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RATINGS: 503   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-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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
(750ml bottle, No. 4342 of 12148, courtesy of BarZigKin) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of rye, roasted malt, and grass. Flavor of rye, wood, pepper, light citrus, earth, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Brown pour, tan head. Lots of grain(rye), whiskey, oak, caramel, dried pears and dark brown sugar. Flavor is much the same. I really like the extra ooomph of rye. It adds some complexity and light sweetness that goes great with the sweetness of the whiskey. Very well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 Pours clear medium brown with a small, oily off white head that manages a couple minutes of retention. This stuff really coats the glass as it goes, looks nice. Aroma is big on spicy rye, caramel, vanilla, mellow wood notes and a general whiskey-like feel. Flavor is again, big on caramel and rye, a little burnt sugar, whiskey, nice toasty and light char notes with floral notes toward the finish. Palate is pretty oily and a little sticky toward the finish, with an intermittent moderate carbonation and a little burn, doesnt sound that appealing, but it works. Really good stuff. Re-rate 2012 batch 2. Wood notes seem a little more pronounced, still amazing.05.09.2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s. Hazy medium brown with a tan head. Light whiskey aroma. The flavor follows the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a copper red with a tan creamy head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and charred wood. This is rather whiskey-y providing aromas that are extremely sweet and rich with a bit booze coming in near the end. The taste has loads of vanilla, rich caramel, and a bit of booze coming in near the finish. There is a strong character of wood and earthiness that comes in after the initial taste. The finish is a bit tastey with rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
750 ml bottle via trade with Pawola22- thanks again, Brian! 2010, batch 1, bottle 2991/12148. This cork was probably the hardest time I’ve ever had removing one from a beer. Sore hands aside, this one pours a cloudy plum-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of banana, vanilla, whiskey notes that seem to have both bourbon and scotch qualities, rye, caramel malts, and grains. Flavor of rye and other spices, vanilla, rye, bourbon, floral hops, and caramel malts. Lingering vanilla and rye. Spicy and sweet. Medium-bodied, with decent carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4618) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pull the cork out of a pair of pliers. Again. Boulevard has some kind of corking machine. Tons of carbonation. And the taste and aroma is malt and whiskey. This is a whiskey beer. Good thing I like whiskey. An end of the evening beer. At my age. 7:45 marks the beginning of the end of the eventing. So let me drink this 750.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1208) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Another winner from Boulevard. Woody oak centered flavor. The rye notes are light. Perfectly balanced, slight hop presence. This is how a beer should be made. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
750 ml bottle no. 8821 of 12148. Pours a moderately sized, light tan, fluffy, creamy head. Clear, deep copper body. Light whiskey aroma on top of indiscernible malt. Some rye and maybe a touch of caramel. Much bigger malt presence in the flavor - a little pop from the rye and a touch of smoke/roast complemented by more of the whiskey. No heat, but nice layers of flavor from the whiskey and barrel flavors. Everything is well blended. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily with a lightly sticky finish. Very mild alcohol presence is only noticeably in the warmth in my chest. Overall a great beer. Ultra drinkable without needing to be aged. Superbly crafted and restrained. Avoids the punchy, aggressive character that so many barrel aged beers have. I love the blend and I have to think that contributes to the depth that this beer has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
This poured a reddish brown color with a light beige head. Aroma was lots of rye, some oak and some light toasted malts. Flavor was rye, smokey, oak, and some dry bittering hops on the finish. Interesting beer but not really my style.

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