ads135 (2392) - 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.
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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TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep almost black with a medium creamy tab head that left all kinds of sticky lacing. Aroma of a handful of fresh American hops, citrusy and floral with orange notes dominating. Just a hint of caramel...this nose is all about the hops. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops, a touch of spicy rye notes, hop bitterness is perfect for the style. One of the best black IPAs I have had! Nice and dry too!
morrisseyfan89 (4) - USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely cola color, and enticing aroma. As to the flavor the dark rye and hops pair beautifully. I need to rush out and stock up on this gem while I still can.
rhsiung (497) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
super tasty. glad i bought a second bottle by mistake. and, it set a new record for distance flown by the cork when popped. another home run from boulevard!
rajendra82 (913) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When you open a bottle of beer, and the smell of the hops hits you before you pour the beer, you know that a treat to the senses is coming. This was one of those times. The smell of grapefruit became stronger with beer having been liberated from the bomber, but oddly did not get much more intense while nosing the glass. The look was as dark as a stout, but the head formation was much more massive, at three plus fingers thick. The head did not seem to go anywhere at all till I typed all this. The taste was very complex, with a constant interplay of light and dark malts and hops. There were notes of licorice, banana, coffee, dark toasted bread, grapefruit, and iced tea flying across the tongue in rapid succession. There was not a lot of heft to the body though, and the finish was a little watered down. I also did not notice much of a rye influence, as the dark malt seemed a lot more assertive. Boulevard produces another winner. What a surprise..not.
unclemattie (3916) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Black pour, tan foam. Aroma of west coast hops. Roasted grains, citrus, and pine. Toasted malt, burnt grains. Huge hops bite, harsh sharp bitterness, pine citrus. Finishes with a fruity grain character, mixed berry notes, lingering hops. A great Black IPA. (3673)
mikedR (744) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is a nice black IPA. Deep brown very spirited pour with off white head and hoppy aroma. Hoppy bitterness hits you first, but then a beautifully roastiness asserts itself, lingering for a bit until just the bitterness remains. Quite complex: in different sips different notes assert themselves. This style is one of my favorites, and this beer is a superb representative thereof!
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trujahwarrior (405) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a thick Khaki head that leaves great lacing. smells of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, grapefruit and rye. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with the rye and oats really prevalent in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I think this is the best black ipa ive had to date. Everything works so well together. Too bad its only a seasonal beer. I’m really liking all Boulevard’s smokestack series beers.
drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fabulous beer? mmmm the penultimate fab beer. Whatever; pretty friggin good brew. In most of my scores it was just a hair under the next up rating. Anyway, poured at a great temperature with giant, foamy, frothy, medium tan head that never settles and a bit’o lace. Aroma is slightly gamey, hops, dark roast malt, weed, dry forest, mustiness. Appearance is a very dark but clear cherry garnet with a few bubble trails. Flavor’s a slightly sweet acid at the very first and quickly followed by bitter and the resin & citrus flavors . Roast is also predominate and include dark ripe fruit. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, and is fairly drinkable.