topherh (1911) - 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 (531) - 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 (683) - 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 (9055) - 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 (2411) - 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 (651) - 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.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Foundation in Omaha. Pours dark ruby with tannish head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit and esters with a little spicy note. Has a little banana as well. Flavors are similar with nice rich maltiness in the background. Finishes with no alcohol to speak of and pleasant mouthfeel. I really enjoy this one.
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours a ruby/copper color with very light brown, creamy head. So-so lacing. Aroma basically of brown sugar and earthy, dirty malts. When turbulated, a nice hop smell arises. Also a faint whiff of that smell you get right before it rains. Taste is woody and nutty, some malt character present but not overwhelming. Finish has a strong wood taste. Still can’t get over how earthy it all tastes, like soil. The oily mouthfeel doesnt help.