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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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very good

107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: sjverla on 08-03-2012

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
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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 425
Photo of DavidST
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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+

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 greenengineer
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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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 DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 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 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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.65/5  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.

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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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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 brureview
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of ICanDrinkBeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bubbly, dirty white and thick goes the froth on this one. Retention is excellent. Color is dark brown.

Sweet in aroma with an almond nuttiness, vinegar and a wisp of smoke floating through.

Flavor involves a distinct and eclectic mix of grain and nuts, dark fruits, some tanginess, and a burnt woodiness followed by an afterthought of hops.

Dry for the most part with alcohol noticeable only in the aftertaste. Mouth-feel is light to medium.

Imaginative brew that leads to another big win for Boulevard.

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Photo of rwhitmore
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown capped with a two finger foamy cream colored head. Significant splotchy lacing present. The aroma of nutty toffee, hints of caramel some phenol alcohol and a touch of cocoa greets the nose. Opens with a hint of dark chocolate joined by almond, caramel, and finishes smooth with mild alcohol warmth cloaked in slightly dry and sweet caramel. A medium level of carbonation and medium smooth body. A solid brew and very enjoyable. One of the better collaborations I've enjoyed recently.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into an imperial pint glass. Pours a nice clear amber w/ lively carbonation. A big fluffy khaki head slowly settles to a dense pillow of foam.

Aroma is malty, minerally, with a vaguely vegetal quality. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel.

Taste is malty, caramelly, sweet and sugary with a distinctly bitter counterpoint. That same vaguely minerally taste, like baking soda in water.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Carbonation keeps it light on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall a nice, drinkable, malty English ale.

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Photo of cofeeguru
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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