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Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Avg:
3.87
pDev:
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Collaboration No. 3 - StingoCollaboration No. 3 - Stingo
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by sjverla on 08-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 428
Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has a chocolate and prune nose that suggests a dark, moist freak fruit cake. It pours barely translucent chestnut to mahogany under a 2” light foam cap that slowly dissipates. This has an intensely creamy, foamy palate with chocolate, prune, dried fruit, sherry, and treacle with a very light funk. It is very effervescent – almost like eating a foam or very light mousse. It becomes more creamy as it settles down and a slight alcohol warming becomes more apparent. Boulevard should brew more of this.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poura a clear, dark burgundy color with a rather large tan bubbly head. As the foam recedes there are some fairly long lasting rings of sticky lace on the glass.

Aromas begin quite dark and earthy with dark carmelized maltiness, sweeter butterscotch and some lighter fruity notes. As it warms you get some mild floral hops and some earthy, musty, oaky, leathery notes.

The tastes begin with heavy on the malts highlighted by toasted nuts, sweet toffee and caramelized sugars. Light, tart, almost tangy fruity flavors in the background with emerging leather and oak once again.

M - It was crisp and smooth. The mouthfeel is meadium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a little heavy/chewy with some warming alcohol.

Overall this was a very tasty beer, but it should really be shared because of the intense and complex nature of the flavor profile. Glad I bought a few to see how it changes in 6 months or so.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, cloudy, dark caramel brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toffee and dark chocolate

Taste: toffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet

Overall: A very English style tasting beer. Complex. This almost tastes like a winter warmer out of season. Tobacco and toffee play very strong here. Interesting, not sure if I would get it again, but worth a try.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  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!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottles served in a wine glass. Pours a beautiful, deep, plum-colored hue with a half inch, dense, cream-colored head embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Nose is somewhat subdued expressing only some faint, fruity esters. Taste is reminiscent of a Quad, although not as full-bodied, with the addition of some smokey and slightly metallic notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation. Overall, I can't say that I'm overly familiar with the style, having only had Sam Smith's Stingo to compare this one to. As such, in rating this to my personal preferences, I thought that it was a decent beer, but not something I need to try again, and a far cry from the better beers produced by these two breweries.

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely garnet/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention, and the spiderweb looking lace is impressive.
S: Chocolate and toffee sweetness. The chocolate is slightly bitter. Coffee in the nose as well. Some wood aromas in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a slightly bitter chocolate flavor. Toffee sweetness, bread and biscuit. Very slight tart cherries. Wood lingers. More an more dark fruits come out as this warms.I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation that is creamy and smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will finish the bottle in no time. A treat to sip on.

I really enjoy this. Another hit from the Smokestack Series, and a great collaboration as well. If you like Fuller's 1845 or Sam Smith Stingo, this is for you. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep mahogany, deeps brown and red hues abound. There is about two full fingers of a light khaki colored head. The foam takes quite awhile to settle, and there is good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt heavy with a bit of funk. I get a lot of soaked pumpernickel bread, raisin, caramel, and sour cherry. It's a weird one.

T: This beer starts out with a mix of sweet and tart. The are notes of caramel and raisin right up front with a definite tart funk to it. The middle is really bready and malty. As it progresses to the middle, I get a bunch of funk. It's tart, sour, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's wet to start and coats the palate in caramel, malt, and funk. The flavors oscillate from between sweet and sour all the way through the beer. There is a lingering sour/bitter note in the finish.

O: This is definitely not one of my favorites from Boulevard and/or Pretty Things. It's just all over the place and the flavors seem to clash more then blend. I'm happy to have tried it, but I'll pass on any future bottles.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2012-1. Best by 03/2013. Just released a week or two ago.

A: Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy tan head. Fades reasonaly slowly, leaving pretty decent lacework behind.

S: A bit of toasted bread with a hint of nuts. Kind of tart smelling, bringing a bit of dark fruit with it.

T: Lots of toasted dark bread. A little bit of a tart element in the middle with some lactic quality. Ends nutty with a bit of toffee. Cocoa and nuts linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a little drying.

O: Very unusual brew. Never had a Stingo before. It's a malty english-style ale very near a brown ale but not quite enough toasted malt and nuttiness; there is that odd lactic sourness in the middle too. The overall aroma and flavor is actually quite subdued for 8.5%. It tastes and smells like a 5% mildly sour brown ale is the best way I can describe it.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1503rd Review on BA
Bottle to Smokestack Chalice
750 ml C/C

Batch 1-2012-1

Thanks to my mom for bringing this to CA for me.

App- When you pop the cork and pour this out, you are greeted with a mahogany/amber looking brew. A bit of a shimmering beer with deep highlights and good density in the glass. The head was quite a bit large on each pour. A good 2-1/2-3 fingers worth. My glass was solid with cling and lace. Quite a good looking beer.

Smell- This was a bit of a mish mash of aromatics in the glass. It was similar to a quad for me with a lot of dark rich fruits. Plums, dark cherries and figs. A bit earthy and full of malts as well. Balanced out by a sort of tart, grassy, earthy aroma with a tinge of bitter hops.

Taste- The nose was correct on this one. The quad flavors carry over on the 1st couple sips and as the beer integrates in the glass you are moved to a hoppy, bitter and tart flavor. The middle has a very English Mild ale flavor with a bready, malty flavor and the finish has a little bit of chocolate to it.

Mouth- A very nice feel to this one. It was a bit bubbly on the pour and I was skeptical at 1st. The body on this one was a lighter medium with a bit of a chewy caramel malt flavor remaining. The carbonation was a bit prickly and pushed the higher carbonation threshold.

Drink- For some reason, I have become a big Boulevard homer ever since my parents moved to KS. Great beers that dont break the bank. This was an another example. Good flavors intermixed with some flaws, wasnt expecting perfection. Just a good collaboration beer and got that.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack Chalice.

Pours a dark ruby colour. Some blood red, lighter colours shine through around the edges and bottom. A dark cream coloured head adorns, laces nicely.

There is an aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, plums.

Hints of chocolate in the taste, slight sweet dark fruits, and notes of tart fruits.

Nice creamy, near full body. Tinges of carbonation breaks of the slickness.

Not familiar too much with this type of English ale, but it's well made and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay glass. Appearance is murky and purple in hue, thin head settles into a layer. Aroma is fruity at the start with some Belgiany esters. This is quickly countered by a more robust malt presence with notes of coffee, light roast. Taste starts sweet with notes of grape and berry. This is followed with a touch of lactic tartness and a bit of bitter coffee. The flavors are mending very nicely, the tartness throws off the robust qualities. The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, interesting and unique, but not my favorite.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of GbVDave
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into three pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn and pops for the assist!

Batch Number/ 2012 - 3
Best By Date: 03 - 2013

A: Pours a deep, muddy brown with 1/4 finger of tan head on top. Retention was non-existant and no lace was left behind. A bit fugly, but we liked it anyways.

S: Deep woody/earthy notes with bits of tart cherry, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Quite interesting in a kitchen sink sort of way.

T: Same as above. We really liked the tart flavors going on in this beer.

M: Started off fine. Full and relatively thick. But, as it came up to temp it took on a definite boozy edge that got a little tiring as the glasses wore on.

O: We liked this and always welcome the Paquette's sense of adventure when it comes to revisiting old styles/recipes.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.