logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I gave this beer the privilege of my first rating. An amber colored pour with nice lacy tan head. Smells of fruits and nuts with a slight spice undertone. Delicious balance in flavor with the aromas coming into the flavor and masking the rather strong alcohol content well. Slightly carbonated yet still smooth and thick, finishes well and leaves a slight burn of alcohol. An extremely good beer that has kept me coming back. My local boulevard favorite!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev, my bottle via trade with mreusch. Hazy ruby-amber pour with a frothy beige head. Dry, spicy aroma, quite peppery, with lush caramel malt and light perfume hop bittering; moderate alcohol in the nose, with apple and raisin sweetness coming in as it warms up. The taste character follows right along - perfumey bitterness, lush caramel malt, raisin and fruit sweetness, more alcohol on the tongue --- thick, only mildly carbonated mouthfeel, quite a bit of alcohol and dry bitterness in the long malty finish. Well done - maybe a tad boozy.
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown with a nice light-brown head with excellent retention. Aroma is musty, full of dried, candied fruit notes such as plum, apricot and dates, caramelly malts and molasses. Alcohol aroma is prevalent, but not overwhelming. Moderately sweet, lightly astringent flavor, loads of cobwebby, dusty fruits, gingerbread, dried plum, and spices (nutmeg, a little cinnamon, allspice). Liquid fruitcake is a pretty good summation. Tingly, moderate-to-high carbonation, which I find perfect for the style. A fantastic beer, easily the best I’ve had in recent memory.
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with tupalev, blankboy, HogTownHarry & jerc - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Batch #67334. Hazy orangish-red with a good sized slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet and warm, quite malty, a bit candyish. Medium bodied. Nice flavour - sweet caramel, tingly spice, a bit of yeast, some alcohol warmth but not overpowering. A bit too sweet for everyday, but still pretty solid.
KUEric (887) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another winner from Boulevard. One of the few things better than this malt bomb (tons of tofffee, caramel, brown sugar, fruity, spices, alcohol, etc.) is the story behind the name, love it!
Baggie (8) - , Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my Gosh! This has to be one of the best ale’s ever! Bottle pour, dark chestnut with medium white to light yellow head. Spicy aroma with definite fruit overtones. We had this on the 4th of July and everyone enjoyed it. Yet another home run from the wonderful people at Boulevard Brewing Company.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Bottle thanks to mruesch, thanks Matt! Poured a deep brown, almost cola-like color with red highlights and a moderate beige head that slowly diminished to a ring and left some light lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a moderate fruitiness including plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet caramel entry with some undertones of brown sugar smoothly transitions into a moderate fruity hit with hints of plums, grapes, and other dark fruits leading into a dry, slightly yeasty finish. Moderately full palate with a nice dry finish. A really good beer, thanks again Matt.
TheEpeeist (3440) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clear brown with some beige haze and a ring. Nose is cider, toffee and wood. Silky medium light with an alcohol tang. Taste is brown sugar, plum and fresh figs. Dry green bananas and cognac to finish. A touch raw but still a top tier domestic quad.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BIG Thanks to mar for this 750ml!
Pours a dark orange/copper color with a huge cream head. Aromas of candied figs, and other Belgian characteristics. Flavors of the same and some pear notes. This is a wonderful beer that I wouldnt mind getting some more of!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect appearence. Deep ruby color with a full, long lasting head of a light tan. Fairly nice nose, with a lot of Belgian character. Plentiful dark fruits (cherries, dates, plums,) and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is loaded with tons of depth. Deep caramel and honey glaze, with dark fruits. It’s a really nice beer and very Belgian. I think this series from Boulevard shows their brewing skill.