BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Bottle. Very interesting. Dark brown pour that is highly carbonated. Huge tan head. Creamy mouthfeel yet light on the palate. Nose is yeast, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Really good.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Nose is light smoke, light chocolate, and coffee. Clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is light bitterness and chocolate.
keith0718 (318) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty easy-drinking for a 9.7% imp. stout. Not the malt bomb of a Yeti or even a Rasputin. I would describe it as an imperial version of Lost Coastís 8-Ball Stout...with some slight hints of cherry and chocolate. Blvd. did good on this one!
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is pretty solid. Finishes dry.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased somewhere locally, canít remember. Batch 2010-1, best before 01/13. Pours with a ton of khaki head, almost 4 inches to about an inch of black beer. Really pretty settling. Falls slowly into a rocky head, with thick lacing. Aroma of light roast, grainy malt, rye spice, some general straw and earth. Almost spicy nose, fresh and clean. Taste is some roast and dried fruit malt sweetness up front, giving way to spicy rye and the grassy straw in the end. The finish lingers with an ashy roastiness and is quite dry. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy dry finish - really easy drinking for a beer of this weight. This is a nice departure from the boozy sweet bomb imperial stouts. Another classy super well made beer from Boulevard.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle from Halls. Pours dark black with a large head response. Smells of dark malts with an alcoholic sweetness. Slight butter flavor with roasted notes. Finishes dry and bitter. A little disappointing. 3.1
RE-RATE 1/3/11 courtesy Mora2000. Pours a very dark brown color with a tan bready head. Aroma is dry cocoa with dark bread and chocolate roast. Flavor is roasted malt, a little sweet and smoky notes. Finishes dark and roasted.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.
The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didnít really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.
BeerandBlues2 (8458) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours opaque with good clarity; medium-high, foamy-frothy tan to brown head with good retention. Aroma is moderate dark fruity esters, plum and fig; dark roasted malt, chocolate, oat sweetness, and rye spiciness. Medium noble spicy hops with a lightly smoked nose. Flavor is moderate bitter dark malt, roasted, chocolate, oats, and rye; good balance between malt and dark fruity esters, plum, fig, and raisin. Light smoke and vanilla, licorice; light to medium spicy hop flavor and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, moderate-high carbonation, and a silky texture.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Chocolate malt tones, milky and sweet, with a modestly boozy body and some light oak. Roast y with a dry mineral finish and a modest warming. My sample was very nice.