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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

677 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Belgian yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!

63 IBU

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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons the other day (and spendy too, at $7 for a 10 ounce glass - very spendy for 16 tons).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with light lacing and fair at best head retention. The nose is attractive, right off the bat however, as I pick up noticeable malt balls, milk chocolate, vanilla and something a kirsch aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I'm loving all the tootsie roll and malt ball chocolate flavor I'm picking up. The beer is soft and fairly full on the palate, with the carbonation dialed down considerable (not a problem at all in this well made beer). The finish is long, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. You notice it after a while, but there's no alcoholic burn or heaviness on the finish.

Very impressive beer from Boulevard, especially considering that this beer had been on tap for nearly a week at 16 tons, and so probably was not at it's best. Would order this one again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 20:12:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with moderate tan head and decent lacing.

Smell: Oak, molasses and chocolate mostly, with some dark fruit and bourbon notes.

Taste: Molasses and chocolate core, along with some dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Strong whiskey notes as well, with definite oak and a slight sourness. I would be interested in knowing what whiskey was used as I am getting a mix of fuller Bourbon notes and spicier Rye notes.

Feel: Not quite as full bodied as expected or desired, but the smooth, creamy texture more than makes up for that. Carbonation is mostly in check.

Overall: Nice barrel-aged Imperial Stout that is somewhat unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 17:41:56 | More by bsp77
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

A - Pours really deep, seems thick, has a tight little espresso colored head. Not much lacing on the glass but good retention.

S - Oak is very present, bourbon is noticeable, fudge whiffs and a little sweet.

T - It's like a chocolate bourbon concoction. Somewhat licorice components with molasses.

M - A little on the thin side with the body, but it still seems somewhat thick. Medium carbonation and oh so smooth.

O - Impressive blend here. The whiskey isn't overbearing and the beer is very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:15:01 | More by cvm4
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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2013 vintage and best by 11-2015 on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown to black with soft 1/2-1 finger cap of beige head with good retention and spots of lace around the glass.

S: Sour, woody aroma overall, no real whiskey or booze aroma, fudgy, a bit of raisin and plum

T: Fudgy with a slight sourmash whiskey flavor in the finish. A bit of dark fruitiness with rum raisin prominent. Earthy hopping and moderately bitter, mainly biting at the end. Not the smoothest flavored imperial stout, but pretty unique for its heavy chocolate and sour influence.

M: Even carbonation, big body, silky across the palate, and easy to drink.

O: A pretty nice imperial stout although I doubt it is going to improve a lot with time. Saving a bottle back despite my doubts, but the chocolate flavors may increase with the slight sourmash character coming through in the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:56:59 | More by argock
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours a very dark dirty motor oil brown capped by a beige two finger head. Excellent retention and evident lacing. Light oak, cocoa powder, very light hints of booze, and surprising hints of brett. Dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, and dried black cherries upfront. Hints of nuttiness and molasses midpalate that blends smoothly with light toasted oak and whiskey notes. Combines with more cocoa powder and very light touches of brett funk on the finish. Higher end of moderate carbonation; medium-bodied, light for an imperial stout. Smooth with some creaminess on the edges. I enjoyed this brew, but overall not what I'm looking for when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout. However, as a standalone regardless of style, this brew is certainly worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 05:06:13 | More by chanokokoro
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013
IS13310-2
11-2015

P: Pours a dark brown almost pitch black with mahogany highlights. Capped with a dense full inch of espresso head and micro bubble lacing that looks like fish egg roe lining the glass.

S: First whiff is straight nail polish. Whisky is prominent. Chocolate syrup, rye, cinnamon, molasses, wheat and barley fresh from the field.

T/M: Chocolate whisky filled candies, molasses, lots of grains, pumpernickel bread, spicy rye, maraschino cherries with a cinnamon sting. Flaked oats create a thick creamy body while carbonation and spice dance on the tongue. Finishes chalky with lingering earth notes and booze. I keep getting faint grape essence.

