arjoseph (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
St. Patís Day 2005, Crescent Moon Ale House. On tap. Solid porter. Dark in the glass with a bit of transluscence, tan head. My only (quasi-)complaint is a lack of complexity and balance; but what was there was nice. Not quite as roasty in front as I like in porters, the malt was soft and not too sweet; solid, but not interesting. The hops were a nice level of bitter, slightly metalic. More full-bodied than I expected, and which I enjoyed.
HopDoctor (2) - Stewartville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite beer. For a porter to outdo Samuel Smithís Taddy Porter is a huge accomplishement, and Boulevard has done it. I will not go thru the nose, texture and taste, just suffice to say if you like porter, this is the class of the field!
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from the bottle shared this with flemdawg. poured a mahogany with a tan head. aroma molasses, brown sugar, cherries, malts, hops and a touch of alcohol. flavor, smoke cherries hops, malts, coffee, a little molasses, alcohol, of the 3 boulevards I tried this was the best.
RockYerFaceOff (32) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Bottle. This is my first excursion into lesser known beers, and my first porter. This was recommended by the store. Good. Itís so complex to my virgin tongue. There is a taste of coffee, maybe even a little cola. There are bits of flavors Iíve tasted before, but I canít touch on exactly where or what they are. There is a bit of sweetness to it, and a kind of fruity aftertaste. But not as good as it could be. There are some textural issues, but those things happen.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogony with a disapating brown head and sheeting lacing. Choclolate, coffee, roasted malts aroma. Roasted coffee, carmel, toffee, molasses, some subtle dark fruits, and alcohol as it warmed in the taste. Full mouthfeel and smooth all the way down. Tasty.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark mohogony color with a thin off-white head. Slightly roasy aroma. Big roasty flavors with a smooth malt body. Easy to drink with a nice roasty finish.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black color, faint red comming through, medium sized creamy chocolate colored head. Light cereal grain aroma, a bit of dark toasty flavors as well. A great malt bitterness, balanced by creamy cake like flavors. Great simple porter.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This time I saw the "Bottle Conditioned" label before pouring and so I poured carefully. The color is a very deep, dark garnet with a generous, long lasting smooth head that leaves ample lacing...very pretty. The aroma is full of roasted malt with hints of woodsy undergrowth after a light rain. The initial taste is of rich, roasted malt, with an earthy middle and a long lasting slightly bitter dark roasted malt finish.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep red with a thick creamy head there is lacing all over the glass. really a good beer though it seems a bit thin or watered down
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a six pack while visiting Arkansas this week. The sealed in box and the best by date of June 19, 2005 in dot printing on the neck of the stubby brown bottle reassured me, that I was drinking a fresh sample. The first sample was consumed in a hotel room using a plastic cup, so the review had to wait till I could transport the beer home, and empty the contents of the bottle in a standard pint glass.
The beer looked hazy ruby brown in the glass with a couple of inches thick foamy sepia colored head crowning a bit out of the glass. Lacing was excellent all around. The aroma was roasty but a little on the mild side. My nose could detect coffee, roast grains, and a little hint of chocolate.
The taste was creamy smooth coffee and bitter burnt toast, and was aided by the soft carbonation coating my tongue. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, but could have been better if the beer was just a touch thicker. Dry and roasty, this is a good mainstream porter worth a try.