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RATINGS: 751   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours very dark brown with a mahogany hue with a large dark tan dense head. The aroma has dark roasted malt, chocolate, cream, dates, molasses, figs and light spice. The body is fairly thick and is quite smooth with gently flowing carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits with some spicy hops, light char and is quite dry. The finish has some nice warmth, but doesn’t seem to be as strong in alcohol as stated on the bottle. Another very nice offering from Boulevard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Batch# / Best by Date: 2010-1 01/13 Pours a great looking black with soapy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, slight astringent, faint dark fruit, signs of bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is some what dry, dark roast, bitter dark chocolate, malt, a bit of astringent alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body, some what light silkiness and medium carbonation. Overall, similar to eating a bitter dark chocolate candy bar. Not bad at all!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2010
(750ml bottle batch 2010-1 bb 1/2013) pure black pour, voluminous tan head and very nice lacing. Nose of Belgian yeast, pine resins, and dark chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, Very toasty at the end, smoke, roasted raisins, nuts, espresso, and even some milk chocolate. quite complex as it warms. Very carbonated, tingly, medium to thin body, and nice chocolaty linger. Very drinkable and no hint of alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Black pour with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, ash, and nail polish remover. Flavor is very ashy, oats, a little bit of dark fruit, mainly plums come through. More nail polish remover, and a touch of coffee rounds this one out. Finishes with good carbonation, but with the lingering acetone I could barely get through my 2oz sample without my mouth being angry at me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1221) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
750ml bottle. A nice mix of roast, dark fruits, herbal hops and milk chocolate. Full mouthfeel. A mighty tasty beer, but not the one to open up after midnight and drink all by ones self.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3857) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Needed a pair of pliers to get the cork out. Sweet aroma followed by rich dark roast. Oats. Hops give off some bitterness. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Pours a dark black with large cola colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and spices. Taste is bitter, sweet. Flavors of strong coffee, chocolate, smoke, earthy, and dried fruit. Nice spicy, chocolate, and slightly smokey finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
750ml bottle $9 I will start off by saying I was let down by this beer but I can;t expect to love every single Boulevard beer. Dark black color as a stout should be with a head that was super foamy and actually delayed my drinking. The smell was weird, a little like a stout but not much, none of the promised aromas from the label. The taste was decent but average and again not really like a stout if you ask me more like a black strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2010-1, BB 01/13. Pours dark brown with a towering fluffy dark tan head that lasts quite a while and leaving great lacing. Aroma is dry cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats and rye, and a little spice and coffee. Flavor is more cocoa, chocolate, toasted malts, some ripe dark fruits and some spicy hops. I liked the flavor on this one more than the aroma, but another nice one from Boulevard.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours black, with a thick, foamy tan head that settles to a substantial lace - dry cocoa/bakers chocolate hit the nose first, followed by some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, noticeable rye, peppery character, some notes of molasses far in the back, light hints of smoke and cloves - full carbonation, semi-soft in the mouth - some sweetness up front, but this is fairly dry for the strength - a lot of cocoa, some tobacco - some spicy, slightly bitter rye combines well with some black malt bitterness - notes of licorice/anise, warming spices - touches of smoke around the edges that taste like a product of the yeast - a few other mild, belgian-ish phenols and spiciness - finishes dry, with quite a bit of alcohol warmth - a little too much so - a fairly solid take on a belgian-style stout - it’s just a little too hot in the finish.


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