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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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?

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1262) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into tumbler- poured an evenly turbid darkened tan and lightened brown mixed color. 3mm off tan in color head formed and laced very nicely. Aroma of WHISKY (yeah!), a fair toasted malt, light caramel, and hardwood- very appealing. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was lightly sprinkled with molasses (donít taste like caramel), a whole lotta smoothness imparted from the treatment of rye in WHISKY barrels comes in the middle, finish is warming with a note of oak. Dayum- a toasted rye with provolone and pastrami would be AWESOME with this! However, in the land of Texughtucky, I get either BBQ, Mexican food, or fast food (itís not fast, and itís not food). Help me for I am in hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (920) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Dark amber with a small beige head that has very fine bubbles and some pretty nice retention, especially considering the high ABV. The aroma is loaded with vanilla, rye, wood, peppery alcohol, and some deep caramelized sugar. The flavor has some more rye malt, and less vanilla. This beer is very sweet, but seems to lack the richness to match. The somewhat earthy rye flavor comes and goes but the sweetness lingers and hides most of the alcohol. Not as over the top on the rye as I expected, but the sweetness is a but much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2236) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
From notes. Tasted in early 2013 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle that I purchased at Lush and shared at SvTís house. Pours hazy dark orange with a thick white head that leaves average lace. The nose is malty caramel and maple with spicy and dusty rye. The flavor is more dusty and spicy than the nose with the caramel malt and maple/vanilla barrel taking a bit of a back seat. The body is full with fairly lively carbonation and a long spicy, dusty, and lightly bitter rye finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (807) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Aroma is stiff and hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Taste has dried red fruit notes with some vegetal qualities. Finish is boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuNpali (49) - FINLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle (BBD 11/2015); A nice aroma with lots of caramel and a bit of alcohol. Appearance is clear amber with a beige head. Taste has some whiskey and caramel. The palate has a bit too much alcohol to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3702) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber, small off white head, decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla and caramel. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, vanilla and dark sugars, oak tannins, whiskey. Kind of hot, a bit simplistic. Medium body, some acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3304) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle, thanks EWood87, amber brown pour with off white head, nose is caramel, taste is sweet caramel, honey boozy, boo-yah

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750ml bottle into a pint glass. A: An aggressive pour yields a tawny colored body with an off-white shaded head thatís a hand high. The head retention is...well, frustrating - it also has a very frothy texture that aids the aforementioned retention. Thick rings of lacing are left behind. The only detractor is some chunky sediment in the body itself. S: Iím getting a really wonderful yet subtle barrel note, loaded with vanilla and mild oakiness. The malts provide some great rye notes - itís spicy much in the way a Belgian ale would be. That, or it actually uses Belgian yeast (not surprising given the brewery) and the rye works beautifully with it. I also pick up a lot of the European hops, which add a wonderful dimension to this beer. There isnít a hint of the 12% anywhere. Aromatically, it really speaks to me - it says "DRINK ME NOW". T: It drinks much like a (good) BSDA would, only with a pleasant rye spiciness on the finish. This really brings the rye malts in a good way, along with some peppery and dark fruit-y yeast esters. Come to think of it, the finish is also pretty vanilla-forward, as well. Also, I get faint grapefruit hints. A light booziness enters the aftertaste, but otherwise, the alcohol is masked admirably. The flavor depth is solid - itís not the most complicated beer ever. Considering the fantastic rye flavors and well hidden alcohol, I donít really care. Itís complex enough. M: Itís not ridiculously full bodied, but it is relatively creamy and restrained in carbonation. Actually, the restrained carbonation makes it a bit syrupy compared to, say, Duvel. Hey, itís 12%. Better to be a bit sweet than a bit boozy as far as Iím concerned. O: Oh yeah, this hits my palate in all the right places. Itís sweet, but not too sweet. Itís spicy, but not too spicy. Itís boozy...no fuck that, itís not boozy at all. Boulevard really worked wonders here - itís so good, I think Iíll kill this 750 solo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7109) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bomber. Murky amber pour with a cream colored head. Tons of rye whiskey on the nose and taste. Good carbonation. Fairly sweet. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle courtesy Aaron. Pours coppery amber brown with 2 finger white head, dissipating to rimming film rather quickly. Nose is all bourbon. Lots, and lots, of bourbon. Like I just opened a keg of bourbon. Flavor not so much. Mild rye notes, lots of bourbon, predominately vanilla along with caramel notes. Pretty delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (162) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Popped open this bottle labeled 2013 tonight. Opaque reddish brown, Aroma is apple juice, plum, butterscotch, booze. Itís sweet, mostly sweet. Rich, smooth, malt character. Easy to drink despite the high abv. Very good.

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