Flora Obscura | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flora Obscura, literally dark flower, features massive dry-hopping, with Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic and Galaxy hops over a robust porter base composed of two-row pale malt, two varieties of caramel malt, raw wheat and chocolate malt. Originally born as a test beer for our Tours & Rec Center, Flora Obscura explores the interplay of hops suggestive of orange, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with rich chocolate and espresso notes provided by roasted malts.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,026
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
79
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 79
Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Best by 11 Jul 2019:

Pours very dark brown to black. A thin creamy head lasts and leaves lacing.

The smell is of pine, citrus (oranges), tropical notes blend well with chocolate. Smells more of an American Black Ale to me, but a very good one.

The taste is of chocolate and coffee with very pronounced hops - pine, citrus, tropical fruits. Porter character comes through.

There's a slight clash, but smooth overall.

An interesting brew. Hop-forward for the style. Borders an American Black Ale. Unique. A very hop-forward porter. But, it works.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 25JUL2019

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight roast, slight citrus note (grapefruit, orange). The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight roastyness, nice little citrus note (grapefruit, orange). Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. A nice take on the style. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours quite dark , under a long lasting and high quality looking mocha cap, leaves all sorts of tiny bubble, frothing and a load of great looking sheeting. Nice looking brew.

Complex nose of malts, chocolate, cafe au lait, and yes oranges...

Delicious creation, with more of the nose flowing over the palate..super soft and smooth feel...orange, chocolate, mocha,
coming to mind...Highly enjoyable and nicely crafted...porter/stout lovers rejoice and go get some of this nectar

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a handsome dark beer to help continue to welcome winter to the Mid Atlantic states. Nose is malty and chocolaty but equally pine and citrus hops.

The flavor is similar, with a balanced roasted chocolate and coffee malts and heavy West Coast hop flavors. Tasty, chewy, satisfying finish. Solid effort on the style.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is dark brown, head presents quite large (over 2 inches) and is tan with fine to small bubbles, head lingers with froth and lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is herbal, light spruce and hints of mint, light malt sweetness with chocolate and roasty notes. Quite hop forward aromas for a porter but pleasant and enhancing from the dry hops.

Taste is similarly pleasant with less hop presence but some lingering bitter qualities; flavors include chocolate, roast, mint, herbs and light grass.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not to sweet but a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall a very good porter, dry hopping is a great addition and as some have noted it could pass as an american black ale as well.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown and deep mahogany hues; thick, sculpted, rocky head; sticky rings of lacing along the glass. Sweet citrus aroma with a subtle underlayer of roasted grain; orange and lemon. Mild charred grain flavor; bitter; some ester notes on the back end. Medium-heavy body; seems a bit thin; very dry overall.

This is an interesting porter with some nice fruity notes. The flavor and body just seem a tad weak overall, but otherwise an interesting and mostly satisfying beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, chocolate, malt, coffee, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of a small amount of coffee (barely noticeable), a bit of the advertised floral quality, light caramel notes, a little chocolate, lots of hops, and a tinge of malt. A solid taste that more less gets the black ale (not American Porter) flavor right. It's pretty hoppy, but it levels off after a while. The floral quality is interesting, but not overly impactful.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a likable ABA. Not perfect, but worth a look.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was visiting with a former student in the take-out section of 551 West, where she works as a counter clerk, when she tells me that she has some singles with which she was unfamiliar & knowing my propensity to buy such things, she suggested my taking a look. This was one of them & with it, I set forth on a new Coup de Boule adventure, this being my fifth of the current go-'round!

From the bottle: "Dry-hopped Porter"; "50 IBUs".

I Pop!ped the cap & being that it was a relatively fresh bottle within its freshness date, I went with a heavy-handed pour. This action produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention that left behind nice lacing as it fell. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with garnet highlights. Nose had a minty, chocolaty quality, like a liquefied York Peppermint Patty or a Girl Scout Thin MInt. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but rather thin for this style. The taste followed the nose very closely. It was at once both minty and chocolaty & very easy to drink. Finish was semi-dry, still choco-minty, but very cool following the extreme finish.

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Photo of Frivolously_Wasted
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a little light penetrating around the edges of the snifter. Nice, off-white head that subsides rapidly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Nose is cascade hops. I know it is dry hopped with several varieties, but cascade comes through most distinctly. I can barely detect any other aromas over it.

