barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
corked 750ml bottle picked up at the Wine & Cheese Place in STL. shared with Illini08, Nimrod & Buckles. reddish amber pour with a lasting white head. a rather sweet & alcoholic aroma with flavors of orange, pepper, grains and vanilla. the whiskey from the Templeton Rye barrels makes this a bit hot, but for a sipper type beer, in a good way. would definitely purchase this again.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL from Crown Liquors. I have been trying to get my hands on this one for a while. The cork was a pain until I deployed my wine key upon it. I was greated with a very cloudy, murky dark bronze beer that sported a relentless white head. Expecting to be immediately bombarded with rye I was surprised with a lot of pineapple aroma struck my nose. Then I was bombarded with rye. The palate is oh-so creamy with velvety carbonation. Lots of juicy orange and pineapple notes are in the flavor with a very strong and even rye whiskey presence. The finish is tangy and leans towards the dryer side of things. A few more sips reveal blatantly obvious rye notes. I really like rye, but this one has taken it to a new level, not by overusing rye, but by using a lot of rye in a well rounded and fabulous package. Definitely a world class brew and different to boot. I am officially sad that Boulevard has left TN.
brokensail (11532) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color, leaning towards brown, with a fluffy off-white/khaki colored head.
S: The nose is full of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, and sweet caramel and toffee malts. Quite simple, but very nice.
T: A similar story in terms of the flavor. A slight spice character that I generally associate with rye beers as well as a nice whiskey note from the -bal. The oak provides some vanilla that blends in nicely with the sweet toffee and caramel notes.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This is one smooth and easy drinking beer. The whiskey and the beer blend seamlessly and make for a really nice experience.
undsioux7 (807) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber with a big tan head that dissapates to a ring. Aroma of spice, rye, oak and whiskey. Taste is sweet up front with a great spiciness followed by Oak andbready caramel and wiskey. Just a touch hot and sweet, but love the spiciness that the rye gives.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark caramel color with off white head. Aroma is great. Whiskey, caramel, and more booze. YUM. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is a great barrel aged brew. It has a great gourmet caramel flavor to go with the booze, a hit of rye sneaks in before finishing with a nice whiskey flavor. I really liked this stuff.
Narnad (1471) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, deep amber brown color with a a dense off-white head that lasts for a most of the tasting. Aroma has a very woody nose early, mild notes of vanilla, strong rye nose, modest whiskey nose late and a very low hops nose. Flavor starts off with a strong rye note but this is quickly overtaken by a very strong whiskey flavor. The whiskey note in the tasting actually takes your breath away on the first sip as it is very strong. Woody notes come through very late as the whiskey subsides. Body is modest with a high carbonation rate and a slight dryness in the finish. Alcohol isn’t as strong as I thought it would of been but this is well hidden behind the whiskey flavor. Overall a really interesting brew. The combination of a a rye brew with whiskey works extremely well. I really like the mouth feel of the brew as it wasn’t over the top in body which would of ruined the whiskey aspect but the carbonation was such that it delivered a superb dryness that aided in carry the rye flavors a bit longer later. The beers flavor changed as it warmed and as the rye came more prevalent early and later in the tasting. Very well done brew.
portableparty (1954) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is copper and unclear with big soapy head. Aroma has a caramel scent along with bread and sweet malt. Taste is sweet rye bread and whiskey along with some hop spices. Palate is chunky and sticky with chaulk and dry finish. This one is hot!
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 bottle conditioned. thanks TURDFERGUSON. red rust body. snappy rye whiskey nose, as promised; seedy/peppery and sharp with ethanol. if I were in the mood for rye I would probably love the nose so much more. it’s lightly doughy, oak flavor is minimal (preferable). sweet honey, spiced bread, seeds, black pepper, cherry wood and astringent pipe tobacco. velvet-like malt texture (mild but enjoyable acidity) but harsh and hot alcohol. the most striking thing about this beer is the late tannins - basically the harshness and astringency you generally get from skin and seed tannins in red wine, but entirely from the oak rye barrel.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured rich garnety-amber with a dense, sticky cap of beige head.. translucent.. looked great! The aroma picked up sweet toffee, medium-skinned fruits, raisins, and vanilla, with sweet rye whiskey and peppery rye around.. quite sweet in the grand scheme of things even though the whiskey was very evident. The flavor found rather syrupy maple, caramel, and plum-like sugars at the core.. vanilla and rye whiskey laced throughout.. kind of hot cross between the whiskey and peppery rye on the edges.. very sweet and very warm finish. Heavier-bodied with a full feel on the palate.. more sugars than I needed in there.. the combo of the sugars and warm whiskey made it hard-ish to drink in the end.
tgncc (2888) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From trade JCKP64. with The aroma is strong rye whiskey, rye bread, caramel. The appearance is a nice hazy reddish brown, off-white head. the flavor is again strong rye whiskey, spicy, rye, caramel, bread. The finish is a booze warming from (you guessed) rye whiskey. Medium in body. Now I love rye whiskey, but I should have observed the golden rule: you have to let barrel aged beers age, or the whiskey (or bourbon/wine/brandy) overpowers the beer. I wish I had another one of these to lay down. However, this is still an enjoyable beer. I wish I could get Boulevard around here. Thanks, John.