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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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tronester

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany, with a velvety smooth tan head. Smell is of dark cherries, and a bit of oak. The flavor begins with some tart cherry, then a hint of vinegar, then a little chocolate, and a slightly sour, woody finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:07:31 | More by tronester
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a nice looking brown pour with 3 fingers of creme colored head which dissipated slowly. scents of nuts, toffee, caramel, prunes, brown sugar. the flavor feels a bit rusty/copper-like. nuts, caramel, lots of sugar, dark roasted malts, slight hint of grassy hops. light to medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, high carbonation. really refreshing tasty beer, and a new style for me. a great arrangement from these two excellent breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 00:24:19 | More by facundoCNB
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a huge frothy tan head; lacing is okay

S: Grainy and nutty; sweet malts, brown sugar and toffee; this is sweet and malty and grainy with some booziness but is a bit subdued in the finish

T: Much more going on in the flavors--robust malts, nutty with some booziness in the finish with some vanilla and whiskey in the finish

F: Medium body with a creamy finish

O: This is a malty, slightly boozy beer; not my favorite sting that I've had but it's solid

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:25:16 | More by dbossman
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with a three finger off white head that slowly fades into a tulip pint glass
S: smells like an english brown with notes of light chocolate, some toasted malt and a bit nutty
T: toasted malt profile with a bit of caramel, slight tartness, a bit of chocolate and some nuttyness, hint of fig like fruit flavor as well. swallow brings some alcohol, a slight caramel flavor, some nuttyness and a bit more toasted malt
M: carbonation starts off sharp on the palate but subsides to just slightly tingly creating a mouthfeel on the upper side of medium. slightly drying finish
O: very interesting and complex beer. good flavors and a well rounded profile. a well made beer but I wouldn't expect anything less from Pretty Things or a Smokestack Beer from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:47:41 | More by SHODriver
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid two finger, beige, head after the pour. Great head retention for all 750 mls. Deep ruddy, rusty garnet and cola color. It's a little difficult, but when you get the right angle of light, the bubbling is very nice for an English style beer in my opinion. This beer looks great!

Robust, yet subtle malt aroma. Heavily toasted biscuits add some caramelized plums and apricots. Smells savory and like a good sipper.

Starts yeasty and toasty. Lots of plums. But the blood and band-aid flavor starts to dominate from the middle through the finish. There's a little alcoholic heat, that I think would blend well with the flavors at the front of the palate. But in this case it just adds to the bitter blood and band-aid flavors.

Dry, chalky palate with some blood and tin. Maybe I let it sit too long, but this beer is not something I would buy again if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 20:15:45 | More by scruffwhor
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94Sip

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice dark brown and has a nice creamy tan head which dissipated over time. Not as dark as a stout but darker than a brown ale.

Smell - poured into a tulip glass and it has a very unique smell - smells tart. Very much unlike any other dark beer. Doesn't smell like a brown ale and doesn't smell like a stout. More like a dark bread - perhaps somewhere near a rye or pumpernickel.

Taste - I really liked this beer as it warmed up. Uniquely complex tastes that stick around in your mouth for awhile. As it warms up it gets nice and malty, which I prefer. Not quite as roasted as a stout or porter, but moreso than a brown ale. You don't pick up the coffee or chocolate flavors which dominate a stout.

Overall - I keep referring to this as somewhere between a brown ale and stout across many of the categories. That is the best way I can compare this. I definitely enjoyed it on a cool night when I was not necessarily in the mood for a stout but was wanting something "different". I would buy this again and look forward to it. I kept setting it down thinking I was done with it but kept going back to it for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:05:55 | More by 94Sip
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barnzy78

Illinois

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

750mL bott;e, shared with a friend, pours dark brown with a tall, ivory head that holds decent retention. Aromas are very malty and sweet with brown sugar, molasses, bread, caramel, earth. Tastes are malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, molasses, earth, brown bread crust, nice not too bitter finish. Body is medium and creamy. Overall, I have not had much from this style category, but this is what I'd expect - very good!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:31:15 | More by barnzy78
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and nutty malt, with some copper and smoke.
T: It tasted like sweet toffee and earthy roasted barley, with some smoky nutty malt and biscuit.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice British ale with good scent and taste. The body was ok, and the alcohol was decently hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Curious how it would age. Good fresh, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:35:18 | More by Pencible
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DavidST

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, batch 2-2012, best before 3-2012. This pours a dark mahogany color wtih a massive tan head, tight bubbles, long retention, which leaves alchohol legs and a lacing. The smells are nice lots of toffee and caramel, a little nutty smells. The feel is medium to barely thick, more high carbonation. The taste is pretty good, a nice little bit of hop bit, the toffee, and caramel and nuts, there is a noticeable alcohol burn and taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:12:40 | More by DavidST
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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.

