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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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398 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

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

Pours a nice, clear, medium-amber color, capped off with a huge, rocky light brown head. Aromas of freshly cut wood, vanilla, spicy rye and booze. Fairly boozy on the palate, with rye whiskey, brown sugar and some late hoppiness. As I mentioned, this one is pretty hot, but also quite good. I'm really enjoying these new rye barrel aged rye beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard has a masterful way of using a base style and then using it as a springboard for experimentation and aggression. Rye-on-Rye does all this and keeps its balance and stature pristine. Absolutely amazing.

Rye-on-Rye pours with a glowing but slightly hazy deep copper, truely amber color. A froathy and creamy off white head shows a lot of structure and allure with great staying power (characteristic of rye beers) and impressive lacing throughout. Light legging through the alcohols can be seen with a gentle swirl of the glass.

Dopplebock-like aromas fill the olfactories with strong notes of sun-kissed barley fruitiness and deeply bready melanoidins. The rye character gives a gentle spice and deep bread (bread crust) scent that hovers just above the deeply caramel scent.

Raisons and plumbs lead the sweet start the beer from an estery and rum-like sip to a deep and complex bready sweet bread notion mid-way through. The spicy rye then ushers the beer from sweetness to a non-descript maltiness in the end. The finish delivers an alcoholic and powerful malty-dryness that avoids the boozy notes that sometimes detract from the beer-y notion of whisky aged beers.

Definately a weighted and malty mouthfeel, especially early- the beer retains a lot of body and creaminess deep into the session, with a deep and bready texture throughout.

Interestingly enough, the beer is increadibly complex but doesn't scream about all its nuances. Beautiful in its simplicity but intriguing in its development as the glass warms and the carbonation releases. I wish that the beer dried out a bit more in the finish and I want more of a toast quality. Where the sweetness of the malts are amplified by the sweet rye whisky contributions, the beer takes on a candied flavor and texture. But the rye grains and rye whisky aging has done it's artistic job in a very robust and characterful way. Again, hats off to Boulevard.

Thanks again BlueOkie- I owe you!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/15/10

Bottle No. 5858, Batch No. 2010-1, Best Buy 01/13

Many thanks to mhewes

Pours a dark brown; once in the glass it has almost a plum or dense crimson bent. A multitude of small particles drift slowly throughout. Slightly hazy, this is nearly impenetrable beer. Despite over two fingers of head from the pour, retention is very thin. Scant lacing.

This is seriously a rye bomb; rye-on-rye, indeed. Rye malts come through distinctly & are augmented by the rye whiskey barrel aging. Whiskey is at the fore with hints of charred oak & vanilla. The aroma is also airy & smooth, with a notable boozy swoon. Maybe a few wisps of earthy hops come through.

A mild earthy hop sizzle hits upfront. From there on, it's all about the rye - spicy & oh, so tasty. Rye breadiness is at the core, with the rye whiskey flavor acting as a panoramic augmentation. Vanilla notes are prevalent as well. Hints of oak & charcoal help to solidify the flavors. I'm tired of typing rye; suffice to say, the taste is exceptional.

Rye-on-Rye is basically full bodied. It isn't lacking density, that is. Carbonation is moderately low; allowing for an expressive flavor profile. Alcohol is apparent most of the time, though not excessively hot. Notes of whiskey, rye malt & vanilla hang on the finish.

Considering the intensity of the beer, drinkability is is good. It's a sipper for sure, but well worth investing the time it requires. Every time I've had a Boulevard beer I really wish they distributed to Ohio; this is no different.

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

This beer is much sweeter everywhere than I was expecting. The nose is nice, caramelly, smooth, vanilla-y and oaky. Some whiskey jumps out but its really knocked back by sweet vanilla and caramel.

