dyetube (1188) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a muddy brown with a thin tan head. The aromas are rye, bourbon, dark fruit. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky and slightly sweet with a medium to heavy body and good carbonation. Cheers!
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BBC in Plymouth. Served in a tulip glass. A deep ruby color. Fruity-spice aromas. Flavor is deep and complex. Lots of stone fruit notes, some spice, some bitterness. Vanilla notes. Heavy but smooth. Perfect beer to curl up with and savor!
JoePeesie (878) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a ruby brown with tan head. Nose and taste are of woody earthiness, rye, not bready at all. A very nicely balanced beer with a bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Another great offering in the Smoke Stack series
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hand it to the guys at Boulevard for creating a true-blue rye-oriented beer. Usually the rye is paired up with some other style, like a red ale or a smoke beer. Not here. It’s just rye on RYE. There’s no getting around the whiskey flavor. It actually tastes a lot like a whiskey branch, which I like, except here it has that seltzer water level of carbonation. While I prefer my rye beers with more than just the rye, this one has some well executed simplicity.
joshmcg000 (334) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with lots of floatys, off white head. Not much aroma though I am stuffed up, lots of alcohol and grain some oakiness. Taste is pretty much amazing, tons of rye spiceyness, oak, slight smokyness, vanilla, little bit piney hop bite. Lots of really smoth maltyness to balance it all out, mainly caramel style malts. Some alcohol bite but not to much, perfect level of carbination, medium body. 2012 this was bottle # 20403 2nd batch.
Year 2010 batch 1 bottle #2068 drinking this bottle right after 2012 bottle to compare the two after aging 2 and a half years of ageing. More alcohol less oak, thats the main difference. Still really great beer, didnt change much with ageing 2 years.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO for $7. Tapped from the Black Tap Handle w/ a Fuscia colored Square on top & Rye on Rye labeled into a 12oz Smokestack Series Tulip Glass.
Aroma- A very rich and deep nose is present but subtle at the same time? You know what I mean. Sweet, tons of rye, and a bit of booziness on the finish. Nice overall!
Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, frothy head that has great retention. Has a deep brown and ruby colored body with depth. Leaves the thickest lacing behind. Eye candy.
Flavor- A ton of complexity makes this one up, almost too much at times! Strong alcohol and light bourbon are mixed with dark fruits and a sweetness that follows nicely. Finishes with a medium bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a great finish made up of alcohol, figs, rye, and malt.
Overall Impression- A very rich one from Boulevard! Enjoyed every last sip and will be enjoying my bottle of this very shortly. I suggest enjoying this on-tap and wouldn’t tell you not to grab one of the last bottles available.
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Dark reddish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and whiskey. Flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla with a smooth finish of whiskey. Strong alcohol presence but very nice.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whop! This guy isn’t messing around. Heavy rye whiskey presence amidst a rye American strong ale. Caramel, vanilla, and oak mingle with bold flavors of rye and rye whiskey. Not bad, buy surely better after some time aging.
jhamp9 (1133) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick slowly fading off white head. Aroma is wood, molasses, whiskey, and a little pepper. Taste is bourbon, dark caramel, wood, and subtle citrus on the back end. Full body and a little sticky. Alcohol is very concealed, only a slight warming on the way down.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 The only thing that I don’t really like about the beer is the aromatics. The rye imparts great flavors but not great smelling notes. its very interesting starts with straight rye mash notes like bring in a distillery that its distilling bourbon. Appearance is awesome looks really unique, a most pleasing thickness and soft brown but deep look. Nice sticky lacing mild off-white head. The taste of this brew is so unique and interesting! It imparts every taste of a bourbon without the harshness of aging in a whiskey barrel. I could drink two maybe even three of these back to back! At 11% Abv be careful!