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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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?


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2010
From the big bottle. My first rye beer, and great one to start with. Bright translucent red-orange pour with a big bubbly head. Aroma is very strong with notes of baking cocoa, berries, and rye bread (of course). Flavor hits up front of rye bread, mellows out to a nice smokey oak flavor and cranberries. Just a touch of alcohol can be detected, but in a good fashion. Finishes bittersweet, kind of like whiskey.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rowbigred (22) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 14, 2010
Absolutely wonderful. Iíve drunk a pint, and at 11% alcohol, itís got me buzzing. Iím a lightweight. It pours beautifully, amber with a thick, creamy head. The nose is alcohol and caramel malt, which breaks down into sweetness, banana bread, malt, slight hops, and whisky. It goes down like a pleasant whisky, with a sweet burn. Absolutely great.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kuphish (378) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2010
750ml bottle from footbalm, thanks a ton. Iíve been wanting to get this and I wasnít disappointed
Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby red/brown with a nice amount of light beige head and great lacing in the glass
Aroma: A huge nose of rye, oak and whiskey
Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. Bourbon, oak, rye and woody
This is a great beer, nice and smooth. Easy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onionkid (360) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
750ml bottle. Ho ho! What do we have here? A great beer approaches! Pours a deep, hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma for me doesnít seem to be that strong, but itís a roasted malty smell. The taste of this beer is just incredible. It certainly has a roasted, whiskey taste to it and youíll know that yes, this has a kick to it. The rye is apparent right from the get-go, which brings with it a cloying, sour taste. I really need to reiterate the whiskey flavorings of this beer - youíre gonna notice that and the rye above all else, and your enjoyment of it is largely going to be based on how you can cope with the sheer *awesome* values of each. Thereís the tartness of the rye along with a woody (but not too much), spicy flavor overall. Hereís my feeling on this beer - first few swigs, wasnít feeling it all that much. Once youíve had say...half a glass though? Youíll have warmed up to it quite a bit more. Is that the alcohol talking? It could be. Regardless, Iíve got to give Boulevard credit here. I love a lot of their beers, and this stands up there with their best. A great treat! 11% (!) alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2011
750 ml 2010 bottle shared with 17thfloor and davinci, 1000th rating, woohoo! Pours a copper amber color with a thick billowy light tan head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, sherry, dark fruit, some big port character, brown sugar and sweet caramel with light whiskey notes, light oxidation that works well with the complexity. Flavor, ahhh hereís the rye whiskey barrel, starting off on the fruity side though picking up some spice from the rye. The barrel notes come forward more and more through the finish, with some vanilla, dark fruit and whiskey characters. Finishes sweet and warming though I think the 11percent is very well covered. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Very nice rye presentation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (633) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 2012 tap pours medium orange brown with off white head. The aroma is sweet fruity and a little boozy. The taste is full smooth and warming with a very mellow rye spicey grain over bright fruits of sweet green apple and maybe some pear and a pervasive wooden character. At first there was a strong vanilla but eventually the grain and alc sit longer than the woods. It fills the nose with alc as it goes down and warms the belly too, very easy to drink for a really big sweet beer. There is an ample amount of hops to help out but it finishes neither dry nor grainy. Low carbonation helps it to slide down with a silky texture especially when cool. Another phenomenal limited release by Boulevard. The bottle was less wood character and more grain but still enjoyable, not quite as good though as tap, still slammin. Like a rye version of backwoods bastard, kind of, maybe better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3549) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Aroma is yeast, rye grain and slightly perfumed. The flavor is hops/rye spiciness, an almost candy-like fruit flavor, complex malts and a a mix of smoothness first and then bitterness takes over in the finish. This was almost like a mix of an IPA with a BSA and then adding rye into it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO for $7. Tapped from the Black Tap Handle w/ a Fuscia colored Square on top & Rye on Rye labeled into a 12oz Smokestack Series Tulip Glass. Aroma- A very rich and deep nose is present but subtle at the same time? You know what I mean. Sweet, tons of rye, and a bit of booziness on the finish. Nice overall! Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, frothy head that has great retention. Has a deep brown and ruby colored body with depth. Leaves the thickest lacing behind. Eye candy. Flavor- A ton of complexity makes this one up, almost too much at times! Strong alcohol and light bourbon are mixed with dark fruits and a sweetness that follows nicely. Finishes with a medium bitterness level. Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a great finish made up of alcohol, figs, rye, and malt. Overall Impression- A very rich one from Boulevard! Enjoyed every last sip and will be enjoying my bottle of this very shortly. I suggest enjoying this on-tap and wouldnít tell you not to grab one of the last bottles available.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bricktop86 (515) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours dark cloudy ruby red with a lot of fluffy tan head. Smells of rye bread. Taste reminds me of good bourbon; sweet, rich and just barley sour. Spicy and warming on the finish. If youíre like me and enjoy whiskey then this one is for you


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