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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

959 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 240
Gots: 286 | 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 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

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just like all whiskey barrel beers, this thing tasted like booze. I was expecting it, but its just a deeper more mellow burnt taste then I'm used to. What i would call a very good representation of the whiskey barrel ages beer.

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

Photo of zonker17
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottG818
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shundahai
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveB3014
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raffy313
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcsbeer
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle
A-pours a thick black color with dark mocha head
S- chocolate some dark fruit slight funk some wood vanilla and whiskey
T-follows the nose with nothing overpowering notes of chocolate mix with fruit wood and bourboun
M-light body medium carbonation mellow and smooth drinking
O- an impressive BA blended stout that tasty and drinkable buy a couple of these every year

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LordofWord
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate and dark fruit. Poor man's BCBS. In other words, pretty damn good. $12.99 for 750 ml.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers hits the glass very thickly and black as night, as expected from the style. A small and tan-ish color head of about one finger forms and retains a fair while and also leaves a very good lace pattern. Moving on to the scent of this beer, the first thing that is noticed is the fudgy, dark chocolate and the dark fruit scents in the smell. I expected it to move more toward some dark malts after the initial, somewhat fruity notes, but instead it ramps up the chocolate and adds some slight boozy barrel notes. Slight barrel oak and vanilla ends the smell of the beer.

The taste of this stout starts off with the extreme dark chocolate that blends into slight dark fruity notes quickly, just like in the smell. The dark fruit displays a little bit of plum and maybe even some blackberry flavor before the chocolate ramps back up in a slightly bitter flavor. Immediately after this chocolate flavor, the barrels come in and add some complexity. Spicy oak and slightly sweet vanilla mix with the chocolate and dark fruit flavors to give a very complex overall flavor to the latter half of the drink. Oak and a little booze linger on the tongue for a short while after the drink. The feel on the palate is thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohoo can be felt a little in the form of slight bitterness in the flavor and a slight warm as it goes down.

Overall, this is a terrifically complex and pretty delicious imperial stout. The huge chocolate flavor that turns into dark fruits are very nice. I get very little of what I would consider straight coffee flavor, but the chocolate more than makes up for it. I really enjoy that the barrel aging in this beer is partial and allows more flavors from the base beer to shine through. I think more breweries should partial barrel age instead of full BA. In the end, a great beer.

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

2013 bottle. Best by Nov 2015, opened Jan 2015.

A - A great looking stout. Nice cascade on a dark coffee foam head that pours 2 fingers high with nice retention and low lace.

S - Caramel, coffee, oak, vanilla, Coca-Cola, sweet chocolate liquor booze.

T - Rich molasses, charred bread, caramel, bitter 75% dark chocolate, pumpernickel, cola soda syrup, touch of oak.

M - Thick, full bodied. Soft, syrupy finish.

O - A delicious AIS. Thick and sweet for the style.

Photo of ShanePB
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 bottle: Over-carbonated, flavor is a bit flat

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ianwolfman
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2013 was 40% barrel aged and I liked it a lot. 2014 is all barrel aged and it's too bourbon-y. Soft sweet vanilla oak flavours and a nice mouth feel but not really what I'm into.

Photo of mbw314
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zraly
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.