Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye-on-RyeRye-on-Rye
BEER INFO

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,720
Reviews:
410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
519
For Trade:
24
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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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 zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1600th review! Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottled 3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, orange zest, brown sugar, spicy rye, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toast, clove, floral, brown bread, and light spicy alcohol. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown sugar, orange zest, toast, toffee, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, brown bread, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, and toasted earthiness one the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malts with a near perfect balance of barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged strong ale! Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 12%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrBier
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF.

This is a strong ale, as is immediately apparent upon tasting. The flavor is just plain boozy, although I don't find this objectionable in this particular beer. The aroma suggests a less powerful beer.
Lightly sweet and limited spicing from the rye.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -38.2%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Next up for me in their Smokestack Series, which I love almost all of them, and I'm a fan of rye, so this should be a treat. Finishing an entire 750ml by myself... that will be a challenge.

Pours an off-white fizzy head that reaches a finger before biding back fairly quickly, the bubbly fizzy fades fast... but then hits a meniscus of a nice layered head that sticks to the sides of the glass and thinner in the middle, leaving a meniscus like look, also reinforced by bubbles floating from the bottom through the super hazy, sediment laden, ruby mahogany red colored beer.

Nose is great, reminds me of Ry(e)an ale, but maybe a bit heavier. A nice juicy malt base, with reddish toasty copper malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, and even a bit of molasses. Some spicy rye cuts through with a sharpness, a light fruitiness almost stone fruit like, hints of candied fig, and a dark fruit jelly. Then some booze comes through slightly tingling my nose, brought out even more by a bourbon like rye whisky aroma, there is a definite straight up whisky aroma built in, and hints of vanilla barrel.

Taste continues right where the aroma left off, starting with whisky though. Rye whisky explodes with hints of bourbon and a bit more vanilla barrel again. Then juicy malts come through again, reddish copper malts, tons of caramel, candied apple, molasses, hints of maple like syrup as well, and even a slight chocolate malt flavor with cocoa. it has a slight syrupy feel but fluffy at the same time as there is quite a bit of carbonation. Booze comes through strong with plenty of tingle and warmth to let you know that is truely is 11%, as well as a bit of a booze taste slightly fusel. It also bring a light smoky like taste and some barrel char that adds to the bitterness and gives it a slight unpleasant flavor, probably the only thing keeping this from hitting 4.5 on the flavor. Underneath all that is hints of fruit, stone fruit, again candied apple and candied fig, a bit of jam, and plenty of spicy rye flavors. The finish dries a bit and is slightly sticky but not nearly as sticky or syrupy as I expected it to be, a bit of warming booze, and plenty of lingering long flavorful finish, with more rye, whisky, candied fruits, hint of barrel char, and juicy malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied but not as thick as I expected, tons of carbonation, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall quite good, again similar to Ry(e)an ale but a bit bigger, boozier, but not quite as good. The barrel really comes through with some barrel char, vanilla, and plenty of whisky flavors, and if it had a bit of bourbon that really would have put it over the top. Nice malts, caramel, hint of cocoa, nice spicy rye, candied stone fruits, and bit of juicy malts add a nice complex flavor. The booze is a bit much, but whats to be expected for 11%, and a bit of bitterness more from the rye and char than hops, but tasty. A great tasting beer, but hard to finish an entire 750ml bottle by myself.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4211 acquired from COBeerBuff, courtesy of the 666- 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of whiskey along with caramelized rye malts, some hops, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and a little fruit coupled with the essence of oaken whiskey cask aging. Then a very hearty rye malt character comes in seems like it took well to the cask aging. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There's a bit of an alcohol sting which is to be expected from a beer with 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to sip on for a long time, especially if you what something a little different.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a hazy reddish orange brown in the big snifter. Very fine-grained foam that lasts and lasts with big clots of lacing. Delightful creamy texture. Interesting aroma of fruity and boozy, like a liqueur.

I'm not sure the rye grain comes through so well with all the boozy flavors. Overall this is sharp, bitter, and slathered with wood and whiskey flavors. Big candy taste of something very strange. Persimmon flavors, raisins, butterscotch, fruit cake. Moderate sweetness. The bitter aftertaste has a hint of medicine to it. Something to sip on, very slowly.

This is the 2014 edition. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured dark caramel brown in color with a thin white head covering the top.

The aroma has a strong woody oak presence to it with some good vanilla notes along with a modest bourbon flavor. Some malty caramel and bready rye come out in it as well. Oak is a little dominant but overall pretty good.

The taste also shows a lot of woody oak to it with vanilla and some bourbon showing up more towards the finish. Caramel and some spicy, bready rye is there as well. Again, a little oak dominated but good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer, the oak dominated a little but the caramel and bourbon notes that came out were really good. It felt pretty close to being great, but didn't quite get there.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,720 ratings.
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