Black-O-Lantern | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The next release in our small batch, high gravity OT Series is a completely new formulation Black O Lantern – Imperial Pumpkin Stout. This deep, dark, and intensely rich imperial pumpkin stout has flavors of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg that complement the chocolate and roast character. At 8.5% ABV, this beer finishes surprisingly and dangerously smooth!

Added by womencantsail on 10-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 45
Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +8.1%

A- Big old imperial stout style head. black as hell. Moderate legs and lacing. Looks the style of a Russian Imperial Stout.

S- Like walking into a country store. Big potpourri scent. Nutmeg and cinnamon for sure. Molasses sweetness and light coffee. Even more faint chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not too pungent in the nose.

T- Same as the scent. Potpourri and pumpkin spices. Pumpkin gourd flavor are there. It also has the chocolate and roasted malty coffee flavor. Molasses and a hoppy type spice are present. It yeast is earthy. It's slightly bitter from the hops and the grains, but it doesn't cut your head off in the bitterness. It rounds out the alcohol spice. The finish is sugary and bitter and ends with some of the spices. Just like a good Imperial Stout in flavor.

M- It's a medium to full bodied beer, on the fuller side. It's got a good dark roast coffee/ earthy, hop oiliness. It is pretty crisp.

Overall, this is a great imperial stout. If you like spiced beers, get this one. Even if you don't know you like spiced beers and like stouts and heavier beers (or just want to expand your beer horizons), get it! It's an awesome fall seasonal beer! A+ brew!

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive, lumpy starting head. Plenty of beige, chunky lace on the glass. The color is near black. No light shines through.

Lots of spices to this beer--plenty of pumpkin pie touches, such as cinnamon and surprisingly, anise. Nearly no stout to the nose.

Not very "burnt", instead it's all the aforementioned spices. Interesting and unusual, but there is no "stout" flavor to this beer. Think Pumpkin Pie Brown Ale. Good body and appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent cream head, pitch black beer.

Nose loaded pumpkin, baking spices, milk stout creamy notes, pie filling, faint roast.

Taste big pumpkin, baking spices, nutmeg, allspice, clove, etc, bitter spices and earthy hops, lots of pumpkin, herbs, rosemary or sage? Mild creamy choc malt, little roast. Mild bitter finish, spices, more pumpkin, dark malts, etc.

Mouth creamy med bod, nice carb.

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Photo of WyethBednar
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent pumpkin stout, if a bit overpriced. One of the few stouts I've had that's far better when served cold.

Appearance: Almost pure black, just the slightest hint of transparency at the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing, but a decently sized chocolatey-colored head

Smell: Really warm and inviting, very autumn. Cinnamon, clove, and all those good pumpkin spices are present here.

Taste: If anything, the spices are a little overbearing. Comes across a little more like pumpkin cider than beer at points, which isn't necessarily a bit thing, but perhaps not everyone's taste. A really nice kick of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Not incredible. I little flat, even for a stout. This would be good as a nitro if they sold it.

Not my favorite pumpkin stout ever, but it's still really good and on a nice fall day I think this would be exactly what you'd be looking for. The high ABV adds a little bit more warmth to an already very full-bodied beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 3/4 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: cinnamon, clove, and cream

Taste: cinnamon, clove, cream, cola, and a bit of roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Sweet with roastiness, medium body, high carbonation

Overall: A good base beer with a nice amount of pumpkin spice that I found enjoyable to drink. Would like to try this one on tap at some point. Of the dark pumpkin ales I have tried this fall, this is not quite as good as ST's Warlock, but is better than most.

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Photo of Bwj344
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/29/13 at Salem Beer Works on draft

A: dark black with a fine lace head
S: pumpkin spice and clove. Some coffee/chocolate notes as well but overwhelmed by the pumpkin pie smells
T: starts strong with the pumpkin flavors and fades about half way through to a slight coffee-chocolate aftertaste. There is some hints of alcohol as well, but not overwhelming (8.5% abv).
M: medium to full bodied.
O: I enjoy pumpkin beers quite a lot and found this one to be different in a good way to most. My favorite is still probably Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin starts strong, maybe too strong for some, but finished quickly. Overall, I enjoyed the beer and would drink this one again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

As dark and Black as my mouth at midnight in a cave. Two finger tan foam cap settles into a tan layer with nice lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate& licorice . Alcohol aroma reminiscent of port or sherry or angostura bitters.

Taste of roasted malts, sweetness, pumpkin and spices on the finish. Alcohol taste on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, chewy.

Good beer , very different style of an imperial stout but good.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received a glass with a deep black brew with a good head. Some clingy lace. A spiced sugared rim...goddamn it.

Nose is hard to get, as the cinnamon/sugar rim-job really interferes. Big rich dark brew, with plenty of charred notes in the nose.

Dark, rich bitter base. Bitterness comes from the malt, as well as a hop profile. But...the pumpkin is where? As there is a sugared rim, I cannot tell. Finishes big and bitter with sugared notes from the glass.

Medium to full bodied, nice tingle in the mouth from carbonation.

As this was presented at the brewery, it is their preferred method. Therefore, this is just ok. I'm not a purist, nor overly critical, but they need to ask if you want a sugar glass before they give you one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This is the formal debut of this beer in the retail market, launched as part of the Beer Works Overtime series.

A: Deep black in color, beige head is quick to settle and can't be revived. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Sweet pumpkin and spice up front. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. There's a bit of dark chocolate and soot, and perhaps an undercurrent of vanilla, but for the most part the pumpkin and spices overshadow the stout on the nose.

T: Pumpkin and spices land squarely up front on the palate, just as in the nose. Sweet pumpkin, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, perhaps clove and allspice. Roasted grain, soot, and char begin to come through in the middle. Hint of alcohol toward the back. Pumpkin and spices muscle into dominance again on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Rounded and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Not bad.

O: The pitfall with many of these pumpkin seasonals is that the spicing just runs amok. That is what has happened here. Pumpkin and spices are too dominant, and the base stout is a little lackluster as well. Unfortunately, I don't think consumers are really getting their money's worth at the $15 4-pack pricing. A few adjustments are needed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of tan head. This one also came with cinnamon sugar on the glass.

S: I get plenty of roast and chocolate with some mild spices. Maybe a bit of coffee, but not much pumpkin to it. As it warms, a bit more cinnamon comes through. Some molasses and toffee sweetness.

T: The flavor has a light acidity, likely from the liberal use of roasted malt. Some light toffee sweetness followed by coffee, nutmeg, and cinnamon. As usual with pumpkin beers, not that much actual pumpkin.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Better than the regular pumpkin beer. I'd have this one again.

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Black-O-Lantern from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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