DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rich dark brown pour, ridiculous amount of carbonation and a great aroma of milk chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is well toasted malts, smoke, very bitter chocolate and finished with a dry spicy hop bite and a lite mouthfeel. Very good, and well priced at $9.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a gigantic cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter, rather airy brown sugar, raisin, and molasses notes upfront, with plums and sweeter chocolates as I dug deeper.. rye and slight medicinal accents.. warm and fruity on the back of the nose.. this grew on me, but wasn’t great. The flavor found burnt licorice, molasses, and dark fruits at the core, with vanilla, rum, and a lot more molasses extending outward.. lots of spicy, definitely Belgian-inspired yeast laced throughout.. fell apart a bit on the finish with heat over muddled maltage. Medium-plus bodied with very high carbonation on the palate.. the oats gave some smoothness, but prickly carbonation canceled much of that out.. overall burnt and very slightly oxidized.. sticky on the finish. This was a rare miss from Boulevard.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 7/18/10. 750ml Cork and Cage. 2010. Best by 01/13. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Finger width of dense khaki head. Aromas of dark chocolate and fudge. Earthy malts and grassy hops. Full bodied with a huge palate. Pronounced coffee astringency. Bitter chocolate and grassy, citrus hops. Subtle candy sweetness and nuances of dark fruit. Super dry finish that holds a lingering tingling sweetness. The initial malt flavor is dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet breads. A subtle banana ester opens up somewhere in the middle of the bottle as it warms. Big roasted malts and a big bitter astringency. Decent kick of alcohol hits you late. A fine sipper from top to bottom! Solid!
brokensail (11532) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour on this beer is really fantastic. The beer is almost black with a huge, sturdy tan head on it.
S: Where is the aroma? Really bland in terms of the nose. Even as the beer starts to warm up in the glass, all I really get is a bit of roast and a slight acidity.
T: The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of roast, licorice, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A bit of an alcohol note at times, but not surprising at nearly 10%. Fairly bitter with a slight char note from time to time, too.
M: The body is nice, a fairly high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.
D: I was expecting more from Boulevard on this beer. I didn’t think it was bad, but sort of bland and uninteresting for a big, bad, imperial stout.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
corked bottle via superdave on 3/21/10.
pours blackish with orange/brown at the edges and a pale brown head.
supremely roasty nose with notes of chocolate, raisins, a little char and some caramel.
the flavor is pretty much the same... mix in some some coffee, spiciness, herbaceous-ness and a smoky aftertaste to fill the bill.
alcohol comes in to dry and thin out an otherwise thin body to make it really quaffable. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. 7/01/2010.
Pours deep dark black with a thick foamy tan head that lasts awhile. Nice lacing and great carbonation. Nose is roasted malt, smoke, caramel, dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Taste is mainly sweet chocolate malt, some slight bitter hops, plum, creme brûlée, and slight smoke. Great velvety mouthfeel that I’ve come to expect from Boulevard. Great beer, better than average IRS.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Solid black in the glass with a foamy medium brown head. Nose is thick and full of roasted malt, smoked malt, burnt malt, caramelized malt... You get the idea, I think. Flavor is a lot of the same, with a little sweetness and some definite coffee/chocolate tones. I think there’s maybe a bit too much roasted malt in this, because it really dominates the whole profile of the beer. Still a very nice stout, though maybe not exactly worth the $10 I paid for it. We’ll see how I feel after finishing the bottle, though...
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight roasty malts and some sweetness to the aroma. Dark brown with a good sized tan head. Taste is of rich malt with chocolate, sugars, with notes of bitter baker’s chocolate and some hoppiness. Taste is much better and more complex than aroma suggests. Chewy and meal-like.
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to drfabulous. Trade with this guy. He’s awesome! Pours black with thinly retained tan head. Nose is roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light coffee and some herbal notes.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was very very good, much better than the rating I see now it appears to enjoy. The bottle popped with a lovely sound, and it pours a huge, minimally loose foam that took a while to settle down. It has a rich palate, extremely drinkable and very much in balance for its abv, with some satisfying layers of mocha and coffee. Not too far in the roasted direction, with plenty of fruitiness. It accompanied grilled beef kabobs extremely well. Highly enjoyable.