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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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jdklks

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours lighter than expected. a see-through dark brown color that comes together to create a black body that cant be seen through. light brown, almost milk chocolate color head. looks like it may be over-carbonated, but we'll see. looks a little thin for an imperial stout (i like them to be the consistency of motor oil).

S- smell is of dark fruits and very malty. a sweet, smoky scent, almost like that of a smoked porter (think alaskan and stone) dominates. the smell doesn't have the strength of an imperial stout's, but rather of a porter (i.e. a little bland)

T- good beer, but less complex than expected, perhaps even a little bland. this is probably due to the sweet smoky flavor that dominates the more subtle flavors that are begging to fully realize their potential, namely, bitter chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. the aftertaste is of coffee, strong bold coffee, and is surprisingly bitter considering the sweet taste up front.

M- as i thought after pouring and smelling it, it is over-carbonated. i love almost all imperial stouts, but over-carbonation is one thing that damages the score in the mouthfeel, and even taste, department (im thinking old rasputins, which is also over-carbonated). other than that, it turned out that the thickness is acceptable (though not that of the thicker class of imperial stouts, i.e., Abyss, ten fidy, bourbon county stout).

D- For an imperial stout it is actually fairly drinkable. not much else to say except that i wouldn't drink more than one in a night because a) they are $12 and b) they are in 750ML bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 05:01:26 | More by jdklks
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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.

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.