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RATINGS: 861   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Fresh single, $2 from Lemon Tree. Longest "Best By" date I’ve noticed: 2/12/15. Maybe I’ll get some more for the cellar. Pours deep brown, with some burgundy highlights. Kicks up a big brown head with some Guinness cascade action. Smell is deep rich malts, a bit of coffee on the side, with no big hops or alcohol. Taste is malty too, with some bitter balance coming in. Very mild coffee note, and the alcohol is more easily found on the tongue than the nose. Not a gargleblaster like other impy stouts, not as much harsh bitterness or astringency. Yet the mouthfeel is therefore a bit thin, and that’s it’s only real drawback. I know, I want a thick Kahlua sensation in a lighter malt balance, but this is still cellar-worthy.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4063) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2015
12 oz. bb 11/25/2016. Body is jet black and supports a disc of cream. Nose is cocoa, espresso and fig liqueur. Tastes of prune, chocolate toffee, toasted walnut, and touches of coffee and banana. Medium-heavy body has a medium carbonation and a nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2400) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Draft at Johnny's tavern. Deep black color. Boozy malty flavor with a sweet flavor. Very good stout with a lot of flavor

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
c1raider (68) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Very disappoint in this beer, priced as if it were premium craft. Underdeveloped, over-carbinated, boring, hot, and simple. I don’t mean to unnecessarily blast this beer, suffice to say I considered dumping it out to pour something better.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PatmanBeer (12) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
This is a really nice stout. I was lucky to get while visiting the Kansas City area. Mellow for an Imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2498) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Cocoa, roasty, black licorice aromas. Chocolate, syrupy, roasty, malty, figs, and slightly boozy flavors. A solid beer, but not quite as good as other Smokestack beers.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1293) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Pours dark black with a little red tinge and brown head. That blegian yeast gives a bit of fruit pie and berry notes that mix well enough with toast and chocolate. Sweet jésus this is a nice balanced brew with toast roast and a bit of nutmeg spice. Good length and complex. Wish I had another one to age. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (700) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 27, 2015
Appearance was motor oil with creamy lasting mocha 3 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are deep fruits, cherry, toffee, marzipan, soft coffee and chocolate, no alcohol. Taste are fruits of fig, prunes, plum, cherry, licroce upfront, then soft black, roast malts come to play. The glorious soft smooth alcoholic balanced finish. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with slick oily full body, then lasting balanced brew. Overall a beautiful example of an American Stout, well done Boulvard. Vintage 2013

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (116) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
This looked good just pouring it. A nice thick black fluid with a dig tan head. Heavy roast aroma and some dark fruit. Taste of coffee and cocoa. This is one of the really good ones.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1115) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2015
Pours black with rich khaki head. Aroma is mildly smokey with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Huge taste of mainly chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee. Long lingering bitter coffee finish. Very rich and round.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (528) - - APR 24, 2015
Bottle to goblet. ,,,appearance: Dark black color. Thick. Above avg. Tan head.....Aroma is whiskey, rye, toasted barley. ..... Taste is plum , BlackBerry, oolong tea? Some chocolate. Something a little funky and overly sour at the finish, but it doesn?t ruin it. Feel is silky smooth, with lasting carbonation. The head seems to reform every time I put the beer down with a slight drop.Glad I picked this 4 pack up in VA, since I?ve not seen it in NJ. Aging one of the bottles.Good stout.


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