portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany color with a nice khaki tight creamy head that slowly settles to a film and some spotty lacing. Aroma has dried banana and tart malt and some dusty caramel toffee scents. Taste is creamy malt bitterness with a touch of tart fruit and wood. Palate is medium and has nice carbonation with a woody dry finish. Really like this one! BroSpud (2282) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Large corked bottle. I found this to be very true to the style of an English Strong Ale and a quite tasty one at that. Very complex flavors of dark fruits and caramel with a nice bite to it. jahshuwuh (567) - USA - AUG 17, 2012
Earthy, smoke, coffee smell. Slight tart, dry, smooth. Don't get much "sting" of the palette.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Might as well rate this, I have a half empty bottle and a little time to kill...Aroma is rich malt, some rather dark, earthy, grassy and spicy, dark fruits and a touch of wood. The flavor is rich malt. up front, with a complex but nuanced flavor profile that includes molasses, ripe dark fruits, subtle pomme fruits and wood. The balance is the best part of the beer, the tart/sourness is the perfect foil for the English character of the beer, turning an 8.5% beer with all the complexity of a (tart-ish) English barleywine into something that more closely resembles a English Pale Ale. I was not excited with the concept, to be perfectly honest, but the beer is a worthy addition to the Blvd Collab series. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Dark brownish red pour - moderate haze - heady is small and fizzy, but surprisingly shrinks to a fairly thick, frothy lace - the nose is actually quite lovely at first, but presents a bit too much alcohol as it warms - toffee/caramelized sugars, treacle, moderate oak, a light earthy/musty sourness, raisin, date, anise, light oxidation - carbonation is softer than expected, but gets a tiny bit rough in the finish - flavor is initially a little bitter, with lightly stale-ish, fruity hops - flavor is not as densely sweet as the aroma suggests - there is some toffee sweetness, but the sour mash adds a moderate tartness that accentuates flavors of raisin and date - a light doughiness through the middle - finish has some oak and vinous notes - alcohol is a bit too evident in the finish and the body is thinner than expected - interesting, but fails to live up to what the aroma promises - a bit of a clumsy attempt, but enjoyable.
csaso (2362) - Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Tap - big thick head, very dark brown color, sweet and roasty malt aroma
and flavor, charred oak and toffee notes - very good beer Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber/brown.
Aroma is a moderately malty (caramel, roasted grain, toasted nuts, scorched honey), moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of toffee, alcohol, grape juice.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, it’s not without some interesting character in the nose, but all in all it’s pretty underwhelming. More roasty than expected, with some oh-so-British notes (toffee, sour/stale fruit, apricot-ish hops). In the mouth it’s kinda clunky and sour...but mostly just a big, sugary, boozy, syrupy thing that kinda goes down like a lead weight. Not exactly out of character for the style, but not a whole lot of fun to drink. Not too bad but nothing special. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a deep amber-brown colored body with a slight mahogany hue to it. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very toasty with a nice bready toffee, a light chocolate, roasted nuts, and grains as well as a nice dark fruit sweetness. Slight plum tartness, a good amount of earth, and a light yeast spiciness. Flavor is nice. Toasted bread, some toffee, and grains up front before a light plum tartness and dark fruit sweetness come in. Nice chocolate notes towards the end as well as a light roast and banana. Finishes earthy, lightly tart, toasty, and somewhat sweet before drying with a light yeasty pepper and bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really tasty and well made English Strong. Lots going on with the toast, malts, lightly roasted nuts, earth, and slightly tart plums and dark fruits. Another solid collaboration from these guys. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Opaque black, dark brown head. Lots of malt here, caramel and coffee flavors. Good flavors. The finish is a little metallic, sodaish to me, but generally a fine beer. bootsjohn (72) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Poured into the trusty Jester King snifter from a 750 ml bottle. Dark, opaque brown with a hint of red. Foamy eggshell head leaves bountiful lacing as it drops away. Aroma consists of cocoa, graham cracker, roasted malt, cinnamon. Taste is sweet from a nice malty backbone. Orange meets dark chocolate, anise, vanilla, general warm spiciness. At 8.5% the alcohol is present and contributes to the sweetness. This might taste better in a year, but I won’t be buying another bottle to test my theory.