JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, St. Lou. Big pour, thick, oily, hefty like a milkshake with a silky beige head. Very rich chocolate malts in the nose, but sharp spicy hops in their too. Super nice mouthfeel, creamy and lactic, with a bit of a grainy, dry finish that nicely complements the noble hops in here (a nice touch). The fruity yeast is only barely detectable to my tastebuds, and I wish I had one to age to see if they came through a bit more. Intense dark core to the beer, smoky and roast espresso, with the additional elements coming and going fluidly. Complex and satisfying.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some hops present. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, slightly smokey. Full body with minimal carbonation.
Finhead (1629) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black pour with a deep brown head. The aroma is woody and smoky mixed together with some chocolate and raisin. The full body has a creamy texture and mostly sweet, fruity taste. The finish is roasted with a slight alcohol taste.
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and a bit of hops. If you like espresso you will like this.
rougeau13 (2629) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 Damn near black, with a huge frothy light brown head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cola, dark fruits, roasted and chocolate malt. Very rich sweet/smokey/slightly bitter finishing taste. Big, thick, full body and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, a good integration of yeast into stout, MUCH better than the Troubadour Obscura. And yeah, I may just try it over ice cream, it seems like it would work well.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, 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 (4613) - 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.