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 WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

COLD COCKED!!!! HOLY $hit!! Boilermaker in a BOTTLE!!! You have to like Jim Beam to enjoy this beer!

You can smell the whiskey/bourbon immediately. The beer starts off like a typical rye then finishes like a shot of bourbon. The color was a cloudy amber.

I had too many bad experiences with JB to enjoy this but grateful to at least try it. To those that can hang with this beer....more power to them! Boulevard nailed this beer!!! Anyone thinking session beer would absolutely get their A$$ kicked!

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

#4906 of 12148
batch: 2010-1
best by: 01/13

A: hazy, dark copper almost brown. grungy white foam.

S: rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, bread crust, pepper, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, a hint of citrus. a little surprised that the oak & whiskey are still so prominent. blended in for sure, but still a major contributor. very complex nose. i like.

T: booze, spicy rye, touch of caramely sweetness, oak tannin, dark bread crust. this beer has a definite rye slant to it.

M: medium-ish body, dry finish, fairly high carb (3.4 vol. co2). i could go for a little less carb, a little more smooth.

D: really interesting brew, has a lot going on, especially the nose. i like the rye emphasis. i think it's still improving. a little sad that i only have one bottle left.

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Photo of clickpush
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle poured to tulip glass. Great pop out with removal of cork. Bottle 7366/12148. Gives 2.5 fingers of off-white head over hazy, brown-copper body. Tons of carbonation visible along edge of glass. Opaque coat of lacing remains the whole time there is beer in the glass and leaves sticky lacing along the glass.
Nose: Sour, sweet & oak all at once. Delicious aroma. Toasted caraway seeds. Dried hay, salty, earthy. Caramels with lemon zest... just goes on and on in different directions. So complex. A New Years Eve eve party for the nose. Come on, baby!
Mouth: Slow start, somewhat tart and dry up front. As it moves back it opens into an interesting mix of malty sweetness and whiskey warmth. Creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel. Finish shows hop character, bitterness from somewhere (maybe tannins?), and more toasty flavors of (oak) wood. Lingering warm finish coats the throat, killing any cold or flu germs that might be lingering there. This'd be the best "sore throat" medicine ever.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing murky reddish brown, offwhite skim across the top that begins to lace after a second pour. Color is attractive, it looks nice in a stemmed tulip glass.

Sweet, bready, and almost fruity nose, the Templeton Rye is immediately recognizable, soft aroma of brown sugar and toffee sweetness. The rye beer provides the rich bready component, and the barrel offers a mellow vanilla sweetness with traces of honey, citrus, and dry woodiness in the aftertaste. Rich and full bodied, soft and supple feel, but not boozy. Medium level of carbonation. Rye spirit flavor is very present, but with minimal associated heat. Great symbiosis between the barrel and the beer. This bottle was cellared for around 3-4 months.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Snifter

Bottle 5790 of 12148, from Batch 2010-1

Finally got around to pouring this bottle at my visiting friend's request. Have been looking forward to this guy, as I love pretty much everything that comes out of Boulevard.

L: Rusty brown with at least 8-fingers of foamy-cream-pillow head, globs of head clinging to the glass. A touch muddy, in a good way.

S: Sweet, sweet with tangy sour notes ... little touches of whiskey in the back.

T: Starts off sweet, touch of sour, and then a wall of booze. Fades into booziness, lots of booziness. Touch thin and a touch overwhelming in the booze-factor. Whisky in the back is wonderfully balanced.

F: Thin and oddly a touch under-carbonated for how much head there was in the preview.

D: Better as you go and surprisingly drinkable at 11%.

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Photo of Spica66
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this as an extra from iasanlee. Thanks, Jason!!

Shared with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence last night.

I let mine warm to room temperature to get the full effect of this beer before reviewing.

A: Copper/amber color with excellent head formation and retention. Nice lacing left behind as the glass is emptied.

S: Slightly boozy nose with the aroma of caramel and well-done bread. Very "fresh" smelling.

T: [I have never had rye whiskey or a rye beer, so this was uncharted territory for me.] Wonderful, spicy/fruity flavors on top of a bready/caramel malt base. There is a slight bitterness at the end that I cannot tell if it is from the hops or the rye, but it is wonderful.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and round mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation. The alcohol leaves just a very slightly dry finish that allows for the wonderful bitterness to take over.

D: Slam dunk as the easiest to drink high ABV beer that I have ever had. The alcohol is so hidden and the flavors so fresh and light that there is no doubt that this ranks a 5 (imo)!

This beer has been added to my Wants. I sure hop that they make it again!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy red color. Kind of unusual in that it refracts light. Wait. Yeah. A finger and a half of billowy white head with really nice lacing.

