igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown with a garnet red tint, head is beige, moderately thin. aroma is bitter chocolate, lactose and a little coffee. flavor is some coffee, very little chocolate, and some smoke..which is the way i prefer smokiness in a beer. i will grant that the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still, not a bad beer overall.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Re-rate- Had again on tap a couple years later. This is still too thin and not up to the Bully standard. Otherwise, a decent malt and smoky character. Original rating - Had this on tap when it first came out. Generally I am a fan of Boulevard, but I thought this was a weak offering. Way too much coffee flavor. Also, I thought this had a little skunky taste to it.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Deep black with foamy tan head that fades almost immediately. Hints of yeast and coffee in the aroma. Fairly smooth with coffee flavors. Low hops. Body a bit thin.
boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nitro: This looked almost identical to a Guinness when he brought it out: if I hadn't seen him pour it I might have mistaken one for the other. The aroma is fairly non-existent. The taste is a bit weak for a stout, but some hints of roastiness. Also, a hair of sweetness in the aftertaste. A better session beer.
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 12 oz bottle-pours 95% black with small tan head. aggressive carbonation. aroma is much stronger than the tap version, so i bumped up the number. the aroma consists of coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and very vague expresso notes. Short, sour finish when cold, but as it warms, the coffee notes come out more. This is almost very good, but just falls short with the one dimensional flavors. Thanks to mjames for the bottles!
nitro tap-Tapwerks, OK city, OK-hmm, pretty standard for the fare and subpar for boulevard IMO-tastes like a little more malty guiness to me. very subtle palate and not much roasty flavor at all. hops are not present whatsoever.
manolager (20) - Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Creamy start, not a harsh burnt taste in this stout! Sampled it in several different taps, some not properly adjusted yield a bad sample.
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like it more than I disliked it. A little to nitrogeny for my taste, though.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Near black opaque with a smallish off white head. Light roast aroma, with flavors that follow. Straight forward drinkable dry stout.
3fourths (8386) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flat black pour with a medium off-white head, little to no lacing. Almost no aromas up from the glass at all, I was suprised. Flavors of smoked wood and roasted coffee are dominant. Palate is very smooth, with a bitter finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2586) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Draught. A fairly nice dry stout, comparable to Beamish. Very dark opaque near-black, served with thin white head, but with good retention. Aroma was lightly roasty with only a hint of chocolate and nuts. Flavor was again mildly roasty, possibly a bitter chocolate finish. Light creamy mouthfeel from the nitro.
Update for bottle tasting: I want to lower the numbers significantly (to 2.9) but I'm holding off. This bottled sample may have been off. It featured a pretty significant tang in the finish, which could have been an attempt to replicate the Guinness tang, or it just might have been accidental contamination. My notes: Thin fading head over a near opaque garnet, tinged brown. Caramelly chocolate aroma, hint of roast. Full caramel and ashy flavor, dry roasted finish. Tangy finish, lingering tang on the sides of the tongue.