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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

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 12
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of krj
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of yossarian14
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to JeepCop for this one!

A: Pours a clear, mahogany body that darkens to opaque in larger quantities. The head is a creamy, substantial affair that rises to 1.5 fingers and maintains a thick collar throughout the drink.

S: Earthy and malty; this Stingo has a breakfast coffee aroma with grain, plums, ripe apples, and caramel.

T: This reminds me a little of holiday bread. Grain, caramel, plums, apples. The finish has a little mineral quality to it, along with a burst of astringency near the close. Hops contribute an underlying earthiness.

M: Velvety carbonation. The beer finishes dry; this is probably in line with the style, but I'd like something a little richer for a strong ale.

O: I've only had one other Stingo, so I'm not sure how to judge this one. I found it fairly tasty, but it's not particularly my style. The dryness and mineral finish were off-putting for me.

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

This is the second beer that I've had that claims to be in the stingo style, ironically the other one made by Samuel Smith is rumored to be a recipe designed by Dann Paquette. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a huge beige head that sticks around forever as it laces the sides of the glass. I got lots of chocolate and a bit of banana right after popping the cork on this brew, but those seem to have subsided. Lots of caramel and dark sugars with some dark and tart fruits along with a hint of spice. this reminds me a lot of a Belgian Strong Dark. The flavor is really complex and varied. I get a rush of caramel, chocolate, and dark dried fruit maltiness right up front. Tart fruit and a hint of ethanol break through that and never really let go of you. There's and earthy almost salty flavor that cuts in somewhere towards the end. Medium to thick body with a moderate to ample level of carbonation and a sweet salty tart mouthfeel going on. I thought I had reviewed the Yorkshire one, I guess I didn't, I would have really liked to compare the two. This is an interesting beer, it's wildly complex and varied, but maybe to its detriment, as the flavors seem a bit less than harmonious. If I come across another bottle I may pick it up just to see what a little age does to this.

Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much anticipated - I love big English-style beers and Pretty Things does them really well, and Boulevard rarely misses on their limited release beers. Pours chestnut brown with a dense head of khaki foam aided by generous carbonation. Aroma is surprisingly mild with a light toasted gain note, faint toffee, roast, and an herbal flair. Things become a little more interesting on the palate. Balance leans towards the bitter side. Classic English strong ale flavors - caramel, short bread, biscuit, and toffee, along with a fairly strong Breakfast Blend coffee note. A musky, earthy wood note is persistent from start to finish. The dry finish is accented by a very subtle lactic twang. Nice indeed, but not quite as great as I hoped, perhaps my expectations were a bit too lofty. The biggest drawbacks are the dryness and slightly excessive carbonation.

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 9/7/12

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber/brown - pours with a nice, beige, creamy head - leaves some sticky, chunky lacing

Smell: Loads of caramel malts - grainy bread and some lighter malts - dry English hops, grassy/weedy - very British, with minerality (smells of rocks), and a musty sour/tart character - some dark fruits

Taste: Caramel malts and caramelized grains - cooked sugar, with some dried, dark fruits - grassy, with some herbal notes, earthy, some musty, vaguely sour and tart rocks - tastes more English than some beers actually brewed in England

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely smooth, with a sticky/tart aftertaste

Overall: Good for what it is, but not something to write home about

If the goal was to make a beer that tastes genuinely British, that goal has been accomplished. Otherwise, this is not particularly good. Dark fruits and grass, with a distinctive sour/tartness that I have previously complained about in regard to some Samuel Smith beers. But that's just my opinion, I understand this is an intended aspect of the style.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Big fluffy, light khaki head. Massive retention. Creamy. Lively carbonation. Beer is. Nice deep copper. Slight haze. Nice burnt orange hues when held to the light.

Smell: Hyper malty. Big caramel, roasted malts in abundance. Toffee, some phenolic astringency. Aspirin bitterness. Biscuity. Bite of alcohol on the back. Cooked malts. Extremely caramelized. Minerals and rocks. Toasted rocks.

Taste: Burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, and hyper cooked malts. Caramelized into oblivion. Big hit of minerality on the finish. Almost vegetal. Earthy and herbal. Musty. Big sugary, earthy sweetness. Huge toasted edge. As it warms the phenols go in to overdrive. It's not infected, but oxidation is real kids.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is over high. Nice medium body. Clean.

Overall: I expected more from this beer. It's amazingly British which is nice, but the flavors fall apart in the long run. Big malts.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of SiflandOlly
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.