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Imperial Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

801 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 234
Gots: 221 | FT: 15
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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cantfindme, Feb 06, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black, like molasses, with a huge, rocky head of light brown, creamy bubbles. The head sits fat above the beer, and leaves fluffy tufts of lacing along the sides of my glass. In body, the beer is viscous and opaque with no hints of the other side of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells richly boozy with coffee, chocolate, and rum-soaked raisins. Brown sugar, burnt toast, and a faint wisp of herbal dankness also play across the nostrils, but the big players on the nose make this beer smell decidedly like a RIS. On the tongue, the beer tastes decadently sweet with a touch of hot booze and a very gentle bitter roast with a touch of tannins. Acidity does pop in the mouth towards the finish, as well. In flavor, the beer is rich and decadent, beginning with rich boozy bourbon and plum juice, the beer immediately mellows into roasted malt with touches of char, coffee, and dark chocolate. These flavors then smooth out into milk chocolate and smooth oak tannin. Vanilla, caramel, and even a touch of toffee swirl over the tongue. The finish brings a touch of very sweet alcohol alongside rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar and soft chocolate. The aftertaste is of soft bourbon and bitter roasted malt. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly smooth with a medium to heavy body, soft and creamy carbonation, and a velvety mouthfeel that is broken only but slight touches of roughness from the booze. The mouth is left dry with roast, yet wet with acid-canceling saliva and the sticky smack of rich malt. Overall, this is a decadent and rich (partially) bourbon barrel aged stout, but it is not Boulevard’s best. Its rich and I will never turn down a glass of it, but I don’t think I’d buy it again. Overall, the beer seems almost mundane beside some of the other amazing beers that have come out of the Smokestack Series. The Belgian character of the beer comes out more and more as the beer warms, but it just doesn’t quite amaze my palate as I hoped. This is a lovely barrel-aged stout, but in the end there are better options on the market.

Maxwell, Feb 05, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at Jesse's Superbowl party. Thanks for bringing, Biggs.

A: Black with a tan one-finger head that lingers into that embarrassing Bronco's hike in the first quarter. Billowy lacing.

S: What a nice concoction. Bourbon slides in with oak, malts, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits (prunes, dates, raisins). Could smell 'til that Seahawks interception for a touchdown.

T: Strong malts invade with that bourbon backing. Dark chocolate, rye, vanilla and light hops. Then a sweet sensation from the Belgian yeast. Almost as good as Bruno Mars at halftime.

M: Heavy with thick, frothy carbonation.

O: A bombshell of a brew. Like watching that Seahawks 100 yard kickoff return. A superb sipper. Recommended. The most interesting man in the world should be drinking this one.

brewskifan55, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MLaVioletteJr, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

kristougher, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

capnamerica, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DavidRose, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

KeralaTigers, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kew, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kevwcamp, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dvmky, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

shehateme, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jw1978, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Moses_Malone, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Eaglefan344, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

rulreich, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mmurphy525, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

cdwil, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

s35keith, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bubbly light cocoa powdery brown head. The beer itself is a dark chocolate color that appears to be either black with brown tones or a very dark brown with black tones. The beer smell has a sweet alcohol smell as well as whiskey and oak notes. The smell also has strong hints of rye that get lost in the sweetness but still manage to complement the beer. Other notes include lightly roasted malts and coco with an oat smell that seems to mix them all together. The beer taste has a strong whiskey taste mixed other notes. The hops come out slightly but are still overwhelmed by the rye, coco, and roasted malt flavors. The taste also has a sweet alcohol taste. The mouthfeel feels a little light for an imperial stout but still smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

HattedClassic, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bosoxfan20, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

773-F-I-B, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ncstateplaya, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

flyersfan900, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JLeet, Jan 29, 2014
Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.