shrubber85 (10760) - 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 (9593) - 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.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep dark blackish color with light tan head. Light citrusy hop aroma. Smokey up front, some mild roast behind, hop character follows but smoke flavor is dominant. Smoke mellows out after initial taste but still a bit overwhelming
Homer321 (4316) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle share thanks to dooface. Straight up garbage chocolate and coffee with obnoxious nasty hops. Upon second visit I get a little bit of vomit and sewer water.
Fatehunter (2274) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a solid burnt wood, molasses, roasted malt and lemon. Nice.
The taste is grainy all over, burnt and roasted malt, mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a little honey sweetness. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable. The malt takes a front seat to the hops.
berntholer (1585) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
light beige head disappears with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma spicy, peppers, bubblegum, hopresin, slight cheesy. taste is hoppy aftertaste long bitter and coffee. quite thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 75 cl / bd aug-2013
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Oxford tasting Nov ’12.
Pours dark rich brown with a nice tan head. Grapefruit and toasted bread aroma. Flavor tends towards malty, with roast flavors carrying the load with a dry hoppy finish. Pretty tasty.
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours black with brownish head. Has a rye roasted malt with a good hop balance.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Flavors of rye, roasted malt, light chocolate notes, dark toasted bread. Not overly bitter, but quite tasty.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights topped by an initial huge frothy head and very good lacework. First test of an Black IPA is to close your eyes and smell it.
Does it smell like an IPA and then does it taste like an IPA? Well outside of some light roast and rye notes this does just that. Juicy fruity hops, hint of hop spice and some lovely overall bitterness. The rye bread like character is really more a slight addition than a major feature. I like this quite a bit but do wish it was a 12 oz bottle...oh and slightly less carbonation too.