O: A nice blend of sweet, booze and spice. The whiskey is the star but doesn't ruin the delicacy of the stout. Another hit from the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:02:08 | More by Hopswagger
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage poured in a stemless red wine glass
A - Pours a non-viscous dark brown color, accompanied by a frothy 2 finger head. The head is composed of large, quickly dissipating bubble that leave a small amount of residual foam.
S - Light on the smell. Some candied fruits, oak and a lingering small amount of smoke.
T - Well balanced, with chocolate and coffee, followed up by a little bite from the alcohol and oak. Light on the hops.
M - Very smooth. A little on the thin side but still has a nice lingering dryness to it.
O - Overall a good stout. While a little on the light side, both in smell and mouthfeel, it does have a nice balance to the flavor components and a nice incorporation of the oak.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:29:01 | More by kdahnke123
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bnes09

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ink black and completely opaque. Three finger head. Good retention and creamy, sticky lacing.

Mildly roasted aroma with hints of bourbon.

Wheat toast and coffee roasted character. Just a hint of bourbon. Herbal hop.

Dense, almost syrupy body. Low carbonation. Grainy texture.

Pretty standard. Less bourbon character than most beers in this style. Also less hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:33:54 | More by bnes09
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice bubbly cap that leaves huge splotches of sticky lace

S: Roasted malts, bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, oak, and vanilla are all highlights. A hint of dark fruits lingers in the back

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and dark chocolate, followed by a light sweetness from the dark fruits and oaky vanilla. The bourbon comes through as an undertone and more of a support piece. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finishes with a bit of espresso and roast

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. The oats have a very nice presence here

O: A very solid whiskey barrel stout that doesn't star the barrel but instead makes it a great supporting piece. Way too easy to drink for being nearly 12%. Definitely recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 06:09:49 | More by BEERMILER12
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: low carbonation, 1/2 head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: deep oak, vanilla, char, and roasted malt. This smells amazing.

Taste: nice oaking, sweet vanilla, char, roasted malt, and espresso

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight roasty bitterness, medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the better of the Smokestack series. I really like the oak and coffee taste. Glad I was finally able to obtain a bottle. I will purchase this again in 2015 if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:21:56 | More by tigg924
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a gusher. I was tipped off with a loud hiss when the cork
was popped. I let it settle, poured it very carefully, and still had to fight off the head while holding it over the sink... On both pours. Otherwise, nice dark color with dark brown head.

It starts with sweet aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and cookie dough. Coffee on a lesser scale. Heavy roast.

But they don't pop in the flavor. The flavor is char and whiskey. Very boozy and the char kills the palate. It borders an unintentional smokey burn.

Carbonation is where it should be but body is thin and the char leaves a bitter dried tongue. Very fatiguing.

Not a huge fan. Boozy, too charred, just kills the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:28:23 | More by Vonerichs
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Nostrajonus

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark rich brown, almost black. Atop the brew sits a dark beige two finger head that dissipates slowly.

S- This brew smells strong. Heavy whiskey aroma with hints of chocolatey sweetness, but mostly just booze.

T- This tastes amazing. The whiskey barrel is very prominent, but not offensive. Loads of maltiness with chocolate and coffee notes. Im glad they blended this beer back with unaged ale, this beer is just the right amount of boozey!

M- This drinks as a stout should. It fills the mouth completely; it is very rich and syrupy.

O- This is one of my favorite creations from Boulevard. Their Smokestack Series never ceases to impress me. So much flavor, yet still so smooth. One glass and relaxation as ensued.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:52:51 | More by Nostrajonus
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black, like molasses, with a huge, rocky head of light brown, creamy bubbles. The head sits fat above the beer, and leaves fluffy tufts of lacing along the sides of my glass. In body, the beer is viscous and opaque with no hints of the other side of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells richly boozy with coffee, chocolate, and rum-soaked raisins. Brown sugar, burnt toast, and a faint wisp of herbal dankness also play across the nostrils, but the big players on the nose make this beer smell decidedly like a RIS. On the tongue, the beer tastes decadently sweet with a touch of hot booze and a very gentle bitter roast with a touch of tannins. Acidity does pop in the mouth towards the finish, as well. In flavor, the beer is rich and decadent, beginning with rich boozy bourbon and plum juice, the beer immediately mellows into roasted malt with touches of char, coffee, and dark chocolate. These flavors then smooth out into milk chocolate and smooth oak tannin. Vanilla, caramel, and even a touch of toffee swirl over the tongue. The finish brings a touch of very sweet alcohol alongside rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar and soft chocolate. The aftertaste is of soft bourbon and bitter roasted malt. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly smooth with a medium to heavy body, soft and creamy carbonation, and a velvety mouthfeel that is broken only but slight touches of roughness from the booze. The mouth is left dry with roast, yet wet with acid-canceling saliva and the sticky smack of rich malt. Overall, this is a decadent and rich (partially) bourbon barrel aged stout, but it is not Boulevard’s best. Its rich and I will never turn down a glass of it, but I don’t think I’d buy it again. Overall, the beer seems almost mundane beside some of the other amazing beers that have come out of the Smokestack Series. The Belgian character of the beer comes out more and more as the beer warms, but it just doesn’t quite amaze my palate as I hoped. This is a lovely barrel-aged stout, but in the end there are better options on the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:05:50 | More by Maxwell
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at Jesse's Superbowl party. Thanks for bringing, Biggs.

