TheAlum (5100) - 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, I’ve 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 (5850) - 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. What’s 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 (1793) - 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 (560) - 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. It’s sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. It’s got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Player’s Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Superdave at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Dave! Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. The nose roasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast, light chocolate and smoky coffee beans. The taste is charred malt, spice, chocolate, bitter coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours dark with nice mocha head. The modest aroma is musty, spicy hops and some black licorice. The taste has a pretty nice load of dark roasted malts to go along with black strap molasses, sweet molasses, slight burnt malts, black licorice and spicy hops. Pretty nice really but the aroma comes up a bit short.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No. 14 / Batch Number 2010-1
5/18/2010: Boulevard Dark Truth Stout... Aroma: Minerals and slightly yeasty, but not much else. Appearance: Near black in color, opaque; stagnant tan-colored head. Flavor: Dark fruit; some chocolate comes through when warmer; dry througout; COACOA with a medium bitterness; NO residual sweetness. Palate: Medium body; bubbly - too much carbonation for the style. Overall: Doesn’t taste much like the bottle description at this point, maybe when fresh? The residual yeast has consumed this beer...
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (9.7% ALC./VOL.; Best By 01/13) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #86 for this beer.
tgncc (2612) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From trade with Blutt59. The aroma is chocolate, cereal grain, slightly sour (a little odd, but makes sense after I read that wheat and rye malts were used here), musty. The appearance is deep brown/black, opaque, attractive tan head, nice, thick and oily. Good lacing on glass. The flavor is chocolate, licorice, spicy. The finish is spicy, like rye bread, sweet, resiny hop bittering. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very nice stout overall. Thanks, Bob.