Collaboration No. 3 - Stingo - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Collaboration No. 3 - StingoCollaboration No. 3 - Stingo

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very good

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 424
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 4.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 56 | 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:
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: 424
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Chirpie
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up four bottles of this. For a limited release it was nice to see the price not in the stratosphere ($9 for a big bottle) unlike a few others I had recently. (Love Child No 2 comes to mind.)

I was surprised to see other people see pours with only a finger and a half on them. I didn't pour very aggressively at all and had a three finger head easy in a tulip.

With a light behind the glass it gives off a dark auburn tan appearance that's quite nice.

Nose gives off aroma of bitter chocolate, caramel, and coffee grinds.

The taste? Copy/paste the smell. Only downside is the coffe-like flavor tends to run the show where I'd like a bit more balance from the other stuff.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this brew for me. Nice and creamy. (The really fine bubbles from the pour should've been my first clue this might've been the case.)

Overall, it's a solid beer. Just good enough that I'm glad I picked up 4 of them on a chance that I might not get more. Glad to have tried it. (996 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Semi transparent, dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Nutty malt sweetness with notes of fruit and some yeast.

Taste- Malt flavors and some nuttiness at the start with tart fruit flavors at the finish. Well blended.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Large amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- Good beer. It reminded me of a brown ale mixed with wild ale. I will be having this one again. (504 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy nut brown color with a finger of solid tan head that retains extrememly well an leaves a good bit of lacing. When I think 'English ale' this is exactly what I imagine it looks like.

S - nutty, bready malts, with some coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of dark fruit and yeasty notes thrown in there as well.

T - this is where it falls short for me... You get the strong malty character with the roasted and bready malts up front and some dark fruit, but it is quickly taken over by strong harsh phenolic and sometimes metallic flavors... These stick around for quite some time on the tongue.

M - slightly overcarbed, burning sensation in the mouth... Residual sweetness also coats the tounge a bit

O - I'm beginning to wonder if maybe mine was mishandled pretty bad by the store... Otherwise some off flavors from the yeast really got through on this one. (868 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a ruddy looking reddish brown color, like ruby red splashed with mud. It's not so dark that you can't see through it. Two fingers of tight, light tan head (with a hint of pink in it). It dissipates to 1/4 of a finger after a few minutes, but the lacing is real nice. As most Smokestack Series beers are, this looks fantastic.

The aroma, however, is not. There's a dominant note of cardboard or wood shavings. It's like paper treated with plastic or something. Underneath that you can tell there's some interesting malt dynamics going on. Deep toasted breadcrust aromas meet a sort of light butterscotch component. There's some rose hips in here (a floral note for sure; rose hips is just what my mind associated). A healthy degree of coffee bean aroma opens up as the beer warms. Too bad for that heavy cardboardy note.

That cardboard/wood shavings note is entirely absent on the palate, thankfully. The dynamics of the malt flavors and English yeast here are quite complex. Breadcrusts and toffee and banana bread and stewed pear and rosewater and coffee beans and alcohol heat and underneath it all is some TART pear/apple. Man, that subtle tartness is refreshing. Part of the blend of this beer was allowed to sour, so this tart note is here as a result. It helps to break up the heavy coffee-and-dark-bread malt flavors. Another review here intimated that this beer, while complex, is somewhat disjointed. I must disagree. This tastes like an English Strong Ale for sure. It's coherent at every step; the tart note makes so much sense in this beer.

This bottle is perhaps a touch overcarbonated. This isn't very "stingy" with alcohol, not really, but that feeling is amplified because of the active carbonation. But I'm nitpicking. The body itself has a great feel and carries the flavors well; any thicker and this could get to be a bit much.

Overall, I find this to be a tremendous English Strong Ale. It's deeply complex and delicious. This is a smashing success. (2,022 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark mahogany with some caramel and amber edges. There is a nice light tan head that forms and is about 1.5 inches tall. Quite small bubbles are present but the head is light and fluffy. Retention is pretty nice with some slight lacing.

Aromas of some figs and some nice sweet yet mild caramel. A bit of barrel in there? Nice rich malt nose is present. The sweetness in the nose is pretty nice with some good rich caramel notes and some darker fruits. There are some yeasty esters to it almost like it could be a wild ale. Very nice nose.

Flavor starts off with some interesting rich and slightly roasty notes. Then there is some sweetness that pops up. Malty grain notes with some underlying caramel. There is some bready notes mixed in with the sweetness and some slight tart notes that pop up here an there. There is some yeasty chalky flavors to the brew as well. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected.

Not my favorite from the series but still an interesting brew. (1,041 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Wouldn't be a Smokestack series beer without a well carbonated pour. Pours 3 fingers of offwhite head. Great retention. Pretty thick lacing. Color is a very dark amber brown.

S. Some earthiness, and some musty yeast smell. Followed by some pretty sweet malt, with a touch of dark fruit. A little bit of brown sugar, and molasses with some spiciness. Get a little bit of Brett on the nose.

