matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep reddish brown, tan head. big english malt nose. toffee, dark fruit, fairly rustic. enjoyable but not a top example of the style.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) cloudy red-amber, wispy tan bubbles. Nose of florals, cocoa, English hops, bready, caramel. Taste is richer, cocoa, oak, earthy hops, light alcohol and bread. Medium to light body.
bleeng (1522) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Pours musty brown.Sweet light malty nose. Big alcohol taste is rather sharp. Brown ale musty, musk, thin body. A bit mixed up.
adnielsen (9081) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Argonaut Denver. Pours a deep brown appearance with a big, brown head. Quite herbal, grassy hoppy, somewhat earthy, cola, caramel aroma. Somewhat boozy, chewy caramel, chocolate, cola, plum, dark fruity, cracker, grassy flavor with a tangy, boozy, a bit syrupy finish. One of my least favorite beers from Boulevard.
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown with a resilient light brown head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, toast, nuts, and wood. The taste is sweet and slightly sour, roasty and woody with a nice bitterness and a slight alcohol bite with a bit of metal. Medium-full bodied, a tad syrupy, lightly carbonated, and a little sharp. Mostly pretty good, though the metallic flavor is a little off-putting.
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky and very dark ruddied brown. Dense creamy surging tan head that settles back, leaving lots of lace. Tangy sweet nose, almost tart, like overripe fruit. Thick, fairly flat body. Fruitcake and treacle, in a heavy bready way, on the mid palate. Odd battle between residual malt sugars and tree fruit notes, not very integrated. Tangy sweetish finish.
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby red with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of coffee, caramel, and light dark fruits. Taste is weak coffee, and mildly tart red fruits. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and fair mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Collaboration No. 3 Stingo finishes mildly tart and with some caramel sweetness.
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is deep deep brown with hints of red and purple. Head is medium tan. Aroma is very nice: brown sugar malt with hints of shortbread cookie, very faint hop, and smooth vanilla candle. Flavor is rich and full with smooth and spicy roasted caramel malt dominating. Also hints of hop, black pepper, and light spice in the finish. Not much tartness in this, but it is really well balanced. Not an overwhelming beer but it is just so well balanced. Smooth and malty. Really nice.
beastiefan2k (2430) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased for $7.41. Poured into an older school Smokestack goblet. Color is dark brownish-ruby, too dark to see through. Head is medium sized but fades rather quickly. Aroma first hits you with malty, dark bread surrounded by light caramelized toffee. Then comes the earthy-fruit, a kind of cocoa-cherry. Makes it seem sort of oxidized but not really, its really just an earthy mustiness. It lightens the aroma making one completely forget that this is an 8.5 abv brew. Mouthfeel is medium-light, seems to just go down easy but its hard to separate that from the flavor. The flavor is cherry fruit mustiness surrounded by a malty light toffee, kind of like musty cherry bread. Leaves a long cherry bread aftertaste. Despite the commercial description I get low acidity. The English hops are all hidden, which English hops seems to do very well. Again, 5-6% would have been my guess at the abv. This could easily be switched out in style to a Oude Bruin, I actually get very little "English Olde Ale" in this and I would have a hard time picking this out of a lineup with some currently made Belgian Oude Bruins. I thoroughly like it, probably will pick up another bottle, this satisfies my Oude Bruin fancy. Pairs where well with sweet cherries, which I am eating right now.
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark purpleish brown,redish hue.big fluffy head big lacing
Chocoalte carmel,raison aroma sweet cherrie wood,breadyish,slight vannilla oak.The header description is pretty spot on.
Taste is pretty complex as well,I think overall it more of a tart cherrie taste.Followed by some dry woody toast and carmel.I get the pepper but herbal is hidden behind the tart in this but you can find it.I guess it does say subtle, I would say the given above is a pretty good descrption of this beer so guess Ill be on my way now.Thanks for tuing in anyway.One thing they didnt mention though is I think there is a good balance with sweet/tart in this.