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Flora Obscura | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
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 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 sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad to see someone hasn't given up on hoppy dark ales. The aroma is smooth cocoa with a floral hint at the hops. The citrus juice hits immediately on the tongue with the bitter chocolate and roast in the background. The body is dry, more like a West Coast pale ale than a porter, but I appreciate the relatively lighter body. Go drink this.

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

Pours a dark brown, close to black, with red and Brown highlights and a two finger khaki color head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, and roast malt with hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is grapefruit, stonefruits, citrus fruit peel, all layered on top of earthy coffee and chocolate that come out wonderfully on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and lightly carved. Overall, this is a great take on the porter, with the dry hopping causing it to start to enter black ops territory.

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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 teddybrewksi
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruit forward nose from a pleasant dry hop. Starts floral with a medium body and a clean chocolatey finish. Unique beer, worth trying.

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

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 jimpyle48
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/11/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with a big khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing and very sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of herbs, citrus and cocoa. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More herbal and citrus hops. Some grapefruit and lemon. A nice amount of pine. Cocoa and chocolate is there. Nice sharp bitterness. Malts are there, but the bitterness seems to outweigh the malts. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid "dry-hopped porter". The hop bitterness comes through. It smells a little bit better than it tastes, in my opinion, but everything works. It's clean, crisp and refreshing.

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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 kinmundy77
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is fair with great lacing left behind. Aroma is floral, and herbal hops with toasted and earthy malts. Flavor profile is a blend of floral and herbal hops and toasted and earthy malts. It finishes dry without any notes lingering on the tongue. It's an interesting mash up of flavors, but overall remains well balanced. Mouth feel is velvety, with a medium thickness. Overall, an interesting blend of flavors, and yet it works. Nice introduction to dark beers for hop fans.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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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 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 jkblr
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 7/11/18 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV 50 IBU. The beer pours dark brown with red highlights and sticky light brown head. The head recedes to film and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with traces of citrus, pine and roast. The taste is more of the same. Think brown IPA with a mild malty start transitioning to bitter pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. Emphasis here is on the dry hop not the porter.

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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 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 sparx1100
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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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Flora Obscura from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 76 ratings