Onionkid (371) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Ho ho! What do we have here? A great beer approaches! Pours a deep, hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma for me doesn’t seem to be that strong, but it’s a roasted malty smell. The taste of this beer is just incredible. It certainly has a roasted, whiskey taste to it and you’ll know that yes, this has a kick to it. The rye is apparent right from the get-go, which brings with it a cloying, sour taste. I really need to reiterate the whiskey flavorings of this beer - you’re gonna notice that and the rye above all else, and your enjoyment of it is largely going to be based on how you can cope with the sheer *awesome* values of each. There’s the tartness of the rye along with a woody (but not too much), spicy flavor overall. Here’s my feeling on this beer - first few swigs, wasn’t feeling it all that much. Once you’ve had say...half a glass though? You’ll have warmed up to it quite a bit more. Is that the alcohol talking? It could be. Regardless, I’ve got to give Boulevard credit here. I love a lot of their beers, and this stands up there with their best. A great treat! 11% (!) alcohol.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:A little banana, a lot of bourbon, and a little rye.
Appearance:Dark amber in color, lots of head, good retention.
Taste:Bourbon, vanilla, rye flavors, spices, dark fruits.
Palate:Medium to heavy body, very smooth, good carbonation.
Overall:This is a very tasty beer, lots of complex flavors, a great sipper.
beernbourbon (1366) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is cloudy dirty copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is hot with notes of vanilla, roasted malt, the spicy-sweet rye malt signature, and a touch of wood. Flavor is also quite hot with notes of rye malt, light wood, light vanilla, and hints of dark fruit. This is just way too hot right now. Gave me the chills a few times.
Headbanger (3488) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle C&C #5773/12148 (Courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-48° in Lager Glass-Pours a clear darker amber with a big loose off white head. Aroma of rye. Taste of rye, pepper, and caramel. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite yummy. Great brew.
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 (2898) - 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 (12277) - 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 (832) - 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 (1485) - 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.