williamstome (2013) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2017 EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes and smells spicy, fruity, woody. Maybe a little "boozy" -- at least more than I would have expected for a 6% beer. A lot of spice at first, with malt and hop flavor really coming through in the finish. There’s a lot going on here; but it’s all fairly well-balanced. One of those beers in which the first sip is quite a bit different from the last.
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 very nutty. orange- brown pour. faint nutty aroma. bitter and nutty. minor spicy notes. Bebum (1101) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Medium body, flavorful, well carbonated but low heat, lingering aftertaste, austere finish.
Very bitter, crisp, dry.
Big beer, excellent if you are a hophead.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dnstone (3589) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2017
Pours a nice copper with white head. Crisp malt aroma. Spiced malty flavor. p0rkch0p (135) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Notes: on tap at the brewery, Nov '17
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 Dark amber pour into a snifter glass. Taste is hard to describe. Reminds me of something barrel aged even though it isnt. Also notice some hops which surprised me. Have to sip on this one as it burns going down like a stronger drink would. Bill Becker (1912) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Nov 2006
superspak (6100) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp-best by 02/01/2007) a hazy medium amber with a small head of foam that shrank to a fine broken layer with some lacing.
The smell has some sweet malt nose to it but it's on the delicate side.
The taste has semi sweet malt up front and nice spice like nutmeg that is followed immediately by a solid back bone of hop bitterness that actually becomes the dominant feature in the taste. I wasn't expecting that at all and find it to be a nice alternative to the many malt dominant Winter Warmers out there. Oh, and there's a nice warming from the abv that will work well for the upcoming Casper winter. ;^)
Bottom line: A pleasant sample of the style..I recommend it.
Edit: After a few more samples, I find that the hops and malt are more balanced than what I said in my review so, I've altered my score to reflect that. :^) This is *good* stuff!
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 (4615) - 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 (4494) - 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 (1632) - 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.