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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

762 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 237
Gots: 213 | FT: 15
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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

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Vancer

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' 750ml cork & caged bottle number 7174 of the 11960.

An easy pour of liquid black coal produces a massive tan head into the Maredsous tulip glass. Solid sheet of lace as we progress down - impressive start!

Dark fruit and toasted malt in the aroma. Dominate flavor is roasted coffee with a smore bar of doughy chocolate tossed into the fray. Plum leads the dark fruit parade. Anise kicks in at the finish.

Thick as molasses, no hint of any alcohol, this is one great sipping beer - especially with the cooler fall temps today. This will be in my cellar for next year if another batch comes out.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 17:55:16 | More by Vancer
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle #450/11,960.

Poured into a tulip with 4 fingers of dense, rocky, mocha colored head. Black in color, light doesn't penetrate this brew.

Intense charred cocoa and coffee in the nose with lots of leafy, herbal hops and a touch smoke and booze.

The flavor is an intense blend of highly roasted dark malts, burned chocolate, some smoky charcoal, a little dark caramel, and grassy, herbal hops. Lots of bitterness from the hops and the roasted malts. 10% barrel-aging lends some nice oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors.

Medium bodied and not as thick as you'd expect an 11%ABV Imperial stout to be. Not overly sweet, which really helps the drinkability but a little too boozy which detracts from it.

A very nice limited release from Boulevard. This beer is good now but could become truly great with 4-5 years of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 14:21:50 | More by bump8628
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, # 07157 of 11960, poured in to a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A thick, luxuriant, opulent tan head, eruptive and violent at the outset but quickly placated in to a finger-and-a-half of pillowy, rocky goodness. The foamy, cocoa cloud sits atop the viscous, inky black body that lets nary a wisp of light show through. Carbonation is present and actually relatively quick for the style and abv%, but its sparseness belies its origin. The lacing is similarly nice, impressive for both a beer of this magnitude and particularly one that's barrel aged, strewing soapy, spongy strings all over sides of the snifter. It actually somewhat resembles chocolate milk that's been recently stirred and is still frothy and foamy. In fact, the retention and lacing are so remarkable I'm going to bump this one up to a 5.0 - the stick is just truly you don't see in a beer of this type.

Aroma: Even with severe agitation, this one doesn't approach near the level of openness or complexity as the flavor. Slightly steely, bittersweet cocoa, cinnamon, toast, spicy hops, and anise are practically all I get, coupled with a slightly spicy, tingly, warming alcohol sensation. Not as pleasant as the flavor profile.

Taste: Hmm, where to begin. Waves of bittersweet chocolate are the most obvious note here. I say bittersweet with no regard to what the word might actually mean, but instead to simply imply that the chocolate notes - surely, the result of heavily toasted malts and not the addition of any actual chocolate - are moderately well-attenuated, such that both the slightly bitter, earthy astringencies as well as the sweeter, roastier aspects both shine through. Toast, slight caramel, dark toffee, a definite wholesome oak kick, and earth are all malty words I'd use to describe the malt foundation of this one.

What makes it interesting, though, are the other notes. For instance, this one does have a remarkably pungent and powerful hop presence, noticeable both in the bitterness as well as in the after-feel, i.e., that noticeable hop note you get in the burp. It's a different kind of burn than the one associated with the minor amount of alcohol that comes through in this one. Barrel aging adds a slight woody presence that's augmented well by the earthy maltiness and a slight vanillin presence. A moderate fruitiness and spiciness - cinnamon, light sweet cherries, raisins - and faint smoke or perhaps barrel char round out the flavor profile. A complex RIS, but the keyword here is truly balance.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as one would expect or hope if the flavor profile were sweeter, more chocolatey, more roasty, and not as fluffy as one would expect if it were ... well, anything other than those above descriptors. It strikes a fairly good balance between the two, which is precisely the sort of balance you want with the balance described above, that is, the balance achieved by the flavor profile.

Drinkability: "Well-crafted" would be the phrase that best describes this beer. Initial thoughts that struck me as I began the experience is that it struck a very fine balance between all the components - not too fruity, not too spicy, not too dry, not too sweet, not too much of anything really. It's balanced, complex, and just terribly, terribly drinkable. I'm very glad to have tried this one, and it continues Boulevard's incredible record with the Smokestack once-offs. As I think I just mentioned in a forum, I tried the Saison-Brett a few months back, just had the BBQ two nights ago, and capped off the incredible run with this gem. All in all, a stellar beer, one I'm thrilled to have tried, and one I hope Boulevard reproduces in some capacity at some point. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 05:38:20 | More by CrellMoset
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Coldmeat23 for this in an IP trade at DLD 09!
Batch 2008-1

Pours a dark dark coffee color. When poured into my lafin tulip, it produces a MASSIVE 4 inch head. The retention is ridiculous! This recedes slowly over like 3-4 minutes, leaving great lacing the whole way down. The head is a dark walnut color. Looks lovely.

