Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a opaque, near black brown with a beautiful persistent espresso head. Fantastic lacing. Aroma: sweet chocolate, cocoa, licorice, plum, sweet, booze, notes of smoke. Taste was like the aroma but with some hops in the mix as well and a very mellow sweetness. Full body, very smooth, great depth, excellent balance. Overall a excellent IS.
beernbourbon (1372) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, roasted malt, light hop, and faint cocoa. Flavor is smooth roasted malt with light chocolate and light coffee in the finish. This is very smooth and drinkable. A bit better than expected.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Deep black color with a large, foamy, fluffy, billowy, cafe colored head. Very good retention with a nice foamy lace left.
S - Interesting aroma. Earthy, spicy hops and a rye like aroma. Nutty, cocoa, hints of tobacco. Also some dark fruit, especially plum. Roasted malt and chocolate as well.
T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and spicy and earthy hops and a touch of grassiness (German hoppiness). Some dark fruit, plum and fig. Hints of coffee. A nice stout bitterness.
M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bit of a sticky finish.
D - Very drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. Very tasty with a great mix of malt and hops.
Notes: Really enjoyable stout. Great balance of malt and hops with a nice bitterness. The label says there is English malt, Belgian yeast, and German hops which mix well and are quite tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. Black body. Frothy brown head, lasting. The aroma is malty with notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate and caramel. Notes of resin and grapefruit along with some vanilla. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rich stout with a strong flavor of chocolate that works well with a woodiness perhaps from the resinous bitterness. At the same time, nothing is overpowering as is the case with many imperial stouts. Nicely balanced. Another excellent beer from Boulevard.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, creamy bubbly beige head. Chocolate, ethanol, lightly green, well balanced nose. Flavor is a bit decadent, brownie chocolate and with considerable hop bitterness through the finish. Chalky end, more cake and brownie.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from a trade or picked up while in south bend. my forgetful self can’t recall.... pours a dark cola black with lighter reddish edges at the top and bottom of the pour. head started off thick and soapy but receds to a thin film of light tan coloration.... aroma of dark roast, black licorice, subtler chocolate tones and dark fruits. stays predominantly on the richer sweeter side of the house which is about what was expected.... flavors are roasty with chocolate overtones while dark fruits play a supporting role. anise and more fruit, almost on the tart side, come into play mid-palate and beyond. a little heat detection on the backend to boot which certainly makes itself known. body is on the lighter end with soft to medium carbonation. something makes this not sit that well with me unfortunately.
Supertrapped (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful, dark, and rich. A bit light in body. Full on flavor. One of my favorite stouts out there. Only thing to make it better would be a bourbon barrel dark truth.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eclipsed chestnut with ruby highlights. Gentle pour raises a voluminous light-khaki mountain of foam which slowly condenses. Pleasant nose of bubblegum, cocoa, smoke, star anise, chocolate mousse, metallic char, and plums. Light whiff of burnt popcorn and butter toffee. Soft, expansive carbonation. Clean, airy, and light in weight upfront, with an immediate vibrant bubblegum push entwined with an earthy medley of gritty roast and bitter cocoa. Advancing flourish of alcohol generates substantial warmth and a bit of sharpness. Exceptionally clean and bright, yet gorgeously adorned with Belgian yeast throughout. The heart of the beer is appreciably augmented by a juicy floral-hop smack and a clean, understated assortment of fruity esters. Nip of liquefied-chocolate residuals quells the smoke-tinged roast as it clings to the tongue long enough to lessen the body-thinning phenols and cottony grip of the roast. Well-attenuated finish features a savory interplay between cookielike malt and whispers of smoke and cocoa fused with spicy accents of sprucelike hops and star anise. Sulfuric snap emerges late and lingers alongside the subtle bubblegum and tingle of char. A balanced and subtle rendition. Very nice.
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark black pour with a mountain of tan foam. Big coffee and fruit aroma with lots of chocolate and some mild hops. Roasty and fruity at the beginning of the flavor with a light chocolate and smoke middle. Finishes smooth and roasty with some bitter chocolate and smoke. A bit thin-bodied but really nice in the flavor department.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml bottle) deep black with large tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee. Flavor is roast malt, coffee, dark fruits, herbs.