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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

968 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 240
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of Theniz
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTbrew32
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger dark mocha head. Aroma is very sweet with lots of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of bourbon booze. Taste is very similar but the milk chocolate outweighs the roasted malts and the bourbon qualities are subtle, but complimentary to the chocolate sweetness. A little bit of dark fruit in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, low carbonation, and loaded with sticky/chewy malts that coat the tongue and linger for a while. Overall, this is a great imperial stout that I'll definitely be getting again.

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 surprisingly lighter body than i expected but carbonation gives it a nice smooth finish, whiskey flavor comes out as it warms. delicious.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 version. Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into snifter. Label shows an ABV of 11% and Best By date o 10/16

A: Black with surprisingly great tan head and good retention retention. Medium lacing.

S: Malt, caramel and booze with some barrel. Smell improves and becomes more inviting as it warms

T: Booze and malt forward, actually tastes better than the initial smell. Rich dark fruit with some chocolate bitter in the background and hints of rye. Aftertaste of dark fruit and chocolate.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with strong, at first overwhelming booze

O: Very pleasurable drink, this bottle may have benefited from some aging to temper the strong alcohol character.

Photo of BH712
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Goldndomer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikepcarney
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.