Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bigdonniebrasco:
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
At the risk of sounding like a "Homer" -
a: into a snifter, the pour produces a thick mocha head of meringue consistency, the beer is pitch black, great retention and sticky lace
s: rich chocolate roast nose with a subdued but immediately obvious bourbon barrel presence carrying along vanilla and oak - was a little concerned that barreling such a small portion of the batch would leave me disappointed, but that's certainly not the case and I think the blend was pulled off flawlessly, thick with bourbon-filled dark chocolates, fully roasted coffee, and barley char, booze soaked tree fruits, pine hop aroma compliments perfectly
m: carbonation just around medium and of a smooth bottle-conditioned character, body full and creamy
t: a real roast monster here - but very smooth and never harsh, begins with extra dark chocolates, fresh espresso, and charred barley, quickly continuing into smooth, oaky bourbon with light notes of vanilla, smooth through the middle as a moderate-high pine bitterness creeps in and extends far into the finish with more char and intense cacao taking over
d: unbelievably drinkable for the abv and I could easily kill a 750 on my own!
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2010 01:44:58 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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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 679 ratings.