fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 Pours clear medium brown with a small, oily off white head that manages a couple minutes of retention. This stuff really coats the glass as it goes, looks nice. Aroma is big on spicy rye, caramel, vanilla, mellow wood notes and a general whiskey-like feel. Flavor is again, big on caramel and rye, a little burnt sugar, whiskey, nice toasty and light char notes with floral notes toward the finish. Palate is pretty oily and a little sticky toward the finish, with an intermittent moderate carbonation and a little burn, doesnt sound that appealing, but it works. Really good stuff. Re-rate 2012 batch
2. Wood notes seem a little more pronounced, still amazing.05.09.2012.
SpringsLicker (2936) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s.
Hazy medium brown with a tan head.
Light whiskey aroma. The flavor follows the aroma.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper red with a tan creamy head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and charred wood. This is rather whiskey-y providing aromas that are extremely sweet and rich with a bit booze coming in near the end. The taste has loads of vanilla, rich caramel, and a
bit of booze coming in near the finish. There is a strong character of wood and earthiness that comes in after the initial taste. The finish is a bit tastey with rye.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle via trade with Pawola22- thanks again, Brian! 2010, batch 1, bottle 2991/12148. This cork was probably the hardest time I’ve ever had removing one from a beer. Sore hands aside, this one pours a cloudy plum-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of banana, vanilla, whiskey notes that seem to have both bourbon and scotch qualities, rye, caramel malts, and grains. Flavor of rye and other spices, vanilla, rye, bourbon, floral hops, and caramel malts. Lingering vanilla and rye. Spicy and sweet. Medium-bodied, with decent carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel. Very interesting beer.
drfabulous (3378) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pull the cork out of a pair of pliers. Again. Boulevard has some kind of corking machine. Tons of carbonation. And the taste and aroma is malt and whiskey. This is a whiskey beer. Good thing I like whiskey. An end of the evening beer. At my age. 7:45 marks the beginning of the end of the eventing. So let me drink this 750.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another winner from Boulevard. Woody oak centered flavor. The rye notes are light. Perfectly balanced, slight hop presence. This is how a beer should be made. Excellent.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle no. 8821 of 12148. Pours a moderately sized, light tan, fluffy, creamy head. Clear, deep copper body. Light whiskey aroma on top of indiscernible malt. Some rye and maybe a touch of caramel. Much bigger malt presence in the flavor - a little pop from the rye and a touch of smoke/roast complemented by more of the whiskey. No heat, but nice layers of flavor from the whiskey and barrel flavors. Everything is well blended. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily with a lightly sticky finish. Very mild alcohol presence is only noticeably in the warmth in my chest. Overall a great beer. Ultra drinkable without needing to be aged. Superbly crafted and restrained. Avoids the punchy, aggressive character that so many barrel aged beers have. I love the blend and I have to think that contributes to the depth that this beer has.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a reddish brown color with a light beige head. Aroma was lots of rye, some oak and some light toasted malts. Flavor was rye, smokey, oak, and some dry bittering hops on the finish. Interesting beer but not really my style.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer hits you up front with a huge rye whiskey aroma; it’s not a ’hint’. It’s tasty but lots of whiskey in it.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in tulip: Pours a caramel hue with an initial nice fluffy head and clingy lace. The aroma has notes of whole rye bread, mint from the Perle hops and dankness from the Magnum hops, caramel and toffee, lots of rye whiskey and oak, and a touch of smoke. The taste pretty much follows suit of the nose with rich brown malts, rye bread and rye whiskey, moderate hop bitters and fruitiness, oak and mineral earthy finish. The mouth feel is snappy and aggressive with a grainy twang. Overall a successful attempt at placing a rye brew in rye barrels, I would have love to see this with a splash of darker malt or the other direction with more hop profile. Right now it is a tweak away from something special.