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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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-Ryeís 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?


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, mild toffee, citrus, and faint rye. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and toffee. The has candy corn, rye, citrus, and faint vanilla. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Apple cider color with creamy, beige head / Nose of cider, rye spice, and whiskey barrel / Medium body, good balance, mostly dry with lightly bitter, somewhat hot, finish / Mild flavors of apple cider, caramel, cinnamon, rye spice, and whiskey barrel / Very dry, without a lot of fruit, but then thatís rye for you. (Would like to try again in a quieter setting.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2012 bottle, one year old. Pours murky orangeish-brown with a medium beige lacy head with decent retention. Aroma is pretty exotic; it smells spicy (I guess thatís the rye), clove, caramel. Taste is sweet and savory and ends on a sour note. Whiskey comes through fairly strong, as well as the oak. Leaves an alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Spicy. Bubbly mouthfeel. Tasty. Iím lucky I got the last bottle at Enoteca!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle via trade. Poured muddy brown body under a large foamy light beige head that has some nice retention on the edges. Aroma has slight rye seeds, whiskey that almost has a bourbon quality about it, toast and wood. Average to slightly thinner body with strong carbonation, noticable heat and lingering carbonation. Flavor of whiskey, vanilla, dry wood and some saw dust. Good but I was expecting more.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Oh yeah, thatís good stuff. Gorgeous pour, tawny, red gold in the glass with a substantial lingering head. Smoky, assertive rye ale with a slight boozy rye whiskey presence on the palate. Read the product description, read the reviews, this is a canít miss brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750---->Boulevard stemmed glass. Pours a light copper with a frothy two finger head that fades quickly leaving moderate lace. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Tastes of heavy bourbon, spicy rye, and sweet grapes. Nice lively palate with plenty carbonation. Not a bad beer, just a little too heavy on the whiskey front for my likings.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle-shared by dmac-lt tan-copper. A-sweet med malt-caramel, rye, spice. T-sweet med malt-caramel, rye, spice hops, rye/wood, alcohol bite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (500) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a murky brown with small lacing. Sweet boozy rue. With caramel. Some tart dark fruit. Malty. Moderate carbonation. Clean mouthfeel. Did I mention boozy? Long malty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4619) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Deep brown, pretty pour. Rich alcohol, rye grain. Deep breadyness, grape juice. deep yeasty-brown twist, some funk down there somewhere. Big, but balanced alcohol. Deep rye, black bread. Big barreled beer and very interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rpaskie (16) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Pours caramel in color with a light fizzy head. Whiskey, vinegar, pepper, spiciness, charcoal are all in the nose. Sweet and spicy malt character. Great, big mouth feel with high carbonation. Very rich and bold. Notes of bourbon, caramel, peppercorn. Finishes like a whiskey. I was shocked at the beautiful whiskey character. I loved this. A wonderful beer to share with friends at dinner.


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