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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Murky cinnamon brown with a beige ring. Nose is plum sauce, caramel and spicy rye. Medium body with bright, tongue-tickling carb. Taste is honey, even a bit syrupy, smooth bready rye then sharp like a shot of rye whiskey. Great flavor dynamic especially the contrast of the ryes. Apparently my favorite in the Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
750ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma had spicy rye, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. The flavors are big vanilla and toffee with rye whiskey bourbon, dark fruits and a spicy rye bite. A little boozy at times; this is not one you want to pound by yourself. Medium plus body, smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Corked bottle
Pours a thick, dense, and lively amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma is oaked bourbon soaked in a cedar cask filled with fresh lemons. Divine smelliní. Flavor is caramel bourbon candy in a wooden wrapper. Light cedar plank and mixed fruit in the finish. Tingly and thick on the tongue. Man, this is AWESOME. Another winner from Boulevard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #1-2010 courtesy of foppa78. thanks, mat! pours a dark, hazy, reddish brown with a thick, creamy, khaki head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with big, smooth, sweet oak, vanilla, and woody bourbon up front backed by dry hops, notes of cherry, and toffee, and subtle, spicy caraway seeds. flavor is delicious as well with the spicy rye notes coming through boldy at the outset and backed by sweet caramel, vanilla, and wood with hints of red grapes, dark cherry, and orange and a touch of smooth, hot bourbon on the finish. palate is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and dry on the tongue with a lingering, oak and bourbon finish that warms the belly and the soul. overall, an awesome take on a barrel aged strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle. A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head. S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I canít pick out what it is. T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesnít taste like thereís anything particularly wrong with it. Donít think it was a brewing/packaging issues; thereís just something my palate doesnít agree with. M: Dry and a bit hot. D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevardís bigger beers, but canít get into this one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange amber. Aroma of caramel, whiskey, wood, orange, dried cherries and alcohol. Flavor is grain, grass, whiskey, cherry and orange. Quite good. Very slow sipping and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Pours cloudy caramel with a nice beige head and a sweet vinous aroma. The flavor is sweet & sour with a bitter rye finish and a slight alcohol trail. This is a mellow and tasty brew, with the alcohol well-concealed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onionkid (361) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
750ml bottle. Ho ho! What do we have here? A great beer approaches! Pours a deep, hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma for me doesnít seem to be that strong, but itís a roasted malty smell. The taste of this beer is just incredible. It certainly has a roasted, whiskey taste to it and youíll know that yes, this has a kick to it. The rye is apparent right from the get-go, which brings with it a cloying, sour taste. I really need to reiterate the whiskey flavorings of this beer - youíre gonna notice that and the rye above all else, and your enjoyment of it is largely going to be based on how you can cope with the sheer *awesome* values of each. Thereís the tartness of the rye along with a woody (but not too much), spicy flavor overall. Hereís my feeling on this beer - first few swigs, wasnít feeling it all that much. Once youíve had say...half a glass though? Youíll have warmed up to it quite a bit more. Is that the alcohol talking? It could be. Regardless, Iíve got to give Boulevard credit here. I love a lot of their beers, and this stands up there with their best. A great treat! 11% (!) alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Aroma:A little banana, a lot of bourbon, and a little rye. Appearance:Dark amber in color, lots of head, good retention. Taste:Bourbon, vanilla, rye flavors, spices, dark fruits. Palate:Medium to heavy body, very smooth, good carbonation. Overall:This is a very tasty beer, lots of complex flavors, a great sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Pour is cloudy dirty copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is hot with notes of vanilla, roasted malt, the spicy-sweet rye malt signature, and a touch of wood. Flavor is also quite hot with notes of rye malt, light wood, light vanilla, and hints of dark fruit. This is just way too hot right now. Gave me the chills a few times.

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