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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Why Rye? A fair question, given this assertively flavored grain is more often associated with whiskey than with beer. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch, respectively. But when we procured some seasoned rye whiskey 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? Thus, Rye-on-Rye: a marriage of very similar, yet very different embodiments of this unique, distinctive grain. Two kinds of malted rye provide a 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. Rye-on-Rye’s body and character make it the equal to any sort of hearty stew or aged cheese. At the risk of seeming redundant, might we suggest pairing it with a classic pastrami-on rye? A rye beer with a hint of rye whiskey aroma, alongside a rye bread sandwich. Why not?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Batch 1 2010, best by 01/13, bottle no. 2013 of 12148, spent the last three years between 55 and 65° Served at 58° into 17oz white wine glass

Big 2.5 fingers of tightly patterned natural bone white head; nose is smooth whiskey, only a few seconds of heat left in this one, very nice, whiskey dominant aromas complimented by charred oak; taste is tobacco, soft chocolate, creamy vanilla, all supporting a smooth slightly sour, fruity whiskey barrel. A nice creamy medium palette, very nice carbonation for three year old barrel-aged beer. I’ve had this beer fresh, at 2, 4, and 6 months, and at 2 years prior to this bottle. I’ve always felt it was too hot, or was fading into something a bit too watery and bland, but I guess I needed to wait a little longer. This was a great bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12592) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ ZZT VI. Hazy dark orange color, smal ofd-white head. Smell and taste malts, lightly sweet, some alcohol, some liquor. Medium to full body, medium to full carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
falco242 (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Out of bottle, nice darker golden color and some lace on the pour. Rye is balanced well with the sweetness of the oak. The smokestack series always seems to deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT VI thx to dEnk. Copper colour with a small white head. Glue, malts, alcohol, barley, sweet. Tastes very sweet, malts, herbs. Lasting sweet, malty taste. Medium to full body, fizzy carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Bottle @ zzt. Aroma is thick vanilla and wood with caramel, bread and big malts, some hoppy and barrel notes. Flavour has big wood, some malt, bread huge bourbon, vanilla and wood, some rye notes. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle courtesy of wdozier. Drank side by side with a glass of Templeton Rye. Very sweet and a bit sticky. Is there Rye? Yep. Does it stick out like a sour thumb and overpower everything? Not so much. This was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Aroma of sweet caramel, with hints of spices and vanilla. Pours a hazy copper with a long lasting khaki head and nice lacing. The taste is sweet. Some alcohol to begin with which gives way to pepper and spice in the finish. Oak, vanilla, grain, and dark dried fruit notes are also present. Medium body with moderate carbonatin. The abundent peppery finish gives it a crisp fizzy feeling. Overall, this to me, would be a very enjoyable after dinner sipper. Would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. pours an amber color with a large creamy canvas colored head. Notes of coconut, chocolate, light char, spicy rye, and hops. Creamy yet supple mouthfeel. Long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (478) - - FEB 10, 2013
Fruity sweet aroma with a hint of dry white wine. Murky brown with foamy white head. Yeast, dates, fruity sweet. Dry white wine finish. Boozy warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Appearance: dark, slightly cloudy mahogany-purplish brown with a frothy, bubbly khaki head . Aroma: definitely spicy, with notes of black pepper, pumpernickel bread, rye (of course), plums, wood, toffee, and vanilla. Taste: tastes very whiskey-ish, but without the alcohol burn and smoke--lots of wood, vanilla, molasses, floral honey, but most of all, a rich, toasty, spicy rye bread. Finish: lingering heat (from the rye, not the abv) and sweetness, with a surprising fruit note hanging on to balance the rich malts. Notes: Loved this beer. Big flavors, very chewy palate, and yet for all that I was able to drink the full 750 because the 12% abv was extremely well-hidden. Would absolutely drink again.

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