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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that special.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:57:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a rocky head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Rather fruity, with a range of overripe stone fruit buttressed by caramel and a hint of figs

Taste: Overripe, and almost rotting stone fruit, up front, with an earthy hop character developing by mid-palate; somewhat harsh and metallic, after the swallow, though the fruit flavors linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like many of the beers from both of these breweries but I wasn't crazy about the metallic and rotting fruit flavors in this beer; then again, I am not the biggest fan of Yorkshire Stingo, either

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:34:39 | More by brentk56
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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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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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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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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky russet brown, a sizable head on the first pour, second not so much. Retention is pretty good as it takes awhile for the foam to break. Not much lace.

Brown sugar, rum raisin, almond, shortcake aromas, lightly sweet but not cloyingly so.

Dried fruit and caramel, slight nutty almond. Lightly bitter with a slight tanginess, clean dry finish with some residual toasty, nutty malt derived flavors. Alcohol is ever so slightly perceptible as it warms up. Creamy and fairly smooth, punctuated by that light tangy tart plum note in the back (intentional as described on the label). Overall pleasant to drink, seems suited for cool Fall weather. May pick up another to cellar until late winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:14:15 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Batch 2012- opens with a slight pop, pours an effervescent caramel/chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Amazing heaad retention & lacing

S: Butterscotch, oak, much cakeyness

T: Cakeyness, woody & herbal notes, dryness, some pear notes up front. Cakeyness with some sourmash as this warms, plenty of dryness,some pears & green apples too. Finishes dry, woody, slightly fruitty & a touch sour

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, boozey & warming

Not a bad effort, this beer will go down a bit easier on a January night than now. If you like a big beer with some twang, this is a beer for you. Well worth a try, will age well I'm sure

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:27:40 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Served in a Boulevard glass because I own one and know how to use it. Beer is brown and mildly hazy, tight white / tan head of small bubbles, lots of retention and lacing.

Aroma is nice, mildly hoppy, malty, solid presence.

Beer is medium in body, a little heavy on the palate actually. Sweet, mildly bitter, interesting beer overall. I do enjoy it a lot. I'd probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 19:29:54 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. The fairly long lasting head left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with some tart fruity notes. A mild floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted slightly nutty with sweet toffee and caramel. The tart fruity flavor is very mild.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full-bodied beer that felt a little heavy.

O - This is a really tasty beer, but I should really be shared. It's quite a big tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:06:09 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two great breweries, collabing together to make something interesting, I hope it's good.

Pours a 1.5 finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly with nice lines of lacing, super dark molasses brown colored beer with hints of ruby light.

Nose starts with lots of dark malts, biscuit malts, brown slight toasty, caramel, toffee, molasses, little syrupy sweet candy, and a bit nutty. Then Some herbal hops, earthy and little grassy, typical of English bitter and very typical of Pretty Things. As it warms a hint of mocha comes through, and just a touch of booze.

Taste comes through smoothly, more porter like than expected, with rich brown and dark malts, a little biscuit and toasty brown malts, lots of fluffy caramel and toffee, fairly nutty, and plenty of molasses candy. There is a light candi sugar like sweetness as well with a decent booze kick, light esters and even a slight fusel alcohol. The hops come again with the earthy herbal UK style Pretty Things like hops, with a decent bitterness and herbal grassy flavor. There is also a light fruity taste, part from esters, and parts from the other additions, with hints of fig and raisin, and some tart like flavors. Finish is a bit drier but still fairly sweet, some warming almost fusel booze, lots of candy and syrupy flavors with molasses, caramel, toffee, nutty flavors lingering.

mouth is med to a bit fuller richer bodied, lighter but decent carb, plenty of warming booze.

Overall OK but not great, nice malts very rich and tasty, but the typical UK style hops I don't really like, and quite boozy tasting. The fruits and tartness were another interesting additions.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:52:37 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is brown and a bit cloudy. Huge head that dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lacey foam on the glass.

Smells like toasted bread. There's a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate in the nose as well.

A little more semi-sweet cocoa to the flavor than in the smell. There's a bit of sourness. Good hop finish which makes the aftertaste reminiscent of a Brown Ale. Neutral body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:10:19 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

the smokestack series continues to impress me. this was a neat collaboration in the style of an old ale. the beer pours a luxurious low red color with a tall and permanent off white foam head. it smells like dark fruits, rich sweet caramunich malt, and wildflower honey. the flavor has so much going on. its plenty tart from the fruit aspect, like cranberries and dried blueberries. its not sweet fruity, acidic fruity flavors are mellowed by a heavy dose of sweeter malts and alcohol. not sure if this fits the old ale exactly stylistically, but its got all the similar features, plus the fruit. the honey aspect form the nose isnt as prominent in the flavor, but there are still some waxy sweet elements, especially in the finish, that remind me of honey right from the comb. this is a style of beer id like to see get resurrected a little bit, its just so complex id like to try more variations from different brewers. the feel is nice, its a hugely full body with relaxed carbonation. a big bottle of this will surely satisfy you, and likely fix you to a comfy sofa for the night. great great beer, wholly unique, and fairly priced for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:22:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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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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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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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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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in the last week... Can't remember where... Probably the COOP. Poured into my slim tulip... khaki head... short retention but still nice lacing... the brew is fairly clear deeep amber...

Figgy.. caramel notes.. and some hefty fruity esters make me think of sweet cherries and underripe black plums.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some dark malty astringency that plays interestingly with the underripe fruitiness.. a slightly tart undertone... fun...

Body is a solid medium... carbonation is a bit light... nicely done... Not sure if I like this much as the "other" Stingo, but I would buy this again and maybe even put a couple in the cellar to check things out in a year or so.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 05:28:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark russet brown amber. Fine light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Great aroma of dark dried fruit, toasted malt, nuts. Starts with caramel malt, dark dried fruit, apple juice, nuts, then develops a drier, somewhat sour quality, developing some earthiness and finishing with tart dark fruit and biscuit malt. Medium bodied with some creaminess. An interesting flavor progression that starts out similar to a Belgian strong ale, but finishes drier and maltier. A nice, complex and interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

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