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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-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?


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (3195) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Sampled at Brad Fest 2012 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a hazy brown color with white head. Rye, grain, bourbon aroma. Rye whiskey flavor. Good, but doesn’t measure up to some of the other Smokestacks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a soft coppery red orange beer with one finger of sandy beige tan head. Nose is super rich and bursting with notes of fresh oak and spicy rye, lots of caramel and rich malt notes. Super rich flavor, oak is almost overwhelming. Tons of vanillin and spicy oak notes. Rich malt sweetness, dextrinous almost. Warming finish and full body with a low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle, shared with mmmIPA and my in-laws. Cloudy medium amber, light golden head, good retention. Aroma is warm rye, raisins, vanilla. Flavour is very rye-centric also, warm sweet rye, vanilla, raisins, light spice, wood. Warm finish, light bitterness. Very delicious, balanced to avoid harsh booziness or cloying sweetness. Loved it! My father-in-law thought it was the best beer he ever had! And he’s had a lot of beers with me.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illiniphil (147) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pours a ruddy reddish brown color with a 3 finger head. Tastes of whiskey, scotch, wood abound. Nice burn from the alcohol but yet balanced. Definitely one of my top 5 "big beers"! Buy this one if you can. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
750ml bottle thanks to unclemike: pours a clear deep copper bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet light caramel and rye nose with lots of complex whiskey oak. Body starts with good fullness and sweet caramel maltiness with plenty of buttery oak and whiskey notes before a drier slightly warming finish. Has good complexity but too much buttery flavor for my tastes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2180) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
pours a semi-clear maroon with a very large beige head, and great lacing. smell is of rye, sweet malt, caramel, and some whiskey. taste is thick and oily, malt, whiskey, and rye. ends strong and a little dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a deep ruby red color, hazy, with a lasting kaki head. Aroma of caramel, sweet bread, spicy ryet, and alcohol. Full bodied, chewy, warming alcohol on the tongue use and some burn down the throat. Very sweet and malty, some bitterness to balance, but the alcohol cuts the sweetness most. Rich and boozy. Not an everyday drink, but worth the slow sip.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Robuste en bouche, mais jamais l’alcool ne prend trop de place. Caramel, miel, dattes dans une marre boisée et épicée. Plus on s’avance dans la dégustation, plus l’équilibre impressionne.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2012
750 ml. Hazy light amber with orange highlights. Off-white head. Aroma of rye whiskey and toasted grain. Hints of caramel, vanilla and wood. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Plenty of alcohol in the finish. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Rye whiskey is the dominant taste and, along with the alcohol, mutes the wood, caramel and vanilla flavors. Pleasant enough and as a whiskey sipper, this works fine, but it’s bit too much rye (whiskey) on the rye for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Rye on Rye
Date: July 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, lots of spicy rye, fruity
Flavor: sweet rye whiskey flavor, caramel sweetness, spicy, touch of honey

Name: Rye on Rye
Date: December 26, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
Appearance: cloudy rusty red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, spicy rye, vanilla sweetness, complex oak
Flavor: sweet caramel and vanilla flavor creates a bourbon candy character, balancing bitterness, spicy rye, earthy oak, light bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4


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