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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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1,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 248
Gots: 326 | FT: 26
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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Ratings: 1,047 | Reviews: 333
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is Tom's six hundredth review. We are all mildly drunk at this point.

Tom thinks that this beer is special. Luckily it isn't infected

Tom thinks this beer smells of booze, roasted malts, and slight balls... in a good way?

Mouth feel is mild.. nothing special.. but nice.

It tastes wonderful. Nice chocolately malts, booze, roasted coffee, and a nice tinge of balls.

Overall... drink this if you like delicious balls. tom does

Lemme smell yo dick

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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had Bottle # 9580, 2011 batch on 2013/08/17. I detected no sign of infection that I recognized.

This poured inky dark with about half inch of dark, small-bubble head with very little head retention. The aroma was almost all oak, roastiness and alcohol. The flavor was almost exactly like the aroma. There was a small pleasant bitterness but I did not detect any hoppy flavor which might be due to age I guess. To my mind the oak covered most other flavors and I did not really notice coffee or chocolate notes even though I tried to concentrate to detect them. There was a slight sweetness in the background. The mouth feel was very smooth and silky.

For those who haven't had this, my best approximation for both flavor and texture would be to imagine a heavily oaked Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout that had not suffered any storage issues.

I found this very enjoyable.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, Best Before Date 1/2013
Snifter glass

A: Pours dark brown towards black. Some light gets through the edges. Alcohol feet.

S: Slight tart notes, but its not "infected". Getting dark cherry. Other plums and dark fruits etc. Roast coffee and dark chocolate. Not as much barrel as I was expecting.

T: Slight tart note initially. Dark cherry and dark fruit. Chocolate. The vanilla and barrel nope, there are gone. Alcohol is almost gone too, which is nice. Dry finish.

M: Medium full. Not as thick.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner glass, surprisingly a good glass to use for drinking just about everything.

Aroma of whiskey barrel, licorice, and cocoa hits the nose. Very pleasing.

Taste follows the nose, with significantly less licorice. Mellow whiskey and smooth chocolate with a minimal touch of roasty bitterness. Thi is dangerously easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and thick.

Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I though I would. Compares favorable to Czar Jack as an easy drinking but tasty BA RIS.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release enjoyed on 4/16/13. 3 months past the "Best By" date.

Poured in a tulip with a pitch black body and a tan, 1.5 finger colored head. Good alcohol leggings on the glass.

Aroma had huge amount of chocolate, raisin, vanilla and bourbon. Good amount of alcohol in the aroma, but very inviting.

Taste was excellent. Super smooth. Roasty, burnt and chocolatey. A bit earthy with some raisin flavors. Vanilla and oak barrels were very present along with the whiskey notes. Very low bitterness in the finish. Some nice mellow alcohol warmth.

Medium body, medium carb and a slightly chewy finish that ends up crisp.

Overall.. fantastic beer for the style. Loads of barrel and whiskey goodness along with good amounts of chocolate.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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