A: Black with a tan one-finger head that lingers into that embarrassing Bronco's hike in the first quarter. Billowy lacing.

S: What a nice concoction. Bourbon slides in with oak, malts, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits (prunes, dates, raisins). Could smell 'til that Seahawks interception for a touchdown.

T: Strong malts invade with that bourbon backing. Dark chocolate, rye, vanilla and light hops. Then a sweet sensation from the Belgian yeast. Almost as good as Bruno Mars at halftime.

M: Heavy with thick, frothy carbonation.

O: A bombshell of a brew. Like watching that Seahawks 100 yard kickoff return. A superb sipper. Recommended. The most interesting man in the world should be drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 20:16:53 | More by brewskifan55
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bubbly light cocoa powdery brown head. The beer itself is a dark chocolate color that appears to be either black with brown tones or a very dark brown with black tones. The beer smell has a sweet alcohol smell as well as whiskey and oak notes. The smell also has strong hints of rye that get lost in the sweetness but still manage to complement the beer. Other notes include lightly roasted malts and coco with an oat smell that seems to mix them all together. The beer taste has a strong whiskey taste mixed other notes. The hops come out slightly but are still overwhelmed by the rye, coco, and roasted malt flavors. The taste also has a sweet alcohol taste. The mouthfeel feels a little light for an imperial stout but still smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:16:39 | More by HattedClassic
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a rocky mocha head that leaves a webbing of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit with hints of coffee and whiskey

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit flavors (prune, primarily), up front, with the whiskey barrel and spicy yeast flavors building, in the middle; after the swallow, the hop bill adds some bitterness but the chocolate, vanilla and whiskey tones return in the finish; there is a bit of surprising tartness in the aftertaste (shades of the 2011 Brett infection, perhaps)

Mouthfeel: Creamy and buoyantly carbonated, with a medium to full body

Overall: The yeast makes quite a difference here, and this is as much a Belgian stout as it is an Imperial Stout; a really interesting beer with a lot of complexity

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:47:08 | More by brentk56
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original Review on Paper: 1/13/14
Boulevard Brewing Company
Imperial Stout 2013
ABV: 11.8
IBU: 63
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Batch from a fresh keg I watched them tap an hour before my 32 oz pressure cap growler was filled and kept cold. It sat a few days in the fridge before I cracked it open and slowly consumed all 32 oz over several hours in an effort to really get to know this beer well.

A: Vigorous center pour into a tulip. Two fingers of dark tan colored head. Good carbonation. Bubbles from foam sized up to 1/2 inch. Slowly receding head leaving a dense and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. After about 5 minutes there is a covering over 90% of the beer including some 1/8 inch bubbles. Deep Brown (SRM 30+)in reflective light. No light is passing through the beer but its not actually black.

S: Dark malts, dark fruits, chocolate, hops, alcohol. The nose on this beer is lighter than expected until it really warms up and breathes.

T: Lots of malt, chocolate, coffee, rye, dates, plums, sweetness, bitterness of hops, bourbon. Finishes bittersweet with a little smoke. Considering the 12% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. Very inviting.

M: Full bodied. Smooth and very creamy. Chewy. A strong bittersweetness. Warmth of the alcohol.

