This is not the first time we have reviewed the Boulevard Breweries beers here at S&B (and we hope to review more this Saturday at the Missouri Beer Fest). In the past, we have done Single Wide IPA and Nut Cracker Ale, however this is our first foray into their Smokestack Series.
For starters, I really love the label on the bottle. From the color palette to the “retro” Devil with lightning bolts, it just works. It reminds me of the advertisements you used to find in the back of comic books (Sea Monkeys, Army Men, Mental Powers ect), although I don’t want to say that to loud…..least the various Attorney Generals decide to go after Boulevard for “Marketing at Children”.
A second generation master brewer, he makes a fine addition to the Boulevard Staff. There is a great Q&A with Steven HERE if you have the time. Belgium’s loss is our gain.
- Appearance- Easy to pour and resulting in a slightly cloudy, dark Mahogany color with a lively carbonation that culminates into a large bubble “loose” head.
- Nose – A big nose of a heavy yeast and cinnamon sweetness with hints of fruit.
- Taste – The Malty and Yeast combinations easily distinguish this as a Belgium (inspired) style beer., brown sugar/caramel. Evan at a 10.5 % ABV, there was no hint of malt liquor flavor or alcohol “Burn”
- Finish – Light an crisp, with a fruity aftertaste
Score – I will say up front that I am not a huge Belgium Style Beer fan. That being said, I definitely found this beer enjoyable and would rate it as a 3.5 Stars based on my tastes. I could easily see fans of this style giving it a 4+ Rating, so I would highly recommend it.
Next up out of the fridge, another Boulevard Brewing Beer – Boss Tom’s Golden Bock. Check back tomorrow.