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Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Collaboration No. 3 - StingoCollaboration No. 3 - Stingo

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BA SCORE
87
very good

396 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 396
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Collaboration #3 Stingo was brewed using traditional English ingredients. A variety of ale and specialty malts from Yorkshire are at the forefront; their pronounced roasty aroma and flavor contain hints of toffee, cocoa and bread crust. English hop varieties contribute subtle herbal, peppery qualities. The beer was brewed in batches; some was fermented on oak, some was fermented normally, and some was allowed to sour in the mash tun before being transferred to a fermenter. Boulevard’s brewers, along with Dann and Martha Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, then blended the batches until desired levels of wood and tartness were achieved for the final product.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: sjverla on 08-03-2012)
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/1/13 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, licorice and maple. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 16:29:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Hopprof

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Five Seasons Prado in Sandy Springs in a tulip glass. This was one of the brewery's guest draughts. At first sip I detect copious toffee, caramel, and candied flavours. There is somewhat of a peat and herbal feel to it. There could be a bit more of a hop profile, but no complaints. I would liken this to a Scotch ale. It is very easy drinking and not a hint of booziness, which is great. I am quickly discovering Boulevard is like the little girl with the curl: when they are good, they are very, very good, but when they are bad, well....People's Exhibit A, Single Wide.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 00:12:14 | More by Hopprof
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Hefty_Boss

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy deep-brown, with a thick tan head.

Smell: Caramel and roasted malts on the nose, hops don't really come through

Taste: Beautiful. Rich and complex with caramel, nuts, leather, all that good stuff. It was slightly sweet but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, low carbonation made it stick around awhile with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

Overall: A rare style wonderfully executed. I love this beer, and want to attempt a clone. Great for winter. Would go great with a rich stew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 03:08:05 | More by Hefty_Boss
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at bridge in stl. Pours a deep ruby brown with a finger of off white head. Nice bitter hop and sweet toffee aromas. Taste is really nice. Dark fruit, fig, raison, then finishes with a coffee! Really great. A bit boozey but thats ok with me.
Really good brew. Highly recommend this one. I bet this would age amazingly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 00:35:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
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rwhitmore

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass. The beer has an attractive dark brown, dense appearance that still lets some light through, with a frothy tan head. There's not a lot of lacing, this isn't a sticky brew.

Aroma is light roast, with some essence of warming spice. There wasn't a lot of fruit or hop in the nose.

The medium roast is the first taste note, semi-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. Then a very nice dark fruit comes up, dark cherries with some sour tartness. The fruit builds with each sip, and enhances the roast very well. There's some warm spice on the finish that, for me, really tied it together.

The mouthfeel is rather lighter than one might expect, but as the fruit fades, there's a nice caramel feel, with that warm spice lingering to the end.

I really enjoyed this one. I think this is a really nice beer to end the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 00:29:29 | More by rwhitmore
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beertunes

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly cloudy reddish mahogany color with about 1/2 inch of tan head that had OK retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly big malts, with some yeasty spice and a bit of alcohol in the background. The taste featured those same malts and spice, but there was an additional grain flavor that melded well. There was just enough of an alcohol bite on the finish to be noticeable.

The body, while a bit thinner than I expected, was still nicely full and round, with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, I could easily have a couple of these. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 21:34:32 | More by beertunes
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over at Pracna's in Minneapolis.

I really like British style ales, and the husband is late picking me up, so I felt I deserved a glass. It pours deep and bourbon-colored, like dried figs. Low on the head, with light lacing on the glass. The smell is high on the alcohol, but that maltiness is behind it. The tast follows the smell, with an acidity not unlike a mild sour. I think aging would bring this to another level. Overall, a good beer, but I think I'll coke back to it after it has some miles on it to see how it compares.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 23:17:28 | More by cofeeguru
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pitch black abyss crowned with a full finger of creamy cappuccino froth. Beautiful lacing on the sides that cling and won't let go.  

S:  Roasted malts, bourbon and coke, dark bread yeast, bubblegum, and banana taffy. 

T/M:  Sweet dark fruits, aged oak, roasted toffee, candied malt, bubblegum, brown sugar, flat coke and bournon, luke warm bitter breakfast coffee, and banana with clove. Finish is creamy and lingers smoldered grains,aged oak and subtle souring yeast at the end.  The overall palate has an aged tone to it which works well. 

