Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared at the Beerhive.
A nice Dopplebock, notes of raisins,dark stone fruits, big malt character. This is a solid, clean beer. The Smokestack series seems to be a solid line of beers, I have yet had one that I did not think was well crafted. Well done Boulevard.
Sledutah (3631) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle at The Beerhive
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with a small white head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Semi-sweet caramel and woody
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel and mild cedar
Nice and smooth
ben4321 (3354) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 11/29/11
Aroma: The nose has some caramel, brown sugar, burnt malts, raisin, bread, and alcohol
Appearance: This one pours a clear mahogany color with a small beige head and fairly light lace
Flavor: Tastes medium-heavy sweet, some caramel and raisin, minimal bitterness, finishing flavor of alcohol
Palate: It is fairly full bodied, a bit sticky, with some boozy heat, and it has a slightly metallic feel on the finish
This is a pretty solid, but not great, Doppelbock. It is a touch too one-dimensional for me with the sweetness. It could have used a little balance. The booziness really fades as it warms, and you are left with a sweet beer that isn’t a complete winner, but is far from being a sugary mess.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Light copper pour with a thick and creamy looking tan foam. Caramel and dry malts at the front of the nose with a very apparent cedar and ester followup. Sweet and malty at the start of the flavor with lots of different caramel and sweet notes. The cedar comes through at the end and puts a nice little edge on it. Incredibly smooth throughout the body and into the finish. Really nice.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, a little on the darker side, large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.
Definite cedar on the nose.   Pale caramel, other malts, sweet, decent.   However, its pretty darn light
as I immediately take a sip.   Soft chewy malts, mild sweetness, not as much wood as on the nose.   Doppelbock
they say ey?   Seems hardly bigger than say a... Blonde Bock.   Not very heavy, on the lighter side.   A
little underarm or sweat on the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are okay, but not as thick or heavy as I would have
thought for an actual Doppelbock.   Simple Bock might suite this better. &bnsp 8.5% ABV ey?   Well, Doppelbock
territory there, just doesn’t seem like it at all.   Not a bad beer, smooth, some sweetness, cedar on the nose,
but just plain jane maltiness on the tongue.   As it warms it does pick up a bit more cedar on the backside.
Certainly an interesting beer for using cedar, just wished it was a bit heavier.   Perhaps because of the cedar
they couldn’t, likely being overshadowed by the heavy malts.   Meh, on the fence with this one.   Certainly
interesting and different, I will give them that.   I had no problem fishing a 750ml if that means anything.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, cloudy, really nice head. Aroma has a lot of dark toast going on with some prune sweetness to it. The taste is dark fruit and a bit sweet. The cedar is tough for me to detect. Unfortunately it feels to me like it has more alcohol in it than it does.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
One of many Boulevard beers that I have somehow accumulated over the last two years this one seems appropriate (and was the easiest to access). Boulevard has a trend of making solid but not spectacular beers - this one is no exception. A well rounded doppelbock might be somewhat rough around the edges but puts you in the ballpark.
Aroma / Appearance - The lively carbonation was sharp and crisp. Ringed by an ivory head the body underneath was a soft brown (like the color of the empty bottle held up to clean white light). The nose was a mixture of roasted almonds, tea, and a cedar chest which has set ignored in the corner of the attic for decades. Put together it feels a bit like opening the door to the summer cabin after a few years away - rustic and cool.
Flavor / Palate - Almonds, chocolate chips, maple syrup, and a trace of cedar meld effortlessly into a sweet mouthfeel. The malts linger in the finish for a while before deciding to fade away. Much like the nose this has a laid back rustic feel to it. Easy going with the alcohol hidden well until the final half pour, the result is a solid dopplebock. In the end though I didn’t find that wow factor to set it apart from the rest.
ilovedarkbeer (2140) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown color with a bubbly canvas colored head. Notes of cedar, tootsie roll, booze, earthy hops, and milk chocolate. Tasty.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of raisons, brown sugar, toffee, roasted malt and dark fruit. Taste of toffee, dark fruit, sweet malt, alcohol, sugar and spice.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber, brownish color with a smaller tan head. Left lacing on the side of the glass as it went. There were a lot of floaters on this beer as well. Aroma was caramel, butterscotch, candies and nuts. Flavor was banana, other fruits, caramel and woody flavors. Longer finish. Very complex beer. Good, above average beer.