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RATINGS: 574   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours an ugly murky brown with a light tan head, rising about a finger falling quickly. The aroma is medium, mostly lots of alcohol, whiskey, with a slight vanilla finish. The taste is very intersting, its almost like drinking a Johnny Walker Red soaked in a loaf of bread. The feel is extremely heavy with lots of warm alcohol feeling. Overall, its a very tasty interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1706) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Pours a hazy garnet color with a substantial tan/orange head that lasts. Aroma is sauteed butter and brown sugar. Taste is sweet toasted malt, butter, molasses along with dried dark fruit and apricots. Smooth and well balanced; sweet but not cloying. Nice warmth after the swallow. An excellent effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with a yellow off white head that’s huge. Vanilla with light spices, mild wooden whiskey tones. Raisins and dark fruit notes, tea and tannic wooden tones. Very soft vanilla notes, really a great barrel to bad its so warm and a bit less vanilla it would be stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: browns and woods, mahogany. Head fades fast, leaving a bubble collar. Subdued carbonation overall considering it is bottle-conditioned.
Nose: stewed spiced boozed fruits. Melted caramel and cocoa powder. Vanillin, both raw root and extract. Candied sugars and dense date cake, treacle. Stewed apples and peaches. Tickle of heat, spice, and boozed wood in the back; dried grass mixed in with boozed wood.
Palate: dry with nice attenuation; immediately starts to dry palate. Wood, brown spices, nutmeg. Vanillin and wood. Barrels steeped in rye, splintered and broken, oozing and eking rye and barley delights. Cherry and black plum skins. Candied sugars and homemade bar syrup; not overpowering or cloying – an undercurrent of sticky sweetness. Leaves breath and chest warm. Long dry rub finish top of tongue with rye seeds, wood, and spice apple skins. Bourbon esters.
Final Thoughts: a fireside sipper, to be sure. Rye is a wonderful grain albeit hard to work with, though the end results are always worth the while as proven here once more by Boulevard Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Pours a hazy orange-brown. Huge beige head with great retention and lacing. Sweet rye aroma with dried cherry and whiskey notes. Strong oak and whiskey flavor. Surprisingly smooth finish with little alcohol burn. Very good but a little one-dimensional strong whiskey barrel flavor. If I wanted all whiskey, I’d drink whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Murky cinnamon brown with a beige ring. Nose is plum sauce, caramel and spicy rye. Medium body with bright, tongue-tickling carb. Taste is honey, even a bit syrupy, smooth bready rye then sharp like a shot of rye whiskey. Great flavor dynamic especially the contrast of the ryes. Apparently my favorite in the Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8254) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
750ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma had spicy rye, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. The flavors are big vanilla and toffee with rye whiskey bourbon, dark fruits and a spicy rye bite. A little boozy at times; this is not one you want to pound by yourself. Medium plus body, smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Corked bottle
Pours a thick, dense, and lively amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma is oaked bourbon soaked in a cedar cask filled with fresh lemons. Divine smellin’. Flavor is caramel bourbon candy in a wooden wrapper. Light cedar plank and mixed fruit in the finish. Tingly and thick on the tongue. Man, this is AWESOME. Another winner from Boulevard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #1-2010 courtesy of foppa78. thanks, mat! pours a dark, hazy, reddish brown with a thick, creamy, khaki head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with big, smooth, sweet oak, vanilla, and woody bourbon up front backed by dry hops, notes of cherry, and toffee, and subtle, spicy caraway seeds. flavor is delicious as well with the spicy rye notes coming through boldy at the outset and backed by sweet caramel, vanilla, and wood with hints of red grapes, dark cherry, and orange and a touch of smooth, hot bourbon on the finish. palate is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and dry on the tongue with a lingering, oak and bourbon finish that warms the belly and the soul. overall, an awesome take on a barrel aged strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle. A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head. S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I can’t pick out what it is. T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesn’t taste like there’s anything particularly wrong with it. Don’t think it was a brewing/packaging issues; there’s just something my palate doesn’t agree with. M: Dry and a bit hot. D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevard’s bigger beers, but can’t get into this one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

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