O: The is a very well constructed beer. It is well balanced. Deep and complex. It would seem this much going on in one beer could have ended up drain pour. Its not! Definitely not a session beer... lol! Also not a beer for those new to craft beer. Very good! I have 2 corked and caged 2013 bottles aging. I can't wait to try them in 5 & 10 years.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2014 01:48:23 | More by Hops4Pops
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a re-review due to the likely infected nature of the last bottle and I feel my review did not do it justice.

Fresh 2013 bottle. Best by 11/2015

A: Pitch black pour with a tall, dense and dark, dark brown head. Head fades very slowly with great retention. Decent lines of lacing everywhere.

S: Heavy, heavy, HEAVY roasted malt. It's a char bomb with bittersweet cocoa and coffee. The char is more like a burnt bread actually. Smells like burnt pretzels in fact, to be specific. Little bit of oak in there. Not much bourbon but when I swirl it I get a bit of caramel perhaps.

T: Hints of bourbon up front with caramel and oak. Surprisingly nice. More burnt pretzel with a bunch of sweet milk chocolate in the middle. Milk chocolate rides into the finish and lingers forever. Grainy pretzels everywhere. Touch of metallic flavor in the aftertaste for a brief instant. No real sign of alcohol.

M: Heavy, smooth, creamy. Literally silky. Really nice.

O: Really nice imperial stout. It really showcases the black malt. Despite this being partially barrel aged you really don't get a lot from it. Just a ghost of extra complexity. The heavy and silky char and chocolate flavors are what make this. Glad I re-reviewed this, it was clearly well-deserved.

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Old review from 2/12/2013

2011 batch.

A: Pours a pitch black with a medium sized but very dense medium-brown head. Great head retention, however. Abundant solid swaths of lacing as well. (4.25)

S: Hmph. Wet grass. Unpleasant. Some mild roasted malt is hiding in there but apparently this is one of those infected batches. Man, I think 3 of my last 4 beers have been bad (random breweries). What are the chances of that? (2.50)

T: There is some really nice creamy chocolate up front and in the middle, but it's covered in this very strange off-flavor. Kinda spicy in places and other times tastes like old, wet hay. (3.50)

M: Heavy, creamy, great. (4.25)

O: Ugh, you can tell this beer is awesome. It's nice and thick and creamy. Great chocolate and roasted malt character. But it's covered in this terrible flavor and aroma that just detracts terribly. It's a shame but it's still not horrible even with a really bad off-flavor. Uninfected this must be great! Will have to seek this out again...non 2011 batch that is. (3.50)

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:22:55 | More by Dope
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium golbe.

A: Absolute black in color with a towering four-finger brown head resulting from a hard pour. Retention is unreal. Lacing clings to the glass in thick jagged clumps.

S: Complex roasted malt aromas of coffee beans, raw cocoa beans, crust, and perhaps graham cracker. Some coarse wheat and spicy rye create a strong earthy character. Musty. A big fudgey aroma starts to come from the depths. Vanilla bean. Plums. Whiskey and barrel smells of wood and caramel. Hint of roasty smoke. Prick of alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate syrup. Rich, layered espresso flavors. Black coffee. Brownie batter. Burnt caramel. Coarse and earthy pull. Hints of plum. Whiskey and barrel flavors creep up on the back end, but remain subtle. Medicinal and musty yeast. Some acrid char toward the back end too. Strong fudgey finish with hints of wood and whiskey.

M: Thick in body with a slick feel, but it stays semi-fluffy. A mild prickling carbonation scrubs and prevents a syrupy texture. Modest alcohol warmth.

O: It's easily the specialized grain bill and Belgian yeast influence that set this beer apart from the pack. That earthy, lightly rustic and rough around the edges flavor and feel really define this brew, while the barrel tastes are subtle. A unique and refreshing take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:49:30 | More by ryan1788a5
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Veggie for sharing this.

Nice creamy darker fizzy head covering, nice lacing, pitch black beer, decent legs too.

Nose nice dark roast and caramel, dark choc, mild phenolic booze, little coffee, candy and lots if caramel, little fluffy nougat and creamy choc, faint whisky barrel.

