Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meh, caramelly sweetness. Candy like, sweet finish, it’s aight but gonna give me the beetus
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color, tan head. Flavors of wheat bread, dark honey, toasted cereal grains, banana bread. Malty and a bit sweet.
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
wlajwl (5778) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.