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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 246
Gots: 323 | FT: 24
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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, consumed November 2011.

A: Very dark, almost pitch black. Not translucent. Tons of tan-colored head (with a slightly coppery hue) fills about 40% of the glass. Some barely visible sediment.

S: Chocolate cake, cocoa powder, chocolate truffles, mocha, and molasses. Chocolate syrup, some very slight alcohol burn, and hints of raisins and vanilla as well.

T: Chocolate-covered raisins, molasses, and flourless chocolate cake are the dominant flavors. Slight mocha flavor as well.

M: Very nice texture - good density with ample carbonation, but the bubble size was also still appropriate for the genre.

O: Very good imperial stout - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and am now inspired to try more non-barrel aged imperial stouts again.

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A: Opaque, light tan head, nice lacing.
S: Molasses & vanilla along with light roasted notes.
T: Molasses, more roastednotes. Obvious vanilla from the barrel, hints of pepper and spice (perhaps cloves?). Developed nicely through the pour.
M: Bitterness from the roasted malts built a little too much over time, and the body seemed a little thin.
O: Wow. An amazingly drinkable version of a RIS That develops nicely as you go along. This was the third barrel aged RIS in a row (includingCigar City's Zukov's) and it was by far my favourite. Well put together, and upon further research into this beer, it appears that this bottle had not developed any Brett character (which I would have likely dug :)

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.