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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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955 Ratings

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Ratings: 955
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Treebs
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Darkness Snifter. Batch #1 and bottle #0588, 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a jet black body with 1.5 finger mocha head that has some nice retention and leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts and chocolate are very present in the forefront which leads way to some dark chocolate and oak from the barrel.

T: Same as the nose. More fudgey chocolate brownie and some minimal whiskey that is blended nicely.

M: Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Lightly carbonated, but just enough to keep you interested. Medium to heavy bodied. Nice slightly bitter chocolate lingers on the palate.

O: The partial barrel aging did some great things to this beer and it was a treat. I'm glad I have one more in the cellar as I'd like to see how this develops.

Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nlmartin
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer #5 gift wrapped caged and corked 750. Seemed to be an appropriate beer to pop open at Midnight New Years Eve. My wife popped the beer open took a smell and promptly volunteered to save me from this beer. The beer was shared out into 2 snifters.

A- 4.5 The body of the beer is black no opaqueness noted to light no matter how I back tried to highlight it. The head was 2 or 3 fingers high looks like coke that has had milk added to it. Nice head retention. Thick oily sheen left behind along with foamy film on the glass.

S- 4.0 Dark roasted malts ranging from dark cocoa and chocolate a spritz of soy marinated raisins and plums. Vanilla aromas rise out occasionally. As a trailer to the above aromas I smell a bit of ashyness and some acidic notes.

T- 4.5 This beer gives a major delivery of dark roasted and chared malt. Cocoa, milk chocolate and dark chocolate with a dash of soy. Vanilla and whiskey notes are very nicely incorporated throughout the beers flavor. This beer only improves as I allow it to warm all the way to room temperature.

M- 5.0 Full bodied very smoothly carbonated. Nice deep long lasting roasted notes. The alcohol is a bit hot but honestly I think this characteristic works nicely.

O- 4.5 This beer is fantastic! I was going to have a few more beers last night but this one totally satisfied that craving.

The Reveal: Boulevard Imperial Stout 2011. This was a major want! I love Boulevards Smokestack series beers and buy them every time I see them. The whiskey barrel treatment is very nicely incorporated into the beer.

Thanks Thirstyherf for yet another great beer treat.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle courtesy of Ilikebrew. Tasted a week or so after release.

Pitch black hue. Huge three fingers of mocha head. Some cascade action. Sick retention. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, wood and a tiny hint of of brett. Rich dark chocolate, roast malt, bourbon, and just a hint of bitter hops in the finish. No brett in the flavor. Full thick body. Mild carb. One of the better Imperial stouts I've had.

Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from 2008, reviewed November 2011

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with lots of tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate (flour-less cake), with some molasses and buttery oxidization and coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and sweet dark chocolate, with some molasses and cream and pumpernickel. It had a clean and rich and smooth aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a bit of carbonation. Nice and full body.
D: This was a very delicious chocolaty stout. It had a great scent and taste and body, with decently hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, and was very enjoyable. I'm curious how this is fresh, but it's great after 3 years of aging. Possibly peaked?

Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black; large foamy/frothy brown head with okay retention and lacing. Molasses, herbal, and wood aromas. Notes of spice and chocolate leading to traces of herbs, caramel vanilla, and wood with no dryness. Lightly sweet finish and a delayed warming effect and creamy linger. Full bodied, smooth, and a light mouthcoating.

Balanced and sufficiently complex to be pleasant to sip and the great feel makes an all around pleasant drinking beer. The blend is certainly subtle and almost an afterthought as you’re drinking it (oh yeah! this is barrel aged). A great beer to share as the milk chocolate linger tends to distract a bit if you have more than around a 6-8 ounce pour.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2011 batch with slight Brett infection.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, leaning towards black in the meat of the body. Nice mocha head with excellent lacing.

Smell: Brett funk smack at first, then chocolate, whiskey, alcohol, and coffee.

Taste: The brett is in there but nowhere close to what I was expecting. It's extremely slight and well overpowered by everything else in the beer. And everything else is nice and complex with this fine stout - whiskey, alcohol, roasted coffee, licorice, and chocolate. Burns a bit on the back as the whiskey really dominates the palate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and well carbonated.

Drinkability: A true sipper. It's potent in both the ABV and the taste of the alcohol. Curl up by the fire with your laptop.

Overall: I didn't know what to expect from this beer, to the point that I had a backup ready to go in case the infection had ruined it. Quite the opposite, the brett just added a tiny bit of complexity and otherwise had little impact on the beer. A very nice alternative take on the ever popular barrel aged beer. A fantastic way to kick off the long Christmas weekend!

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.