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RATINGS: 580   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012 [6 of 11]. From notes. Aroma: Spiced Templeton rye, sweet oak. Appearance: Amber color, thin ring of off-white head, clings nicely to the glass, good lacing. Taste: Rye whiskey, spice. Some citrusy hops of front, but mostly sweet and spicy. Palate: So so smooth. Nice carbonation & mouthfeel. Overall: Nice. I will happily drink this. Note from Nick: "I’m totally tasting urinal cake." As an aside, once that thought is with you it’s hard to shake it ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
exceptional rye, tastes at kellys in dalton, ma on 12/6/12 Mega beer class. Danity matl balance, smooth rye taste, tangy and mellow hop sugguestion, hoppy side notes and an orange color the balances the fruit with the sun, this is nice. Overall, a bitter at front sip, followed by a malt rollover with liquid fronts of zen. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
750ml bottle from someone, thanks bro! Holy hell is there a lot of whiskey aroma and flavor in this one. They ain’t a shittin when they say rye on rye. I have a feeling this is gonna get me buzzed quick after I pound this bad boy in less than 5 minutes, so here we go... Pours a cloudy amber color with a generous amount of head. Heavy notes of whiskey bottles (brand new cars), but not too much coke or too much smoke. Taste is malt forward, some booze but not hot, just a pleasing tingle that touches every corner of my mouth. Slightly sweet but finishes dry. Warming. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3489) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
25oz bottle from trade with Crajun. Pours a cloudy dark orange-brown color with a small amount of head. Smells spicy and sweet. Whiskey, caramel, rye, and brown sugar. Taste is nicely balanced balanced rye whiskey and sugary caramel. Finish has a mild bitterness. Very long and somewhat dry finish that lingers a rye whiskey taste. Interesting beer, well made, nicely balanced. Glad I was able to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
12th February 2011
Hazy reddish - brown beer. Big cream coloured head. Soft palate. Milky sweet nose with a little wood. Sourish cream with a little wood and vanilla. Mild whisky. Slight bitterness in the finish. A nice beer but it’s more Rye sour than Rye spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bomber. Pours brown with thin head. Aroma is wood (oak), caramel, brown sugar, spices, and whiskey. Flavor is the same. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
Copper with good clarity, fizzy off white head, dissipates quickly. Nose- strong rye liquor nose with molasses. Taste- quite spicy, caramel, slight vanilla, boozy, toasty wood. Body is on the thinner side with drying hot finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Had on tap at Wild Monk in LaGrange. 2012 vintage. Served in snifter. A: Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, with some plum like hues running through middle. A thin, light tan head forms on the pour and subsides to a thin collar and film. Some soapy splotches of lace of left down the glass. S: Rye spiciness is with the whiskey coming through is prevelant up front and through each smell. As it warms more of the dark, bready malts and the barrel sweetness start to come through. T: The barrel really takes over the taste here. Big rye whiskey flavors, some light oak and vanilla. Dark rye bread malts with a touch of some mild hops on the finish mixing with some alcohol. As the beer warmed the malt bill opened up and some caramel sweetness showed itself as well. M: Medium bodied with some slight warming in the throat. Medium carbonation. The barrel presence really has a lingering effect on the palate. O: As the beer warmed it got progressively sweeter and more complex. This does need some time to mellow out as the barrel is really taking over the base beer and you lose out one some of the fine qualities of the rye beer itself. Overall though, this was a nice beer and I will give the one I have in the cellar a solid year to see how it develops. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 04-26-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
750ml bottle - think this was part of Summer Secret Santa. Hazy mahogany with a finger of dark biege head. Dough, whisky, oak, raisin, vanilla, bit of barley. High carbonation, moderate body, lots of vanilla sweetness in this one mixed with alcohol and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Drinking this about 6 months after release. I really remember enjoying it a lot more closer to release. One major positive is that the beer is smooth, no way I would ever guess this was 11%. The barrel character is very nice, but the flavor profile lacks much of anything else. The rye is not strong. I think I made a mistake by cellaring this beer. Re-rating a fresh 2014 bottle. Deep amber with 2 finger foamy white head. Aroma has tons of rye whiskey barrels, nice and sweet with some toffee. Flavor opens with some sweetness, finishes with some harsh whiskey. Not bad, but not amazing.

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