88-89 B+

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:37:40 | More by BedetheVenerable
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My neighbor, bless his soul, bought a bottle of Stingo over from downstate IL. The beer pour a dark cloudy brown with red hue. The head is a off white bubbly head that is not leaving much lace. The smell has malt and good earthy tones. The taste is big...and strong. There is a prevalent malt base and hints whiskey sweet mash. There is also a healthy bitterness which perhaps is why it's named Stingo. The mouthfeel is a full body beer with big carbonation. Overall it's a big beer to sip....not to session.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:50:13 | More by WoodBrew
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cvm4

Mississippi

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

A - Pours a murky deep brown, light tan head. Not much lacing. Not pretty to look at but it's the style.

S - Sweet malts and slightly burnt caramel. Not picking up much else.

T - Dry dark fruits, malty, caramel & some odd yeast. Ends with a sourish note.

M - In between light & medium body with high carbonation.

O - I like this collaboration. They made this style a little more exciting than I'm used to.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:42:10 | More by cvm4
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beergoot

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazelnut, cloudy brown body with a decent light tan, thin head. Mid-grade malt aroma; slightly nutty. Rather strong alcohol taste with a mild bitterness and mild malt character; some caramel notes; somewhat tart; green apple. Medium-light body; fairly fizzy, dry finish.

An okay but, to me, disappointing example of this style. Boozy flavor and relatively thin body overtook any solid malt characteristic. The flavors improved somewhat as the beer warmed up, but still didn't make any significant difference in my view of things. Hits the style profile (as listed in BA beer styles), but I wouldn't pick this one for a top example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:15:51 | More by beergoot
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the corked bottle into my Notch 0.5 L pint glass. Served along with some fresh baked Irish Soda Bread.

A - deep dark, inky. Foamy head is almost white, lots of foam subsides quickly, leaving behind delightful lacings.
S - sweet malty, milky smell
T - slightly sour on top of a malty flavor. Typical porter hints, burnt malt, liquorice.
M - nicely chunky, with a crisp bite
O - really like this. Well integrated, nothing overwhelming, just tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:13:33 | More by greenengineer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, and a small earthiness. In the taste, quite mellow, a sweet roast, and a small presence of alcohol. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roast, and a note of hop in the aftertaste. Nice presence of hop and earth, with a pleasant roast.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 18:06:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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DovaliHops

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-red color, with a darker, off-white color. Head goes down slowly. Scent is surprisingly funky...funky tangy yeast aromas with some dark fruits and cherries. Dark malt with chocolate and English malt. Nutty as well. Taste is tangy at first...almost slightly tart, but not really. Kinda strange. Chocolatey, nutty, sweet, malty flavors with a bit of hop bitterness. Very complex brew we have on our hands here. The tartness goes well with the rich maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty and complex brew. Really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 08:41:35 | More by DovaliHops
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown, two finger fluffy white head

S-Lots of malt, caramel, roasted, dark fruits, yeast as well.

T-An odd unbalanced mix of funky yeast with dark fruits and caramel. Not bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, little to no carbonation, tad watery.

O-The balance was off, the funk didn't work with the malt. I see what they were trying for but it didn't come together well enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:16:58 | More by rlee1390
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2012-2, best by 03-2013. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints. There's about an inch tan head that stays around for a while, and also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), nuts, caramel, coffee, and some brown sugar. The brew tastes like sweet and tart dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums, red grapes), caramel, brown sugar, molasses, nuts, oak, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this beer, and I'm glad I got to try it. Definitely worth a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:38:23 | More by bluejacket74
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
best by 3/13 on the bottle
A- This beer is a dense glowing body with a thick lumpy sticky light tan head that last a good bit.

S- The woody malt aroma has an interesting green wood quality to it.

T- The green woody bitterness has hints of aged spice and some nougat flavors that finish with a tart hint of hops. The finish is just a bit dry.

M- this beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat noticed and no astringency

O- This is a nice simple beer that, although not really complex, it is very unique. It is woody but not from a barrel or from toasted wood. It is it's own flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 19:51:17 | More by rhoadsrage
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the strong taste of this British regions ales resonate with cooler weather, the built in complexities and full flavors soothe the palate and satisfy the palate. This is a taste that the masterful brewers at both Boulevard and Pretty Things capture that sure to be the delight of the most staunch British ale connoisseur.

Tawny brown and with slightly more visual viscocity that the average brandy, the beers mohogany hue slowly releases its deeply embedded carbonation and crowns the beer with a dense blanket of tannish foam. Strong retention and lacy rings form as the beer fades, sip after wonderful sip.