T. Some earthy nutty malt flavor is predominant. A bit of sweetness comes out towards the end with some caramel and brown sugar, but it is pretty dry up front. Some amber/nut brown qualities. Pretty smooth. No alcohol flavor or presence. Not overly complex or extremely flavorful. As it warmed up got more Brett flavors on the back of the tongue.

M. Medium/full bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes with a slight touch of lingering sweetness.

O. Probably not the most exciting Smokestack series beer that I have had, but its different. Its nice to see the exploration of different styles. (1,026 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy brown with a big tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty fragrant with nice notes of chocolate malt, dark ripe grapes, figs, and a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. There are flavors of tart cherries, dark fruits, cocoa, and chocolate milk.

M: The feel is creamy but the carbonation is a bit too bubbly for my tastes. It almost seems overcarbed a bit...may be better with some age.

O: This was an interesting beer but not something I would drink all the time. I would like to try this again in a few years. (632 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mo cork & caged. I've never had a "stingo" before, so here we go.

A: Rusty dark brown pours with a small finger frothy tan head. Thick and very hazy.

S: What an odd aroma. Roasty aromas, biscuit, light chocolate? Fitting of the dark color.

T: Very curious beer. Rich and malt up front. A middle of some biting grassy english hops is present, and this odd sourlike tartness in the finish. The blending here is very good, as the flavors aren't overpowered by any other.

M: Medium body, but it's surprisingly crisp. Dry finish.

O: Well, a "stingo" has a little sting... and a lot of o. Malty, tart, bitter, it's kinda all over the place. Enjoyable however in depth. (672 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a light lattice and head that lasts an okay amount of time. As for smell, it is faint. But I detect an almost cheap brandy kind of smell. That probably says more about me than the actual beer. As for taste, it is sour. There is a distinct lack of bitte beer hops, and it could use some. It is pretty sour in the aftertaste, but it does have a touch of some burnt coffee to it. Overall, it is okay. (411 characters)

Photo of inandon
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Dark chestnut brown. Lacey white head that leaves a thin rim about the glass.

Smell - heavy caramel, coffee, with a hint of chocolate reminds me of almost a stout.

Taste - GOOD! Light on the tongue, notes of coffee. The description on the bottom "a hint of tartness against a rich, malty background"

Another win for boulevard. Seems like a great mix with Pretty Things. Definitely something to pick up unless you hate coffee beers. (442 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Five-finger, off white, soapy head rises and falls fast. Brew is hazy redish copper with lots of brown. Not overly impressive.

No hop profile. Very malty and lots of caramel. Nothing complex or intriguing.

Very papery and wet feeling. Smooth and not sugary. No roughness or feel of heat. Bitterness brings along some dryness too. Hops are nonexistent.. Pretty bland.

Very underwhelming. Not impressive. Not recommended.

I expected A LOT more from this collaboration.. (475 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - a larger two fingers of interesting light mocha colored head. Body is cloudy and a deep amber with some purple.

S - Pretty standard. Dark, dried fruits of prunes and raisins. Some lightness to it like an earthy-greeness. Some malts and caramel.

T - Not my style. Weird dried fruits again and some cranberry. A noticeable hop on the finish. Some Indian spices.

M - Nice carbonation and the body holds up well. The downside is a taste/feel on the back of my mouth that just says, yuck.

O - It's a beer. Not something I really enjoy, but maybe others do. I'm a big fan of Boulevard, but this one is too out there. (621 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2012-1. Best by 3-2013. Poured into a tulip. Enjoyed with a friend.

A- Pours a dark brown, with caramel colored highlights. It has 3 fingers of khaki colored head that has a ton of staying power and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Off to a good start.

S- Very malty on the nose. Russpowell hit the aroma on the head when he said butterscotch that is not overpowering with a hint of molasses.

T- Does not follow the nose exactly, but the flavors are great. Molasses, rich dark malty flavors, with a finish that is akin to sweetened creamed coffee.

M- Solid medium body, moderate amount of carbonation. Slight warming feel from the ABV.

O- Sad this will only be brewed once. A mighty tasty beer.

O- (716 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (648 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Hats off to Homebrewers at the Amigoni Urban Winery as well as in a bottle. For the purposes of this review, I will go with the on tap review.

Appearance - Nice and black, with a two finger beige head that dominates the presentation. Cool labeling, awesome concept behind the brew.

Smell - Subdued but excellent. A lot like a porter but much more complex. Dark fruits, big Brady and biscuity malts, Caramel, toffee, And awesomeness. Excellent smell.

Taste - Follows the nose in complexity and quality. Toasty dark breads, malts, hints of dark fruit, and finally a touch of hops. Outstanding layered taste

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth like a porter with a rich, creamy body, smooth finish, medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a highly recommended, superb beer. Never had a stingo or an English strong ale, but I love this beer. I have drank a unusually high volume of it, oh well. Get with a friend from Kansas City and have them get you this beer ASAP. You won't regret it. (999 characters)

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