17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. 10th rate making it official! love those. Pours a gorgeous red mahogany with a sudsy foamy off-white head. Aroma is warming of alcohol, cinnamon, red berries, light bit of green apple, light burnt hair, toasty malt, banana is very subtle, touch of clove, really well integrated aroma, just nothing spectacular. Flavor isn’t as interesting as aroma, heavy on the crystal malt, cinnamon and clove flavors play well together, bit of a weizen bock like candied banana finish with toasty alcohol, same kind of sticky finish, star anise is detected just a bit in the finish with a light bitterness, sweet and one-note like. Would probably be better with a little age. Medium body with a fluffy carbonation feel and only slightly sticky, but not at all thick. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours a deep amber brown with a big billowy light beige head. Aroma is a bit boring, some dark fruit, sweet bready/grainy malts, notes of cinnamon, a bit of banana. Flavor starts with some cinnamon and clove spice, picking up a graininess and light nuttiness before a dark fruit and bit of alcohol finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. It just never really came together for me. CanIHave4Beers (4194) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Pours a deep reddish brown with a big white head and some lace. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
The aroma is nutty with some brown sugar and mild spice with a bit of alcohol, but not in an unpleasant way, more cordial/less vodka.
The flavor is spicy and really not especially sweet (but by no means dry either) The beer displays a mild bitterness and the alcohol flavor is far less dominant than that character is in the aroma. The beer warms and it gets better, spicier, and nicer to drink. Nutty malt shows up and so does the anise along with some fruity berry like flavors.
The palate is very silky and easy to drink, not particularly bubbly but not annoyingly flat in any way. Very enjoyable.
750 ml bottle. Reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of raisins, candi sugar, plums, dried fruit. Apricot, prune, some notes of cherry. Mild banana and clove. Flavor is fruity, lots of raisin and plum, candi sugar, some cherry notes. Mild caramel and toffee, some belgian yeast etery notes of banana and clove. Some mild sweetness. Medium bodied, pretty nice carbonation. It’s a nice take on a style that most American breweries faceplant on. thornecb (5992) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours deep mahogany into snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet toffee and toast from front to back. A bit boring.
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours brownish amber with an off white head. Aroma is clove, cinnamon, and Belgian spice. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, lingering spices, and light bitterness. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
bottled. pours dark amber with a frothy offwhite head. aromas of ripe banana, brown sugar and earth. it has good balance on the tongue with a complexity of spices, including cinnamon, and allspice. its moderately sweet with a touch of bite, decent beer. medium bodied with a lasting spice finish.
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2011
A dark brown, reddish beer with a medium tan head, not much in the way of lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, with prominent cinnamon, spices, and fruity bubblegum. The flavor pushes more caramel and coriander to the front, with some anise rounding it out. Boulevard again shows a masterful hand when it comes to their Smokestack Series. MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Aroma of raison, brown sugar and bread pudding. A cloudy mahogany color with a fast fading, cream head. Well carbonated, slight alcohol heat and finishes fairly bitter. A decent dubbel but leaves much to be desired. thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2011
not a stlye i am very familiar with but was very satisfied with boulevard’s effort on this one. it seems like they have been testing this for years, and just now finally released it. very balanced and sweet in places, it ours to look like a subdued black and tan. only a slight hint of molasses, and only slightly detectable anise. slight celery and brown sugar. not too heavy for the dwindling summer’s end. nice beer.