Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013.
A very uniform dark mocha brown, and slow creating two finger head that stick around with a big soapy one finger retention. All uniform bubbles, and like a cap of styrofoam. Body color is classic dark walnut black, and totally opaque. Classic dark looker of an imperial.
Bouquet is dominant on a very soft and fruity red berry. Hints of strawberry and cherry with spiced herbal warmth. Not much classic roast or caramel action going on here, but a real distinct and unique fruit component is the showcase. Some faint smoke as well.
Palate comes by a little bit more basic and neutral than the nose would hint at. Light roasted body. A very slow lingering sense of coffee aftertaste builds and builds on the finish. Roasted malts continue with more coffee warmth, but not much density or classic barrel aging. Woody but not very round or much body, but flavorful enough in the palate. Fruit character seems to be missing on the flavor that could be hinted.
Either way it's a very nice Imperial but doesn't seem to hint of barrel aging probably because of partial aging, other than a very distinct nose which according to the description hints at a Belgian yeast strain (plum). Either way drinks well.
01-02-2014 01:50:16 | More by smakawhat
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
A: pours with a thick chocolate head and syrup viscosity. Strong lacing and large foam head left.
S: dark chocolate, raisin, burnt toast, espresso, sweet cherries
T: mild sweet chocolate followed directly with Sweet bourbon kick. Coffee and fruity sweetness paired with a bitterness that balances well.
M: medium plus mouthfeel with medium plus carbonation. It sits well for what you would expect from a stout.
O: much better than anticipated. It balances the sweetness of the whiskey and bitterness of cocoa with a master stroke. Worth the $13 price tag and interested to see what a year will do with the others in reserve.
01-01-2014 03:45:29 | More by SavvyStudent
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
2013 bottle.Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a full two finger deep beige head atop that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of dark fruti stand out most with lighter whiskey barrel notes,not in your face.A smooth creamy fuller feel makes for a good sipping brew.Alot of dark fruit on the palate along with dark molasses and chocolate,there is a detectable earthiness in the finish wich was nice.Not a big roasty/coffee influnced imperial stout here it's more of a dark fruit and sweeter brew.I like it alot,the barrel aging doesn't overpower the beer.
12-31-2013 23:18:34 | More by oberon
Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.