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 (589) - 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 (8014) - 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 (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, 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 (599) - 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 (167) - 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 (3192) - 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.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle with a ghetto piece of tape inscribed with "dubbel." I only believed it was legit due to the Boulevard cap.
Pours slightly hazy reddish with a small off-white head that fades to a ring.
The aroma is somewhat minty with Belgian yeast and dark fruits.
Flavor has slightly sweet malts, mint, spice, and Belgian yeast. Above average but not great for the style.
Decently dry on the palate with medium body.
Better than many American dubbels but not great overall.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured clear, honeyed, medium orange with a creamy cap of soft yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted green raisins, toffee, and figs surrounded by cinnamon, anise, and fresh vanilla bean.. lovely floral and citrusy hops accented.. warm and inviting. The flavor opened with some tanginess from a combo of hops, anise, and black pepper.. fig, raisin, and molasses sweetness backed it up.. complementary bitterness around.. more spices on the finish in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. spices and hops were quite complementary.. warm finish. Excellent, excellent beer!
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at crescent moon 2010 beer dinner. Well, this is delicious. Amber brown with ruby lights. Aroma of rock candy. Flavor has some heat to it. With unfolding layers of peppery spice, sweetness, and floral hops.