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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

956 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 239
Gots: 284 | FT: 20
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 kidzord
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matthew607
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MPSTARR
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stezz420
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Joey1566
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mattreitz49
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bilco
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

Barrel has faded quite a bit. Bitterness from roast and a bit of hop still dominates the finish. Belgian notes coming through in the yeasts. Very nice, not sure that the barrel has held up. Drink fresh, not worth aging.

Photo of Mdez
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of micropale
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nightwish1094
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptBreadbeard
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnBender
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter. Poured oil black with several fingers of khaki head, and with good retention. Nose was burnt sugar, vanilla, and plum. Taste followed suit, but had a good roast coffee and dark choclate bitterness to balance the sweetness of the sugar and vanilla. Overall a solid barrel aged stout.

Photo of wapcap
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mordhaus
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2013 Version

Appearance - Poured into a stout glass to reveal a blackened brew with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head looks silky and is cocoa powder in color and peaks at a finger's thick. Great retention is exhibited, but eventually gives way to a fine layer of ever-present surface suds. The lacing clings to the glass in sheets, then breaks up and runs down the sides, leaving a spotty, streaky pattern.

Smell - A variety of aromatic characteristics; chocolate, molasses, charred smokiness, plum and raisin fruitiness and light backing notes of whiskey influence can all be found here.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Dark fruit, jam and molasses sweetness are the predominant flavors here, with lesser notes of chocolate and smoked malt coming through mid-taste. Light notes of coffee roast hit toward the finish before fading, giving way to a fruit-driven jammy flavor with faint hints of chocolate and vanilla in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a silky smooth texture before a drying finish.

Overall - A bit more jammy than I prefer when it comes to my favorite impy stouts, but this is a damn good brew. Perhaps the aging has mellowed this too much for my liking? Says the best before date is still 10 months away, but I get the feeling that I may have liked it better about 6-7 months ago. If it sounds like I'm nitpicking it's because I am; again this is a damn fine brew. Think I'll shoot for a 2014 if I can find it soon and give that one a go. :)

Photo of 2013beer101
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.