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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Collaboration #3 Stingo was brewed using traditional English ingredients. A variety of ale and specialty malts from Yorkshire are at the forefront; their pronounced roasty aroma and flavor contain hints of toffee, cocoa and bread crust. English hop varieties contribute subtle herbal, peppery qualities. The beer was brewed in batches; some was fermented on oak, some was fermented normally, and some was allowed to sour in the mash tun before being transferred to a fermenter. Boulevard’s brewers, along with Dann and Martha Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, then blended the batches until desired levels of wood and tartness were achieved for the final product. Aroma Roasted and caramelized malts, toffee, wood, cocoa, banana, almond, mocha, brown sugar, bread crust Malt Roast, burnt, toasty, bready, rich, toasted sweet caramel Hops Subtle herbal and peppery Balance Malt Body Medium; malty body offset by acidity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Meh, caramelly sweetness. Candy like, sweet finish, it’s aight but gonna give me the beetus

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Aroma of toasted malts, cocoa, and raisins. Pours a blackish-brown with a mostly diminishing off-white head and spotty lacing. The taste is a roasty sweetness. Roasted malts, dark fruit, raisins, biscuit, with a touch of cocoa. A biscuity/grainy aftertaste pervails. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Nice combination of round yet crisp mouthfeel. I liked it. Overall, this is a Goldy Locks brew, not too sweet and not too tart, but just…. Would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Brown color, tan head. Flavors of wheat bread, dark honey, toasted cereal grains, banana bread. Malty and a bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2013
750 ml. Copper-brown with a lasting quarter inch of cream. Nose is spicy caramel, tart green apple, and light orange. Tastes of orange toffee, dark toast, nut shells and a touch of scorched buttered popcorn. Near-medium body is balanced and has low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, moderate sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong sweet dark breadiness, but not all that sweet.   A bit surprised.   Soft toffee/caramel start, but soon thereafter it seems a bit tart and sour.   Doesn’t seem to have that huge caramel/toffee breadiness, and more importantly all that biscuit like sweetness.   Its not any of that.   Apparently I am drinking this 3 months after the best by date!   Surprised to see it has turned around this much for such a strong brew.   Most other English Strong Ales seem to hold on much longer.   I guess this one needs a re-rate.   Shocked that its gone this far away from the style only given its three months past the suggested drink by date.   Damn...   Usually Boulevard brews don’t have this issue.   This one seems really really old, and really beyond anything I would call an English Strong Ale.   So many of these come around Christmas, but this one pales in comparison.   Definite re-rate is in order, in the event its redone.   I bought this only a few months ago (Spring 2013), but guessing its been on the shelf too long? Every time I sip this I think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5reDsSIiAk

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5778) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Aroma is yeast, dark fruit, raisins/figs, malts and a decent hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit, mild sweetness, toffee, coffee, malts and a tart and acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2013
I really enjoyed this one. Aromas of roasty malt and dried fruits. Flavor was more of the same, with a hint of tart at the end. This beer was at times slightly sweet, but finished dry. I did not notice any of the "sting", but I really enjoyed it never-the-less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at the Flying Saucer Garland Beerfeäst. Poured a clear deep brown with a frothy tan top. Complex flavors of bread, cocoa, toffee, oak, caramelized malts, some brown sugar, with a nice boozy finish. Medium carbonation, medium-think body. Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750ml served in a snifter. Batch 2012-2 Best by 03-2013 A - Pours a very dark and clear garnet with 3 fingers of beige head that creates a solid ceiling of bubbles. Some pretty nice lacing as well. S - Roasted chocolate malt, espresso beans, raisins, roasted dates, light woodiness T - Starts of with espresso, cocoa, roasted malts, toasted brown bread, a grape skin tartness clings to the top of the mouth and sides of the tongue. Some muted raisins, charred dates, and unripe cherries, some pine hops create a bitterness toward the dry finish. M - Medium body, moderate stingy carbonation. This drinks good but doesn’t have the deep layers of malt and that I was hoping for. It does have a stingy effect on the palate from the carbonation and the tartness. I think this needs to sit for a couple of years. I would drink this again but wouldn’t seek it out. Serving type: bottle 11-04-2012

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
This took some traditional English ale characteristics and turned them on their ear. In my opinion, it made them better. The aroma was sweet and malty like caramel. The color was a cloudy brown, almost muddy, especially near the end of the bottle. The flavors were complex and blended. Very heavy maltiness with a souring effect at the back of the mouth. Medium-low carbonation. The sweetness found in most English ales was not there, which I liked. Woody and spicy flavors rounded this out. I also believe hops helped to balance this better.

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