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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

760 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 760
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 237
Gots: 212 | FT: 15
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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augustgarage

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to monsterfat for this very generous extra, been saving it for a while. Bottle 2290 of 11960; batch 2008-1. Poured from a 750mL caged/corked bottle into my Portsmouth tulip (thanks to ShogoKawada for the glassware!).

Absolutely opaque charcoal-tinged bistre topped by a heaping fawn crescendo of dense yet rocky foam. Heavy ropy lacing sticks like molten marshmallow to the sides of the glass and viscous tears coat the empty spaces.

The label brags about the complex and over-the-top grain bill utilized in the making of this monster, and this is evident in the nose - spelt, rye, wheat, oats, malt (I wouldn't be surprised if you said titricale or even teff made their way in here as well) and all contribute a slightly different aroma, though the roast levels seem relatively uniform. In addition to the malty layers, you get a big dose of fresh black coffee, faint vanilla (probably due to the portion of barrel aged beer), low-level tobacco, molasses, and perhaps clove and licorice.

Incredibly malty palate entry, a lumbering freight which delivers chocolate, roast coffee, chicory, oat-cake, black bread, and burnt sugar. Alcohol adds a bit of fruit and a sort-of chocolate liqueur element while the hops contribute a touch of bitterness which goes well with the mild astringency and helps dry out the finish. Lovely, and very well integrated at this vintage.

Full, refined, slightly chewy mouthfeel, with a touch of oil but not enough to make it slick. Moderate carbonation keeps it moving. ABV contributes a little heat, but is still somewhat hidden beneath the flavors.

Perfect for dessert, though not especially sweet - I sipped away most of a bottle without noticing. Definitely worth tracking down if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 22:07:14 | More by augustgarage
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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.