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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

796 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 235
Gots: 220 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Black; large foamy/frothy brown head with okay retention and lacing. Molasses, herbal, and wood aromas. Notes of spice and chocolate leading to traces of herbs, caramel vanilla, and wood with no dryness. Lightly sweet finish and a delayed warming effect and creamy linger. Full bodied, smooth, and a light mouthcoating.

Balanced and sufficiently complex to be pleasant to sip and the great feel makes an all around pleasant drinking beer. The blend is certainly subtle and almost an afterthought as you’re drinking it (oh yeah! this is barrel aged). A great beer to share as the milk chocolate linger tends to distract a bit if you have more than around a 6-8 ounce pour.

Bfarr, Dec 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%

2013 bottle.Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a full two finger deep beige head atop that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of dark fruti stand out most with lighter whiskey barrel notes,not in your face.A smooth creamy fuller feel makes for a good sipping brew.Alot of dark fruit on the palate along with dark molasses and chocolate,there is a detectable earthiness in the finish wich was nice.Not a big roasty/coffee influnced imperial stout here it's more of a dark fruit and sweeter brew.I like it alot,the barrel aging doesn't overpower the beer.

oberon, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Starts out with a loud pop and pours black with a lofty, rocky brown head.

Aroma consists of oats, rye, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutty oak, hops, and coffee.

Taste starts soft with oaky and roasty chocolate flavors turning into a big finish of hops and alcohol warmth in my belly.

Quite drinkable considering the alcohol. A rich and complex brew to contemplate.

Great beer and a perfect winter warmer. Get it and hold on to it.

brownbeer, Aug 16, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dimitrov, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sabitu, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gregmoscetti, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

warnerry, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.8%

750ml bottle, dated 2011 - # 13032; batch 2011-2, best by 01/2013. Pours a dark black-brown with a large nitro like creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is dark fruits and some black licorice, vinous alcohol and wood and some brett.

The flavor is sweet molasses, chocolate, dark fruit and vinous alcohol with some black licorice and roasted bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is is pretty full bodied and creamy.

Overall, it's a little young with the sweetness, vinous alcohol and bitter roast not blending really well yet. It could be very nice with a bit of age.

Beaver13, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Jared14
2.15/5  rDev -48.3%

Originally had this on tap in Dec and it was outstanding (4.15) but revisited it on tap 2 weeks ago, and it tasted off. Opened a bottle on Tuesday and was much more noticeably off. This year's batch seems to have been infected, specifically with some lacto. The beer poured well but smelled like nail polish remover and tasted sour. The bar's manager, a certified Cicerone agreed and emailed the distributor and brewery the next day.

Jared14, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of cschepers
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Boulevard Imperial Stout from a tightly corked bomber (had to use pliers) --> big wine glass.

A - Pours used motor oil black, no light getting through this one. Surprising amount of cappuccino-colored head, a little bit seems to stick around. Easily passes the "pencil test." Very nice lacing.

S - Fireplace smoke, a zillion different dark roasted malts, pencil lead. Just a tiny bit of sweetness.

T - No way this thing is this smooth... Mountains of malts.. oats, barley, rye. Baker's chocolate, coffee, espresso. Bits of burnt wood. Just enough metallic hops and the tiniest bit of sweetness just to bundle all the malt together. A little bit of boozy alcohol warming in the back. Aftertaste is of roasted malts and burnt coffee.

M - Thick and fairly slick. Just a little bit of carbonation, but don't expect much.

D - Not sure how to really rate this. Really good for an impy stout, but that's all pretty relative. Drink it fast and you'll get sick, drink it slow and you'll enjoy it nicely. The high ABV will also get you. Hard to believe there's 11% alcohol in this, it is very well hidden.

Pretty darn good imperial stout. Nicely balanced (if there is such a thing), it isn't hop-tarded like some (Old Rasputin).. very good stuff.

cschepers, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of abottrill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

abottrill, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +1%

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date of 2011. Bottle No. 8061.

Brewery states they did pick up some brett recently, popped the cork off ... corked talked about brett to me, more fruit than funk. Pours with a sudsy light brown head, lacing is impressive ... black as black can be. Aromatics are titans, mellow barrel juice and char, roasted grain of dark chocolate and espresso and a delicate kiss of over ripened fruit ... a whisper of brett as well. Creaminess is set on high, full body floats in the mouth. The maltiness is big on dark chocolate and a sweetened Cubano coffee. Fruity and alcoholic with a growing dryness that wields a hammer of cocoa powder and wood. Molasses. Hops stay modest. Mild tartness, infancy of the brett? It does have a ghost-like funk within. Sweet roasted finish, pretty much burnt sugar.

Not a hair short of being great, the brewery admits to some funk ... wish I had another bottle to see where it goes.

Jason, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

tigg924, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. 2011 vintage.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head.

The aroma is great. I get some licorice and dark fruit notes, as well as a lot of oak, roasted malt and some chocolate. You can get all of the notes that you expect in a bourbon barrel aged stout,

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some woodiness from the oak, some bourbon whiskey notes, maple and vanilla. There is also some nice alcohol warming in the flavor.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Outstanding.

Mora2000, Apr 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

burninggoat, May 30, 2013
Photo of 1Adam12
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

This was a 2011 batch 1 bottle. No head. Very dark jet black color. I couldn't see through the glass at all when I held it up. Heavy whiskey smell on the nose with some roasts and chocolate. Big whiskey flavors, followed by roasted malt with coffee and chocolate on the tail end. I feel like my throat is coated in whiskey. Nicely balanced however I wonder if the whiskey will mellow after sitting in my closet for a few years. I liked this beer.

1Adam12, May 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

chossboss, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

bsp77, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle from South Bay. Let this one warm up. Poured jet black with an impressive thick, creamy tan head. Sticky lacing. Heavy chocolate and roasted malt nose. Smoke, leather, oak, some bourbon, and oats as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Love how it coats your mouth. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt hits you first. More sweet than bitter, but held in check. Rich coffee flavor (without the acidity), anise, caramel, and creamy milk-chocolate flavors come through. Hints of bourbon and an earthy smokiness pop occasionally. No soy sauce or wooden flavors, just a thick, lovely stout. The alcohol is well masked, but gives a pleasant warmth. Please brew more of this.

magictrokini, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours a super black with a very dark brown color on the head. Nose is sharp and yeasty. Very similar to the Yeti nose.

Taste is sharp and agressive. Taste is really sweet and strong. Very good and surprisingly drinkable for being so boozy.

kingcrowing, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Mantooth, Jan 17, 2014
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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.