maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Republic. Big sweet, vinous nose, dark fruit, sugar, and alcohol nose (some brett?). Dark brown. Great fruitiness: raisin, prune, berries, and a bit of sourness. Medium body , smooth, and just a touch metallic. Complex, well-rounded, very good.
thomas15 (671) - USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinct chocolate and dark fruit mixture for aroma. Black brown is fluffy head that is dark beige. Back to aroma, peculiarly astringent. Roast is there. Taste, oak mets tarted roasted malts with chocolate and a fruity consequence that flashes. Is fig nuttiness crossed up with some cherry? Very different beer from any of had previous, confusing, fun, with some brooding flavors that give way to depth. Think roasty tarted porter with oak influence.
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Dark deep mahogony pour with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. Aroma is quite complex and of chocolate, oak, dark fruits and dark breads. Some tobacco and interesting spicy malt notes. Flavor of bright red and dark fruits, mild tart fruits. I also get lots of notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Quite complex, and quite english. I do get some toasted malt, some roastiness. This is certainly interesting. One of the better english style strong ales taken on by an American brewer. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes on a wood, pepper, and fruity note. Nice beer.
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. dark brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head and lasting retention. strong metal / paint note in the nose resembles old pennies, peat and pipe tobacco. minerallic and acidic chestnuts and soured, overripe black cherries with tobacco and paint throughout. medium body, mostly sweet, low bitterness, medium-high and noticeable alcohol. headache-inducing dirty fusels abound. total drainpour.
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a clearish brown ruby with a fluffy 2 inch tan head. The aroma is soft roast, dark fruit, muted caramel sweetness, a general herbal yeastiness, and maybe a hint of some banana. The taste is big on the dark fruit caramel toffee sweet, lightly char roast, and the clove herbal yeast. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel, the sweet lingers a bit. Interesting and complex beer. I have only had the Samuel Smith Stingo, so really had no concept of what to expect froma Stingo. This beer was really nothing like that one. Boulevard has now collaborated with three brewers I really enjoy.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany color with a nice khaki tight creamy head that slowly settles to a film and some spotty lacing. Aroma has dried banana and tart malt and some dusty caramel toffee scents. Taste is creamy malt bitterness with a touch of tart fruit and wood. Palate is medium and has nice carbonation with a woody dry finish. Really like this one!
BroSpud (1666) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large corked bottle. I found this to be very true to the style of an English Strong Ale and a quite tasty one at that. Very complex flavors of dark fruits and caramel with a nice bite to it.
jahshuwuh (346) - USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy, smoke, coffee smell. Slight tart, dry, smooth. Don't get much "sting" of the palette.
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csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might as well rate this, I have a half empty bottle and a little time to kill...Aroma is rich malt, some rather dark, earthy, grassy and spicy, dark fruits and a touch of wood. The flavor is rich malt. up front, with a complex but nuanced flavor profile that includes molasses, ripe dark fruits, subtle pomme fruits and wood. The balance is the best part of the beer, the tart/sourness is the perfect foil for the English character of the beer, turning an 8.5% beer with all the complexity of a (tart-ish) English barleywine into something that more closely resembles a English Pale Ale. I was not excited with the concept, to be perfectly honest, but the beer is a worthy addition to the Blvd Collab series.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish red pour - moderate haze - heady is small and fizzy, but surprisingly shrinks to a fairly thick, frothy lace - the nose is actually quite lovely at first, but presents a bit too much alcohol as it warms - toffee/caramelized sugars, treacle, moderate oak, a light earthy/musty sourness, raisin, date, anise, light oxidation - carbonation is softer than expected, but gets a tiny bit rough in the finish - flavor is initially a little bitter, with lightly stale-ish, fruity hops - flavor is not as densely sweet as the aroma suggests - there is some toffee sweetness, but the sour mash adds a moderate tartness that accentuates flavors of raisin and date - a light doughiness through the middle - finish has some oak and vinous notes - alcohol is a bit too evident in the finish and the body is thinner than expected - interesting, but fails to live up to what the aroma promises - a bit of a clumsy attempt, but enjoyable.