blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to barzigkin, bright amber pour with white foam, caramel cola aromas, fruity flavor of coke and rye, finish is medium lasting
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting experiment in brewing to begin with...lots of rye in this one! Aroma begins with a subtle hint of oak and rye, followed by a combination of burnt caramel, cedar and spicy hops, with a lingering rye whiskey finish. The flavor starts of with some rye and sweet malt, followed by more rye with hints of cedar, oak, fig, spicy citrus hops, more rye and a finish of rye. Finish is dry and crisp. Alcohol is well-hidden. As the beer warms, the rye whiskey becomes more pronounced. Overall a unique and tasty beer, but not for those who are not fans of rye or whiskey.
bookman10 (538) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lovely golden-orange with nice, thick, creamy head. Some sweetness (a little too much?), along with fruity notes (raisin, spice, clove) and whisky bitterness. Truly an interesting experiment and worth a try, but just really not to my taste (the sweetness turns me off).
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle #4342 batch 2010-1 bb 1/2013 thanks to BarZigKin) Pours opaque rusty orange with excellent lacing and coating of the glass. Nose of alcohol, sweet caramel, bourbon. Taste of pepper, alcohol, raisin, whiskey soaked pears, with a creamy, smooth finish. Very interesting beer that gets better as it warms.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 3/17/10. 750ml cork and cage. No. 7159 of 12148. First pour is a murky, brakish brown hue. Finger width of dense taupe head. Aromas of mild vanilla and toast. The nose is really dampened. Full bodied with a sweet and sticky palate and rather hot. Rich, sticky malts with flavors of caramel and raisins. Good woody note. Nice lingering bitterness. Mixes nicely with the alcohol burn and lingers into the finish. Great lacing head. The alcohol, barrel aging and sweetness all really shine as the beer comes to temperature. The second pour holds the same dense head and the same murky body. Just add a touch of toastiness to the above stated aromatics. The whisky aspect really comes out. Which I totally love! Damn fine beer, but truly a sipper!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle #4560 of 12148 - Pours clear and dk amber with a massive tan head...aroma is full of wood and booze, spicy rye, burnt malt, toffee, tannin...flavour is similar, rye grain, astringent wood, grain alcohol and dirt...I love rye, so I dug this bottle, but there are some elements I could see people not liking...over the top wood (it is Boulevard afterall) and uni-dimensional profile.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle number 4342/12148 thanks to BarZigKin. Pours with a huge off-white head and a hazy reddish brown body. Great lace. Aroma is smokey, spicy, whiskey, woody. Taste is smooth and creamy. Spicy rye, wood and pepper. Spicy and earthy hop presence. Light bubbles. An extremely interesting beer!
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Rimanns in Prairie Viallage, Kansas. No 3043 of a total of 12148 bottles produced stated on label. Batch number 2010-1 01/13 stamped on back. Pour is a hazed orange copper with a fast building three inch off white head. The head is quite thick, and falls slowly with coating lace. Looked pretty in the Boulevard Saison tulip. Aroma is the grainy spicy Rye up front, with toasted malt and a nice soft woodiness. Behind this is a subtle citrus element that integrates nicely and adds depth. The taste starts with some fairly hot woodiness, decent amount of Rye booziness, followed close behind by the grain and spice of the rye from the nose. The toasted malt and sweet caramel come out midway through the taste, and the citrus hops lend to a bright dry finish. Really interesting transition of flavors - normally I notice alcohol heat at the back of a beer, in this one it is up front. The aftertaste features more whiskey booziness. The palate is medium bodied, active spritzy carbonation and a dry finish the lingers with the wood and Rye. Overall, a unique and well brewed beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. #5603/12148. Batch 2010-1, Best By 01/13. Pours a lightly hazed, deep amber-ruby-orange colored body with a big, three finger-width, creamy and foamy, khaki head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, thick lacing. Aroma is quite nice. Lots of spicy and sweet rye with a distinct, but not over-the-top whiskey barrel. As this warms, the woody rye bread gives way to some bright, flowery and earthy citrus, caramel, and a bit of a sour funk. Flavor is more the same and just as nice. Smooth rye spices with a touch of bready sweetness. More of the barrel aging with plenty of wood, mellow whiskey, and a bit of vanilla that I didn’t get in the aroma. Some bright citrus and a touch of grainy toast. Finishes with a light sweetness and fairly dry with a slight hint of that sour funk from the aroma. A good amount of earth and peppered whiskey along with plenty of spices and barrel that linger for a lengthy duration. Medium, very smooth body and extremely creamy carbonation. Overall, another great Smokestack release. I liked this more and more as I kept drinking it. Everything balances nicely leaving a perfect mix of rye, wood, whiskey, and hops for a spicy, sweet, smooth beer. Very nice.
lorirae (10) - USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is not my favorite Boulevard beer, but regardless, it is executed excellently... as always. This full bodied beer is slightly boozy and seems it could benefit from some time being laid down. While I would recommend that anyone try this beer, I will probably purchase the Saison-Brett or Bourbon Barrel Quad over this one next time around.