Shag (2981) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
This poured a dark amber color with a moderate to large beige head. The aroma contains some dark fruit, toffee, molasses, caramel and spices pretty nice! The flavor is somewhat sweet with a hint of bitterness in the finish. I’m tasting cherries, caramel, molasses, raisins, and toffee. I also detect a hint of spices. Overall this is a nice beer! skeils (10) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
bottle...great amber pour...excellent spicy twinge. Nice on a cold night read or NFL playoffs party. JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 sweet carmely aroma comes around after it sits awhile and warms up; light amber color, cloudy, frothy tan light head, lightly bitter with some sweetness and spiceness, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, smooth long finish, sticky texture.
Very tasty and drinkable beer. hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours a rusty, hazed burnt orange with a fluffy, light tan head. The aroma is full of fresh hopped goodness. Pine needles , spices, peaches and a bit of fruitiness I imagine is coming from the yeast. Flavors of sweet caramel and toffee in the front. Finishes with oranges, brown sugar,:spicy, piny hops, and a cookie dough like maltiness Med-full in body, with absolutely no alcohol heat. This batch has a far more pronounced hop character than I remember in years past, which isn’t a bad thing. Damn, it’s good this year!! fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
A hazy caramel colored beer with a small beige head. The aroma is piney and bubblegum, really nice. The flavor is similar with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. An all around easy to drink and enjoyable beer.
uncle_rick (61) - Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Very dark orange pour with a thin beige head. Smell the citrusy hops, resin, and caramel. Body is super smooth. Rich caramel in the front and spiciness/bitterness in the finish. Creamy and delicious. Love this stuff. First winter beer that I can highly recommend. Boulevard makes damn good beers. DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz into a Lost Abbey chalice. Pours brown with modest head and lace. Aroma of malts, caramel, cocoa, Brazil nuts. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel malts, cocoa, minty herbs, candy sugar, molasses, hay hops. Overall medium body with significant complexity and sweetness. commonshawn (1198) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from elevated with commonmac. Dark plum with bubbly off white head. Subtle smell. Expected more spice nose. Malty spicy and slight hop finish. Slightly warming. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Some dark fruit. Taste seems to change over time. Grows on me. A bit oily. Pretty darn good. ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from Northside Tavern. Pours cloudy copper withwhite head. Aroma of nuts, malts, citrus, and bread. Tastes of caramel, orange peel, and spices. Very good. superspak (5500) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
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.