Taste is fruity, piney and some roasty, with a drying finish. The hops are just as strongly represented in the flavor as they were in the smell. Body is about what I expect from a porter, thinner than a stout.

It’s a porter that smells like a pale ale and tastes somewhere in between. It’s interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at the Taproom at Pike Place in Seattle.

Appearance: dark brown hue with a fair amount of murk and a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: fruity and sweet with a little bit of caramel character. Interesting!

Taste: very much like the aroma, with a lightly caramel character with a hint of fruitiness. It almost tastes like it has got some rye in it. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good!

Overall: this beer is not especially to-style, but it appeals to me. Good stuff!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with little light seeping through. There's a solid inch of thick, creamy, brown on top. I smell piney hops and dark malt. Honestly, it's probably the hoppiest smelling beer that's I've seen labeled as a Porter. The flavor is equal parts piney hops and dark malt. The hop aroma and flavor really tapers off as it warms. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry and oily.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a date stamp of 11 July 2018.
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body and a tall beige head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: black IPA

Flavor: the grains have considerably more strength here relative to the hops than in the hop dominated aroma. Mild bitterness with hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Feel: full body; smooth with medium-light carbonation.

Overall: as advertised, this is a hoppy porter. It should appeal to fans of black IPAs.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark, dark brown. Thick light brown head that faded slowly to a rocky cap and left very nice lacing. This is a really good looking beer.

S---Hoppy. Fruit & pine are up front. Plenty of chocolate & roasted malts show up, too.

T---Fruit (citrus) & pine. Chocolate as well. Weird combination, citrus & chocolate.

F---Very carbonated. Lighter than I was expecting from a porter.

O---This one is an odd duck. Not false advertising, perhaps it's just a style I'm unfamiliar with. I'll still keep an eye out for it in the future. The wife, who loves porters, says no to this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of chocolate, bacterial funk, piney hops, slight spicy hops, and resin. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness and bitterness. Tastes of strong roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of spicy hops, resin, and a citrus hops. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but body is much less complex than aroma and the blend is overly roasted.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep brown with a huge, thick head that leaves strong lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, citrus, and chocolate malts.

The taste is chocolate malt and hops. It's right on the edge of a black IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Overall a nice beer that could pass for a black IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice example of the Porter style. Deep in color with foamy tan head. Aroma is pleasantly malty but not over. Taste is fairly mild with a nice burnt bitterness, roasty malts and a great dried, slightly bitter finish

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark ruby cola colored body with one of the chunkies khaki sea-foam heads I’ve seen on a beer. Great foamy lacing.

Aroma: Light piney hops, subtle chocolate, oats.

Taste: Light piney hops coat of a malty base of chocolate and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Plenty of hops, well balanced.

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with amber hues on the edge of the glass. Pouted with a tall, dense, light beige foam with excellent retention. Wow, dry-hopped indeed. Smells like a handful of hop pellets. Fresh, earthy floral and sharp citrus aromas with dark malt notes beneath. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Light creaminess benearh the carbonation through the middle with light warmth from the middle to the end. Grainy dark and light roasted malt flavors up front draped over by medium high, earthy, spicy hop flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Roasted malt and spicy hop flavors on the back end. Finished with light roasted malt and spicy hop aftertaste. A brown IPA? A porter for the non-porter/IPA drinker. I like IPAs more than porters, but when I drink a porter I like malty with well balanced sweetness. This is just too hop forward for the style. Don't get me wrong. This was not bad. It was hoppy and tasty, but it's not a porter.

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Photo of donspublic
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Celis Tulip, nice 3 finger soapy tan head, good retention and lacing. Get black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of citrus some pine, very little roasted malt, a conundrum. As it warms, I am getting is grapefruit with some underlying roasted malt starting to shine thru. Nice job on the dry hopping. Taste is initially chocolate malt, roasted coffee and some caramel sweetness. The hops start shining in the middle where it is giving that chocolate/orange Terries milk chocolate orange ball taste. Some floral notes are mixed in, but the orange/chocolate finish stays a while. Bitterness is there, but plays well with the sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel. Glad I grabbed one of these on the singles shelf

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew, from a bottle, is a translucent but dark brown color with a wispy cream-colored head. The aroma has some vanilla and woody hops. The hop notes grow as you sniff...some pine and resin scents come forward. The taste is balanced, with lots of roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate. Full in body and enjoyable.

