Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
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393
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1,675
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
21.77%
 
 
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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 Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for this one.

A - dark caramel with a thick, brown head that has great retention; some floaties throughout

S - esters, some faint rye, alcohol

T - peppery rye, fruity esters, some apple, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warming alcohol, smooth

This is a really nice beer. The flavor isn't as intense as I would have expected and it's not overly complex. This beer is very drinkable for the ABV and has a nice solid flavor profile that shows off the immense rye character. This is a must try for all rye fans.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Rye on Rye

Dense & opaque, solid, almost sludgy...gorgeous cap of rocky, lace-leaving, beige foam holds down the fort. Beautiful.

Intriguing aroma. Notes of cherries, leather, alcohol, spice. Plenty of whiskey happening here. Rich and ripe. Arousing, enticing.

In the mouth, it's ablaze with flavor. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. A certain heat subsists throughout the drink,while the cherry and vanilla flavors wash over the palate again and again.

I'm a sucker for the whiskey barrel beers, that's for sure, but this one almost exceeds them all. Despite a huge alcohol content, I feel it's a well-balanced beer, ...for what it is. We've basically got a whiskey barrel barleywine in this one, a rich, hot sweetness, backed with formidable strength, then cool and mellow.

I think this beer is genius, and I'd be an idiot not to pick up more of these bombers.
Has to be one of the best beers I've had in a long time, not a surprise, as I've yet to have a Smokestack brew I didn't love. These guys are doing great work!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Vintage 2013, Best before Jan 11 2014.

A very nice fluffy and tan head, grows three fingers, with a little bit of retention and togetherness. Lots of thin rising carbonation tan in color going up the sides of the glass, through a fairly opaque reddish amber brown body. The carbonation just creeps in slow motion.

Nose is full of rich caramel and thick vanilla. Nice mellow woody oak too, it smells like a sundae. Creamy, thick, dense. Is this dessert coming?

A real nice creamy palate, fills with what is nicely hinted on the nose. Lots of vanilla richness and milky cream. Sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of bittering hop even. Dry and punchy, with hints of fruit as it warms up on the hop angle of peach and oranges. Spicy malt with an equally playful carbonation that cuts. Palate really jumps around a lot on this one, but it's very fun. More warmth even brings out some banana like esters.

Really fun and great beer from these guys, this one might be my favorite I've had from them so far.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to robbiemoy13 for this bottle Batch 2012-2 (#15105) poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Poured a very murky amber colour with a nice bright red glow around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head formed and receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Whiskey up front with plenty of oak. Spiciness from the rye malt is present as well as some caramel sweetness from the base beer.

T - Barrel characteristics are present up front - whiskey and big oak flavours. The base beer adds notes of sweet caramel, a good spiciness and some lighter hop bitterness. The hop flavours are difficult to pick out. The alcohol is warming, especially in the finish. As I continue to drink this one, a good toasted, almost charred flavour becomes more prominent.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a solid offering from Boulevard's Smokestack series. And also once again, very snug cork. jeez!

Looks great! Putting a 5 on this. Copper color, perhaps a bit tarnished. Nice off-white and bright head, lacing is great.

Aroma combines the rye spice with some yeasty spice, malt and orchard fruits--like apple with some caramel. Boozy.

Some vanilla in the flavor, but that's quickly beaten down mercilessly by the malt, spice and charred wood-caramel. Fruits bounce around as does some grassiness. I'd have to say this is a unique beer with rye coming at you from two directions, dodging the hops and yeast along the way. The wood gives in a smoothness that tames (a bit) the alcohol. Very nice

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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 liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from MasterSki, 750ml into a tulip. Bottle number 8618 of 12148, batch 2010-1, best before January 2013. Thanks Alex!

Poured a murky brown, with a cream head. Nice lacing and moderate retention. Nose of caramel, rye bread, light whiskey barrel notes, spice and some rich apple pie filling. Tastes of rye, caramel, whiskey barrel is quite prominent, bready and sweet malt with some whiskey heat on the back end. Full feel, good density and medium carbonation. A definite sipper.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for splitting this bottle with me. Bottle No. 7,873 of 12,148. The beer pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong rye with some oaked notes and dark fruit. The flavor is very nice with rye, cherries, vanilla, oak and a strong, spicy hops and rye finish. The alcohol is fairly noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White head that's just short of an inch tall. Dark murky amber in color. Andover average head retention and lacing.

Whiffs of whiskey and malt.

Spicineas from the rye then a whiskey aftertaste. There aeems to be aome dark fruits in there somewhere, cherries perhaps. Leaves a definite alcohol taste in the mouth. Would put this right at the stated 11%abv.

Real smooth, low carbonation. Medium- heavy mouthfeel.

