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RATINGS: 544   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Dark reddish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and whiskey. Flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla with a smooth finish of whiskey. Strong alcohol presence but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
Whop! This guy isn’t messing around. Heavy rye whiskey presence amidst a rye American strong ale. Caramel, vanilla, and oak mingle with bold flavors of rye and rye whiskey. Not bad, buy surely better after some time aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1386) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thick slowly fading off white head. Aroma is wood, molasses, whiskey, and a little pepper. Taste is bourbon, dark caramel, wood, and subtle citrus on the back end. Full body and a little sticky. Alcohol is very concealed, only a slight warming on the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 The only thing that I don’t really like about the beer is the aromatics. The rye imparts great flavors but not great smelling notes. its very interesting starts with straight rye mash notes like bring in a distillery that its distilling bourbon. Appearance is awesome looks really unique, a most pleasing thickness and soft brown but deep look. Nice sticky lacing mild off-white head. The taste of this brew is so unique and interesting! It imparts every taste of a bourbon without the harshness of aging in a whiskey barrel. I could drink two maybe even three of these back to back! At 11% Abv be careful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewcitydrew (1) - - APR 26, 2012 does not count
Smoke, woody, vanilla, basement aromas, toast, caramel nice nose. Can taste oak and whiskey rye. Candy sugar aroma. Soft flavor. Mellow. No hop bitterness. Sweet and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2012
This was a very interesting one...served on tap. Poured a very dark mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma was slightly bready with heavy oak/whiskey notes a fresh spiciness. Taste was pleasant alcohol was present but far from overpowering. Everything was balanced considering the abv. Very spicy and the rye notes are dominant. Lightly carbonated and enjoyable. Can only drink one, but it is a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/23/12, Batch 2012-2

Aroma: The nose is boozy and sweet: oak, caramel, rye, whiskey, fruit, and some light bread
Appearance: It pours a clear reddish-copper with a thick foam of beige head and mid-heavy lace
Flavor: Tastes mid-sweet from the malts and fruity notes, with a big whiskey flavor, and minimal bitterness
Palate: This one is full bodied, with some stickiness and creaminess on the mouth, and medium-plus heat
Overall Impression: This one turned out to be a pretty interesting beer. There is a lot of whiskey flavor here, and a good amount of heat as well. While I thought it worked pretty well, I’d be curious to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wingfan13 (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2012 does not count
Murky apple cider color. Great aroma of whisky barrel, go figure. Great flavor but for me it is hard to pick up the rye malt. Alcohol is well masked. Another great offering from the Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
Poured from 750 to pokal: Anxious to see how this compares to Brau Brothers’ Rye Wyne. Sounds like pretty much the same beer. Pours a hazy golden amber with a healthy dose of smooth creamy tan head. The nose boasts whiskey, earthy grains, caramel, almost like a BA barleywine. Some toffee and light cocoa character. The flavors are far more restrained than in the Rye Wyne... many of the same attributes but not as pungent I guess. Very good nevertheless. The feel is just a bit thin but quite drinkable for its potency. Overall, I’d choose the Rye Wyne over this one 9 time out of ten. This one is more approachable though which is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Dark amber with a off-white three finger head that dissipates fairly quickly after a very firm pour. Initial aroma of whiskey, slight undertones of wood, and hints of spicyness from the rye. Very complex taste rye spicyness combined with sweet malt, light accents of charred wood, ripe fruit, and booze. Heavy-medium to light-full bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Really exceptional brew that is really unique. Definitely one to try if you haven’t.

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