phaleslu (5723) - 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 Iíve 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 (3567) - 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 (1151) - 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 (3773) - 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; itís not a íhintí. Itís tasty but lots of whiskey in it.
BBB63 (5701) - 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.
EithCubes (4574) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle via kuphish. Managed to get a marble rye to taste alongside. Bottle 8821 of 12148. Orange-amber pour with a beige head, laces and lasts forever. Muddy malt and light alcohol in the nose, but not normal beer booziness, totally whiskey-flavored, very nice. Taste is basically less alcoholic whiskey/rye but with a nice, thick and sweet malty underbase to round it out. Is not hot and extreme, just seems like the blending really cut out the harshness. Soft, full body with some alcohol, warm but toned down (would have guessed half of this number), as ku says, could "drink the hell out of this". Kudos to these guys for a smooth and classy, mature undertaking - takes a lot of confidence to show this much restraint.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. bottle. 5597 of 12148. Pours a tiny bubbled off white head of long duration, over an amber (SRM 10) clear body.....nose is vanilla, bourbon, light dried fruits including cherry.....taste initially is light brown sugar, then light malts, leading to a harsh terpene and whiskey bite, finishing with a lingering bitterness....mouth feel is light, carbonation makes it fizzy. It is not well balanced and the wood, alcohol and whiskey components dominate at this time. This is too young and I should have aged it for a year or two before tasting. BJCP 6/3/12/4/7
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a light hazy tanned brown with a thin beige head. Clean vanilla, with a little isopropyl behind it. Spicy, toast, big carbonation and a nice pudding flavor. A bit of warming alcohol on the big bourbon filled finish and some ample wood notes.