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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (1955) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
Pours clear burgundy-amber with low to medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, rye malts, toffee, citrus hints. Taste is vanilla and caramel sweet, somewhat boozy, with smooth sweet finish. Rich creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (4142) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Draught at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg vintage 2014 AR: wine gums, rye AP: wee hazy amber, wee frothy head F: heavy sugary, rye wine, grainy, fizzy, tutti frutti, alcoholic sense

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2051) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy brown with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy beige head. Tastes like strong booze, sweet malty grains, light raisin and dries apricots. Nice warming feeling. Smells like sweet musky grains, strong strong alcohol, and dries fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (3470) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly hazy brown with ruby highlights and creamy beige head. Aroma is bready and toasted malts, caramel, booze, rye, raisins, prunes, and light spice. Flavor is chewy malts with a bit of graininess, light rye, oak, vanilla, alcohol sweetness and spice, and faint bitterness; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (903) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours hazy reddish amber with beige colored head. Aroma of wood and booze straight off. Taste is caramel with a boozy undertone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (81) - Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Poured a hazy copper with almost zero head. Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, whiskey heat blended. Taste definitely warms the palate with the whiskey bite yet finishes quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at Three Aces. Poured dark amber with min head. Aroma of caramel sweet fruit. Light carb med bod. Taste is sweet and balanced. Tastey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Dark mahogany pour small white head. Aroma is certainly whiskey tons of rye a nice spice. Full well coated palate. Whiskey rye spice sweet sugars AMD a warm swallow. Good not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Candied fruit, vanilla and alcohol warmth whip up a cushy sipper of a brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the dark red.
-Malt flavors are smooth and refined.
-Caramelized sugars are also tasted here and there.
-Mouthfeel is soft and conducive the easy sipping. This is not as heavy as expected.
-Rye adds mild spice suggestions, but it is not at the forefront of this brew’s profile.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Corked bottle from QFC, Capitol Hill, Seattle; vintage 2014
Hazy amber color with compact head. Intense aroma from the barrel, Bourbon like; but then it gets replaced by some soap feeling, vegetables, tomatoes. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied; straws and malt flavor, some barrel, light peppery/spicy touch, some vegetables, high alcohol perception.
At first it has a great nose, but then it goes downhill. It’s chaotic, and excessive.

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