Pretty girl drank this with me and we enjoyed it. Worth seeking out for any rye beer or whiskey barrel fan. Another Boulevard Smokestack success.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark red amber with ruby tones. Fine light tan head that slowly dissipated to a film and ring, leaving lacing. Light but delicious aroma of rye whisky, wood and dark malt. Wow, this is a great first taste. Complex flavor of whisky, wood, vanilla, dark fruit and malt. The rye sourness appears fleetingly to keep things interesting. Finishes rich with the rye element coming out more, but combined with oaky wood and fruit. Only medium bodied, but still has a very nice creaminess and mouth feel. This is an outstanding beer. I wish it wasn't so high ABV because I had to force myself to pace this tasty rye. An exceptional beer and one I will buy every year.

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Photo of aasher
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied cherry wood brown with a one finger soapy and creamy two finger head. Te nose features smooth and spicy rice with a touch of rye whiskey. I expected it to be a little more pronounced. You could say that the aromas are holding back a bit. The flavors are nice and malty. There is plenty of spicy rye with a nice about of rye whiskey, some caramel, and some toffee with a slightly soapy finish. The flavors are nice. I like how the rye base works with the whiskey. They complement each other well. If anything there could be more whiskey presence. Luckily it builds as it warms but even then there could be more. It drinks medium in body and not necessarily over carbonated but it instantly stimulates your entire palate in an effervescent type of manner. Overall this is a nice beer. I definitely prefer it to their bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This is yet another high quality beer from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to cploking for coming through with this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy crimson color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of whiskey, a bit of oak. Taste is strong of whiskey and alcohol, a faint rye presence, a bit of oak. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall if you are into whiskey barrel beers, this would be in your wheelhouse. For me it was just a bit overpowering.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The wife picked this up for me today at the COOP... Thanks Babe. Shared the first pours with my carpool buddy.. Later, it was poured into my Delerium goblet...

Bottle #4566/12148

Very nice lite tan foamy head sticks around and leaves nice sheets of lace... The brew is very clear and deep orange/red.

Nose begins with a pleasant fruitiness that I'm having a hard time describing... like a mash-up of American hops with a fruity English yeast.. spiciness screams rye, but there is another layer that is befuddling me... cinnamon (alcohol)?? ... some apple or pear juice shows with significant warmth..

Definitely a big boned rye out of the gate.... the flavors are more mild than I was expecting.. a bit of pithy citrus hops.. lite toasty malt and some background caramel essence.. rye barrel is there, but adds just a nice overlay... really pretty dry throughout (and I like it).. vanilla and the dry rye whiskey shows more with warmth...

Medium body and good carbonation....

Edit: This and all other Ryewines need their own category or should be in the American BW slot... This is a great beer that is going to get better with some age.. Fresh, this still is American... "Rye beer" does no justice.

My above notes are in line with wheatwines too... I just don't get "wheatwines" or "ryewines" that are basically ramped up Big German Hefe's or roggenbiers. These need balance and BIG presence.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

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Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That time the beer spent in the barrel seems to have vanquished none of its spirit or complexion; this one emerges from its slumber with a healthy glow, a head that ballooned right up and a high-energy cast of bubbles that look like they're trying to make up for lost time. It does, however, seem to have absorbed some of that caramelly whiskey colour.

Does the 'smell' score reflect my opinion of this beer's aroma or what I think of rye whiskey in general? I'm not so sure the two can necessarily be separated in this one. While much denser, fuller, a little bit sweeter and far less potent, this still has the same characteristics: charred oak, dark honey, distilled flower essence and zesty grain and fruits.

At at least 11% alcohol, this may not be easy on the liver but it sure is a dream in the mouth. It's like Boulevard smeared butterscotch on a plank of charred oak, and then fed it to us like a cracker. They also sprinkled really lush, eloquent flavours of spicy rye grain, flowers, apple, pear and honey on top. The more traditional bourbon components (strong vanilla, corn and heavy spice) are not present. It's a refreshing change of pace.

This is my first and only time trying a rye beer aged in rye barrels (thanks Sam!), but thus far it strikes me as a more compatible combination than barley beers aged in bourbon barrels. Then again, a year and a half in the bottle probably gave them time to get to know one another. Plus, I doubt the base beer was too high a gravity to being with.

You wouldn't sit down and drink a whole bottle of rye whiskey, and I wouldn't have thought I'd be able to polish off the full 750ml bottle of Rye-on-Rye in one sitting either. But here we are. It's stayed composed and, as I start the remainder of the bottle slightly chilled, I think I've made a new best friend on this gloomy, lazy, overcast afternoon.

Rye-on-Rye is a really clever beer and it's far more tempered and accordant than a lot of bourbon barrel offerings. The trade off between rye beer and rye barrel happens like the shuffle of angel’s feet - it's seamless and blissful. There's no clashing, the two parties hit things off like bread and butter. Another highly recommendable Boulevard offering.