The aroma is chock full of goodies. Vanilla bean, oak, slight bourbon, and a wonderful cocoa scent just sits there.

The taste is wonderful. One of the better stouts I've had, ever. Roasted barley, some burnt carmel, strong vanilla, with a perfectly balanced oakey bourbony act going on there. The 10% blend from barrels was perfect for this brew. The bourbon is perfectly slight, just wonderful. Like a baby abyss (In a very good way). Just great!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 21:38:50 | More by mikecharley
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jjayjaye

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2008-1 No. 6268 of 11960
Many thanks going out to maximum12 for throwing in this crazy karma!

Pours dark brown into a Smokestack Series chalice, rays of light barely sneaking in through the edges. A deep foamy light brown head resists fading then slowly settles to surface with tiny visible pools of light effervescence. Sheets of lacing left behind as it warms up. The smell is slightly timid, but warm and chocolaty with a lightly roasted malt tone. The mouth feel is BIG and smooth and lit up with a tangy alcoholic brightness. Full flavored, rich and the chocolate taste is intense like a big mouthful of Hersey's Syrup. The coating factor is lighter than my favorites of this style, but the NECCO-chalky chocolate lingers nicely just the same. The 11% ABV is well integrated!! One hell of a drinker. I probably would have gone back for a case of this if was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 21:40:39 | More by jjayjaye
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PatronWizard

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by the overly generous pumped up OlieIPA. He shoulda held on to this one but I don't think he knew how friggin good it would turn out to be. Chump!

Pours a huge ass head, just like Mike. Creamy, out of control! It's alive! Great shade of suede. Have to sit and marvel for a minute since this head won't die. Eternal. Small lacing sheets lie in its wake.

Smells warm. Chocolate. Dry cocoa. Maybe raisin.

Big FAT flavor. The alcohol gives an awesome bitch slap at the end. Sometimes that's bad in a beer but here the bitch slap just rolls naturally, nay, logically off the end of this mutha. Flavor profile is all big coffee, roasted coffee, toasted chocolate, dry cocoa, dark fruit num nums.

Very smooth, but very dry finish.

Huge beer, very satisfying, tasty, an all around kick in the ass. One glass provided the perfect evening tune up.

Overall: I'm very impressed

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:14:26 | More by PatronWizard
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts out with a loud pop and pours black with a lofty, rocky brown head.

Aroma consists of oats, rye, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutty oak, hops, and coffee.

Taste starts soft with oaky and roasty chocolate flavors turning into a big finish of hops and alcohol warmth in my belly.

Quite drinkable considering the alcohol. A rich and complex brew to contemplate.

Great beer and a perfect winter warmer. Get it and hold on to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:21:29 | More by brownbeer
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to a recent tasting. Thanks Mrchopin!

Poured from a 750Ml. Pours a dark midnight black viscous body with a light yellow soft head. No visibility through the body.

I've smelled better, for this beer is too subdued in this area. There are some nice bourbon, chocolate, and roasty toffee notes that do manage to escape as the beer nears room temperature.

Nice and crunchy, think roasted nuts. Very nice roasted malt flavors, particularly chocolate and caramel. The flavor is very robust. This is a less aggressive version of The Abyss. The bourbon flavors aren't huge here, but they are noticable.

A little bit overcarbonated, and produces a sharp sensation with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 14:38:15 | More by CoolJosh
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout. Bottle 06306, of 11960.

Dark as night, beautiful rusty brown head, roasty tan.

Bittersweet aroma, anise and molasses, brown sugar and chocolate syrup. Mmmm, mmm.

Tastin' it: Mouthfilling, rich and luxurious. Invades the entirety of the senses, floods every inch. Nicely roasted and toasted, nearly charred. Bitterness and sweet malt matched well, all those flavors noted in the aroma are swimming in the taste, as well.

11%? Pretty big, but not overbearing or menacing,...not yet. There's still time.

Spicy, brash, bold, big...a fantastic morass of dark and decadent flavors.

Halfway in, it hasn't started doing any damage, it's just bringing sweet relief, waves of relaxation, shudders of absolute pleasure from a delicious and rewarding brew.
Here's a winner of an Imperial Stout. I'm going back for more!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:16:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.

