusive, but I felt it kind of stepped all over the delicate rye spiciness that fights to get out from underneath the booze. Loved the caramel, vanilla, and toasted coconut.

M: At first, it gave the impression that it was going to be overly sweet, but the hot & dry booze (and to a lesser extent, the bitter rye) reigns in the sweetness and gives it a dry, spicy finish.

D: I thought I was a little goofy, opening this bottle on a 90 degree summer day, but it actually was refreshing. I couldn't justify doing it all in one sitting, going to save the second half for after dinner.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of thehand, my one stop shop for all things Boulevard. Bottle #10116/12148. Split w/ afausser, with my portion poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, hazed, rusty hue, transparent but only when held to direct light. Other times, there's a thick cloudiness present, a few floating particulates, and a hefty number of streams of fine and fast effervescence, racing towards the surface. Speaking of the surface, it was initially capped by half a finger of nice, smooth, foamy head, a nice creamy taupe note, and it actually has decent retention, surprising for an 11% -bal beer. I imagine it's largely a product of the explosive and consistent carbonation, but either way, it never really fades beneath a thick surface dusting, and also leaves a nice, thick collar. The lacing on the sides of the glass is also a little above average given what one would expect from such a beer, with a few glittery but somehow sticky blotches and patches of lace sticking to the sip side of the glass.

Aroma: Very mellow, but with a grassy, slightly spicy rye undertone. Sweet, roasted, almost dextrin-like malts emerge slightly as this one warms, toffee- and brown sugar-like, saccharine and thick in the nose. A few darker toasty notes and spicy rye overtones - both from the base beer and obviously from the spirit addition - meld with esters from the latter.

Taste: Surprisingly mellow and subdued, which I think I like, though I'm going to give it a while to develop. Yep, definitely give this one a while to develop - even at 55 - 60 degrees, it was still a little one-dimensional. Now that it's within a few degrees of room temperature, however, a lot more is jumping out. Initially, I was getting some semblance of a sweet backing beer, hints of rye, and plentiful spicy (and estery) whiskey notes. Now, however, I get much more - nice, thick, backing malts, not overly sweet but with a fair amount of roasted notes and sugary, sweet overtones, toffee, brown sugar, hints of blackstrap, caramel, faint toast. This one could have been disastrous had it been too sweet, so kudos. The whiskey melds nicely with the rye, though it's at points too faint and at other points too strong, the latter particularly in the finish. When it hits its stride, however, its fantastic, a long, mellow stroke of spicy whiskey, grassy, sweet, estery, and roasted. Hints of vanilla from the barrels round this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and fluffy, with a lot of the spice and assertiveness of the body coming through in the flavor profile, though that's accompanied nicely by a good - nay, large - amount of smooth, creamy effervescence, like foamed, whipped milk.

Drinkability: I both really enjoyed this beer and thought it could have been a little more. First, the specifics. This beer is, process-wise, pretty near perfect. The appearance is nice, above average for barrel aged beers of any variety, and the mouthfeel is great for the flavor profile presented here (as well as objectively and independently). The taste and aroma fall a little short, I think, though I'm not sure why - even when fully developed and near room temperature, it seems to fall a little flat. Now, relatively speaking within the broader spectrum of Boulevard beers (perhaps an unfair point of comparison), this beer is perhaps at even more of a disadvantage - their BBQ and Imperial Stout were both a little better than this one, and most of their Smokestack Series has been uniformly outstanding. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good brew - it's just not a great brew. Still worth a try (not that there are any left on the shelf now). Grab it if you get a chance, just don't expect it to be a Saison Brett or a BBQ.

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Photo of thetomG
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking pour - cloudy amber/brown color with a bountiful amount of head. Impressive.

The whiskey comes through well in the aroma, but the flavor is much more balanced and complex with bits of rye, vanilla, and some woody spices. Very very smooth and drinkable - surprisingly so IMO.

I would definitely drink this again if given the chance - probably the tastiest beer I've ever had from Boulevard.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Massiver 4 finger head, most of the Smokestack beers have plenty of carbonation and this one is no different. Decent lacing. Verg good retention. Color is mahogany brown.

S. Smell is pretty hot. Rye, malt, whiskey. An oakiness/woody smell. Vanilla. Lots of alcohol aroma at its current stage.

T. Taste is rye, whiskey, vanilla. Not as much heeat on the tongue. Actually fairly smooth. Like the taste of this quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a little lingering sweetness.

D. Drinkable. Goes down fairly easy for such a big beer. Smell is very boozy, but the taste is already smooth and well balanced. Another winner from the Smokestack Series. *With a year on this beer, it becomes something else. The booziness fades away and leaves a very delicous complex beer*

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

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

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

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

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

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

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

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting a while to crack this one. Garnet colored with sediment abound and a large off white foamy head that holds suprisingly good retention considering ABV. Chunky lace also.