S: What I like about this beer is you can actually get a bit of actual rye even with the barrel aging.The barrel is there but not overwhelming. There is a weird aroma of pickles that I occasionally get while smelling this beer. More likely a combination of the rye, barrel, vanilla, oak, and little bit of leather. Weird what the mind can do. Little bit of fruitiness. Really just a great nose.

T: Starts off with a nice soft spiciness from the rye. Bready. The rye barrel comes in right after that. Vanilla .Wow this is smooth and complex. The barrel aging and the rye ale work so well together. Nice sweetness. The alcohol is there but never overwhelming. Little bit of toffee. A nice complexity of malt as well. A real gem.

M: Assertive medium body. A little syrupy. Carbonation is spot on.

D: More. I love this beer. Their smokestack series does nothing but impress. It is a toss up between this and old habit. Damn close. If you like rye beer this is a must.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber

Chestnut brown brew with rocky foamy head, lots of lacing.

Shro and tangy whisky aroma, vanilla and oak, some cherry fruitiness.

The palate is massively art and tangy in a woodsy, boozy, leathery way. The rye brings a sharp spiciness, alcohol is balanced but this is an aggressively flavored beer. Excellent!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a slightly hazey dark copper with a bubbly off-white to tan colored head that lasts throughout all 750 ml's. Good bubbling too.

The aroma has some light caramel malts notes with some spicey, peppery aromas as well. Not quiet sure ones are from the rye and which are from the hops.

The taste is spicy sweet upfront. White toast with a little orange zest marmalade. The middle egts a little picier still with some heat from the alcohol and some green peppercorns. The finish has a more mellowed, borbon flavor and heat, with some soft caramel and toasted wood flavors.

Very good sipping and sharing beer.

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Photo of bfields4
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice dark amber body. Translucent redish hues come through very nicely. Pours a very large frothy off white head. Gives a nice lace down the glass. I haven't ever been too impressed by the looks of a beer before, but this ruby red lacy brew is something to behold.

Vanilla from the oak hits the hardest. A little cinnamon burn from the alcohol. Cherries and oak to boot. The whiskey barrels take over the aroma of this bad boy, but there is a faint malty sweet undertone.

The cherry and vanilla carry over nicely to the taste. An oaky quality is present throughout the beer. Starts to get a little hot at the end otherwise it would have hit a few higher.

Very chewy beer. Silky smooth low carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on. Awesome beer just a tad hot right now I'd say sit on this bad boy for a year or two, and it'd be a prize in anyone's cellar.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle number 10324 of 12148.(batch 2010/1).
A: Pours a nice murky dark caramel brown with 2 inch bubbly tan head. Excellent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Spicy rye, bourbon, alcohol, soft caramel malt, and sweet smelling yeast.
T: Wow...spicy rye, whiskey, and bourbon all wrapped up in a big boozy wallop. Perfect melding of beer and whiskey. Phenomenal. Hint of vanilla and wood with warming.
M: Surprisingly smooth and silky feel. Just a hint of alcohol burn and tingle. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate...eventually all that's left is a faint and smooth whiskey note.
D: Amazingly drinkable given the ABV and the potentially overpowering flavor profile. One of the best in the Smokestack series to date. Hats off once again to Boulevard.

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle number 10128 of 12148 (batch 2010/1). Says best by 1/2013...we'll see how this held up.
A: Pours a dark, murky caramel brown with 1/4 inch tan head with good retention. A bit less vigorous with age (4).
S: Spicy rye, whiskey, and wood. A bit less here with age (3.75).
T: Still quite potent here...although it has definitely mellowed with age. Whiskey, spicy rye, vanilla, and wood. The big boozy wallop has turned into a gentle but persistent pressure (4).
M: Medium-heavy body. Smooth with a mild alcohol burn. Some sweetness throughout that becomes more prominent in the finish (4).
D: Definitely has lost a step with age, but not too bad for almost a year past the best by date. If you happen to have any left, drink it up...this will continue to fade (4).

2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch number 2013-1. Best by 11-2014.
A: Pours a murky cola brown with 1 inch light tan head with good retention. Hint of lacing. (4)
S: Whiskey, soft caramel malt, oak, spicy rye, and vanilla. (4)
T: Sweet whiskey and caramel malt, soft oak and vanilla, mild alcohol burn, and a hint of cola. (4.5)
M: Soft and full-bodied. Moderately heavy feel (actually a bit lighter than expected). Sweet with mild alcohol burn. (4.5)
D: Excellent drinkability especially given the ABV. Not quite up to the 2010 vintage, but still solid. (4.25)

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought this brew to a recent tasting.

A: Pours a dark maroon color, with tons of rye yeasties floating around. Very little carbonation, but I think that was intentional.

