otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: browns and woods, mahogany. Head fades fast, leaving a bubble collar. Subdued carbonation overall considering it is bottle-conditioned.
Nose: stewed spiced boozed fruits. Melted caramel and cocoa powder. Vanillin, both raw root and extract. Candied sugars and dense date cake, treacle. Stewed apples and peaches. Tickle of heat, spice, and boozed wood in the back; dried grass mixed in with boozed wood.
Palate: dry with nice attenuation; immediately starts to dry palate. Wood, brown spices, nutmeg. Vanillin and wood. Barrels steeped in rye, splintered and broken, oozing and eking rye and barley delights. Cherry and black plum skins. Candied sugars and homemade bar syrup; not overpowering or cloying – an undercurrent of sticky sweetness. Leaves breath and chest warm. Long dry rub finish top of tongue with rye seeds, wood, and spice apple skins. Bourbon esters.
Final Thoughts: a fireside sipper, to be sure. Rye is a wonderful grain albeit hard to work with, though the end results are always worth the while as proven here once more by Boulevard Brewing.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange-brown. Huge beige head with great retention and lacing. Sweet rye aroma with dried cherry and whiskey notes. Strong oak and whiskey flavor. Surprisingly smooth finish with little alcohol burn. Very good but a little one-dimensional strong whiskey barrel flavor. If I wanted all whiskey, I’d drink whiskey.
TheEpeeist (3053) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Murky cinnamon brown with a beige ring. Nose is plum sauce, caramel and spicy rye. Medium body with bright, tongue-tickling carb. Taste is honey, even a bit syrupy, smooth bready rye then sharp like a shot of rye whiskey. Great flavor dynamic especially the contrast of the ryes. Apparently my favorite in the Smokestack Series.
alexsdad06 (3835) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma had spicy rye, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. The flavors are big vanilla and toffee with rye whiskey bourbon, dark fruits and a spicy rye bite. A little boozy at times; this is not one you want to pound by yourself. Medium plus body, smooth and creamy.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick, dense, and lively amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma is oaked bourbon soaked in a cedar cask filled with fresh lemons. Divine smellin’. Flavor is caramel bourbon candy in a wooden wrapper. Light cedar plank and mixed fruit in the finish. Tingly and thick on the tongue. Man, this is AWESOME. Another winner from Boulevard.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #1-2010 courtesy of foppa78. thanks, mat! pours a dark, hazy, reddish brown with a thick, creamy, khaki head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with big, smooth, sweet oak, vanilla, and woody bourbon up front backed by dry hops, notes of cherry, and toffee, and subtle, spicy caraway seeds. flavor is delicious as well with the spicy rye notes coming through boldy at the outset and backed by sweet caramel, vanilla, and wood with hints of red grapes, dark cherry, and orange and a touch of smooth, hot bourbon on the finish. palate is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and dry on the tongue with a lingering, oak and bourbon finish that warms the belly and the soul. overall, an awesome take on a barrel aged strong ale.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle.
A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head.
S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I can’t pick out what it is.
T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesn’t taste like there’s anything particularly wrong with it. Don’t think it was a brewing/packaging issues; there’s just something my palate doesn’t agree with.
M: Dry and a bit hot.
D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevard’s bigger beers, but can’t get into this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-05-2010
rader58 (740) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange amber. Aroma of caramel, whiskey, wood, orange, dried cherries and alcohol. Flavor is grain, grass, whiskey, cherry and orange. Quite good. Very slow sipping and enjoyable.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy caramel with a nice beige head and a sweet vinous aroma. The flavor is sweet & sour with a bitter rye finish and a slight alcohol trail. This is a mellow and tasty brew, with the alcohol well-concealed.
Onionkid (349) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Ho ho! What do we have here? A great beer approaches! Pours a deep, hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma for me doesn’t seem to be that strong, but it’s a roasted malty smell. The taste of this beer is just incredible. It certainly has a roasted, whiskey taste to it and you’ll know that yes, this has a kick to it. The rye is apparent right from the get-go, which brings with it a cloying, sour taste. I really need to reiterate the whiskey flavorings of this beer - you’re gonna notice that and the rye above all else, and your enjoyment of it is largely going to be based on how you can cope with the sheer *awesome* values of each. There’s the tartness of the rye along with a woody (but not too much), spicy flavor overall. Here’s my feeling on this beer - first few swigs, wasn’t feeling it all that much. Once you’ve had say...half a glass though? You’ll have warmed up to it quite a bit more. Is that the alcohol talking? It could be. Regardless, I’ve got to give Boulevard credit here. I love a lot of their beers, and this stands up there with their best. A great treat! 11% (!) alcohol.