O:  So excited to see this on tap.  I have a bottle at the house but jumped on the opportunity to review on tap. As expected this is a huge winner in my book. Excellent complex flavors, roasty, bready, great alcohol flavor and a surprising sour kick at the end. Be sure to try this you won't be let down. Cheers! 

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 18:45:41 | More by Hopswagger
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a ruddy looking reddish brown color, like ruby red splashed with mud. It's not so dark that you can't see through it. Two fingers of tight, light tan head (with a hint of pink in it). It dissipates to 1/4 of a finger after a few minutes, but the lacing is real nice. As most Smokestack Series beers are, this looks fantastic.

The aroma, however, is not. There's a dominant note of cardboard or wood shavings. It's like paper treated with plastic or something. Underneath that you can tell there's some interesting malt dynamics going on. Deep toasted breadcrust aromas meet a sort of light butterscotch component. There's some rose hips in here (a floral note for sure; rose hips is just what my mind associated). A healthy degree of coffee bean aroma opens up as the beer warms. Too bad for that heavy cardboardy note.

That cardboard/wood shavings note is entirely absent on the palate, thankfully. The dynamics of the malt flavors and English yeast here are quite complex. Breadcrusts and toffee and banana bread and stewed pear and rosewater and coffee beans and alcohol heat and underneath it all is some TART pear/apple. Man, that subtle tartness is refreshing. Part of the blend of this beer was allowed to sour, so this tart note is here as a result. It helps to break up the heavy coffee-and-dark-bread malt flavors. Another review here intimated that this beer, while complex, is somewhat disjointed. I must disagree. This tastes like an English Strong Ale for sure. It's coherent at every step; the tart note makes so much sense in this beer.

This bottle is perhaps a touch overcarbonated. This isn't very "stingy" with alcohol, not really, but that feeling is amplified because of the active carbonation. But I'm nitpicking. The body itself has a great feel and carries the flavors well; any thicker and this could get to be a bit much.

Overall, I find this to be a tremendous English Strong Ale. It's deeply complex and delicious. This is a smashing success.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 01:35:15 | More by Reaper16
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 08/17/12 notes. Had on tap at Stoddard's in Boston, MA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, bananas, and burnt malts, and some like brett. Pretty nice malty nose.

t - Tastes or burnt malts, toasted malts, roasted malts, nuts, light fruits, caramel malts, toffee, light funk/brett.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little bit overcarbonated but nice.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. Tons of dark malts and some light brett, another nice beer from Boulevard I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 20:37:00 | More by mdfb79
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Ilafan

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a light lattice and head that lasts an okay amount of time. As for smell, it is faint. But I detect an almost cheap brandy kind of smell. That probably says more about me than the actual beer. As for taste, it is sour. There is a distinct lack of bitte beer hops, and it could use some. It is pretty sour in the aftertaste, but it does have a touch of some burnt coffee to it. Overall, it is okay.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 23:15:52 | More by Ilafan
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inandon

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Dark chestnut brown. Lacey white head that leaves a thin rim about the glass.

Smell - heavy caramel, coffee, with a hint of chocolate reminds me of almost a stout.

Taste - GOOD! Light on the tongue, notes of coffee. The description on the bottom "a hint of tartness against a rich, malty background"

Another win for boulevard. Seems like a great mix with Pretty Things. Definitely something to pick up unless you hate coffee beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 20:35:02 | More by inandon
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Hats off to Homebrewers at the Amigoni Urban Winery as well as in a bottle. For the purposes of this review, I will go with the on tap review.

Appearance - Nice and black, with a two finger beige head that dominates the presentation. Cool labeling, awesome concept behind the brew.

Smell - Subdued but excellent. A lot like a porter but much more complex. Dark fruits, big Brady and biscuity malts, Caramel, toffee, And awesomeness. Excellent smell.

Taste - Follows the nose in complexity and quality. Toasty dark breads, malts, hints of dark fruit, and finally a touch of hops. Outstanding layered taste

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth like a porter with a rich, creamy body, smooth finish, medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a highly recommended, superb beer. Never had a stingo or an English strong ale, but I love this beer. I have drank a unusually high volume of it, oh well. Get with a friend from Kansas City and have them get you this beer ASAP. You won't regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 04:07:16 | More by TheCondor
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fourstringer

Maryland

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.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:54:42 | More by fourstringer
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flagmantho

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown hue with ruby highlights. Body appears to be relatively free of haze and the head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam with a nice retention. Quite lovely.

Smell: raisins, prunes, pears, raw tobacco, dust and alcohol. I'm completely sold!