A. Pours thick fluffy 3 finger cola colored head. Head stays around forever. Good lacing. Dark brown/black color.

S. Dark chocolate malt, coffee, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel, some hops, spices.

T. Coffee, espresso, alchohol, roastiness, an underlying sweetness, caramel, chocolate.

M. Full bodied, thick creamy, smooth.

D. Very easy drinking for such a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 19:02:35 | More by siradmiralnelson
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. #1351/11960. sampled june 24/09.

pours opaque deep brown, nearly black, with a thick fluffy brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. coffee and espresso. bit of dark fruit. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. earthy and a bit woody.

taste is great. bittersweet and dark chocolate. milk chocolate. espresso. toasted mulit-grain bread. biscuit. light roast. alcohol. medium bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. bit of orange peel. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. pretty good depth. seems like it would benefit from some time in the cellar, but overall it's pretty tasty even now. now i just need to find another...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 01:35:36 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, big thanks to rlcnmeyer!

Pours a deep and dark opaque dark brown/black, no light gets through, very thick brown head forms, drops to a thick ring and layer leaving a ton of lacing, huge sheets on the glass, great retention, looks pretty awesome. Smell is great, chocolate roast and vanilla, floral hops, raisins, dark fruit, lightly woody, caramel and brown sugar, very malty, some biscuit, a bit of char, really nice, I like it! Taste is similar, very malty and roast, lots of caramel sweetness and brown sugar up front, light bit of orange sourness, vanilla, chocolate milkiness and burnt sugar, good balance between the malt and hops, light ashy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, could be a bit smoother, but the ABV is well hidden, real nice and balanced profile. This is a nice imperial stout, goes down pretty easy. Thanks Randy!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 01:34:50 | More by Viggo
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Individually numbered bottle of about 11,000.

The cork is popped by the bartender and left open for me to pour. Looks great coming from the bottle; pitch black, solid bubbles forming a tight, inch-plus head. The foam is darkly tanned, sticks a while, and leaves some nice lace (even on a bar-cleaned glass).

Nose and flavor are similar and pleasant. There are big notes of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, enough hops to keep it interesting, and a good hit of booze. The chocolate is front and center most of the time - bitter but also sweet, with the overripe fruitiness taking hold as it warms.

Maybe the bottle lead me on, but I do detect some wood aging, along with later hints towards citric fruit as it really opens up. The body is plenty firm, almost creamy, but a late dose of carbonation keeps it from superlative. Easy as hell to quaff, it's a pretty good stab at Imperial, as I took this one down quickly for the size.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 04:43:58 | More by BretSikkink
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Goliath

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 07722 of 11960

Pours black and completely opaque with a gigantic 2 inch mocha colored head. Fantastic retention, and some nice lacing as well.

The aroma is decent, I'm hoping it'll open up quite a bit more here in a minute. But for now, notes of chocolate, citrus, spice, booze, and a metallic underone comprise the nose.

The taste is pretty good. Big bitter dark chocolate notes, a nice dose of coffee, burnt malts, a touch of oak, and a nice bit of phenol and booze.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky, creamy, and smooth. A light bit of carbonation follows, but is very subdued.

Drinkability is pretty high. The flavor profile is pleasing and the ABV is well incorporated. I'd never guess it was 11% so kudos.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:17:41 | More by Goliath
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in the Black Booty Bif from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a huge bubbly tan head that sticks around forever and leaves rings of lace on the way down. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and hops up front, molasses, oak, vanilla hidden in the back. Taste is a bit hot, roasty and chocolaty with a hop bite. Finishes with a lingering roasty hoppy bitterness with a touch of alcohol. Carbonation is medium to high, mouthfeel is slick and oily, body is medium to thick. Nice Imperial stout. I love the chocolate and roast, but the alcohol is still a bit to present on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:33:30 | More by johnnnniee
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rye726

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with tints of redwood when held to light and a silky espresso head. Nose has roasty malts, pitted fruits, bitter hops, coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol and subtle oak. Taste has a dry, burnt malt presence along with bitter coffee and piney hops. Also some dark fruits, wood and anise. Body a bit thin for the style, but well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 04:50:08 | More by rye726
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember if I received this one from DbHog or brewczar, but grateful for the opportunity nonetheless. Bottle 6097 out of 11960 (batch 1-2008) served in my Allagash tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with a half inch khaki-colored head that dissipated into a solid skim. Fairly translucent, but ruby highlights are revealed around the edges. Nose is boozy, dark malts, toffee, molasses, coffee and cocoa. Taste follows nose with the addition of dark, slightly sour fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively with a residual prickliness - decent mouthfeel, but doesn't coat the mouth in the manner that I've come to associate with the style. This is a solid IS that improves greatly as it warms - prickliness dissipates and flavor are extremely well-balanced. Another great big beer from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 02:20:46 | More by Jwale73
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Mauerhan

