Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml 2011 edition into a snifter. About a finger of brown head forms across the top and collapses into the black liquid. When held to the light, a bit of lighter brown clarity is noted around the edges. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.
The aroma has some tangy alcohol notes minorly reminiscent of whiskey but with an accenting fruity touch that suggests mild infection. There is some notes of black licorice along with earth and oak. A mingling of roast and tobacco gives way to some sweet vanilla scent. The enjoyable aspects of this nose are quite nice while there is an unfortunate amount of off aspects as well.
The flavor of this brew upfront is black licorice coupled with roast like burnt grain, coffee, earth and chocolate. Some strong whiskey notes are present that bring out more dark fruity aspect that suggest something along the lines of tart cherry, raisins and plum. The alcohol inclusion gets to be a bit perfume like and solvent with the fruity tart cherry aspect bringing up the finish.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew has some potential but overall I was not a big fan. The barrel presence is nice but the alcohol has an impact that suggests much more than the listed 11%. More focus on roast and a solid chewy body would do this beer good.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2012 23:30:36 | More by stakem
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