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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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-Rye’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78. Thanks a bunch, Mat! 2010 vintage. A bit hazy, reddish brown appearance with a small brown head with some alcohol lacing. A bit spicy, fairly grainy rye malty, sweet rye whiskey aroma. Rich, spicy, caramel, toasty, rye malty, fairly grainy, woody, rich rye whiskey, light vanilla flavor with a tangy, spicy, a touch sharp whiskey finish. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kranin (23) - - MAR 11, 2012
Not very intense, not very hoppy, not very bitter. The alcohol comes forward when the brew is consumed are cellar temp. Good beer, but not striking. (750ml / Blue Max / 03/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4547) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750 ml. bottle. 2010. Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, and whiskey. Taste is dark fruit, rye whiskey, spices, and alcohol. Works well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2715) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
750 ml bottle. Notes from a tasting held in April 2011.
Aroma: spicy rye, vanilla, alcohol
Taste: buttery, spicy rye, vanilla, wood
Overall: A nice rye beer, the rye whiskey barrels are a nice touch, however they seem to accentuate the alcohol in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish hued, large pillowy light beige head, nice lacing.   Aroma is dill, pickles, pastrami, and Rye bread.   Seriously, this is like a damn sandwich.   OMG, so much so.   This is just like a damn Pastrami sandwich in a bottle.   I am shocked.   On the tongue its heaping helpings of dill, pickles, and pastrami.   Yeah, heavy rye an pastrami, its crazy.   A little bit of peat.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Heavy rye on the finish.   Lingering pastrimi and dill.   I swear, this is the most sandwich like beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bomber. Light amber pour with medium head. Nose is whisky, malt, rye. Taste follows with a good amount of heat and a fairly dry finish. More heat on taste than nose. I don’t think age will help in this case. Good if you like whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Poured from 750 ml bottle. Aroma is tons of whiskey. This is rye to an extreme. I was thinking I needed to wash this one down with an old fashion or some other big cocktail. Not nearly as sweet as I would have expected. Really tasty with lots of rye and just a bit of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (31416) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2011
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and caramel. The flavor is sweet iwth notes of malt, caramel, rye, and alchohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2011
2010 bottle from Gomer’s Lee’s Summit. Wow, this is coming along nicely. It has definitely smoothed out. But i’m getting ahead of myself. Aroma is whiskey and caramel, not overly strong. Copper color (just a bit hazy) with small, white head and very nice lacing. Flavor is mainly rye whiskey without the punch but that’s not all there is- elements of fruit, sweet bread, and some spicing i can’t identify but it does leave a tingle. But this is definitely a rye whiskey beer. It smells and tastes like it should be hotter than it is. No burn whatsoever, a smooth 11%. But my tummy is warm for sure. This was much more jumbled when it was fresh. The hops have subsided and the whiskey barrel is really at the forefront, where it should be. If you have some, you can drink it now and it will be great. But my guess is that with more age it will just get smoother and sweeter, like it already has. A unique beer worth searching out. Well done, Boulevard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2011
750 ml 2010 bottle shared with 17thfloor and davinci, 1000th rating, woohoo! Pours a copper amber color with a thick billowy light tan head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, sherry, dark fruit, some big port character, brown sugar and sweet caramel with light whiskey notes, light oxidation that works well with the complexity. Flavor, ahhh here’s the rye whiskey barrel, starting off on the fruity side though picking up some spice from the rye. The barrel notes come forward more and more through the finish, with some vanilla, dark fruit and whiskey characters. Finishes sweet and warming though I think the 11percent is very well covered. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Very nice rye presentation.

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