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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

763 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 236
Gots: 214 | 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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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-25-2013 23:23:09 | More by ohyayitstrey
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-25-2013 19:49:06 | More by JamLand
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Theogre83

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-25-2013 18:07:00 | More by Theogre83
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with one finger khaki/brown head that dies slow with lace ring down glass on top of a heavy, stoutish aroma of roasted coffee malts and I get dark, almost burnt chocolate and a hint of dark fruit like figs and/or black cherry (the wife notes licorice). For a heavy beer, and it is bready and chewy and even sticky at times, the beer goes down real easy while giving off lots of roasted and coffee malt tastes balanced with chocolate. I seem to really notice the chocolate/sweetness on the backend as the beer has a crisp finish with a bit of lingering sweetness that makes me want to keep drinking. I don't really notice any dark fruits except hints of that black cherry aspect. Overall, a really good heavy stout that hides the ABV so it's not painful to keep drinking that is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 16:31:28 | More by clayrock81
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2013 18:03:26 | More by BeersAndBears
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-24-2013 08:06:43 | More by Ivegotmule
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2013 00:22:36 | More by 2dogbrew
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utfiero

Texas

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- ebony with mocha head.

Aroma- roasty with Belgian fruity background and hint of vanilla.

Taste- starts very sweet (reminds me of dates and raisins). Nice roasted malts and vanilla whiskey barrel come out in the middle. Finishing mellow, roasty, yet balanced with hops for a lingering semi dry finish. Overall a balanced, strong brew. With the high ABV, it's not a session beer. Great on a cold winter evening. Don't serve too cold. The flavors balance out as it gradually warms.

2013 release, ABV 11.8

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:15:04 | More by utfiero
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irongator

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2013 13:39:29 | More by irongator
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pigc

Nebraska

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 version

A - Pours pitch black with massive chocolate colored head that overflows the glass with average pour.

S - Figs, raisins, chocolate, slight bourbon.

T - Starts out with a mild tartness followed by mild chocolate, coffee and just a very faint hint of the bourbon barrel.

M - Somewhat thin to moderate. Not as thick and chewy as many imperial stouts.

O - This beer is very drinkable and is not overpowering in any way. Wish it had a bit more of the barrel character to it. After having a BCBS last night this beer just seems so tame yet a refreshing change to a powerful bourbon presence. The tartness to it almost makes you think this was partially aged in wine barrels like Abyss. Very enjoyable and priced competitively.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:55:46 | More by pigc
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IPA1978

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-22-2013 01:33:58 | More by IPA1978
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koes0024

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 21:51:14 | More by koes0024
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RWLawman

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-21-2013 01:31:45 | More by RWLawman
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Jeeb

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-20-2013 12:48:10 | More by Jeeb
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elec

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-20-2013 03:36:57 | More by elec
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bhyndthebottle

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick black into the glass with lots of carbonation and a thick head that remains as a cap throughout the glass. Lots of lacing

Smell: The smell is reminiscent of bourbon and licorice, with some light chocolate notes. Not much oak to speak of, but as the glass warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent. Not much complexity to discuss. Probably needs a year of aging.

Taste: The taste comes off a little better, with definite characteristics of chocolate and coffee. A little licorice and a small amount of bourbon barrel booze comes in at the end. In the end though, the beer was a little sweeter than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Big, Thick, and Rich. A little bit on the wet and sweet side.

Overall: This is a great beer, but I would like to see a little bit more complexity. This beer should benefit with about a year of age.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:28:55 | More by bhyndthebottle
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Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-11-2013 14:34:32 | More by budsandsuds8
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Allurex

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-11-2013 05:44:01 | More by Allurex
Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.