SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle .. . pours a deep brown .. . great foam, good lacing- typical of boulevard, their beers always look great .. . lots of black rye and gritty roast .. . nice beer, one dimensional, but still tasty .. . . i used to own an ant farm but had to give it up..... i couldn’t find tractors small enough to fit it..
TAR (2497) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep russet-purple. Fat dollop of lathery khaki forth adorns the glass. Brightly hoppy nose of lemon oil, tangerine pith, mango, kumquat, grass clippings, and peppery phenolics. Hint of dark breadcrust, dried plums, and resin. Fluffy carbonation. Initially soft, explosively hoppy and tropical-laden. Looming scratch of firm rye vivifies the spicy kumquat bitterness which emerges with composure and grace. Faintest whisper of chocolate mousse dots the supple wheat-infused core while a gentle pureed-plum sweetness buds and consequently obscures some of the more delicate hop flavors. Although well-cloaked by profuse juiciness, a dab of aspirin manages to taint some of the overall cleanness. Burly wheat backbone bolsters the body with a pleasant slickness, though a gooey Simcoe-like mango tackiness adds obtrusive weight. Dusting of pale malt cleans things up and restores structure while providing a cookielike effect and just enough firmness to displace some of the borderline-cloying mango. Finishes with a delightfully restrained bitterness, yet complexly hoppy and mango-centered as a deeply spicy hop punctuation dovetails with a vibrant plum jam emergence. One of the more elegant examples of an often brutish style. The bottle-conditioning has imparted additional estery sparkle and nuance which beautifully coincides with the surprisingly reserved demeanor of this beer. Another praiseworthy effort from Boulevard.
unclemike (2224) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish
annunz123 (861) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bread, biscuit, grassy hops, and citrus in the aroma. Flavor is rich and malty, with fruity, bitter pine hops in the finish. Really good balance in a really good beer.
boto (1854) - 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 (790) - 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 (3333) - 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 (2572) - 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 (2318) - 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.