Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with simple, classy label. Brewed as a collaboration with Pretty Things, this is brewed with Maris Otter, Halcyon, Pearl, Amber, Crystal, and Black malts, and East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops. This is batch 2-2012, best by 3-2013. Found this at an out-of-the-way local, in the cooler, long after it was gone off the shelves everywhere else. I wasn't too impressed by this fresh, but recently had a bottle that had been cellared since its release and it was excellent. I bought the store's last two bottles, one to sip tonight, and one to cellar, likely beyond the 'best-by' date. Poured in small increments into my Black Sheep half-pint goblet to celebrate my 30th birthday. Cheers!
Appearance: Rich nut-brown hue with good clarity and creamy dark ivory cap that shows good retention and a bit of lacing. Attractive beer.
Smell: Slightly subdued, but pleasant. Some slightly vinous, wine-like fruit, a bit of toasty caramel, and light notes of estery alcohol. Nice aromas, but I'd like just a touch more intensity.
Taste: Rich English pale malt background, with a bit of browned toast and just the slightest hint of roast. Mild to moderate lactic tang, with light oaky notes and perhaps a hint of tannin. Fruity flavors range from green apple skin to dark fruit. Light funky tang that's almost reminiscent (in a much less intense way) of Stilton. Clean, crisp medium bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a bit of zing from the carbonation. Much lighter feeling than the 8.5% would suggest, but it makes this quite drinkable.
Overall: An interesting, unique take on the 'historical' English old/strong ale. Some interesting wild notes overlay a very 'English' malt/hop backbone. At $7.99 a bomber, I'd definitely buy this now and again if it was available. FWIW, this pairs very nicely with a rich, traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding, where the bit of lactic character cuts through the buttery sweetness perfectly.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 04:37:40 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.04/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a cork & caged 750 mL bottle in to a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads, batch 2012-3. Best by 03-2013, but I'm not too worried.
A: Dark reddish-brown with 1 finger khaki head. Ok retention. Light lacing. Pretty nice.
S: A bit light overall, but malty fruit, raisin, dried cherry, slight spice. Quality is nice, but subdued. Maybe the age?
T: Nice tartness up front with cherry tang and mild spice notes. Some cracked pepper. This yields, somewhat late, to a smooth, kinda oaky, roasted malt with a semi-dry finish. Nice chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. Some lingering tartness which is very nice. Admittedly fairly boozy for 8.5% ABV, but I don't mind. Seems appropriate.
M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Neither here nor there, but pretty smooth, I'd say.
O: So, I was a bit skeptical out of the gates, but this one definitely grew on me. Thinking back, it was the same with the Samuel Smith Stingo. I takes a few big pulls to really get into these, but in the end I thoroughly enjoy the mildly sour/malty fusion. I wish more breweries put these out.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 01:54:42 | More by fourstringer
Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.