beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cola color. I am getting a lot of chocolate notes on this. It is complex but not thick. Easy to drink for 9.7%. Thought it might have gone bad at first but it really opened up nicely after the cork popped.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (corked and caged 750). Pours a dark (kinda thin) brown with a big fizzy head and aromas of dark fruit, earthy peat, wet leaves, chocolate and maybe coffee... Flavor is very sweet... chocolate and sticky molasses malt tones with lots of dark fruit and a heavy ABV that hits you across the palate. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for the style and it has a bit of a balance problem with too much ABV sticking out and too much sweetness, but itís not bad. Still, I usually enjoy the Boulevard special beers more than this one.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain and coffee. Taste of roasted grain dark chocolate and bitter coffee with notes of citrus and white grapes on the back end.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color/ light brown foam. Rich milk chocolate, cinnamon, dark roasted malt aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor is a milk chocolate and candi sugar sweetness, with earthy spices, dusty dark malts. alcohol is well cloaked. great stout.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of an mreusch trade. Thanks, Matt! As I work my way to the end of the Smokestack series, Iíve saved the newer bottles for last. Pours a pretty black near opaque hue, browner edges, but still pretty opaque. A large medium brown head that cakes and laces well, stays pretty large. Aromas are a mix of sweeter brown sugar, dark fruit, and fruity Belgian yeast, with lighter roasty malt, caramel, a touch of cocoa, vanilla. Fairly sweet and cakey, with a pretty noticeable Belgian yeast element. Initial is thicker, substantial body throws roast and sweet dark fruit and spicy yeast, dark candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, banana bread. Pretty sweet with a light warming booziness and a decent floral hopping with a touch of dry pine. Up front is sweet, Belgian influenced, but really moves into a warm roast, booziness ( a bit too much if you ask me ), and dry floral and piney hopping that sticks strong to the back of the palate and finish. Coffee and roast stick, but the sweetness and dark fruit, esters, and zesty Belgian spice, vanilla, with darker sugar malts. Nice, but a bit offensive on the backend. Still, tasty and really works a lot of flavors into play. One of the better Smokestack beers, in my opinion. Just a little hard on the backend.. Maybe a smaller version would play better in my book ABV-wise
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Thanks, Mike! Pretty sure it was Mike anyway...sorry about the sloppy record-keeping on this end. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that lasts every bit as long as the beer does. Stringy lace here and there on the way down. Big sweet pruney, plummy nose. Creamy, almost sticky body, fairly thick. Lively carb but not too awfully much of it. Very sharply ashy and dry mid-palate, very flavorful attack, lots of roast and ash and charcoal bouncing around. Whatís great about this beer is how intense the dry ashiness is on the mid-palate when contrasted against the smoky sweetness of the finish and the pruniness of the nose. It really goes three different places without seeming to stretch its legs very much. Great balance of power and coherence in this one. Nice beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice mahogany with a foamy head of medium beige. Nose is Isopryl chocolate and cheap hairspray. Flavor is a thick, chocolate smoke with a touch of burnt sugar. Roasted malt sprinkled with sugar and a hint of chocolate pudding are present in the finish. Thick and lingering on the tongue. VERY nice beer; another winner by Boulevard.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black rich color, pretty dense with a nice solid head. Aroma is malty, light roasted malts, nuts and bread with a good amount of sweetness and cream. Flavor is sweet, creamy and malty with some brown sugar and chocolate with light roasted malts. This is right up my alley, nice and sweet and very drinkable.
fidelis83 (1733) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a tall, chunky mocha head that has great retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, wet leather, smoke, dark caramel, spicy herbal and grassy hops, toasted oats, musty old charwood, espresso and some lingering sweet grains. Flavor is chocolate, coffee and spice right away, a hint of dark fruit, smoke, roast, spice, rye, slightly burnt granola, leather, tobacco, cooked berries and earthy toasteed wood. Finishes with spicy hops, char, roast and a bit of licorice. Palate is medium in body, with a fairly heavy and somewhat sharp carbonation and a creamy entry that turns a little thinner with a drier, slightly chalky feel in the finish. Really good stuff, just different enough to stand out.
swanmann (521) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured like a frothy; creamy espresso, deep chocolate brown with plenty of tan foam, eventually settling with orange hues. I smell caramel with some candied sugar and faint floral hoppyness. Some coffee aromas come out with warming and even a bit of bourbon. Itís sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. Itís got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Playerís Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P