Hopswagger (176) - 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!
floydslip (125) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Dark brown beer with a ridiculously fizzy head (pour carefully as it rises quickly). Nose is typical of an IPA with a prominence of sour citrus hops and just a touch of sweet malted grain. Taste has a light citrus hop bite up front, which seems milder than the aroma, and then the grains take over with the nutty rye counterbalancing the hops. This produces a balanced beer that seems like it is less bitter than it actually is, but the hop flavor is definitely there. An interesting beer for the style, definitely worth a try.
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.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
ours dark drown with a massive tan head that fades slowly. Aromas are rye, roast, cigar ash and finally some pine/grass hops. Flavor is mainly rye and roast with some semi-sweet malt flavors (caramel and burnt sugar) these are layered atop a very minimalistic hop backbone that is citrus fighting pine bitterness. The palate is probably the only part that really makes the cut and is just heavy enough to hold up to the roast in this beer and not be overwhelming. Overall, this beer fails to really pull me in, and I absolutely love BIPAs. It doesn’t have a strong enough hop character rather the roast and a muddled bitterness really take over the flavor in this beer. It isn’t bad but not even in the same conversation as FW Wookey Jack. (Batch 02-2012, BestBy 08-2013)
CopterScott (76) - Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a champagne bottle. Pours dark brown with a big chunky cream colored head. malty aroma. hoppy roasted flavor. medium body medium carbonation. lingering bitter finish.
furthur (71) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big light tan head, dissipating slowly to a skim of foam over a dark, transparent espresso colored beer. Aromas of hops, fruit. Hops, apple caramel, coffee. I think rye gives a hint of spice. Surprising viscosity, not as thick as a stout or porter, but nice. Not much sweetness, but a touch.
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrus, spice, and sweet rind. Taste is citrus, pine, rye, with a roasted malt finish. Light on the palate with good lacing.
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.
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crackly foamy head that rises like a thundercloud...ominous and dark appearance like the heart of a category 5 tornado. Aroma is rich with grain. The taste lingers with dry rye and a pleasant hoppiness. Light on the palate & refreshing like a thunderstorm after nourishing a field of sunflowers luminescent against a fade of black sky.
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BobFrapples (48) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The label leads you to believe it will be bitter, malty and over-the-top. Actually, this beer is smooth, balanced and very refreshing. Your taste buds are sucker punched as your senses tell them to expect a heavy, bitter dousing. Instead, they are treated to a perfectly balanced blend of malt and hops that bathe them in pure joy.
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