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

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of spicyvelveetas
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +12.7%

A- Big old imperial stout style head. black as hell. Moderate legs and lacing. Looks the style of a Russian Imperial Stout.

S- Like walking into a country store. Big potpourri scent. Nutmeg and cinnamon for sure. Molasses sweetness and light coffee. Even more faint chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not too pungent in the nose.

T- Same as the scent. Potpourri and pumpkin spices. Pumpkin gourd flavor are there. It also has the chocolate and roasted malty coffee flavor. Molasses and a hoppy type spice are present. It yeast is earthy. It's slightly bitter from the hops and the grains, but it doesn't cut your head off in the bitterness. It rounds out the alcohol spice. The finish is sugary and bitter and ends with some of the spices. Just like a good Imperial Stout in flavor.

M- It's a medium to full bodied beer, on the fuller side. It's got a good dark roast coffee/ earthy, hop oiliness. It is pretty crisp.

Overall, this is a great imperial stout. If you like spiced beers, get this one. Even if you don't know you like spiced beers and like stouts and heavier beers (or just want to expand your beer horizons), get it! It's an awesome fall seasonal beer! A+ brew!

Photo of Tellytell
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of darcange
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kevinsmith1
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of osueanneh
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Wsherry1
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Wasupmx
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Hallitaway
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of porterman66
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Homebrew25
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brunascle
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JKV96
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of WyethBednar
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of asparkoflife
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Black-O-Lantern from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.