superspak (5800) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017 Scipio (1147) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat hazy darker amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is mostly spicy with some fruity impressions, being apple, orange, and berries. Some caramel notes as well. The taste is a very nice combination of the fruits and caramel malt. It isn’t to fruity as to render this undrinkable, but an almost perfect balance. I get a taste almost like a caramel apple. I also get a touch of sweet toffee underneath. Medium bodied with some softer carbonation. There is a bit of tartness at the end here as well. I don’t really get the impression that this is a Christmas beer, but thats ok. I enjoyed this.
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately bready/grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is a great English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Really well balanced and not overly bitter for being fresh. A very enjoyable offering. uckelman (813) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Not much head. Interesting aroma---pine, champagne, grapefruit. Medium body. Good, but I’m having a hard time thinking of this as a Christmas beer. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2016
21 Dec 2016, tap at Boulevard. Gold, clear, no bubbles. nose is delicate, sweet malt. thin/med body and moderately fizzy. sweet malt and spicy hops. nice. rondphoto (4488) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2016
bottle @ Whitey’s / Lawrenceburg IN --- 15FEB2017 --- Aroma of malt and spice. Clear amber brown color, beige head that stays at 1", bands of lace. Taste is malt with light spice, medium fizz, and medium hops in a finish that grows more bitter as it lingers. An interesting brew that finally centers on bittering.. AndyW68 (1583) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Nothing special. Expect more from my limited exposure to Boulevard. Clear dark amber pour with thin head. Aroma is mild roast malt and sweet molassus. Taste follows nose, just add a little mulling spice.
Clareeses (144) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Lacks a strong aroma, almost tastes watery. Some winter spices present but has a somewhat stinky aftertaste. kerenmk (4900) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks DSG. Clear amber with a beige head. Sweet aroma of caramelized peanuts, bitter, slightly alcoholic and candy taste. Light body, slightly fizzy. tomer (3655) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2016
At a tasting, thanks, small creamy off white head, cloudy deep orange color, aroma of nuts, almond and caramel, strong caramel flavor with metalic notes and a hint of sourbread. Drinkable but not too good. DSG (15035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. 2015 bottle. Slightly hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, a bit of toast, some rather stale hops. Sweetish flavor with malt, some caramel, toast, nutty note, and a bitterish hops finish. Medium-bodied. zvsn (2194) - ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond shop. Hazy amber with a big head and a lot of floaties. Malty, spicy, floral and caramel in the nose. Sweet, fruity, malt, caramelic and boozy. Medium-bodied, smooth. Too heavy for me.