Masculine aromas of molasses, brown sugar, and a toasty note that almost introduces coffee create the armatures for the rest of the characterful beer to mount. As the beer opens up, additional scents of dried fruit, wine, and spice emerge.

Mouth coating flavors of rich malt take the shape of toffee, molasses, peanut brittle and brown sugar in the most succulent of way. The delicious and hearty sweetness is jointed by the estery and alcohol flavors of tart cherries, dried apples, apricots, dates, raisins, figs, currants, plumbs, and grapes. The culmination of flavors hark to what's best about holiday fruitcake, except that the spices of the desert are replaced here by the vinous tartness that's normally reserved for oak aged red wines. Don't be surprised to pull additional flavors of chocolate, balsamic, and cider if your taste buds search hard enough.

Medium to full, the beer's creamy bubbles and rich malts create a fuller effect while the tartness and tannin have a thinning effect at the same time. This keeps the beer drinkable despite its richness and complexity. The beer slowly morphs into a pleasant acidity and broadly bitter spice from hops the deeper into finish that you go. An extended aftertaste continues to develop wine notes and stale ale notes in the most pleasant of ways.

There's not many beers that display the more regal "aged" character that makes these rustic ales so charming. As was common in mid 18th century pubs, the blend of young and stale ale seems to be reliably captured in this collaborative Stingo.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 17:43:13 | More by BEERchitect
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/burgundy, almost black. Frothy and bubbly khaki colored head. Pale malts, roasted nuts, molasses, dried yeast, espresso beans and smoke. First sip is oddly sour with big flavors of charred malt and roasted nuts. Coffee bean bite and a dash of spicy hops with sweeter tones of brown sugar. Smooth, rich body with a solid backbone. Nutty, relatively dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:23:01 | More by YouSkeete
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Batch 2012 - 2; Best by 3 2013

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured a luscious, brown-maroon color, with a massive mocha head that, like most of Boulevard's brews, stuck around throughout the session.

S: Sort of a caramel-nut duo, much like a Nut Brown. No sign of stray yeast, but I'll keep searching.

T: This ALMOST had a Belgian quality to it, but not quite. It's almost as if someone took a Quad and stripped it on the "funk" part of the Belgian experience, then left it to be. Nutty, caramely, butterscotchy, and with only a sourdough bread bill to provide sweetness. After a few sips, I got more dark fruit.

M: Just enough bitterness to add some much needed complexity. The lacing was ridiculous, and this was INSANELY drinkable... even gulpable.

O: I've never tried a Smokestack Series brew that has sucked. This one continues that trend.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 19:34:47 | More by Chaney
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brureview

Massachusetts

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

This is a misunderstood and underestimated beer. It's a great beer served at 55 F( 12.8C).

The first time I had this beer was at the Independent in Somerville- way too cold, and the result was a tart, unbalanced beer.

Fast forward 3 or more months. I served it at the correct serving temp in a tulip.

Nice caramel color. 1/2 finger head. Fruit aroma-dates, raisins or pomegrantes?
Mouthfeel very smooth. Noticeably tart on the tongue in the finish.

Taste- fruit- as the beer warms more lemony.

Overall- excellent beer served warm in a tulip.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:03:03 | More by brureview
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml served in a snifter.
Batch 2012-2 Best by 03-2013

A - Pours a very dark and clear garnet with 3 fingers of beige head that creates a solid ceiling of bubbles. Some pretty nice lacing as well.

S - Roasted chocolate malt, espresso beans, raisins, roasted dates, light woodiness

T - Starts of with espresso, cocoa, roasted malts, toasted brown bread, a grape skin tartness clings to the top of the mouth and sides of the tongue. Some muted raisins, charred dates, and unripe cherries, some pine hops create a bitterness toward the dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate stingy carbonation.

This drinks good but doesn't have the deep layers of malt and that I was hoping for. It does have a stingy effect on the palate from the carbonation and the tartness. I think this needs to sit for a couple of years. I would drink this again but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:55:55 | More by StaveHooks
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ICanDrinkBeer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown, heavy foam, slight red tint.

Smell - Slightly hoppy, notes of alcohol and fruit.

Taste - Dark fruits, sour notes, cherry and a slight maltiness. Like someone blended a nut brown with a flemish red.

Mouthfeel - Light, pleasant, lightly coats the tongue.

Overall a great beer, one I will actively seek out in the future. Has the flavor and body of a brown ale and the pleasantly tart and complex notes of a flemish red. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:04:30 | More by ICanDrinkBeer
Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.