boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark brown color. There was about a finger of fairly dense tan head on it. It leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose to this one. Pine, some citrus and rye are predominate. Getting some other fruits hiding in the background. Nice taste. A good citrus and pine bitter bite to it, followed by some roasted malt. Some rye, maybe some of the fruits hiding in there. Very nicely balance body. This is very good and worth searching out!
ryecatcher (721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a massive head (like you could put out a chemical fire with it) ridiculous retention -- it didn’t dissipate quickly enough for my impatient beer-drinking self, so I spooned some of it out to get at the elixir underneath. Nose is resinous and piney and some cereal malt (it is called ’grain’ storm after all). Mouth i full bodied and starts of remarkably subtle and smooth, mainly roast and then the hops kick in with a pungent grapefruitiness accented by pine, then some toasted rye bread fading out with a long lingering hoppy bitterness. Like this one a lot. Tell Casey Jones to keep on driving that train, Boulevard.
Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is extremely, I mean, EXTREMELY hoppy - woody and resiny evergreen components have about equal strength - with a nice rye underpinning. Comes out of the growler a clear Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Hoppy flavor has hearty evergreen and woody tones that dominate your taste buds but don’t drown out the rye, malty and fruity notes. Smooth texture doesn’t have much in the way of body, but has a firm fizz and leaves a very hoppy and rye-laced finish. Brave the rainstorm, have a brainstorm, down the grainstorm!
jandd1983 (2470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the W&C Ballas open house. It poured a beige/tan color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of spicy citrus. It was a little different style than expected. The taste was some chocolate up front followed quickly by citrus and a spicy rye finish. Very good.
jbruner (2137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black from the bottle with nice tan head and light lacing. Aroma is heavy on the piney hops, a slight roasted malt middle, and more floral hops on the back end. Taste follows, very clean on the mouth with a quickly bitter finish. This is some good stuff.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full 750 to the dome solo. Poured into my chic Lakewood Brewing mega-snifter and given ample time to warm past 60 degrees. Pour is luscious; billowy eggshell off white head that rises past the glass top. Bubbles, big and small, remain laced on the majority of the exposed glass. A great looking pour to start off. The beer itself is oddly matte brown-black. No oily sheen as you’d expect in a big stout. First whiff is a let down, as are all that follow. This brew has a very flat nose. Pine needles, biscuit, semi ripe orange, and a spicy rye backing are all there, but somehow muted. The taste, however, is quite redeeming. Like the nose not overwhelming, but deep in a more enjoyable fashion. Lots of pine and orange juice. The rye’s lingering spice falls in queue next. Surprisingly present alcohol, then red apple, light caramel, and lemon zest. Body is lighter than expected, which isn’t entirely dislikable. Finish is watery but lingering. I like it, but am not sure I’ll buy again with Firestone’s Wookey Jack coming soon.
tylermgaddis (16) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice blackish brown, slight red hues. Smells piney! Taste slightly of coffee, yet spicy from the rye, yet bitter from the hops. Really confusing thanks to that midnight wheat, but really, really good. Luckily I gots three mo!
kidmartinek (3513) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with bright dirty white head. Aroma is.resinous hoppy citrus and.so is.the.flavor. but the.taste you would think this is a rich copper beer. The rye taste is hinted on the finish.
ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I pour lightly into a Smokestack glass , but it still billows over the edge. Gotta love the carbonation on these Boulevard Smokestack brews. Pure black in color with some crimson hues. Major lacing.
Amarillo, citra, and simcoe make one hell of a nose from the moment you open the bottle. Tastes has an Interesting progression. The rye spice is up front followed by some bitter chocolate flavors. Then you get a wave of earthy and somewhat citrusy hops, rounds out with that rye spice again.
I’d hate to be in a storm raining down actual grain but anyway....Fantastic brew.
...Also, bacon and eggs make a great pairing! Though I do love bacon and eggs at any time.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Batch #2012-3, Best By 08-2013. Pours a black body with just a slight reddish hue. Inch thick, dense, foamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with pineapple and grapefruit citruses as well as a nicely balanced roast and rye spice. A lightly sweetened, crackery and somewhat bready malt backing holds everything together while allowing the hops, rye, and roast to stay prominent and dry. Flavor is similar. Citrusy pineapples and grapefruits up front with a slight juiciness, but not overly so because of the pleasant, dry rye spiciness. Lots of florals and citruses remain throughout while a nice, balanced roast mixes very well with the rye. Crackery, bready, lightly sweetened malts with just a slight caramel note keep everything in check before this finishes dry, citrusy, roasty, somewhat spicy, and pretty smooth with a moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a somewhat lively, medium-high carbonation. Overall, this was pretty awesome. Tons of citrusy hops balanced with a nice rye spice and pleasant roastiness. Dry, but fairly smooth and very easy to drink throughout. Another great Smokestack release from Blvd.