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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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-Ryeís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Hazy reddish/brown with a light brown foamy head.Aroma is rye,wheat,oranges,and a slight funk finish.Flavor is much of the same with a slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle. Poured a cloudy dark brown color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye, bourbon and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet tingly finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark crimson color with a nice head. The nose is sharp and up front; lots of rye whiskey notes. The malts are there and thereís some light rye alewine things in the background, but the rye whisky certainly overpowers most of things. The body and sweetness balance the nose and it finishes clean and more complex. Nice idea and well delivered, I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
750 ml courtesy of an mreusch trade. Thanks, Matt. And with this, we come to the end of the Smokestack journey.. at least until they put out another bottle. Pretty anticipated on my side. Pours a nice well hazed almost murky darker reddish amber, fulled, almost auburn pieces with a decent carbonation that leads into a huge beige head that stays fairly large, laces well. Aromas are a blend of rye bread and caramel, a touch of rye spirit beneath, almost with a sweeter, more scotch based edge. Vanilla tannins, sticky caramel, light booziness and wet oak mesh well. toffee, toasty bread, cereal malts and grains. Pretty nice up front, sweeter, a nice barrel element, and a touch of toastiness behind the alcohol warmth on the nose. Initial is a kick of whiskey up front, warming with sticky sweetness, rye, vanilla, and caramel coming into the fold, a decent bitterness meshes into a decent alcohol kick, almost a little too potent on the backend. Rye malts and rye whiskey provide an interesting feel, barrel and vanilla coupled with booziness on the backend, a bit harsh. Sweet caramel, toffee, cereal malts, toasty bread, decent bittering hops on the backend. Nice, a bit too warm for me on the backend. Some age might see some development and taming of the beast, perhaps bring the barrel and malt body to the forward and let the heat die down, as it seems a bit in the way as it is. Tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with an average, rocky and frothy light tan head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), light hops (herbs), average yeast with notes of dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, and lively carbonation. Long duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle # 8116. A special thanks to Matthew(Overml01) and Dede on their wedding day. Cheers to the both of you. Mohogany pour with a beige head. Aroma is rye, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, finishes with a dry taste. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms up. Foam laces nicely on the side of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750m corked and baled. Thanks Tyler! Pours a murky dark amber with golden brown edges. Huge pillowy grainy-wheat-bread-looking head that really, really sticks around. Decent sheets of tan lace coming down the sides of the glass. This beer looks like it could have been an extra in the Lord of the Rings--itís got that screaming hand-made salt-of-the-earth fecundity to everything about the color and heft and head of it. This beer looks like prosperous civilization in a glass. If you can harvest enough to make this beer and still have enough left over for a quarter of a billion pastrami sandwiches that year, then, as a society, your agricultural efforts are proceeding apace. Have yourself a beer. And while youíre at it thank your lucky stars you live in a melting pot. Creamy medium body with sharp carb. Definitely some smoky, boozy, and woody notes. Big bold rye bread tartness on the mid palate, toasty, spicy, pushy but pleasant. Lots of power here, but itís that approachable carraway deli awesomeness that you want from a powerfully flavored bread, except translated into liquid goodness. Finish lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
750ml bottle, courtesy degarth. Batch 2010-01 bottled on 01/13/2010. Bottle #9306 of 12148. The pour yields a hazy, darkish, brazen-gold colored body with a moderate, frothy head of beige foam. Spotted lacing dots the glass. The aroma is based in big, spicy rye malts and toasted grain, with substantial influence from caraway and licorice. Charred oak is quite apparent, while the rye barrel also forwards a significant amount of booziness. Flavors show a bit more caramel character, introducing a slight sweetness to the zesty, clean rye and toasted cereal grain. The oak brings a smoky char component, along with hints of vanilla and woody spice. The palate is medium-plus in stature and initially smooth, finishing out a little rougher with the pronounced boozy heat. Overall, itís a good, interesting brew, but I think the rye barrel aging is better suited with a darker base beer profile, and the gravity should probably be turned down a notch or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Rye on rye (750ml bottle from Shawn)... Pours a medium caramel murky cinnamon brown with a huge fluffy light beige head... Flavors are very assertive vanilla and toffee with rye whiskey bourbon aspects which at first seem calm, body seems smooth light and creamy, but after awhile the booziness just hits u hard in the mouth. Not for the faint hearted. 8/4/7/3/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3460) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750ml bottle shared by Arbitrator on BA. Pours a mostly clear medium brown color with a three-finger off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is rye whiskey, oak, honey, rye, and sweet malt. Pretty nice. Flavor is great even though itís very sweet. Caramel malt, earthiness, oak, spice, and rye whiskey. Maybe itís just that I love rye barrel aged stuff, but this is pretty tasty. Somewhat sweet on the palate with medium-full body. Just a tad syrupy. Average-plus drinkability. A very solid beer overall, but not one of the better ones that have come out of a rye whiskey barrel.

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