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

Bottle shared by myself at Curran's tasting.

Pours a hazy slightly dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like spicey rye, caramel, coconut, wood, toffee, and whisky.

The taste is similar. This is about a year old, the '13 vintage, so the rye whiskey flavors are light, subtle, and warming, with tons of caramel, toffee, coconut, and vanilla, with some fairly prominent woodiness. Even though rum is not involved at all, I get a bit of a spiced rum feel from this one as well.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. There is some slight bitterness, but it doesn't linger. The alcohol is not really present at all.

I'd prefer this beer to be a little drier, and use more rye malts, but other than that, this is a fairly decadent, delicious beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh...
Bottle # 7793
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small, light beige head, with a scattered splattering of lacing draped around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, jelly beans, vanilla, cream, bananas, rum, and booze.
Taste is of the aromas with an evident whiskey flavor. Yummy flavors that linger along the palate.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, hot, and really delicious.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson red color that appears a dark tawny mahogany in the glass with golden orange edges and a three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, lingering throughout the pour and coating the glass with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Impressive looking beer.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with a delicate barrel presence that's well integrated into the complex malt bill of the base beer. Was expecting, and actually prefer, stronger barrel notes but the nose if this beer is still inviting with a nice blend of charred oak, spicy whiskey, toasted coconut, peppery rye, dark fruit and sweet caramel malts. Dry wood with boozy sweetness and spicy rye from the whiskey. Subtle vanilla and coconut followed by vinous sweetness with some fig, plum and raisin. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, roasted but and dark breads. The nose isn't all that impressive lacking bolder barrel characteristics. Still, it's not offensive in any way, just somewhat bland.

Thankfully, the flavor profile is anything but bland. There's and explosion of dry, spicy rye that dominates the palate, lingering over the barrel notes and sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Nice balance of barrel, rye and malt sweetness of the base but it's almost too much rye. It's a shock to the palate at first, but once the palate adjusts, the other flavors come through. Dry charred oak that's slightly burnt but doesn't have much of a harsh toothpick flavor. Very nice spicy spirit presence which was lacking in the nose. Spicy spirit adding nice rye whiskey flavor without much heat. Some boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. In addition to the oak and spirit, there is some silky mallow and vanilla bean from the barrel along with toasted coconut. Underneath the barrel is a complex malt bill with heavy rye component countered by caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Again, the spicy, peppery rye flavor dominates but the other malt flavors come forward as it warns. Caramel sweetness with toffee, hazelnut, fig, date and raisin. Overall, this is another very solid release in the smokestack series. Complex with great oak, whisky, rye and sweeter malt flavors. Definitely a sipper but much easier to drink than anticipated.

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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 rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - TONS of particles in this bottle. Had this since the most recent release, so what, 4 months? maybe longer. Poured a brownish mohagany with a one finger head that leaves a thin halo and cloud.

S - Light barrel notes and spicy rye. Kind of faint, but pleasant.

T - Booze and bourbon, that about sums this beer up. Its hot on the nose with light sweetness from bourbon. There are nice rye spice as well.

M - Mouthfeel has nice carbonation but its boozy. Needs to age and mellow out some.

O - Overall I guess I wasnt expecting this to be quite as boozy as it was, nor was I expecting all the floaties.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 2012.2 bottle # 14071
A- This beer pours a hazy dense glowing caramel brown body with a sea of racing microbubbles colliding with a thick beige head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The sweet malt and spicy alcohol lead to a paper straw and then green oak barrel aroma with some caramel malt in the finish. There is a soft fusel note and the aroma keeps growing as it opens.

T- The rich dry spicy malt has some buttery caramel flavor with a circus peanut yeast ester growing as does the rich caramel wood finish. The gentle sweetness in the finish is cut by the slight fusel alcohol taste that lingers. Some nice vanilla notes pop through as the depth and flavor grows.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth that grows along with the flavor.

O- The nice sweetness of malt is supported by spice earthy rye and alcohol with a full barrel flavor. This is a great sipper.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with decent head and lace and has a sweet, boozy aroma, picking up a good amount of not only bourbon/barrel notes with alcohol but love the dark fruits (figs/raisins) and minor rye base (not overpowering) in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that is chewey and has some sweetness to it, figs and plums coming through with a little bit of sugary goodness and there is a woodiness and alcohol kick to this beer - the rye makes the beer real smooth and adds some heat and alcohol bite to this beer as well as a touch of sweetness; the rye is front and center in this beer. At times the sweetness is puckering but overall the beer is well balanced and the ABV is kept in check and this is just a solid drinking beer.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,675 ratings.
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