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Blackstone XV Anniversary Ale

Blackstone XV Anniversary Ale
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
In a twist on our most acclaimed beer, St. Charles Porter, we took our award-winning Porter recipe, collected less second runnings for a stronger brew, added turbinado sugar and fermented it with Belgian Trappist yeast. The result is a darker, spicier, friutier, Porter that retains the classic St. Charles silky smoothness. We also plan to hold some kegs of it back for additional aging and release throughout the year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Received a 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur. Poured from the Red/Yellow labeled bottle into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has Bottle Conditioned, January 15, 2010- #74 OF 500 on the front & side of the label. Aroma- Very rich and complexed to say the least! Tons of sugar and light booziness reach the nose also. Sweet, malty, and a distant roastiness are all involved. Great aroma! Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies fairly quick. Has an extreme deep opaque brown body and leaves thick lacing behind. Flavor- Very sweet malts with burnt sugars and chocolate are all available to find here. Such a treat! Almost a mixture of a Robust Porter and some type of Belgian brew that has been aged. Light Bitterness at the finish with a yeasty character. Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, but then doesn’t have much going on at the finish... Sweet still with roastiness but didn’t have the same effects on me as the taste/flavor did. Overall Impression- A huge thanks to Curtis for throwing this one to me in a trade this past spring! If you have a bottle of this, I suggest enjoying it fairly soon. Fantastic! I’ve never had a Porter with such character. One of my favorites from Blackstone now!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Pours dark reddish brown with small beige head. The aroma is roasty with deep dark chocolate note, some vanilla. The flavor is lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, sweet-ish coffee. A slight earthy bitterness comes in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 Super thick creamy light brown head over a thick black body. Same as the St. Charles Porter in that the edges glow deep red but the body is opaque. Aroma is of burnt sugar, creme brulee, deep roasted malt, and caramel. Flavor has a hot aftertaste, almost spicy. Brown sugar and molasses is also in here. This no longer tastes like a porter, but it still has that magical silky smoothness of the St. Charles Porter. On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Red-brown, beige cover. Aroma is sugary, some alcohol, chocolate, cocoa, fruity. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, smoother, more like the amped up St. Charles that I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle #82 of 500 Pours black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of roast malt, Chocolate, coffee. Flavors follow the aroma. Rich smooth tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Bomber from the brewpub. Looks dark, basically like their standard porter. The Belgian yeast is apparent in the aroma with plenty of clove and bubblegum notes. A fair roasty quality is also present. The Belgian yeast is prominent in the flavor too. I usually prefer a more lopsided harmony of porter/stout and Belgian yeast; the two different flavor profiles can be awkward when competing against each other. This isn’t bad at all, though. Flavors of banana and clove try to meld with toffee and chocolate notes. The finish is predominantly of esters. Not highly exciting to me, but enjoyable during the course of the bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Very dark red, almost black. Smells like sweet chocolate and banana, plus maybe some vanilla. Flavor i also chocolate covered banana, as well. Tasty stuff. Sampled at 2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle. Clear ruby garnet color/ tan head. Nutty, caramel, medium roast malt aromas. medium bodied. Nice caramel, nutty, roasty flavors with some spicy pit fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this beer. Bottle number 144 of 500. The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate and some roasted malt. The flavor is that of your basic porter. I get some chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I like this beer, but I am disappointed that I didn’t get more Belgian character out of it. It tasted like a basic American Porter to me, not a beer with trappist yeast and turbinato sugar added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3559) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle from a trade with Rustyham. Bottle #90/500. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some dark fruits. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Nick.

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