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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Seeyoulator Doppelbock



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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. They called their full-bodied brew “Salvator.” Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names ending in “-ator.” Our version bids a fond aufwiedersehen to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. Rich maltiness predominates, with cedar aging lending just a hint of spice to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
750ml bottle 1/13/10 (RSRIZZO’s Gathering)-Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Aroma of sweetness, caramel, and dried fruit. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew was rather tasty for a style I don’t care for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bonus points because I like the name. Pours nearly flat. Aroma is apple juice and hay. Taste is more apple, grass, light caramel, and flat finish. Needs some carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Brought from Louisville. No head really, big ass bubbles. Smells like apple juice, some spiciness in finish. Doesn’t really taste like beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2840) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
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
Overall Impression: 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
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.

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