Taste brings more phenolic booze right off, warning tingly booze, into dark malts, little roast and hint coffee, dark choc, fluffy creamy cocoa, fluffy nougat, very light feeling for being so heavy, like a three musketeers bar, but still rich and semi creamy. Nice fluffy earthy hop bitterness, little roast bitterness too with hint of acrid burnt, char, little sticky sweet and candy light syrupy sticky, then into a little sweet whisky and touch of toasted oak barrel. Finish is long bitterness, sticky semi sweet, more warming booze and tingle, little fudgey choc, caramel, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy thick fluffy airy, fluffy carb, plenty of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice. Good stout characters, nice cocoa and fluffy flavors, barrel is nice but not a ton.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:01:25 | More by jlindros
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n2185

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla following. There are some smokey char notes underneath along with a bit of oak and bourbon.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cacao nib flavors and some bitter char. There are notes of bourbon and oak following with a moderately boozy finish.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little too boozy and carbonated to be creamy.

O: A solid beer, overall, though I was hoping for a bit more. It's not got as much depth or balance as I'd like and it's a little too bitter, which conflicts with the bourbon characters.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 13:18:43 | More by n2185
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Complete black with edges of mahogany. Head was small and dissipated quickly.

S: Chocolate and bourbon. Some fruity notes too.

T: This is kind of a boozy one; not sure if it's because it's on tap or not, but it shows through. Chocolate, oak, bourbon, a lot of dark fruit, orange peel, cocoa, big vanilla notes, peat, and marshmallow.

M: Heavy side of medium. It's actually a nice feel for this style.

O: So, this one I drank after getting over the flu, and also I've had a fair amount of stouts lately and am getting weary of them. I did my best to rate it fairly. It's a well-made beer. Very complex flavor profile and the mouth was near perfect for the style. It's just the booze that seeps through the cracks that brings the rating down for me. I'll have to try it on a better day maybe.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 04:10:00 | More by titty_mcbitty
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. Poured a dark, opaque chocolate color into a tulip glass with a 3F head.

The aroma wasn't strong- light chocolate and malt. I was disappointed in the aroma-
usually Boulevard beers have distinct aromas.

The mouth feel is quite nice- lightly carbonated and transitions well into the taste.

The taste is different than other Boulevard beers I have tasted. In Boulevard beers, there are usually certain stand-out tastes and aromas. In this beer- a highly complex taste- but not easily definable- bitter dark chocolate- cocoa.

The finish is smooth, malty, with whiskey. Colder( 49F)- there is more whiskey, and more bitterness.
The beer is smoother with warming( 52-55F).

Overall, an excellent beer.
This is a different approach for the brewery. Complex bitter chocolate- a lot of tastes enmeshed in this beer.
I like the whiskey finish, but the aroma could be more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:28:42 | More by brureview
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this beer came across too strong on the alcohol notes, no doubt enhanced by the whiskey barrel aging. It also had a tartness more so than a roasted feel. But considering these were probably intended to some degree, I gave it a decent rating.

A: nice dark, dark brown with mocha-tan head sustaining at the edges, and some lacing
S: whiskey, woody, some type of tart fruit-cherry maybe in background
T/M: initially a smoked woody taste quickly replaced by the whiskey tones. Underneath that and rising is the tart flavor from the nose, but it takes I more of a dark fruit nature, currant in nature. There is a slightly carbonated bite that comes in after, either of alcohol or hops spice, I can't tell. The end is the slow mellowing of the alcohol leaving a woody-dry feel (maybe even alittle piney) in the mouth

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 20:43:52 | More by cjgiant
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013.

A very uniform dark mocha brown, and slow creating two finger head that stick around with a big soapy one finger retention. All uniform bubbles, and like a cap of styrofoam. Body color is classic dark walnut black, and totally opaque. Classic dark looker of an imperial.

Bouquet is dominant on a very soft and fruity red berry. Hints of strawberry and cherry with spiced herbal warmth. Not much classic roast or caramel action going on here, but a real distinct and unique fruit component is the showcase. Some faint smoke as well.

Palate comes by a little bit more basic and neutral than the nose would hint at. Light roasted body. A very slow lingering sense of coffee aftertaste builds and builds on the finish. Roasted malts continue with more coffee warmth, but not much density or classic barrel aging. Woody but not very round or much body, but flavorful enough in the palate. Fruit character seems to be missing on the flavor that could be hinted.

Either way it's a very nice Imperial but doesn't seem to hint of barrel aging probably because of partial aging, other than a very distinct nose which according to the description hints at a Belgian yeast strain (plum). Either way drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

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