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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (825) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Narnad (1484) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
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 isnít 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 wasnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2010
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2010
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. itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7225) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2957) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Nice looking pour - cloudy amber/brown color with a bountiful amount of head. Impressive. The whiskey comes through well in the aroma, but the flavor is much more balanced and complex with bits of rye, vanilla, and some woody spices. Very very smooth and drinkable - surprisingly so IMO. I would definitely drink this again if given the chance - probably the tastiest beer Iíve ever had from Boulevard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1968) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2010
dark amber/brownish pour with a thick off white head. aroma was strong buttery oak and caramel maltiness with a hint of whiskey. flavour was a lot of buttery/vanilla oak for me with some slightly bitter rye, hints of caraway/licorice, almond. Some heat from the whisky tones combined with the alc in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2010
750ml Bottle (#7958 of 12148): Aroma of rye, whiskey, oak, slight booze, slight vanilla, and a touch of spice. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of rye, whiskey, light wood, light vanilla, light alcohol, and spice. Medium to full body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Rye, whiskey, slight wood, light vanilla, and light alcohol finish is a tad spicy. 11%ABV is noticeable throughout, but not overbearing.

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