Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
served from a 750mL bottle into an original Smokestack Series goblet
Pours a gorgeous, opaque black with a dense, lion-pelt head. The head is amazing; it doesn't quit. Ever. It is so very, very creamy looking. It leaves a solid wall of thick lacing after every sip. A superb looking beer.
Lots of chocolate in the nose, some coffee, a touch of hops. Yeast, too. I never got a whole lot of complexity from the nose, but the typical aroma points were present.
The complexity in the mouth is another story; this is an incredibly nuanced stout. The differing grains interact with each other in surprising and delicious ways, and the relationships change even as the beer warms. The interplay of oats, wheat and rye with the varying barley count (not to mention spelt) is a magical thing that remains difficult to pin down. Loads of roasty chocolate flavors, too, and a pleasant touch of smoke on the back end. Some dark fruit complexity goes well with the yeast. There are so many elements here, and they're all working.
A tremendously creamy mothfeel makes this beer feel like some grand indulgence. The 11%ABV is well-hidden, and I could have imbibed more than what I did.
Boulevard has out-done themselves with this latest limited-release Smokestack Series offering. One can only hope that this becomes a yearly release because this Imperial Stout is simply too good to be a one-shot affair. This is quite the achievement.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2009 05:01:15 | More by Reaper16
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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
Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.