Woody and toasted vanilla aromas at the forefront with spicey rye esters, green tea, red currant, raisin, brown sugar, hints of floral hop.

Very nice. Full of toffee and caramel, dates and fig and a touch of prune. Vanilla oak, with woody tannins on the finish. Thick and creamy with good moderate carbonation levels. A bit of earthy hops and spicey characters on the finish from the rye. Nice alcohol burn in the chest. But overall a very tasty friendly beer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite red and a bit hazy with a thick, foamy, tan head--good retention; lacing tries to hold on but eventually fades

S: Sweet and grainy; obviously a spicy rye quality; plus lots of balanced whiskey--something else though, raisins?

T: Grainy and slightly spicy; rye is prevalent as is the whiskey--but it's not abrasive; at times like a whiskey and club soda but creamier

F: Slightly thin and paradoxically somewhat creamy as well; decent mouth coating

D: For what this is, it has a decent drinkability, but this is one you must share--sweetness and whiskey gets a bit wearing

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a two-finger head that never completely subsides. Minimal lacing. 4.0

S: The smell is fairly muted considering everything that went in to this beer. A little bit of rye and a subtle nuttiness. Definite barrel notes--oak, caramel, vanilla. 3.5

T: It starts out with a spicy whiskey character. Some woody caramel sweetness. A little nuttiness as well. Hop bitterness balances this out really well. This has all the qualities of whiskey without any of the heat and booziness. 4.0

M: Carbonation is on the high end of moderate. The mouthfeel is really nice for whatever this style is. Thick enough for the flavors to linger for a while, but not thin in the least bit. 4.5

D: This beer is well balanced and very drinkable. As it warms there is a touch of booziness that becomes a little more apparent. Considering the 11% ABV this beer has superb drinkability. 4.5

A very different beer that exhibits a wonderful use of Rye and barrel aging. Interesting and worth a shot.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: extremely, deep, deep brown-rose color, somewhat cloudy, very nice head, tiny bubbles
S: somewhat mild, but very nice nose, vanilla, treacle toffee
T: WOW!, a bit rough on first sip (probably because of the 11% ABV) but very good, mellowed out as drank more, taste is similar to nose!, roasty, toasty, caramel, treacle, with nice malt backbone
M: very nice, not overpowering from EtOH, spritzy feel in mouth
D: drinkable and very good but only in smaller amounts due to ABV, perfect for a winter night

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark amber, with 3/4 inches of head. Some light sediment settles on the bottom shortly after poured.

S: Malts, vanilla, oak, and booze blend well. There is a slight hint of earthy hops.

T: Oak, vanilla, caramel, and earthy hops. This is sweeter than I expected, but the rye adds a subtle spiciness. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, giving this some warmth at the end.

M: Medium-full body, low carbonation, warming.

D: I really had to think of this as a beer and a whiskey as I was drinking it. This is the only barrel-aged beer that I've found myself considering this way. That alone is enough to consider this a success.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Review from memory about two hours old.

A: Color is a nice amber color. Pours with a solid two-inch tight, off-white head. Pours with a noticeable 'fizz'. Head slowly dissipates, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S: Immediately notice the whiskey barrel aging affects on this beer, but not in an over-powering, in your face kind of way. Definitely getting woody notes along with a welcome vanilla smell. Some spicy notes as well, especially as the beer warmed.

T: Continuing from the smell, getting a healthy dose of barrel affects, with more woody and vanilla notes. A slighly sweet, caramal malt presence helps balance things out. The rye adds a bit of spiciness to the flavors. Getting some definite warmth on the finish. Not to the point of being harsh or 'hot', but there is some alcohol there. But finish is nice, mellow, and long.

M: Medium to medium-full body. Medium carbonation that is less than expected after a fairly active pour.

D: For what this is (a wine substitute), this was excellent. The bottle was split over dinner and disappeared way to quick. Both my wife and I enjoy rye beers and the addition of the whiskey barrel aging was a very nice compliment to a solid base beer. While a little on the spendy side ($13.49), this will be a regular as long as it's available locally.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and poor lacing. Smells of whiskey, alcohol, wood, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of rye beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of whiskey, alcohol, wood, hint of hops, and hint of dark citrus. Overall, very strong whiskey/wood flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arbitrator. Rye on Rye pours a clear crimson red, topped by a finger of off white head. Color and clarity are excellent.

It smells of berry-like fruitiness, toast, caramel malt; not a lot going on. Mild and clean, this doesn't exhibit much malted rye or rye whiskey.

The taste is a bit bolder, showcasing both the caramel sweetness of the barrel and the spiciness of the rye malt. There's also caramel malt, black pepper, tannic oak. Medium-bodied, very spicy around the mid-palate with a mildly hot and peppery finish. I love the concept of this beer and had high expectations, and while it is good, the flavors and especially the aromas are somewhat muted for such a high gravity barrel-aged beer.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.
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