Taste: kind of tart and astringent at first; the deeper, darker flavors appear on the palate over time and in the aftertaste. Dank and appealing, though not quite so much as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not as nice as I would have liked, but good nonetheless.

Overall: a tasty beer, although I do wish the flavor were a little bit more like the aroma. That wonderful aroma!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:01:22 | More by flagmantho
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, muddy brown with a nice but short-lived tan head on top. No lacing observed

S: Deep woody/earthy notes with bits of tart cherry, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Smells like fruitcake

T: The best way I can describe this is chcolate, fruits, toffee, bready...literally like liquid fruitcake

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style.

O: Good representation of the style but not as great as Sam Smiths Stingo.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 18:01:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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kojevergas

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Collaboration No. 3; a collaboration brew with Pretty Things. 8.5% ABV confirmed. "English Style Ale." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at me local bottle shop for $9.99 USD yesterday and served into a Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average given the brewery, which makes some wonderful beers. "Batch number 2012-2. Best by: 03-2013." Reviewed as an English Ale; the label's description identifies the style as a "Stingo," which was purportedly an English style in the 17th century.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork doesn't pop very easily by hand; it took some effort.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Some decent lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is slightly below average - between 1.5 and 2 minutes.

Body colour is a dull drab brown. Nontransparent and very nontranslucent, but not quite opaque; some light does get through near the bottom of the glass. No yeast particles are visible.

A lackluster appearance overall, but I'm optimistic given the brewery. By no means unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Plenty of toffee. Biscuit malt. Brown malts. Tart fruit - cherries or raspberries perhaps. Caramel. Some acetic character. Light oak maybe. Cocoa dust. Bready malts. No obvious hop presence. No alcohol either. Clean yeast. Some lactobacillus, even. The malts definitely lend it an identifiably English character, but I'm not used to an English style beer with obvious souring yeast. It takes some getting used to, but I'm liking where it's going so far.

A pleasant, perhaps unique aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T: The first thing I notice is the brief touch of sourness on the climax, which plays nicely against the backdrop of light acetic oak and tart fruit. But I do think it clashes somewhat with the English malts; the British brown and biscuit malts do not play well with the lactobacillus yeast. No hop presence is notable. Toffee, caramel. As it warms, I notice more fruity notes emerging - especially stonefruit; likely plums or grapes. Raisin, fig, cherries, dried red apples, berries. A bit vinous. On the sweeter side.

Some might fairly call it medicinal or identify a wet cardboard note. I wouldn't argue with the contention that there're traces of off-flavours here.

The balance just isn't here; it's not gestalt and doesn't come together like it should. It almost achieves a fair cohesion, but then the climax hits and the vinous/dry fruit notes tear it apart. My palate doesn't feel "stung," but maybe a bit more tartness and sourness would effect** that (and help the beer).

Decent complexity. It certainly tries; there's obvious inspiration here. Okay subtlety.

Mf: The third act is considerably more dry and coarse than the two preceding acts, to its detriment; it's a somewhat jarring effect. Smooth and wet otherwise. Decent body and thickness, but neither ever feels quite right. A biteen overcarbonated; was this bottle conditioned? I doubt it. Decent presence on the palate, but far from ideal. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste by any means. Could be softer. Unrefreshing. Has a light astringency, to its detriment. Also somewhat tannic. The vinous character makes it a bit rough on the palate, which is unwelcome.

Not oily, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Downable - especially for the ABV - but wanting. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends, but I'd sure be interested to try it with some age on it - who knows how this would develop? I always applaud efforts to exhume archaic styles, but this beer doesn't quite have the refined execution of something like New Glarus' Brown Porter. I don't know that I'd even call it unique. I'll finish the bottle alone without trouble, but this isn't Boulevard's strongest work - or Pretty Things' for that matter. I don't know that it's worth trying at this price point, per se, but I'm glad I gave it a spin. Worth giving a go if you've got the wherewithal. A swing and a miss from the two breweries involved.

C+

**Yes, this is correct grammar.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:11:34 | More by kojevergas
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LittleDon

Texas

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2, 2012, Best by 3-2013
I was a bit concerned since, according to the "best by" date, this beer was 6 months past its prime. Overall, however, it didn't appear to suffer. Dark brown and opaque, the carbonation was sufficient enough to produce a healthy head. Lots of toffee, both smell and taste, along with dried fruit and molasses. While the hops might have been gone, there was still a slight sourness on the finish along with some pepper and a bit of alcohol. Reminds me of what a drier version of a Wee Heavy would taste like. Medium heavy bodied and mouthfeel leaning toward the soft side.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:20:54 | More by LittleDon
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD, corked and caged bottle shared with octopus87 in a snifter and wine glass.

