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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Deep black color with a large head. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. Taste is much of the same. A roasted dry finish to this solid Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3766) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled at the Guess Who’s Back tasting. Black pour with tan head. Complex. Cocoa. Nice chocolate. Some floral hop notes. Great name. Another solid offering in the smokestack series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, booze. Taste is similar, very roasty, hops shine through in the finish. Solid offering from Boulevard

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Guess who’s back tasting. Pours black with a lively head. Smokey, spicey, and jumpy n the palate, especially for a Imperial Stout. Hops are still alive in this beer. Bitter dark chocolate. Not overly rich. The sparky hops take care of that. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of alcohol, fruity, roasted, and a little cocoa nib. Flavor is fruity, roasted, alcohol, hint of cocoa, little brewed coffee note in the bitterness. Sticky, yet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours an inky black, opaque body with a large, brown, scoopable head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, light roast, a touch of coffee, and elusive hints of dark fruit. More of the above in the flavor along with licorice and some faint star anise. A pleasant roasty bitterness accompanies the malt and spice. Body is medium-full with average carbonation that borders on slightly aggressive. Bitter finish with contributions from both the hops and roast. Overall a super pleasant stout. Props to Boulevard on another Smokestack well done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4908) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Corked and caged via kuphish. Pitch pour, beautifully creamy, lacing big head. Light alcohol, roast, chocolate nose. Very airy, light chocolate and roast taste, but just so light and CREAMY, like a cloud. Low bitterness and mild figgy darkness. Very subdued berry and some licorice, finished with a bare hint of smoke. Sort of an imperialized Beamish (don’t know how representative my memory is). Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1250) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Very black pour; big dark brown head. Semi-sweet aroma with a bit of chocolate. A creamy beer, a bit of lactose to it. Lots of roastiness in the finish. This is very good, but it gets a bit syrupy to me as it goes. A very good stout, but not a great one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 650 ml bottle courtesy of soonah. Thanks John. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is earthy with dark fruits, coffee and roasted grains. The flavor is robust with burnt notes, coffee, mocha, biter walnuts, prunes and dark rye bread. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter roasted grains. Overall: I haven’t had a stout in a while and this fit the bill quite nicely, I was really in the mood for this. Re-rate 0n 3-28-2012, still great, bottle from freehafe. thanks.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
750ML bottle. Poured a very dark black color with a very nice two finger tan head. Aroma was very dark. Roasted malts, coffee, lots of chocolate coming through. Flavor was burnt notes, with toffee, caramel, and coffee. Aftertaste was somewhat bitter with the lingering taste of the burnt coffee beans. Some vanilla in there as well. Very rich and creamy. A very very good beer.


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