Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy
Smell: chocolate and oak
Taste: oak, hazelnut, toasted malt, sweet chocolate and bourbon--especially at the end
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness that gives a slight bittering
Overall: A nice malty and oaky treat. Really loving the complexity on this. Would not have thought of it as an American Wild, but it is delicious. Very subtle flavors that mix well. I will get this again.
07-29-2013 14:35:37 | More by tigg924
3.31/5 rDev -7.8%
Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with "Enjoy by 2/2015". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany colored body that looks close to black in the right light. A lot darker than I expected, honestly. Head is a towering 3-4 finger head that is a rocky collection of various-sized bubbles that slowly begin to burst, leaving a sticky webbing of lace. Retention begins to fade immediately, but very slowly, so it takes quite awhile to actually dissipate, and never disappears completely.
Smell - An enticing blend malty sweetness, some spiciness from the rye and brett funk, with undercurrents of earthy soil and faintly pungent hops. Some elements of cooking spice, sort of like what you might expect from a fall or winter seasonal beer. Honestly, the smell has me excited to take a sip, like this will be a unique beer with few comparable offerings on the market.
Taste - Um. Yeah, this is not what I expected based on the smell. I suppose it should be, because a lot of the same elements are here, they just don't play as nice together on the taste as they did with the smell. The brett characteristic is far more faded on the taste, and somehow, the other elements taste like stale grain and faded malt, without any kind of punch or heft to the flavor profiles. There is a slight element of sourness, both of the acidic bacterial variety and the grainy type of sourness that one expects from rye, but it's almost like the sour and the malt are coming from two different drinks that I'm pouring into my mouth at the same time. They don't synthesize well at all.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a mostly dry finish.
Overall, it started out so promising, but ultimately fell down on taste. I have a second bottle of this, so my only solace is that with time, perhaps the brett will develop this beer into a more cohesive whole and salvage an otherwise disappointing beer. It's too bad, because Boulevard and Sierra Nevada are two of the heavyweights of American craft brewing, so one would expect a better outcome. I guess you can never predict how highly experimental beers are going to turn out in the end. I'm glad to have tried it, but I really hope it improves with age.
07-28-2013 05:47:31 | More by LambicPentameter
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Picked this up at Brown Derby in Springfield, MO
Opens with a giant pop & pours an effervescent ruby red with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention
S: Sour cherry, a bit of funk & & wet hay
T: Follows the nose, some apricot, a touch of fig & dryness up front. Woody dryness, choke cherry, a smattering of booze heat & a whisper of carob & plum. Finishes with oaky dryness, cherry & grassy notes & some sour mash & modicum of vanilla rising to the top
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & warmth
Drinks nicely, not super sour, but engaging enough I would like to be able to purchase this again & again. Was hoping for better, but was looking for a great beer. Close, maybe will age into it
07-28-2013 04:47:37 | More by russpowell
3.49/5 rDev -2.8%
750mL bottle shipped from Washington, and settled in the fridge for 2 weeks. Poured into a snifter type glass.
A. Pours a deep mahogany, with a huge light khaki head that settles down only enough to not impart a moustache. Laces fairly well.
S. Smells of a whiskey barrel, first and foremost: vanilla, slightly tannic oak, and whiskey. A little medium-lightly dark toast lovibond caramel malt shows through as well. Especially as it warms, it gets a hint of booze. Hard to find much funk in it, maybe just a little brett like sour hay.
T. Same as the nose: whiskey barrel and caramel malt, with a little bitterness in the shape of an earthy hop with some mild herbal spiciness. It again lacks in the wild portion, with the barrel overpowering the funk. Aging might prove to adjust all flavors into a better blend.
M. Medium body, with quite a bit of effervescence and a bit of bitterness to boot.
O. Pretty basic, while still achieving a tasty, robust, and refreshing character. I thought I would get something more interesting out of this, but it almost falls flat. Not sure if its a high expectation setting it up, and it does still come out in my book as a pretty good beer, but it just isn't what it could be. I have another bottle, and I will be laying it in the cellar for awhile for sure.
07-27-2013 23:23:59 | More by NuclearRich
3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
Deep dark brown in color and minimal light will get through this brew. Carbonation is very high and thick with a brown tint to it. The aroma is loaded with whiskey, dark carmelized malt and a bit of molasses. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and rich,as this is a bit weighted with alcohol. The taste is actually a bit subdued in light of everything else. It is very forward with caramel and gentle sweetness of fig. the back of the palate is a bit of a warming sensation as the whiskey trickles down your throat.
07-27-2013 02:36:45 | More by Franziskaner
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -10%
Cork and cage poured into standard Belgian tulip.
For some reason I was expecting issues opening this so I popped it over the sink, but opened without a hitch. With my guard now down the first glass I poured only got about an inch of beer before the foam grew and grew and overtook the rim of the glass. A massively carbonated beer. Took about 4 minutes for the head to recede into a one inch "puff" of foam atop still only about an inch of beer. It really looked a lot like a root beer float in color of both the beer and the foam.
The smell was very muted, I probably opened the bottle a bit too cold but there was a bit of caramel and a bit of funk, really kind of wimpy though, and throughout the bottle it did not intensify as it approached room temperature.
The taste was just not quite there either, just very muted flavors of diluted bourbon and a bit of sour cherry.
I was a big fan of the mouth feel, as I have realized I am often when tasting Boulevard beers. Great balance of acidity, light alcohol burn, and heavy carbonation. I understand some reviewers complaining about the high carbonation, but they were also probably expecting more of a classic sour style.
Overall I guess I'm glad I bought this, it wasn't particularly expensive, but I can't say I'd buy it again or recommend it to any of my friends. Mid writing this review I found the webpage for this brew and (now) acknowledging the blending they did, it's no wonder the beer came out as middle of the road as it did.
If the different parts of the blend, as well as the reviewed beer, came in a 4 pack of 16 oz cork and cage, I'd probably have much more respect for what they did here.
07-24-2013 18:51:34 | More by Prince_Casual
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.