The color is dark brown eith murky look yet has a thick creamy light beige head which has a fine bead and confetti of lace sticks. The smell is good with fruity yeast ester and toasty malt with mild sweet scent and light caramel with dark sugar and mild alcohol aroma. The feel is moderately full and has mild sweetness with medium carbonation and low bitterness with gentle roast texture an light alcohol in the finish.

The taste is not far apart from the aroma with some mild fruity flavor which brings plum and dark berry to mind with a light nutty and light caramel malt flavor which emerges more as it warms with a dark sugar flavor. There is a gentle spice and moderately toasted taste with slight alcohol and gentle tinge of tangy wort in the finish which has a mild tannin perhaps of wood or apple skin-taste in the background. Overall a pretty top notch English Strong ale with very fruity and mellow warming effect which is perfect for the onset of Autumn w/ mild chill in the air. This might be a good candidate for cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 14:02:13 | More by Slatetank
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I don't fully remember the Yorkshire Stingo Sam Smith gave me, but I do remember vaguely enjoying it. I think. Hopes raised for this one, especially given the pedigrees of both brewers. It pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, toffee, light dark fruits, light toast, and a hint of earthy greens. The taste holds notes of dry toffee, light cardboard, dried honey, brown sugar, and a strong vein of plastic, wild rice, Tylenol (in pill form), and vague sourness. The two segments do not cooperate, but rather clash indefinitely on my tongue, creating a rather poor-tasting din. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a huge letdown here from these two brewers. Even if I didn't hold them in such high esteem, this beer just tasted very off and strange to me. The lack of enjoyment here is staggering...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:56:22 | More by TMoney2591
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color with 2+ fingers of bubbly tan head that fizzles down to nothing after a few minutes

S: Quite complex. Starts off with some roasted malts and peppery, earthy hops and goes into a good bit of woodiness, toffee, and fruits. Also get a light tartness throughout

T: Starts off a little spicy with a hint of banana and other lighter fruits. Slowly transitions into toffee, roasted malts, cocoa, and wood while maintaining a bit of tartness. Lightly acidic, but the alcohol is very well hidden under the multiple layers

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I've definitely never had anything quite like this before. There is a nice woodiness to go along with an underlying tartness that really balances everything out. A good mix of spiciness, fruitiness, and maltiness really ups the complexity. Pick some up if you can

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:18:15 | More by BEERMILER12
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle int tulip glass, bottled in 3/2012. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pepper, oak, brown sugar, clove, light roast, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, apple, pear, fig, toast, molasses, toffee, biscuit, floral, nuttiness, oak, light chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, biscuit, light roast, light chocolate, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of toasted malt and fruity ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English strong ale. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:39:08 | More by superspak
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured an opaque brown with a firm head that disappeared quickly. It smelled sour and boozy, with earthy rye and coffee notes.

This one tasted exactly as it smelled. I caught a heavy boozy flavor amongst coffee, rye bread crust, and perhaps some dark chocolate. Very complex. I could enjoy one of these every once and awhile.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:05:43 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened the bottle and had a gusher to clean up. Luckily I didn't lose too much.

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, and a tan 2 finger head, which quickly fades to a small collar, and leaves nice lacing. the aroma has cherries, figs, plums, raisins, brown sugar, and toffee.

The taste is both sweet and bitter with roasted malt, bread crust, alcohol, cherries, figs, plums, raisins, brown sugar, and toffe. The roasted malt, which I could not smell, took over the majority of the taste. I don't think it should have been added, and am of the opinion that the dark roasted malt negatively affects the taste of the beer.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a roasted malt aftertaste. This beer has too much going on and is a bit of a mess, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:43:06 | More by hardy008
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Not much of a head. Some wisps remain. Some clinging to the glass occurs.

Smell - Big fruity nose. Dark fruits, plums and such. Caramel. A little bit yeasty, maybe? Some esters coming off.

Taste - Similar to the nose initially. Lots of plums and cherry. Some faint acidity. Caramel in the middle, but gives way to a bunch of oak in the back. Some darker malts prevail as well, lending a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Dry oaky finish. Medium body, maybe pushing medium heavy.

Overall - I was expecting a bit more of the oak tang, but the flavors are nice. I'm enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

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