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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

679 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 679
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2008)
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another of the great boulevard smokestack series that I've had the pleasure of tasting. 750 mL corked and caged bottle no 6610. Poured into a duvel tulip glass.

Inky jet used diesel motor oil black. You can't see a single millimeter into this thick, dark brew. There's a half finger head that dissipated into a sheen. The lacing is nice and leaves sheets behind on each sip.

The smell is rich and smooth. Whiskey is obvious and notable, as is alcohol. There are smooth and rich deep smoky, roasted malt aromas that show up early. You can smell the wood barrels. Coffee and chocolate aren't far behind. Spicy anise and pepper make an appearance. It's a bit herbal and there's also some earthiness to it.

The taste is an explosion of deliciousness that few imperial stouts can rival. Powerful Lovely woody whiskey flavors accent every sip. You can really taste the wood, which is something that I cherish in these barrel aged beer creations (I love the taste of wood in all its forms). Roasty malts are everywhere. A bit of vanilla peeks through. There's a touch of dark fruits along with a smidge of spicy anise and licorice. Leathery tobacco flavors make a welcomed appearance as well. Don't forget the classic toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors either, they're all there in spectacular style.

Feel is heavy, rich, thick, full bodied, and almost chewy. A great aftertaste of chocolate, coffee and roasty wood flavors lingers forever, leaving a slightly sticky, sweet roasted feeling on the lips.

Drink is described by a single word: Smokestack.

Very lovely in every way. This beer is a credit to the style and is yet another tick in the incredibly well crafted and delicious goodness that is the Boulevard Smokestack series. If it's still available on my next trip to St Louis, I'll pick up a couple to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:49:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.