Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
I gotta say the flavor balance and mouthfeel are excellent especially considering the style...non-abrasive and clean, with the right amount of bitterness to counteract the residual sugars, and a delightful fluffy mouthfeel. Looks great too, with a large and lasting billowing head. Sadly, the nose is pretty simple and uninspiring, both in the malt and hop departments...non-offensive and reasonably pleasant, but rather mild and lifeless. With a more interesting nose, this could have been truly excellent.
radarsock (1101) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 750mL bottle bottle purchased from Leary’s for $9.80. Shared with my sister and our old high school friend, Troy. Pours a rubyish deep brown with which sustained sudsy tan head. Supremely awesome lace. Aromas of rye flour, American yeast, tapioca, dried black plums, shiitake mushrooms, honeydew melons, saké kasu, soy milk, and Grains of Paradise. Tastes of rye malt, American hops, pine needles, caraway seeds, parsnips, and chamomile. An explosion of farmhouse yeast, dark chocolate and sunflower seeds by swallow. De-lic-ious.
jrob21 (2801) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The v-day present from the wife this year. She knows exactly what I like. Ipas of any sort. Pours a decent black with red hue. Nice lacing. Pineapple aroma with some pungent citrus coming through. Nice rye peppery bite to the flavor with a faint toasty grain working behind the scenes. Finish is peppery spice and grapefruit bitterness. All working together really well.
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
~12 oz draft pour at Waldo Pizza in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is black, with some copper hues, and a one inch light khaki head that was lasting. The head eventually falls with some nice splotchy lacing. The aroma is bright pineapple, orange fruit, soft floral notes, the rye is evident, though under the hops. There is also a bit of cracker, lightly caramel malt, though that is certainly under the hops and the rye. The taste mirrors the nose, citrus floral hops, paired nicely with the spiced rye, and supported by the cracker caramel malt. The palate is medium bodied, nice natural soft carbonation, and a lightly bitter sweet dry hop finish. Had I tasted and smelled this with my eyes closed, I would not have guessed it was a Black IPA. The dark malts certainly do not throw off any of the roast flavors I normally associate with that style. Regardless, love the interplay between the hops and the rye in this one. Tasty stuff.
drjay44 (2859) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked and caged. Batch number 2012-1. BBD 08-2013. Pours a thick gradually collapsing, very light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy brown (SRM 28) body.......nose is pine, grapefruit peel, chocolate, coffee......taste is pine, citrus peel, light chocolate, hints of coffee, rye spiciness, pineapple tones, finishing with a moderate citrus, pine bitterness.....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation initially fills the mouth with foam, later adds a light spritz. Other than the absolutely enormous carbonation, which took a bit of time to resolve, this was a nice example of this great style. The hops were very present in both aromas and flavors, but the malt backbone asserted itself when necessary. The result was good. Too bad the carbonation was so high. BJCP 8/2/15/3/7
kylerohde (1) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected a lot out of this one, as Smokestacks are some of my favorite beers. But like Boulevard did with the regular 80 Acre, it feels like they toned this beer way back for the average beer drinker. It didn’t taste much different than Single Wide to me, which isn’t a bad thing but not worthy of being a Smokestack. Great color and aroma, but a decidedly average IPA to me in the end. Not worth the extra cost.
rader58 (814) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 750ml bottle. Pours dark ruby with subtle hints of brown. Aroma of pine, roasted grain, hay, dark fruit. Flavor of pine, rye, dried fruit, peat, touch of citrus. A crazy mix of flavors from various grains.
ads135 (3290) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m a big fan of this beer. I knew I would be even before I drank it considering its "black," "rye," and an "IPA," three of my favorite beer qualifiers. Also, Boulevard has been on a roll for years now, churning out more and more interesting and well-designed beers. This is one of the best. Smooth, spicy, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, piney hops.
tastybeer (1831) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy dfroms, thanks! Pours light black/ruby with a tan head, good retention/some lace. Aroma is citrus/pine hops, roast, light smoke, spicy rye. Taste is bitter, spicy rye, roast, citrus. Palate is lively carbonation, slick, bitter finish.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with huge, dense khaki head that reduces but never really goes away and leaves a nice film lacing. The aroma has very strong grapefruit and citrus hops notes. The taste followed the aroma with great grapefruit IPA flavor with some roasted malt and rye in the background. It has a pretty strong bitter finish. I is full bodied and thick with some light carbonation.