Again the taste is quite sweet. Malts, caramel, fruits, wine, charred oak vanilla and even some creamsicle. The whiskey comes in strong, especially in the middle of the flavors as they meld and move across the palate.
Notes after having a bottle of my own sent to me by AleWatcher:

Bottle No. 8056 of 12148. Batch Number 2010-1 Best by 01/13

A- Typical Smokestack Series big white sticky head. The beer is a deep red.

S- Definitely lots of rye. That souriness and breadiness of rye comes through a lot. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey are blended together well.

T- Nice vanilla, oak, light whiskey, fruity hops. A big dose of sour rye that gives it a bite.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick root beer head. Cloudy, thick, rich amber color.
S - Citrus and malt jump out. Slight cinnamon and vegetable aromas emerge as well.
T - Bold but balanced, and delicious. Wood, red wine, caramel malt, orange, and vanilla. More flavors with each sip, but very balanced. The finish is a bit boozy, but it's not overpowering, and doesn't interfere with the more subtle flavors.
M - Pure velvet.
D - This is worth devoting a night to. One person, one 750ml bottle...taste it, enjoy it, and call it a night. I wasn't sure how to score the drinkability on this one. It is a stroonnnng beer, but it is supposed to be.
I started this guy in a balloon glass at about 55deg, and let it sit as I drank...took me about an hour and a half to fully enjoy this beer, and was therefore finishing it a room temperature. Quite a journey of a beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Careful when pouring or you'll get a head of three plus fingers, loosely knit tan brown color, medium-sized bubbles, looks very frothy, average stickiness to the lacing takes some time to settle close to the surface. Very hazy orange-brown color, like muddy water, fully opaque, no change in hue further from the core. In the nose the oak comes through loud and clear, vanilla, buttered toast and caramel, definitely on the boozy side, banana and bubblegum as well as poached apricot and peach scents, the rye component softer than expected, lowering the overall breadiness, as it warms more mixed citrus comes out. Full-bodied and a real mouth filler, the carbonation ensures every pore covered cheek to cheek. Sweet without turning dulcet, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla fudge and carob, the raw whiskey flavors doesn't choose sides, dry in that heady, boozy fashion. The rye much stronger here, cuts the sweetness and lends a bitter burst. The orange citrus juicy and sweet, same for the concentrated apricot, peach, cherry, banana fruit flavors. Earthy in a fecund, herbaceous manner. This is a road grader of a beer so be forewarned.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazed amber/burnt orange mix with a large blooming off white head.The charred oak really shows thru in the nose along with caramel,and slight green apple.Full on lush feel in the mouth,borderline chewey.Flavords are big in vanilla tinged oak with a touch of char,the rye impart a peppery-like spiciness and green apple-like tartness in the finish.A bigtime complex brew here,big in the oak and rye tartness,very nice.

Bottle#7296 of 12148.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #9509 of 12148 Batch 1

Served at cellar temp. Pours a clear chestnut color with a large cream colored head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. A lot of whiskey in the aroma. Hints of vanilla, leather, and toffee. Not really much of a beer aroma. Very boozy in flavor. Definately get the rye whiskey flavor but not much from the rye beer. Also hints of vanilla and toffee. Just a touch of sweetness in the finish that gives a clue to the base beer before it was barrel aged. Not a bad tasting beer, actually enjoyable if you enjoy rye whiskey, but it seems the barrel aging got away from them or they should of adjusted the blend a little. The body feels full and creamy. Nice for a big, boozy beer. As a rye beer this is not the best example. But as a barrel aged beer, whiskey fans will find this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a orangish amber color with good carbonation and big fluffy dirty white head

S: Rye, booze, wood, vanilla

T: Starts out boozy, midway through its boozy with some rye and finishes boozy with less rye with a little vanilla

M: Seems thin, boozy, throwing off CO2, unappealing and tough to drink minus the excess booze feel, thin body and flat tastes

D: While not terrible it got a B out of sheer generosity. Avoid. This beer is way overpriced and spend the $13 elsewhere!

