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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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-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 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 (3366) - 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 (3730) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750 ml bottle from ditmier. Bottle 4557/12148. Nose of whiskey, bready rye, Light oaky vanilla. Lightly hazy amber with a big pale beige head. Flavor of bready yeast, whiskey, and light vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
thanks kan, 750ml. pours pours hazed amber foamy off white head nose has a big spicy rye and vanilla and hotdogs and figs. Fl big rye notes smokey vanilla and figs, huge rye and alc finish thatís difficult to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle 8872 of 12148. Pours a dark ruby red brown with a huge off-white khaki head. Biggest head for a beer of this abv that I have ever seen. Lots of lively rising carbonation bubbles. Nice lace. The aroma is super heavy on the rye. Very sweet bourbon aroma. Creamy vanilla is very prominent. There is also an almost spicy banana note. The flavor is very unique, and intense. Again, very bourbony, oaky, vanilla, and surprisingly not much alcohol. The more I get into it, the smoother it gets, but it is still a very heavy and flavorful beer. I am gonna have a tough time getting through this whole bottle by myself. Meant to share it with a friend, but the prolongation of said sharing inspired me to just go for it. It is medium to full body with lively arbonation--fine bubbles. Overall: a very bold and unique beer. One for all the bourbon fans to try, though I strongly advise you split a bottle between 3 people or so. The more I drink, the more I think this beer would get really interesting with some brett in it! (nudge nudge Boulevard)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
750ml bottle from the Wine and Cheese Place. Lightly hazed copper with a big beige head. Big nose of rye malts and whiskey notes, a little cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Brown with creamy tan head and lace. Rye malt aroma with a hint of something like vanilla. Light malt sweetness, a whiskiness and abv dominate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2717) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2010
This poured a copper color with a white head. The aroma is a bitch smack of bourbon with some rye and caramel showing up. The flavor is very boozy and sweet with more burbon, rye, toffee, and caramel. Overall a pretty good beer but not one to go tailgating with!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Courtesy of askofficerfriendly. Pours hazy brown with copper hues and tall tan head. The aroma is sweet with malts and growing spiciness and crystal like malts. The taste is sweet and then seems to roll into a bourbon or whiskey booze sensation followed by drying booziness (go figure) and growing rye spiciness. It seems a bit bright and rough and likely some time in the cellar may improve things.

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