Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdklks:
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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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.