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Black-O-Lantern - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The next release in our small batch, high gravity OT Series is a completely new formulation Black O Lantern – Imperial Pumpkin Stout. This deep, dark, and intensely rich imperial pumpkin stout has flavors of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg that complement the chocolate and roast character. At 8.5% ABV, this beer finishes surprisingly and dangerously smooth!

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-04-2011)
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of darcange
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

darcange, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

kevinsmith1, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive, lumpy starting head. Plenty of beige, chunky lace on the glass. The color is near black. No light shines through.

Lots of spices to this beer--plenty of pumpkin pie touches, such as cinnamon and surprisingly, anise. Nearly no stout to the nose.

Not very "burnt", instead it's all the aforementioned spices. Interesting and unusual, but there is no "stout" flavor to this beer. Think Pumpkin Pie Brown Ale. Good body and appropriate carbonation.

smcolw, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of osueanneh
2/5  rDev -43.2%

osueanneh, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Wsherry1
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%

Wsherry1, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Wasupmx, Oct 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

xICooRsYIx, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Hallitaway, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

J-Bonestradamus, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

porterman66, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent cream head, pitch black beer.

Nose loaded pumpkin, baking spices, milk stout creamy notes, pie filling, faint roast.

Taste big pumpkin, baking spices, nutmeg, allspice, clove, etc, bitter spices and earthy hops, lots of pumpkin, herbs, rosemary or sage? Mild creamy choc malt, little roast. Mild bitter finish, spices, more pumpkin, dark malts, etc.

Mouth creamy med bod, nice carb.

jlindros, Sep 21, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

Homebrew25, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

rderedin, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

brunascle, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Jmbbabson, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JKV96, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DerekMorgan, May 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

pisano, May 06, 2014
Photo of WyethBednar
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent pumpkin stout, if a bit overpriced. One of the few stouts I've had that's far better when served cold.

Appearance: Almost pure black, just the slightest hint of transparency at the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing, but a decently sized chocolatey-colored head

Smell: Really warm and inviting, very autumn. Cinnamon, clove, and all those good pumpkin spices are present here.

Taste: If anything, the spices are a little overbearing. Comes across a little more like pumpkin cider than beer at points, which isn't necessarily a bit thing, but perhaps not everyone's taste. A really nice kick of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Not incredible. I little flat, even for a stout. This would be good as a nitro if they sold it.

Not my favorite pumpkin stout ever, but it's still really good and on a nice fall day I think this would be exactly what you'd be looking for. The high ABV adds a little bit more warmth to an already very full-bodied beer.

WyethBednar, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of asparkoflife
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

asparkoflife, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 3/4 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: cinnamon, clove, and cream

Taste: cinnamon, clove, cream, cola, and a bit of roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Sweet with roastiness, medium body, high carbonation

Overall: A good base beer with a nice amount of pumpkin spice that I found enjoyable to drink. Would like to try this one on tap at some point. Of the dark pumpkin ales I have tried this fall, this is not quite as good as ST's Warlock, but is better than most.

tigg924, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

PaulD, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Bwj344
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/29/13 at Salem Beer Works on draft

A: dark black with a fine lace head
S: pumpkin spice and clove. Some coffee/chocolate notes as well but overwhelmed by the pumpkin pie smells
T: starts strong with the pumpkin flavors and fades about half way through to a slight coffee-chocolate aftertaste. There is some hints of alcohol as well, but not overwhelming (8.5% abv).
M: medium to full bodied.
O: I enjoy pumpkin beers quite a lot and found this one to be different in a good way to most. My favorite is still probably Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin starts strong, maybe too strong for some, but finished quickly. Overall, I enjoyed the beer and would drink this one again.

Bwj344, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of WunderLlama
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

As dark and Black as my mouth at midnight in a cave. Two finger tan foam cap settles into a tan layer with nice lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate& licorice . Alcohol aroma reminiscent of port or sherry or angostura bitters.

Taste of roasted malts, sweetness, pumpkin and spices on the finish. Alcohol taste on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, chewy.

Good beer , very different style of an imperial stout but good.

WunderLlama, Oct 26, 2013
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Black-O-Lantern from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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