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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Velvety black and perfectly opaque, this surprisingly smooth, drinkable beer is a delightful harmony of smoky roasted flavors and tangy, coffee-like notes. Available only on tap at fine establishments throughout our distribution region.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
manolager (20) - Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Creamy start, not a harsh burnt taste in this stout! Sampled it in several different taps, some not properly adjusted yield a bad sample.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I like it more than I disliked it. A little to nitrogeny for my taste, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2003
Near black opaque with a smallish off white head. Light roast aroma, with flavors that follow. Straight forward drinkable dry stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2729) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2002
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. <P> 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.

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