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Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Collaboration No. 3 - StingoCollaboration No. 3 - Stingo

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BA SCORE
87
very good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkyMOD, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Rochefort10nh, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Aug 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

oriolesfan4, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Oct 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

drewone, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Jun 10, 2013
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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.

barleywinefiend, Oct 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

ejimhof, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Gonzoillini, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An English style ale from a Belgian influenced brewery, at least for their Smokestack series.

Pours a dark, rich brown, great head, great sticky, off tan lacing. perfect i think.

Aroma of ripe red apples, black plums, some smoke and wet wood, sweet caramel and brown bread.

Flavor follows. A touch tart. Apple and plums mostly. Some raisin and smoke. Some booze here and there. It seems like a malt bomb at first, but thins out and gives more flavors than just the caramel and pale malt. Fruity without too sweet. Sweetness is there, but the end is dry. Subtle yeast blends well with the malt bill. Bready, but not thick.

A very nice English style beer. Perhaps a bit boozy. Take off 4% and this would be fantastic

Mebuzzard, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrBier, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rab53, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kelp, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Bruery snifter. Dark brown in color with a frothy, dense head to it. Pretty decent head retention to it.

The aroma has a rich maltiness to it with caramel, toffee and a little dark fruit. It's got a bit of a toasty, roasted malt quality to it with a some coffee and dark chocolate to it. I'm getting some sweeter, banana like flavors coming out as it warmed.

The taste shows a little more of the darker, roasted malts to it with some stronger notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is where I get a little more of the sweeter caramel and dark fruits. It's got some tartness lingering into the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a good beer. It had some bold flavors to it, and they come together well. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

billab914, Aug 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ShanePB, May 13, 2013
Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.