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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

960 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 239
Gots: 285 | FT: 21
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2008

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
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Ratings: 960 | Reviews: 314 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NickyDee21
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingmaker
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice. 2014 vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger tan head with decent retention.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, whiskey, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, caramel, oats, rye, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Solid whiskey barrel hints come through with some oak and vanilla. Dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, cherry, and prune. Subtle earthy hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, caramel, smoke, rye, oats, and yeast. Some barrel notes come through with some whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of cherry, raisin, plum, and prune. Light hop bitterness towards the finish. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a barrel aged stout. Good blend of dark malt, barrel, and fruit flavors. On the sweeter side but it’s not overly syrupy.

Photo of Nazzz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek_Besly
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gholmes
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HereforBeer
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I wish the label on the bottle said it was brewed with Belgian Yeast, I wouldn't have purchased it. It has a very sour smell, and I tasted some smokiness, but not really any coffee. Others may like it, but it's not my bag.

Photo of Dwreck
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RadfordBrewing
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of wonothesane42
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll say this, a great imperial stout. Not too big, not too thin, and relatively complex. What they've done here is crafted a great sipping beer by really ramping up the brewing and blending processes. Good black color, creamy mouthfeel, slick and smooth. The scent is simple molasses/cocoa but the flavor explodes with complexity. Light vanilla, big cocoa, some faint coffee, raisins in the aftertaste, even some chocolate + brandy notes coming in at the same time on the finish. Dark chocolate with some slight berry notes as well, like dried raspberries coated in dark chocolate.

Bottom line - if you're a fan of big, complex imperial stouts than this is a must-have, especially considering the relatively high availability. Definitely recommend.

Photo of egoo33
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zander4dawin
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee, powdered chocolate milk, roasted malt, more pure whiskey notes than barrel, boozy heat, sweet root beer, burnt sugars.

Photo of FriedSlug
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.