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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 750ml Bottle A - Bronze/Amber with a tan/off white frothy head that doesnt disappate. Great lacing. S- Caramel malt, rye whiskey spice, vanilla, & maybe some toffee. T - Complex! All the above notes plus oak overtones. Dry but warming finish. Perfect booze for a big beer. M - Medium bodied with good carbonation O - Great Beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle poured into snifter. Appealing light amber color, clear, huge frothy head. Aroma is definitely highlighted by spicy rye whiskey with supporting notes of burnt caramel malt, booze, and a hint of vanilla. Very nice. Taste is wonderful. What starts slightly bland and uneventful quickly changes gear to a beautifully complex flavor. More spicy rye, warming alcohol, grain, small touches of vanilla and oak, and maybe even a touch of citrus hops?? Finish is very boozy, sticky, and awesome. My only 2 minor gripes are a slight metallic note in the taste and I wish the body was a tad more full. But overall, this is a great grainy rye treat from Boulevard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2012 vintage, Bottle No. 5734. Batch: 2012-1, Best By Date: 02-2014. 750ml bottle into a BC 15th anny glass. Thanks Steimie! A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange/brown body. Two fingers of light tan foam forms and settles into a thin cap. Great lacing and retention. S - Toffee, malt, peat, and some brown sugar. A touch of rye spice and rich oak on the finish. Well what do you know, smells like a malty rye whiskey! T - Taste is almost scotch ale like. A clean toffee malt profile with layers of oak, vanilla, smoke, brown sugar, and rye spice. Simple but tasty. M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Has a bubbly finish that plays well with the alcohol warmth. Drinkability is somewhat low. O - A rather unique beer. Reminds me of a peatier Backwoods Bastard. Quite tasty and a good representation of rye and its spice, however it is a bit one dimensional and cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
abernaki (16) - - DEC 23, 2012

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
SUPERB rye grain specialty beer. Superb aroma on this one- oak, malts, a whiskey nose- super balanced and the perfect viscosity. Delicious cask notes, perfectly aged and distinctive flavor. Would jump at the chance to drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2013(?) bottle. Pours deep orange with an off-white, persistent head that leaves thick sheeting. Aroma is BIG on the rye whiskey. Lots of spice and vanilla on the nose. Taste is an excellent blend of bit citrusy/spicy/sticky hop character, rye whiskey burn, and mellow oak character. Bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
S: Very boozy though ever so slightly watery. Vanilla, oak, spice from the rye whiskey, and caramel and toffee A: Crazy hazy muddy ruby red with a light brown head. Great lacing T: Boozy, spicey, and tasty. However, like the nose its slightly watery. P: Nice, little too much carbonation O: Excellent beer though muddled. There are many layers of complexity but the layers are difficult to perceive ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1678) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwers Big Wood 2012. Dark red/brown, with sweet malts and not very much rye. Just a bit of fruit. Good, but wasnt too impressed with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (2071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012 [6 of 11]. From notes. Aroma: Spiced Templeton rye, sweet oak. Appearance: Amber color, thin ring of off-white head, clings nicely to the glass, good lacing. Taste: Rye whiskey, spice. Some citrusy hops of front, but mostly sweet and spicy. Palate: So so smooth. Nice carbonation & mouthfeel. Overall: Nice. I will happily drink this. Note from Nick: "Im totally tasting urinal cake." As an aside, once that thought is with you its hard to shake it ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
exceptional rye, tastes at kellys in dalton, ma on 12/6/12 Mega beer class. Danity matl balance, smooth rye taste, tangy and mellow hop sugguestion, hoppy side notes and an orange color the balances the fruit with the sun, this is nice. Overall, a bitter at front sip, followed by a malt rollover with liquid fronts of zen. Nice.

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