Errl (2440) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle # 14654..Pour is honey with a light tan head..Nose is vanilla, whiskey, rye, wood, bubblegum, cotton candy , Taste is vanilla, wood, orange, rye, sweetness, spice, whiskey, Palate is warm with vanilla, and sweetness..
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle to snifter. Looks fine; not as boozy as I expected though. Smells solid; you can definitely bick up the whiskey barreling. Tastes good; nice balance of beer and barrel. Mouthfeel is average, but can likely be improved with age. Good stuff, especially for the price!
bluejacket74 (1770) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle #16855, batch 2012-2, best by 02-2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky ruby red/brown color with about an inch tan head that stays around for a very long time. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, whiskey, vanilla, and a bit of apple. It tastes like oak, rye whiskey, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, and some orange marmalade. Nice mix between the sweet and spicy rye flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and smooth. The carbonation is soft which helps make this easy to drink. I think this is a very good overall brew, I’d buy it again. $13.99 a bottle.
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle, 2012 vintage, bottle NO. 1083- Pours a very hazy ruby red with an off white dense creamy head that reduces to a blanket. The aroma is whiskey, oak, cherries, bready. The taste is similar, very creamy too, oak is very prominent, whiskey is there but not in your face, and that cherry flavor that comes from the wood, wonderful, rye bread is noticeable, If I liked reuben sandwiches, I bet that would be a match. The body is full, carbonation is high, creamy mouthfeel, finish lingers. Overall I was impressed, this is one hell of a big beer, and enjoyable for the entire bottle, I was worried I would get tired of it.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a muddy brown with a thin tan head. The aromas are rye, bourbon, dark fruit. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky and slightly sweet with a medium to heavy body and good carbonation. Cheers!
MaBeer1972 (1710) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BBC in Plymouth. Served in a tulip glass. A deep ruby color. Fruity-spice aromas. Flavor is deep and complex. Lots of stone fruit notes, some spice, some bitterness. Vanilla notes. Heavy but smooth. Perfect beer to curl up with and savor!
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a ruby brown with tan head. Nose and taste are of woody earthiness, rye, not bready at all. A very nicely balanced beer with a bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Another great offering in the Smoke Stack series
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hand it to the guys at Boulevard for creating a true-blue rye-oriented beer. Usually the rye is paired up with some other style, like a red ale or a smoke beer. Not here. It’s just rye on RYE. There’s no getting around the whiskey flavor. It actually tastes a lot like a whiskey branch, which I like, except here it has that seltzer water level of carbonation. While I prefer my rye beers with more than just the rye, this one has some well executed simplicity.
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with lots of floatys, off white head. Not much aroma though I am stuffed up, lots of alcohol and grain some oakiness. Taste is pretty much amazing, tons of rye spiceyness, oak, slight smokyness, vanilla, little bit piney hop bite. Lots of really smoth maltyness to balance it all out, mainly caramel style malts. Some alcohol bite but not to much, perfect level of carbination, medium body. 2012 this was bottle # 20403 2nd batch.
Year 2010 batch 1 bottle #2068 drinking this bottle right after 2012 bottle to compare the two after aging 2 and a half years of ageing. More alcohol less oak, thats the main difference. Still really great beer, didnt change much with ageing 2 years.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO for $7. Tapped from the Black Tap Handle w/ a Fuscia colored Square on top & Rye on Rye labeled into a 12oz Smokestack Series Tulip Glass.
Aroma- A very rich and deep nose is present but subtle at the same time? You know what I mean. Sweet, tons of rye, and a bit of booziness on the finish. Nice overall!
Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, frothy head that has great retention. Has a deep brown and ruby colored body with depth. Leaves the thickest lacing behind. Eye candy.
Flavor- A ton of complexity makes this one up, almost too much at times! Strong alcohol and light bourbon are mixed with dark fruits and a sweetness that follows nicely. Finishes with a medium bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a great finish made up of alcohol, figs, rye, and malt.
Overall Impression- A very rich one from Boulevard! Enjoyed every last sip and will be enjoying my bottle of this very shortly. I suggest enjoying this on-tap and wouldn’t tell you not to grab one of the last bottles available.