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Photo of TH28
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 7/11/18. Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, mostly opaque, with a moderate khaki colored head. Nice lacing Aroma: Strong malty notes of chocolate, coffee roast, and nuts, with a touch of floral and citrus hop notes Taste: Moderate malt sweetness with dark chocolate and slightly acrid roasted coffee. Some nuttiness and light caramel. Builds to a moderately high bitterness that is spicy and floral. Mouthfeel: Moderate body, but a bit lighter than a typical robust porter, with a moderate carbonation Finish: Very dry, with lingering bitterness accentuated by the roasted malt Overall: A really nice robust porter, with a complex multifaceted malt and hop aroma. Flavor very similar to the typical robust porter malt bill, but accentuated by a high bitterness and hop presence. Lighter body makes this surprisingly easy drinking.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee brown body with a tall beige head of 2 fingers.

Aroma has some nice raw hop action going as well as a firm presence of coffee. Slight earth and cocoa as well.

Flavor is a smooth, chalky dry-hop flavor - very hop forward but without the bitterness. Mosaic? Faint afterthought of coffee flavors following with suggestions of chocolate.

Feel is creamy and smooth with lingering resins.

Overall somewhere between a west coast porter and black IPA, this beer has lots of nice smooth hop flavor overlapping a creamy coffee body. Maybe not something I would do again though.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark brown, almost black beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4" tan head that begins to recede slowly while leaving lots of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a large, thin island of foam and there's lots of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are mostly about the hops and include some citrus, some tropical fruit, and some pine. Way in the background there's a bit of chocolate and coffee from the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the citrus, pine and tropical fruit up front, but with the rich malt flavors, which include some chocolate, some coffee and a bit of caramel sweetness, playing much more of a role.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the light, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the hop flavors and sweetness begin to fade and the bitterness takes on a more dark roasted malt flavor in the back of the palate. At the ending there's a lingering touch of dry dark roasted bitterness.

On the whole I'm enjoying this beer and will probably have it again. The beer has an interesting depth and complexity of flavors that open up and become more intertwingled as the beer warms. I'd definitely recommend this beer with it's American hops as a change of pace from the more conventionally hopped porter that relies on noble hops. (But since it is an American Porter…) However, if I were faced with a choice between, say the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and this one I'd probably go with the Great Lakes Porter more often than this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It doesn't quite pour as darkly as a stout, but it offers a nice dark brown color along with two fingers worth of a khaki-colored head. The aroma really brings the dry-hopping - in particular, a robust lemongrass quality. Some floral and tangerine qualities also appear. There are also touches of chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, and molasses in the background. Its flavor opens up with plenty of floral, piny, grassy, and zesty hop characteristics. Approach this like a brown IPA (Texas brown ale?) instead of a robust porter. It's slight malty on the back end, though the porter characteristics are muted (apart from touches of espresso, brown sugar, and molasses). Naturally, this one is firmly bitter. After a while, hints of Mosaic fruitiness (even blueberry) show up. This has a nicely subtle depth - just right for a hoppy porter under 6%. It feels incredibly crisp and light for a dark beer - funnily enough, it drinks like it's robustly hopped. Crazy, I know! Though it's slightly sharp in terms of bitterness, I'd even call it refreshing. Carbonation is low, leading to a slight lingering sweetness. IPA haters, avoid. Everyone else, definitely give this a shot. Despite the firm bitterness, it continues to unfurl more and more layers as its consumed. I'll gladly have this again.

3.92/5: A tasty yet fearlessly hopped dark beer

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark body with a tan head that slowly fades to a light lace. Smells hoppy, heavy on the pine but with some light citrus and roasted malt. Taste is hoppy up front with a little more citrus than the nose. There is some light chocolate and dark malt right after, then ends with some dry bitterness.

I usually really like hoppy dark beers and this is no exception. It is very heavy on the dry-hop and not so much on the porter, but there is just enough roasty notes to it that it isn't just a dark colored west-coast IPA.

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Flora Obscura from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings