RATINGS: 588   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-Ryes 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Aroma of sweet caramel, with hints of spices and vanilla. Pours a hazy copper with a long lasting khaki head and nice lacing. The taste is sweet. Some alcohol to begin with which gives way to pepper and spice in the finish. Oak, vanilla, grain, and dark dried fruit notes are also present. Medium body with moderate carbonatin. The abundent peppery finish gives it a crisp fizzy feeling. Overall, this to me, would be a very enjoyable after dinner sipper. Would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. pours an amber color with a large creamy canvas colored head. Notes of coconut, chocolate, light char, spicy rye, and hops. Creamy yet supple mouthfeel. Long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (604) - - FEB 10, 2013
Fruity sweet aroma with a hint of dry white wine. Murky brown with foamy white head. Yeast, dates, fruity sweet. Dry white wine finish. Boozy warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (2061) - Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Appearance: dark, slightly cloudy mahogany-purplish brown with a frothy, bubbly khaki head . Aroma: definitely spicy, with notes of black pepper, pumpernickel bread, rye (of course), plums, wood, toffee, and vanilla. Taste: tastes very whiskey-ish, but without the alcohol burn and smoke--lots of wood, vanilla, molasses, floral honey, but most of all, a rich, toasty, spicy rye bread. Finish: lingering heat (from the rye, not the abv) and sweetness, with a surprising fruit note hanging on to balance the rich malts. Notes: Loved this beer. Big flavors, very chewy palate, and yet for all that I was able to drink the full 750 because the 12% abv was extremely well-hidden. Would absolutely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good. Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel. Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. Thats ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. Theres again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupels fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity. Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevards Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. Its not the same, but theres clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, its about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable! Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (6070) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bomber. Pours red amber with thick head. Earthy and sugary aroma. Sweet taste. Big malty brown sugar flavor. Can't decide if I like it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (8892) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Clear copper with a pungent rye nose with an accompaniment of bready char-y whiskey. Flavor is mostly whiskey (but without the burn, astringency, or overpowering char), lots of oak, and rye bread. Sweet and grainy, but with lots of whiskey. Thankfully not too hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy amber with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, oak and bread. Flavor of the same. Whiskey Def there but goes well with the rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1408) - 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 (dont 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 (its not fast, and its not food). Help me for I am in hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Rich aroma with wood, caramel, fruit, and spice. Flavor is sweet and a little boozy with vanilla and wood. Finish is surprisingly dry and smooth considering the alcohol content, with a little fruit and spice. I generally dont like "bourbon barrel" beers, but this gets the balance right. A nice effort.

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