RLiddell (141) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2017 iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, best by 09/2011 from Lukas Liquor back in November of last year. Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head, OK retention. Big fruity cacao nose with some fruity English yeast behind. Fitting moderate sweet caramel malt behind. Flavor follows suit--wonderful how they’ve managed to throw so much chocolate character into this beer, and it works surprisingly well for not being a stout. The finish is semi-dry, with some very nice warming alcohol that kept this dessert beer from ever becoming too sweet. Despite being past the best by date, this was fantastic.
I was a bit surprised when I first poured this beer. I was expecting a dark, porter like appearance, but it had a lighter, cloudy presentation. Nose was reminiscent of a Belgian Quad with faints hints of chocolate. Taste was very quad like, sweet and very enjoyable. Nice beer! Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle dated best by 9/2015. Pour is a cloudy and murky light brown with a thin off white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is loaded with dark stone fruits. Dates, raisins, and figs are abundant. Chocolate, molassas, and oak barrel as well. Some vanilla and chocolate are also there. It smells like a quad almost. Taste is chocolate, dark stone fruits, brown sugar, and candi sugar. Thinner than I would expect and still a lot of carbonation. slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Tootsie roll chocolate heavy, which sounds so so but works pretty well. Sweet caramel and fruity as well. Yellow amber pour was a surprise. Decent dessert beer. onceblind (10322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Murky Amber pour with a thinning light beige head. Medium nose full of light fruity undertones, boozy Amber malt, and a lift bit of semisweet cocoa. Smooth and nutty chocolate flavor that’s not overly sweet of chocolaty, just kinda tempered cocoa and mild mellow Amber malt on a slightly boozy warm malty backbone, and a light bit of fruitiness. Mellow warmish, semisweet, slightly fruity finish. This isn’t a chocolate ale so much as its a mild Barleywine with light cocoa notes. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Reviewed March 27, 2014.
A: Pours a dark amber color. The head is about two and a half fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. Very fluffy and soft-looking, the retention is quite good. On the other hand, no real lacing is left behind.
S: Opening the cork reveals a borderline spectacular bouquet of dark chocolate. Then I pour it into the glass, and I’m left wondering - what happened to the chocolate? In the glass, I’m getting notes of vanilla, banana, roasted nuts, caramel, but minimal chocolate. I’m also getting touches of spicy Belgian yeast. Somewhat disappointing; if this smelled like it did from the bottle as it does now, it would be an easy 4+.
T: Some sweet dark chocolate opens it up, along with some caramel and vanilla. There’s a genuine white chocolate vibe with the flavor profile. It’s even brownie-esque at times. After that, this one stumbles somewhat - some fruity, mildly spicy yeast enters in the middle and finishes it off. The yeast character seems to lack definition (disappointing considering who makes it) and obstructs some of the nice chocolate notes.
M: Rather heavy on the palate, and quite sweet. This doesn’t have the deceptive drinkability Boulevard’s other 750s have. The carbonation is pretty low, as well - put simply, it’s a sipper, not a chugger.
O: A solid beer in small doses - the chocolate flavor (despite the disappointing aroma) is moderately prevalent, but it’s a bit of hard work to imbibe. If this were closer to a stout or even a brown instead of an amber/red, I’d like this much better. This is something that you split between 6 or so people instead of drinking by yourself.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great finish. jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
A ruby/brown color with finger of white head. Strong smells of milk chocolate, reminds me of Nestlé chocolate syrup, oatmeal, a little earthiness. Taste is big chocolate taste, with some earthy hop oatmeal like tastes, smooth drinking. Ends in a slight bitter with caramel maltiness. Too gimmicky for my taste. Arayaga2 (2218) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2016
It's a year old, and this doesn't look, smell or taste of chocolate. It does however taste of sherry, cherries, and other fruits. $16/22oz
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Aroma is sweet roasted malts, caramel, apple, pear and slight tart. Chocolate blend in and isn’t the main aroma which is what I like. Taste is rich malts with a nice blend of dark fruits and mellow chocolates. Balanced quite well. The high abv isn’t noticeable. Rich, complex and smooth. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well. alexsdad06 (10641) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma had nice chocolate character, some caramel and hints of fruit. The flavor has more cocoa like chocolate, creamy, caramel, sweet, some earth and a background fruity character, I don’t know that this fits any category, ok in small doses but this falls below the Smokestack series expectations for me.