S: Brandy and tons of it! The rye and some sweet malts also make an appearance.

T: Fairly boozy at first, but then once my palate warmed up to it, it was actual quite enjoyable. I also taste a bit of bourbon and of course.... rye.

M: Alcohol burn, but that just aids in warming the whole body up. The low carbonation works well in this setting.

D: I certainly couldn't have too much of this stuff, and I am almost willing to say that this belongs in a class of hard liquor, rather than beer. Still, this is a wonderful seasonal and very different from anything else we had at our tasting.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: Amber hue with a decent sized head that leaves generous lacing.

S: Brandy, alcohol, malt, rye.

T: Rye malt, alcohol. The beer is really good, but definitely a sipper. It's very strong and full of flavor. It drinks like a fine liqueur.

M: Alcohol very present with a medium body.

D: A few ounces is plenty. This would be a nice after dinner drink.

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Photo of fear025
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunt for breaking out this bottle at his birthday tasting.

Aroma:A little banana, a lot of bourbon, and a little rye.

Appearance:Dark amber in color, lots of head, good retention.

Taste:Bourbon, vanilla, rye flavors, spices, dark fruits.

Mouthfeel:Medium to heavy body, very smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer, lots of complex flavors, a great sipper.

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Photo of kels
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting for a while to share this one with someone. Glad pwoods could help.

The beer pours a wonderful honeyed shade of amber. It is moderately opaque with a slick, viscous appearance. The initial 2 finger white, foamy head fades to a nice, swirly skim. It leaves behind tremendous amounts of sticky, spotty lace.

Lots of big aromas in this nose. There's a deep, creamy, slick caramel richness. The warmth of the alcohol and the char of the wooden barrel add a great dimension, and there's a nice raisin sweetness in the finish.

The rye is definitely more notable in the taste than in the smell. It possesses a rich and earthly depth that sets it apart from other grains. The alcohol is big and warming without being too hot, and the wood gives off hints of vanilla and smoke ever so subtly. There's a great sticky raisin in the finish. The feel is pretty well carbonated with a moderate heaviness and sticky residue. The aftertaste is long-lasting and very delicious.

Drinkability - not high. It is delicious, but the 11% is definitely there.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared by Kels, poured into snifters.

A: Pours a murky dark bronzen toffee. Big rocky and loose head on the pour. Pretty good retention with some lacing.

S: Somewhat subtle. Some whiskey notes along with some barrels notes. A good amount of sweetness. Some sweetness that almost reminds me of an infection fruit sweetness and flavor. A bit of the spicy rye bit subtle.

T/M: Light maltiness with light toffee and grains. A touch more spicy rye. Whiskey is a bit bigger but isnt really too hot. Barrel is still light and there's not nearly as much sweetness... Definitely nothing infected. Body is about full with smoothing carbonation.

D: Tasty, interesting, and about as drinkable as 11% can get.

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

Bottle split with my wife last night. Beer is brown with some haze but it clears as the beer warms slightly. Forms a nice two finger head that lasts a long time of tiny off white bubbles. Bubbles fall away leaving a ton of lacing on the walls of the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks great.

Aroma is kind of sweet, some liquor but its not overpowering, mildly hot, has a nice rye to it.

Beer is medium to full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. There is a lot of sweetness up front but its not cloying. It finishes a little dry but overall the syrupy flavors in the front are good and it gives way to this nice whiskey flavor in the middle. Its a great barrel aged beer and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a rich and deep hue of mahogany, translucent, capped with a thick tan froth, and leaves bits of spotty lacing.

S - This definitely smells very deliciously barrel-centric. Vanilla, oak, and sweet booze dominate the olfactory.

T - Why am I not shocked that a Boulevard SS brew is this fantastic tasting? Richly spicy malt is delicately hopped and then the barrels do their work, imposing nuances of vanilla and buttery oak along with a subtle mulled character. A simple equation, really: barrel aging plus way easy drinking equals a winner.

M - Crisp, medium-bodied, and extremely drinkable due partially to the mouthfeel.

D - Tastes great. Pairs phenomenally with West Indian food.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750mL Bottle.

Pours brown, with subtle hints of orange; bubbly cream colored head.

Aroma dominated by rye and alcohol with some mild vanilla and molasses.

Flavor was incredibly sweet with just a slight dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit overwhelming. Very hot, but still drinkable, so not really sure how to interpret that. It felt slick on the tongue, but carbonation was perfect.

Overall, a solid beer. Definitely some great rye flavor and aroma, and I love the name. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but glad I had the opportunity.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -17.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +4.3%
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 -6.9%
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 +3.1%
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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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,714 ratings.
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