jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black Hills Beer Fest - Very dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Mild aroma is roasty with light espresso. The taste borders on heavy roast, some bittersweet cocoa, and light florals. Maybe it was the Belgian yeast, but I got disoriented with the earthy/floral/fruity thing competing with the roastiness. Ok.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a finger of tan head. Dark fruit and molasses aromas - taste is quite nice. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate, a bit of fruitiness. Another good entry in Boulevardís Smokestack series.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: solid black with an espresso crema head, tight and velveteen. Fades slowly, leaving an edge of lace all around the glass.
Nose: black roots, licorice, char and tar, oil and sludge; thick and dense. Blackened earth, singed and also nutrient rich. Branches and twigs, dirty. Brittle burnt dry bakers chocolate and toasted oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks mingle with graham crackers. Burnt caramel and werthers original.
Palate: smooth then burnt than sweet in the finish. Burnt, charred, and ashen woods throughout; the remnants of a brutal forest fire. Whole bars of bakers chocolate, fresh than singed. Cinnamon sticks are an afterthought. Cocoa and truffle powder. Underneath is nutrient rich earth, than fudge, than molten melted oats and chocolate. Black root and vanilla bean. Wisps of smoke in the back and breath. Definitely opens up as warms up. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: a very dense stout without weighing the palate down, an accomplishment given the sheer amount of malts and grains used in brewing this beer. Another classic addition to the Smokestack Series.
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is dark black with one finger of creamy tan head. Nose shows bitter chocolate and coffee grounds upfront with a mild grain acidity and some roast. Smells like an Imperial Dry Stout. Flavor is rich and chocolaty...bitter chocolaty. Black coffee, mildly ashy, and definitely roasty. Dry and roasty on the palate.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. I was excited to see this one at the tasting booth since I am too cheap to fork over an arm and a leg for a Boulevard product. I am glad I didnít waste money on this one. It pours a dark brown with a brown colored head. It didnít smell like a typical stout to me and it seemed to have some sort of a berry aftertaste that didnít impress me much. I would rather drink a Bully Porter.
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma reminds me of Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter, with more chocolate in place of pumpkin. Some fruitiness (cherry) is also present. Taste has more deeply roasted malt than the aroma would suggest, with alcohol, chocolate, and vinous notes. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, with a long, dry finish. Very nice. Overall, a very solid imperial stout.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours black, almost opaque but not quite, with fluffy brown head, nice lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, fig, prune, a spice / hop aspect reminiscent of pine or spruce, cedar, roast. Rich, smooth mouth feel, somewhat creamy, wouldnít go so far as to call it silky or velvety though, its not that rich. But the flavor of this is not only excellent, it is very unique for the style, while still conforming to the style. There is a strong cedar / pine aspect, but without being bitter, which is underlined by a milk chocolate malt base, which gets milkier on the finish as some yeasty lactose stands out. The fruitiness of the beer definitely comes out more as it warms, but with a spiced cake aspect, like fruit cake. Overall quite nice and one of the better beers Iíve had in awhile, an imp. stout I wouldnít mind revisiting.
bookman10 (725) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice. Pours very dark and thick, like used motor oil. Very thick, rich, creamy head, not unlike a Guinness head. Head lasts and lasts, with thick lacing on the glass. A complex mixture of fruits and smoke and chocolate and espresso and licorice and more in the flavor. Nice sweet finish makes this a stout to remember.
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours black with a massive tan head that retains very well and leaves plenty of lacing. A perfect 5. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, and full of dark fruit such as plum skin, teriyaki beef jerky, and smoke. A bit of green bell pepper upon warming which is regrettable. Flavor is full of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt, and is lightly tart which lends a refreshing contrast to the more "heavy" characteristics of the beer. Lingering finish of red vines licorice, fruit snacks, with ample smoke and roasted malt showing up in a big way on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect (which Iím finding to be the case with all Boulevard beers). This was a unique and well executed Imperial Stout, and this is just another example (of many) of an expertly brewed beer by Boulevard.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thick, pillowy, reddish brown head. Scads of lacing. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, espresso, dried dark fruit with spicy, earthy notes. Flavor follows aroma. Balanced sweet and bitter. Interesting twist on an imperial stout. Palate is thick, slightly syrupy.