bhensonb (9869) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy, dark ruddy copper with a creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma is somewhat roasted malt with a lot of fruit, treacle and pepper notes. Gets a little nutty as well. Full bodied, or close enough. Flavor is nutty (has that oilness too), chocolate, fruit, hint of coffee, oak astringency, herby, touch of pepper, maybe a little banana ester. There are some traces of sour. Itís kind of mouth drying. Pretty complex.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, dark, mahogany ale with a small, fat-bubbled, mushroom-colored head. Great retention. The nose is a swirl of toffee, toasted nuts, chocolate and vanilla with a hint of red wine. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor tilts only slightly toward the sweet side of balance, providing notes of chocolate, meat broth and herbal-rooty sarsaparilla tartness. Finishes tangy and acrid with a lengthy mocha aftertaste. Bottle generously shared by my good friend growler!
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep burgundy color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, very ESB like with plenty of bready and doughy notes. a touch of sharpness. Flavor is sweet and some caramel breadiness with some underlying sweetness that fades out with a Guinness-like very slight sharpness. Medium body and a soft carbonation.
mcberko (4863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark opaque amber with a medium beige head. Aroma has quite a bit of heat, with English malts, caramel malts, dark fruits and booze. Flavour brings out yeasty notes upfront, English malts and some dark fruits following. Too high carbonation which obscures the complexity. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2012-2, best by 03-2013. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints. Thereís about an inch tan head that stays around for a while, and also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), nuts, caramel, coffee, and some brown sugar. The brew tastes like sweet and tart dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums, red grapes), caramel, brown sugar, molasses, nuts, oak, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this beer, and Iím glad I got to try it. Definitely worth a try if you come across it.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.
Pours a very dark brown capped with a two finger foamy cream colored head. Significant splotchy lacing present. The aroma of nutty toffee, hints of caramel some phenol alcohol and a touch of cocoa greets the nose. Opens with a hint of dark chocolate joined by almond, caramel, and finishes smooth with mild alcohol warmth cloaked in slightly dry and sweet caramel. A medium level of carbonation and medium smooth body. A solid brew and very enjoyable. One of the better collaborations Iíve enjoyed recently.
OldGrowth (2351) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip at Lord Hobo. Good aroma, sweet, minor tart. Cocoa, chocolate are big. Minor fruitiness. Little cherry. Dark orangy brown. Ok head and lace. Sweet tart flavor. Medium body oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Real nice beer, aroma is busy with subtle notes but very cocoa oriented. Oak and tart bounce around in both aroma and flavor real oily mouthfeel. A winner
BoBoChamp (4729) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2012, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex brew, malty/spicy and slightly roasted/woody, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!
illidurit (1966) - Sonora, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the November 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Woody christmas spice aroma, potpourri. Burnt caramel flavor, dry and woody but not oaky. Tannic and bitter finish.
Cwrw42 (23) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle. Very nice well balanced strong ale. Poured with nice creamy head and aroma full of malt character. Full bodied and flavorfull with just enough bitterness to balance. Drinks very easily and definitately worthy of a repeat visit. Boulevard continues to impress and I look forward to further offerings.