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

25+ oz bottle into a standard pint glass
Pours a beautiful golden mahogany with a huge head (careful!). Head settles eventually into a white coating. Lacing isn't heavy but lasting. Nose is whiskey, molasses, toffee and candied fruit. Taste is very complex - the rye, cherries, toffee and tobacco noticeable, but the whiskey taste is throughout. There is a boozy warming and tiny bitterness at the end. The progression of things this goes through are fascinating. Mouthfeel is moderate but it does feel heavy in aftertaste. This is NOT boring! Couldn't have much more of this at a sitting (11%) but will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy, burgundy color with a light brownish colored head. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing and has pretty good retention.

S- Rye and whiskey smells jump right up and hit you. Some nice breadyness here, vanilla and floral hops.

T- It tasted pretty sweet, booze and rye. Also could pick up some woody taste, spicy notes, and a bit of vanilla.

M- Quite dry, fuller side of medium in body and lower side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not a huge fan of the rye beers, but I really did like this one. Probably more of a sipper but very nice.

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Photo of mmva321
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

The body is a beautiful rust color which thins out a little near the sides of the bottle. An aggressive pour yields a good amount of light tan head which leaves a creamy film on top of the body and has some delicate lacing.

The smell is, of course, led off and dominated by a dry whiskey auroma. This dry, woody smell is bold but is complimented very well by a smooth and sweet side that has hints of toffee.

A very woody and rye taste to the beer. The alcohol is very present along with oak, toffee and vanilla.

The mouthfeel compliments and helps the beer perfectly. It is a thinner body, with a slight amount of carbonation, but it is very smooth. It seems to emphasize the different flavors of the beer but without ever getting in the way.

The beer goes down so easy, especially for its high ABV. It seems like a refined and mature beer to add to Boulevard's illustrious Smokestack series.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-14-10
Bottle no. 8953 of 12148
Batch 2010-1
Bottled on 1-13-10

Pours a hazy blood red color with millions of little floaters. The head is big and off-white, with big rings of lacing.

Smell is all rye whiskey, sweet and buttery. Slightly fruity with a very pleasant hit of oak. Perfect balance of whiskey and beer.

Taste is very tart at first, followed by an immense kick of rye whiskey. The booze is hot and really adds a cool hardcore character.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, with tight carbonation to remind you it's a beer.

Drinkability is very good, flavors are awesome.

Overall, get some.

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

Bottled 1-13-10

A- A hazy luminescent red/ orange liquid with a few amount of floaters. The off-white head is thin, but creamy with a decent amount of lacing. Very nice color.

S- Has a strong hit of rye whiskey aroma, with the vanilla and oak characteristics standing front and center. I also get a bit of earthiness and fruitiness sticking out as well- most notably a watermelon aspect. Maybe a touch whiskey heavy, but it is very enjoyable.

T- Vanilla, oak, earth, fruit, and caramel. Pretty whiskey heavy, but the alcohol is well masked.

M- Smooth and creamy with the slightest alcohol numbing aspect.

D- A very enjoyable beer that is unique and very impressive. Along the lines of Founders Nemesis. A touch whiskey heavy, but very well done.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle no. 10053 of 23258, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13, courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Good stubborness with the cork but not overlsy so, it pours a hazy deep amber brown with a 3 finger head of thick foam.

The smell is a nice mix of Wiskey and spiciness from the rye. Some light fruitiness also reaches my nosebuds but I'm not too sure about it except that it smacks of cherries.

The taste also says cherries, yay!, and..oak...and whiskey...and a heaping helping of spicy rye. Very tasty but man, this puppy sure brings some big time warming. The cherries seem to have an underlying flavour of cinnamon mixed in. I noticed it from the start but it fell down in the queue because so much other "stuff" is going on. Like an almost sweet and sour thang. ;^)

This is almost full bodied with plenty, but not too much, carbonation.

Drinkability? Despite the alcohol being up there at 11.00% and I can feel it just about to the max, this is still pretty damn drinkable. Lots of good flavours, lots of enjoyment. Well made brew.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,687 ratings.
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