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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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-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?

shanepardue's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2010
I’m a big fan of Rye ales and this is one on steroids. The barrel-aged flavor is really prominant. The aftertaste lingers with a sort of tang for quite awhile. Some similar notes to the Bourben-barrel quad Boulevard also makes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (609) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Big oak on the nose, spice. On the palate a bit of red apple, bit of pine/grass, sweet orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (299) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours a dark amber color. Has no lacing due to the high ABV....smells like vanilla and caramel with similar tastes. Finishes warm....shit load of bourbon flavor here. A good beer, but rough on your sobriety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (381) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Aroma: rye, woody, caramel, Appearance: cloudy, amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, dark fruits, vanilla Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Pours a deep crimson red color that appears a dark tawny mahogany in the glass with golden orange edges and a three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, lingering throughout the pour and coating the glass with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Impressive looking beer. Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with a delicate barrel presence that’s well integrated into the complex malt bill of the base beer. Was expecting, and actually prefer, stronger barrel notes but the nose if this beer is still inviting with a nice blend of charred oak, spicy whiskey, toasted coconut, peppery rye, dark fruit and sweet caramel malts. Dry wood with boozy sweetness and spicy rye from the whiskey. Subtle vanilla and coconut followed by vinous sweetness with some fig, plum and raisin. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, roasted but and dark breads. The nose isn’t all that impressive lacking bolder barrel characteristics. Still, it’s not offensive in any way, just somewhat bland. Thankfully, the flavor profile is anything but bland. There’s and explosion of dry, spicy rye that dominates the palate, lingering over the barrel notes and sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Nice balance of barrel, rye and malt sweetness of the base but it’s almost too much rye. It’s a shock to the palate at first, but once the palate adjusts, the other flavors come through. Dry charred oak that’s slightly burnt but doesn’t have much of a harsh toothpick flavor. Very nice spicy spirit presence which was lacking in the nose. Spicy spirit adding nice rye whiskey flavor without much heat. Some boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. In addition to the oak and spirit, there is some silky mallow and vanilla bean from the barrel along with toasted coconut. Underneath the barrel is a complex malt bill with heavy rye component countered by caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Again, the spicy, peppery rye flavor dominates but the other malt flavors come forward as it warns. Caramel sweetness with toffee, hazelnut, fig, date and raisin. Overall, this is another very solid release in the smokestack series. Complex with great oak, whisky, rye and sweeter malt flavors. Definitely a sipper but much easier to drink than anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2206) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2015
November 18, 2015 - on tap at Gerst. Brown pour with limited head. Aroma was sweet, spice, whiskey and grain. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a nice amount of heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuchessOfIowa (99) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Slight raison, pepper, and whiskey quality in the nose and flavor. Dark and murkey hazelnut amber hue. Thin white head that disappears quickly. Pleasant richness and sweet quality to the malt. Spicy pop from the rye in the back of the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (371) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Medium hazy brown with an off-white head. Belgian-like sweet aroma, a little boozy, yeast. Taste is also sweet and boozy, Creamy feel. Only a hint of rye, but I’ll take it anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1797) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2015
On tap. Pours a nice mahogany color with fair head and nice lacing. Aroma of rye, malt sweetness woody and hint of booze. Taste of malt sweetness, grain, spice and bit of booze. easy bitterness and a slightly sweet finish. Moderate body, smooth, with a nice robust character and a warming feel. Enjoyable beer to relax with

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle, 75cl corked. A small, dense, light beige head forms over an unclear dark amber colored beer. There’s lots of bourbon on the nose, with dried fruits, toffee and alcohol, some dark chocolate. Coconut and vanilla. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and toffee and some woody hints in the flavor. Full body and a soft carbonation. Long finish with a good bourbon impact. Still, a bit on the bourbon side for me. Well, nice anyway. 151110

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of rye, vanilla, wood , malt an d red apples. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bourbon, vanilla, rye, spices and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

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