JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked and caged bottle. Opaque black that doesn’t allow any light through, topped by a large, thick light tan head. Moderate pine nose with underlying musty orange zest, accompanied by graham cracker, burnt marshmallow, and pumpernickel bread. Leathery catcher’s mitt notes up front in the flavor with light bakers chocolate, black pepper, pine tar, grapefruit rind. Moderately bitter balanced by a nicely sweet malt base. A very pleasant surprise.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: Opaque black body with a billowing mountain top of frothy rootbeer head. Retention is dramatic and beautiful lace wraps the glass like lingerie grasping a succulent thigh.
S: A thundering grain approach backed by vanilla, dark fruits, pine and citrus bitters. Black malts lace the smoldered rye and barley aroma but lacks a powerfully robust nose.
T/M: Sound the alarm! The palate is attacked by a tornado of spicy rye, smoked barley and burnt dark malt. Sweet dark fruits shower down toward the end with a pine resin aftermath. Burnt toffee and a subtle dark cocoa powder provide a subtle background once warm. Body is creamy and bold with a gentle carbonation sting that creates a balanced feel.
O: I simply love what Boulevard does with the Smokestack Series. I have yet to be disappointed. Grainstorm is another successful brew that i cant get enough of. A complex grain forward creation that is equally balanced. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer to enjoy by the multiples. Cheers!
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma and flavor were roasted malt, some chocolate, pumpernickel bread, some spicy rye, lots of citrusy, piney hops. Nice twist on the black IPA, what with the range of cereal malt flavors and textures.
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown with a medium brown head. The aroma is pine, roasted malt, and rye. The flavor is the same with a little citrus in the finish.
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75l corked bottle. A massive head on this one! Deep milk chocolate milkshake colored. This on top of a deep dark brown near black body. Smells nice with traces of licorice, gunpowder, fresh hops, citrus, a little bit of coffee and dark near roasted malts. Smells quite good. Sweet dark flavors. Some hops shines through the darkness in the end. It has a light oily mouthfeel with a average carbonation level. Sweet licorice, rask roasted malts, pumpernickel bread and it feels smooth not to overpowering and really well balanced. Enjoyable. 10.08.2013
Patrickctenchi (5436) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown-red, tall thick, tan head.
Rye malt, citrus...spruce...taste.
Christmas tree water aroma..slightly sickly, tangy.....................but good.
Creamy light rye malt flavor.
Pretty good, actually, but I expected more.
queenholly (3603) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet chocolate malt, spicy woody pine aroma. Black brown with a huge tan head. Sweet roasty chocolate malt, subdued spicy piney hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
gururyan (687) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bit disappointed as usual. I was really hoping this would be one I dug, but Boulevard is overrated and depends on marketing to make the sales vs. actually good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
shrubber85 (9625) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange, rye malt, and pine aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet orange rye malt and moderately bitter spruce flavor. Pretty tasty but would have liked if the rye came out more.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. I’ll begin by looking back on my relationship with Boulevard beers. I haven’t particularly enjoyed any of Boulevard’s regular line up-- not a single one. Their Bully Porter in particular was a miss for me, despite its enormous popularity. The Smokestack series, on the other hand, has been a completely opposite experience; I think I’ve rated every one of them a four or better. So my hopes were high for this beer. Alas, this turned out to be the first "miss" in the series for me. More grainy than hoppy, and with a thinner, gassier mouthfeel than I like, I found this came up short in both the malt and hops department. After loving their Single Wide and Double Wide, I guess I expected bigger things in what I had anticipated to be a black-bodied hop bomb. Not a total failure, but certainly a disappointment.