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RATINGS: 506   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark crimson color with a nice head. The nose is sharp and up front; lots of rye whiskey notes. The malts are there and there’s some light rye alewine things in the background, but the rye whisky certainly overpowers most of things. The body and sweetness balance the nose and it finishes clean and more complex. Nice idea and well delivered, I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5799) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
750ml bottle pours a translucent, ruby amber with a creamy white head. Nose is candy, wood, cordial cherry, whiskey, butterscotch. Flavor is sweet, cherries, light wood pulp, light sherry, caramel, spice, vanilla. Finish is full bodied and a little sticky with a touch of lasting oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1521) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Amber pour with a big white head. Plenty of Rye and oak goodness in this one. Some caramel, vanilly, and a bit of nutmeg round this one out. Thick body but it works for the style and helps blend in the rye spice notes.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3005) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3523) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
750ml bottle C&C #5773/12148 (Courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-48° in Lager Glass-Pours a clear darker amber with a big loose off white head. Aroma of rye. Taste of rye, pepper, and caramel. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite yummy. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1552) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours a hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Sweet whiskey aroma, some caramel too. Solid body, sweet malty, caramel and heavy Bourbonish vanilla and oak. Warming alcohol finish. 290311

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