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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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Reviews by yeastsipper:
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yeastsipper

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer received in trade with sry23. Scott rules. Part of a blind stout tasting in which the Boulevard finished 3/11, behind Rasputin XI and Darklord. Fantastic beer.

Beer pours a huge, frothy head over a pure black body. How does Boulevard get this kind of carbonation? The saison-brett was the same way. Fantastic!

Smell is super interesting. This was confirmed with others, but there are notes of celery and bell pepper (noticed the smell immediately as I use celery often to make juice). It wasn't bad, just odd, and very different. It gave the beer a very earthlike quality. Taste is much the same. Very earthy with a hint of vegetable and big chocolate tones. Nice carbonation and goes down easy. 11% hidden very well.

Superb, superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 21:57:25 | More by yeastsipper
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Price: $14.99 (received as a Father’s Day gift)
Purchased: June 14, 2014
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Misc.: Champagne cork; Batch No. 1613310-2 (semi-guessing on the ‘6’); Best by Nov. 2015; 2013 edition

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.