Suttree (4453) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a minimal tan head. Seriously spicy sweet aroma. The flavor is sweet and slightly bitter. Toffee and floral nots also. Slightly dry finish and medium-full body. Very nice beer overall.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clearly the best tasting, smelling and looking beer from Boulevard I have had. Being from St. Louis I have had most of them(pre RB). Nice hoppy nose with an abundance of malt character. Perhaps I'll think of this when I think of Boulevard, instead of drinking 10 half warm Unfiltered Weiss at a Royals game or six Ten Penny's at the Party Cove at the Lake.
Silphium (2972) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. Poured a rich red-brown, full of yeast sediment, and with a light tan ring of foam. Aroma starts off with strong nutty notes; caramel and fruit aromas appear as the beer warms. Rich, full-bodied flavor: very fruity, with brown sugar in the aftertaste, finishing like a Belgian Strong with vinous qualities. Earthy hops are evident, especially on the back of the tongue. A very smooth, solid "winter warmer."
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazed brick-orange. Dense, large-bubbled light tan head. Bottle-conditioned. Very aromatic with cinnamon, red apple, phenols, fig leaf, and herbal hops. Luscious bready, cedary malt undertones with touches of pale malt and evergreen. Spongy, expansive carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. First taste yields a bounty of sweet malts, red apples, and alcohol. Bready malt richness gathers momentum at the center, enveloping the holiday spices and slick fruitiness. Lightly toasted malts lead the way into the finish with faint herbal and medicinal notes at the back of the throat. Subdued earthy hops linger with baked apples, fruitcake, and nutmeg. All in all, a stunning display of rich malts and warming spices. Stupendous Holiday seasonal.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maghogany with much,rising carbonation. Forms a pillwoy,off-white head. Odd aroma. Full hops,nice malt(toffee,molasses). The yeast and spice in aroma smell belgian. Woody and peppery. Creamy mouthfeel,kind of watery texture. Up front is empty except some grains. Lots of malty(toast,fruit,toffee) flavors follow,with hops noticeabe. Cinnamon?? Where? I don't taste any,what's wrong? Finish is lingering and pleasing. Lots of malt(toast,burnt caramel) with perfect amount of hops. Might need a bit more body,but I like what the flavor has to offer. Kind of thins out about half way down the glass. Still,pretty good brew.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Rich aroma and a smooth taste of toffee, carmel, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
OD40oz (741) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 I thought this would taste like shit but it is awesome. Nice and smooth with a great aftertaste.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark amber color with a minimal head. It had a warm spicy hop aroma-pine, perfume. Rich and fairly sweet up front with caramel, toffee and cinnamon flavors, pretty well hopped too. Lingering spicy finish. Good stuff!
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown, head pours fizzy and fades quick. Interesting aroma, hints of molasses and a definite random Belgian note, as noticed by others. Highly unusual in that it tasted nothing like the smell. Caramel in the malt, and some nicely spicey hops to finish. Thanks acrodizer!