trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
750ml bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a thick Khaki head that leaves great lacing. smells of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, grapefruit and rye. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with the rye and oats really prevalent in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I think this is the best black ipa ive had to date. Everything works so well together. Too bad its only a seasonal beer. I’m really liking all Boulevard’s smokestack series beers. drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Fabulous beer? mmmm the penultimate fab beer. Whatever; pretty friggin good brew. In most of my scores it was just a hair under the next up rating. Anyway, poured at a great temperature with giant, foamy, frothy, medium tan head that never settles and a bit’o lace. Aroma is slightly gamey, hops, dark roast malt, weed, dry forest, mustiness. Appearance is a very dark but clear cherry garnet with a few bubble trails. Flavor’s a slightly sweet acid at the very first and quickly followed by bitter and the resin & citrus flavors . Roast is also predominate and include dark ripe fruit. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, and is fairly drinkable. EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - APR 16, 2014
This has become my new go-to dark IPA. It is a deep dark pour with a nice mix of floral and subtle grainy aromas. The tastes divide as it crosses your palate, bringing out the subtle rye notes at the end. Keep these coming for awhile!
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Aroma is extremely, I mean, EXTREMELY hoppy - woody and resiny evergreen components have about equal strength - with a nice rye underpinning. Comes out of the growler a clear Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Hoppy flavor has hearty evergreen and woody tones that dominate your taste buds but don’t drown out the rye, malty and fruity notes. Smooth texture doesn’t have much in the way of body, but has a firm fizz and leaves a very hoppy and rye-laced finish. Brave the rainstorm, have a brainstorm, down the grainstorm! bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours brown with a big, tan head that sticks around forever. Roast, rye, rind, chocolate, pine.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2013
750ml Bottle A - Pours a black with a pillow beige head. Good retention/lacing. S - Lots of citrus hops. T - Grapefruit, citrus rind, resin, rye bite throughout. M - Light/medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp/bitter finish. O - Black in name only. Delicious IPA! rockchalkpa (3) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
Tap. A wonderful bouquet and pours pitch black. A delicious black IPA, and like ALL Boulevard, so drinkable.
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~12 oz draft pour at Waldo Pizza in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is black, with some copper hues, and a one inch light khaki head that was lasting. The head eventually falls with some nice splotchy lacing. The aroma is bright pineapple, orange fruit, soft floral notes, the rye is evident, though under the hops. There is also a bit of cracker, lightly caramel malt, though that is certainly under the hops and the rye. The taste mirrors the nose, citrus floral hops, paired nicely with the spiced rye, and supported by the cracker caramel malt. The palate is medium bodied, nice natural soft carbonation, and a lightly bitter sweet dry hop finish. Had I tasted and smelled this with my eyes closed, I would not have guessed it was a Black IPA. The dark malts certainly do not throw off any of the roast flavors I normally associate with that style. Regardless, love the interplay between the hops and the rye in this one. Tasty stuff. fargofallout (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours dark with a mocha-ish head. Not a particularly strong aroma, but what’s there is fresh. Smooth taste and not even sort of hoppy. Great beer. ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2013
I pour lightly into a Smokestack glass , but it still billows over the edge. Gotta love the carbonation on these Boulevard Smokestack brews. Pure black in color with some crimson hues. Major lacing.
Amarillo, citra, and simcoe make one hell of a nose from the moment you open the bottle. Tastes has an Interesting progression. The rye spice is up front followed by some bitter chocolate flavors. Then you get a wave of earthy and somewhat citrusy hops, rounds out with that rye spice again.
I’d hate to be in a storm raining down actual grain but anyway....Fantastic brew.
...Also, bacon and eggs make a great pairing! Though I do love bacon and eggs at any time.