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opened by the very generous olieipa. a big thank you mike.

pours dark. with an enormous mocha head sits atop this black beast. some good lacing.

smell is rich and full of robust coffee notes. not the greatest smelling stout but it is tasty. very dry.

taste is smooth and sweet. with a slight bite near the end. huge malt characters. roasted chocolate is what this tastes like. and its great.

very dry mouth. with a big booze presence. they are not trying to hide it. and it shouldnt be hidden.

a beautiful beer. and i am very happy i have one in my cellar. if you get the shot enjoy a beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:16:23 | More by Mauerhan
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OlieIPA

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up with a couple of buddy's on our now..."Tasting Tuesdays". On to my review.

A: Poured not a complete black, but pretty much a mixture of brown and black, with a tremendous amount...in fact, an overbearing amount of frothy head goodness. Even after a gentle pour, this beer needed a few minutes to settle down before drinking. What was surprising was the lack of lacing this brew produced...which I come to expect with a lot of "heady" beers.

S: Not a robust...but not a bland aroma either, this brew gave off a smell similar to coffee and espresso. There also seems to be some delicate chocolate notes that take time to developed.

T: This is one of those complex tasting beers that make you sort of smile and grin after taking the first sip. Again, espresso/coffee notes come through as the smell indicates....as does the chocolate. I also pick a slight metallic feature...which reminds me of a oatmeal stout rather than a IS or RIS.

M: Thick...and seems to engulf every facet of my mouth; carbonation was just about perfect for this style.

D: Really surprised by this beer...a solid A for me. Great taste, alcohol didn't divert my attention, and basically...a kick ass beer!

Overall: A must try! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:11:47 | More by OlieIPA
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 bottle, corked and caged, nice label; bottle no. 09065 out of 11960

Appearance: Pitch black beer with oily viscosity; there's a large dark mocha head with incredible retention.

Smell: Much milder than I expected; this is largely fresh coffee and sweet cream

Taste: Bitter roasted grains, roasted coffee, just a touch of alcohol, dark caramel

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick; this is quite heavy

Drinkability: A 750 at this strength is equivalent to (4) regular beers...usually after 4 beers I'm getting a buzz, but I'm not full...after this bottle, I was STUFFED...this is a heavy, full-bodied, no nonsense brew

Conclusion: This is a pretty tasty Imperial Stout...it's super heavy, super "big," etc, a bit over the top, but that's how the style's supposed to be...I shared sips of this with a few non-dark beer drinkers, and everyone was fairly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 17:11:05 | More by BedetheVenerable
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wardough

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Impy Stouts that I have had. Had a huge head that widdled down to a light lacing. Smells of coffee, heavy malt, and light anise (just a hint). Taste was heavenly. Very well balanced and not boozy. Mouthfeel was heavy, but good for the style. I could drink these all night long (if I had another liver).

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:06:40 | More by wardough
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL shared with a friend. Poured beautifully - black with a creamy light brown, chocolaty head with amazing retention and lacing. I could not believe how good this looked! Aromas were roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes were smoky roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate with hints of coffee. Full of flavor, well balanced, just a fabulous Imperial Stout! Glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:05:10 | More by barnzy78
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA gathering.

Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roast coffee, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Another standout smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:23:33 | More by tmoneyba
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge cascading head that filled up most of the glass and left tons of lacing, one of the best looking beers I've had. Smell was sweet dark fruits and citrus hops. Taste was sweet dark fruits with a strong hoppy character. Medium bodied, slightly too much carbonation. Easy drinking but didn't blow my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:18:59 | More by alcstradamus
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gford217

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black in the glass with a massive tan head, at least three inches to start. The head recedes to a big cap with lots of bubbles feeding it throughout. The lacing is excellent as well - great looking stout here.

The aroma is dominated by the dark roasted malts with plenty of dark chocolate sweetness as well. There is also hints of vanilla, caramel and licorice as it warms in addition to a little bit of dark fruits. The barrel presence comes out just a little but not much.

The taste has the huge chocolate malt sweetness right up front with more dark fruit than the aroma, definitely some raisins and figs. The finish is very roasted with a combination of the cocoa, toasted grains and finally the slight burn from alcohol on the way down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

This is another excellent beer from Boulevard, who I've been impressed with in general. My only complaint might be a tad too much carbonation, but that's nitpicking. It's a big malty, chocolaty take on the style and remains very drinkable despite the size.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:29:41 | More by gford217
Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.