Boulevard / Pretty Things Collaboration No. 3 Stingo

RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Collaboration #3 Stingo was brewed using traditional English ingredients. A variety of ale and specialty malts from Yorkshire are at the forefront; their pronounced roasty aroma and flavor contain hints of toffee, cocoa and bread crust. English hop varieties contribute subtle herbal, peppery qualities. The beer was brewed in batches; some was fermented on oak, some was fermented normally, and some was allowed to sour in the mash tun before being transferred to a fermenter. Boulevards brewers, along with Dann and Martha Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, then blended the batches until desired levels of wood and tartness were achieved for the final product. Aroma Roasted and caramelized malts, toffee, wood, cocoa, banana, almond, mocha, brown sugar, bread crust Malt Roast, burnt, toasty, bready, rich, toasted sweet caramel Hops Subtle herbal and peppery Balance Malt Body Medium; malty body offset by acidity

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2146) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (2214) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7591) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. 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, its not without some interesting character in the nose, but all in all its pretty underwhelming. More roasty than expected, with some oh-so-British notes (toffee, sour/stale fruit, apricot-ish hops). In the mouth its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bootsjohn (68) - 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 wont be buying another bottle to test my theory.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a pretty dark brown with red highlights at the edge. Not much in the way of aroma. Tastes equally of toffee and coffee grounds. Wished maybe for a bit more tartness but can taste a bit in there. Also a bit of an unpleasant metallic note. Sem-deese.

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