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RATINGS: 842   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 oz bottles at home. Looks like a big bad stout right out of the bottle -- dark as night with a creamy nutmeg head. Get more of the roasted deep red/purple fruits (fig and plum) from the nose, some floral hop character, and big notes of roasted coffee notes. Lots going on taste-wise and the brewersí description nails it: definite espresso (felt in the palate, too), roasted figs/plums, some yeastiness, and surprisingly intense floral hops that provide some balance to the intensity of the malt side of things. Overall I like this beer, though I think the hops dominate the finish in a way that squashes the other flavors too quickly. Enjoyable while it lasts, but Iím not sure Iíll be back since there are so many others to try in this category.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. Very good retention. The aroma has oats, chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk chocolate. The taste has more of a licorice, dark chocolate, and roast than what the aroma suggested. Maybe it needs to warm some. Creamy, milky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. This beer is actually really good. My biggest complaint is how long it took to pour the beer. The head on this is ridiculous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (414) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma. Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head. Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didnít care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip. Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick. Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
Darkest of brown pours ending up black looking decent beige head soft carbonation aromas dried fruit rich chocolate liquorice plum note yeast touch spiciness the flavours fruits dark rich hops crisp note nutmeg dark chocolate medium bitter cocoa dryness roasted note yeast is strong sweet sticky fruit syrup note caramel lovely imperial to sip on the finish best tastes yeast note hops lasting sweetness and bitter excellent tasting imperial

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
The aroma is burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, and grassy hops. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a super bitter finish. The palate is slightly thin for the style but OK. Overall the beer is fine but overrated. I would have enjoyed it more without all the bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3250) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Black body, medium to large tan head, spotty lacing. Mellow roast, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, moderate earth, a touch of coffee. Medium to full bodied, moderate to gentle carbonation, mellow sweetness, lingering, rounded finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Lots of big chocolate malty flavors... coffee and then a great fruit flavor too. thereís a lot of things going on with this, would be amazing with food. Need to put this back on the list to drink again someday soon. Good Stuff!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (777) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2015
From one of those odd looking Boulevard 12 oz bottles into a snifter. Well within best by date. Pop the top and woah! The aroma is powerful and wonderful! Sweet malt overload. World class. A couple of inches of brownish head. Dark as midnight but not black; brown. Mouthfeel is actually very light for this big a stout but that's how I like them. Taste is sweet brownies whiskey coconut mild vanilla and spices. Really good stout. Solid in every way. Glad Boulevard sells near me finally. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small creamy head that fades to a messy ring. Aromas are plums, roast, dark bread and cocoa. Tastes like an odd mix of a stout and a quad. Plums mixed with roast is kinda weird. Chalky mouthfeel and unpleasant aftertaste. Itís decent but a bit odd to me.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arn8897 (96) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit like fig or plums. Also a little coffee and smokiness. Taste the same. Nice lacing in the glass. Palate is medium overall. Nice stout but not overwhelming.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
e303 (166) - - MAR 7, 2015
Dark pour with a nice head. Lots of fruit in the aroma. Plums, raisins, figs, that sort of thing. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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