joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Pours dark amber with lots of floatys, off white head. Not much aroma though I am stuffed up, lots of alcohol and grain some oakiness. Taste is pretty much amazing, tons of rye spiceyness, oak, slight smokyness, vanilla, little bit piney hop bite. Lots of really smoth maltyness to balance it all out, mainly caramel style malts. Some alcohol bite but not to much, perfect level of carbination, medium body. 2012 this was bottle # 20403 2nd batch.
Year 2010 batch 1 bottle #2068 drinking this bottle right after 2012 bottle to compare the two after aging 2 and a half years of ageing. More alcohol less oak, thats the main difference. Still really great beer, didnt change much with ageing 2 years. 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 wouldn’t tell you not to grab one of the last bottles available. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Dark reddish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and whiskey. Flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla with a smooth finish of whiskey. Strong alcohol presence but very nice. nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
Whop! This guy isn’t messing around. Heavy rye whiskey presence amidst a rye American strong ale. Caramel, vanilla, and oak mingle with bold flavors of rye and rye whiskey. Not bad, buy surely better after some time aging. jhamp9 (1931) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thick slowly fading off white head. Aroma is wood, molasses, whiskey, and a little pepper. Taste is bourbon, dark caramel, wood, and subtle citrus on the back end. Full body and a little sticky. Alcohol is very concealed, only a slight warming on the way down.
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 The only thing that I don’t really like about the beer is the aromatics. The rye imparts great flavors but not great smelling notes. its very interesting starts with straight rye mash notes like bring in a distillery that its distilling bourbon. Appearance is awesome looks really unique, a most pleasing thickness and soft brown but deep look. Nice sticky lacing mild off-white head. The taste of this brew is so unique and interesting! It imparts every taste of a bourbon without the harshness of aging in a whiskey barrel. I could drink two maybe even three of these back to back! At 11% Abv be careful! brewcitydrew (1) - - APR 26, 2012 does not count
Smoke, woody, vanilla, basement aromas, toast, caramel nice nose. Can taste oak and whiskey rye. Candy sugar aroma. Soft flavor. Mellow. No hop bitterness. Sweet and dry. matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2012
This was a very interesting one...served on tap.
Poured a very dark mahogany with a thin white head.
Aroma was slightly bready with heavy oak/whiskey notes a fresh spiciness.
Taste was pleasant alcohol was present but far from overpowering. Everything was balanced considering the abv. Very spicy and the rye notes are dominant. Lightly carbonated and enjoyable. Can only drink one, but it is a big beer. ben4321 (6668) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/23/12, Batch 2012-2
Wingfan13 (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2012 does not count
Aroma: The nose is boozy and sweet: oak, caramel, rye, whiskey, fruit, and some light bread
Appearance: It pours a clear reddish-copper with a thick foam of beige head and mid-heavy lace
Flavor: Tastes mid-sweet from the malts and fruity notes, with a big whiskey flavor, and minimal bitterness
Palate: This one is full bodied, with some stickiness and creaminess on the mouth, and medium-plus heat
This one turned out to be a pretty interesting beer. There is a lot of whiskey flavor here, and a good amount of heat as well. While I thought it worked pretty well, I’d be curious to see how this one ages.
Murky apple cider color. Great aroma of whisky barrel, go figure. Great flavor but for me it is hard to pick up the rye malt. Alcohol is well masked. Another great offering from the Smokestack Series.