HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of raisins, candi sugar, plums, dried fruit. Apricot, prune, some notes of cherry. Mild banana and clove. Flavor is fruity, lots of raisin and plum, candi sugar, some cherry notes. Mild caramel and toffee, some belgian yeast etery notes of banana and clove. Some mild sweetness. Medium bodied, pretty nice carbonation. It’s a nice take on a style that most American breweries faceplant on.
thornecb (4641) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep mahogany into snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet toffee and toast from front to back. A bit boring.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish amber with an off white head. Aroma is clove, cinnamon, and Belgian spice. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, lingering spices, and light bitterness.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. pours dark amber with a frothy offwhite head. aromas of ripe banana, brown sugar and earth. it has good balance on the tongue with a complexity of spices, including cinnamon, and allspice. its moderately sweet with a touch of bite, decent beer. medium bodied with a lasting spice finish.
fiercepanda (603) - Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown, reddish beer with a medium tan head, not much in the way of lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, with prominent cinnamon, spices, and fruity bubblegum. The flavor pushes more caramel and coriander to the front, with some anise rounding it out. Boulevard again shows a masterful hand when it comes to their Smokestack Series.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raison, brown sugar and bread pudding. A cloudy mahogany color with a fast fading, cream head. Well carbonated, slight alcohol heat and finishes fairly bitter. A decent dubbel but leaves much to be desired.
thomas15 (689) - USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
not a stlye i am very familiar with but was very satisfied with boulevard’s effort on this one. it seems like they have been testing this for years, and just now finally released it. very balanced and sweet in places, it ours to look like a subdued black and tan. only a slight hint of molasses, and only slightly detectable anise. slight celery and brown sugar. not too heavy for the dwindling summer’s end. nice beer.
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour, yellowish/tan head. Aroma of dark toffee, almonds, dark brown sugar and fruitcake. Flavor hits with a bready sweetness, some roasted nuts and finishes with a bitter kick.
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery after the tour. Dark amber brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet syrupy candy but airy and mineral-ly to offset it. Flavor is sweet yet mineral but also hoppier than I want for the still. Light on the cheeks for the style, more fruit Brown than raisin-y Belgian (which would be my preference).
freeofthoughts (680) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a non labeled 12 oz. bottle by John McDonald himself at a local Kansas City tasting. From memory it was very rich, pretty full bodied and loaded with spice. It tasted young and would probably mellow out into a very cellar-able beer. A rich brown, with noticeable dark sugar and belgian yeast followed by heavy clove and other spices, coriander and some more. Had some subtle fruity notes but none come to mind, some dry green apple perhaps. I hope that they can get this balanced and into production soon, it is a good one.