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Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal StoutBoundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%


Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 11-08-2003)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by zacharius:
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zacharius

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick frothy tan head. The smell of this beer is sweet and chocolately with hints of fruitty esters. This beer's taste is dominated by malts, roasted and chocolately but still very smooth. There is no oat taste to this beer, but they certainly add smoothness and body. Hops are just there for balance. Nice thick mouthfeel without being sickly sweet. Hides its 8.5% alcohol content well, it is a very drinkable beer--I had no problem finishing the deuce deuce.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 02:09:35 | More by zacharius
More User Reviews:
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hoppyturt

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, into a pint glass

Appearance is very deep dark blackish brown in color

Nose is very strong and aromatic. Full of roasted malt and mocha/coffee in the beginning. Followed by oats and a touch of milk sugars at the end.

Taste is very balanced and full of malt, toffee, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Has a great mouthfeel and finishes with a lingering, lasting malt taste.

This is a great Oatmeal Stout and is sure to leave you asking for another. Typically not what i drink on a regular basis, but this was a great surprise

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:51:49 | More by hoppyturt
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-06-2014 01:53:26 | More by LampertLand
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-26-2014 02:16:46 | More by PEIhop
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours and appears pitch black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thick cap with a bit of fizziness. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor starts with toasted malt, vanilla soda, mild chocolate with a somewhat thin vanilla and chocolate finish with light toastiness. Light to medium bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. A somewhat odd oatmeal stout that may be a little overcarbonated, which seems to thin the body and reduce the flavor in the finish. The creamy body expected from an oatmeal stout is replaced by a rather spritzy lighter character. Tasty enough, but not very complex and could use some more oatmeal presence. This is a quite fresh bottle, but carbonated enough I'm glad I didn't wait to drink it; possibly an anomalous bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:16:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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DaveRinn

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-30-2014 06:10:27 | More by DaveRinn
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Gaffattack

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-02-2014 03:15:57 | More by Gaffattack
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 17:52:15 | More by powdersoldier
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-25-2013 03:32:05 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-14-2013 05:13:25 | More by vermilcj
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The fudge brown liquid pours out and is capped by a rather modest tan head that fades within a couple of minutes though it leaves some dots and shards behind

Smell: Very sweet and chocolatey

Taste: Even sweeter than it smells, on the palate, with sugary chocolate flavors dominating from the outset; vague band-aid phenols appear in the middle and linger into the finish though the overall impression remains of the sweet chocolate flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; velvety (the one hint of the oats) with low to moderate carbonation; hides the ABV well

Overall: From the other reviews it seems that this beer is much better on draft than in the bottle; to me, the flavors are rather one-dimensional and overly sweet for the style

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:39:40 | More by brentk56
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking pour; cola dark, with a bubbly tan head. even after it dissipates it leaves enough to look nice.

sweet-ish nose. some caramel, some chocolate, a little oily, oaty, mostly kind of sweet.

initially, it was just kind of sweet, in an unfinished sort of way. A liiittle bit of bitterness to finish it off.
As I drink (and it warms), however, it gets a distinctly chocolate character; a rich creamy chocolate, with a subtle bitterness that drags it from creamy milk chocolate into a bittering cocoa by the time it's done, with even a hint of coffee grounds on the aftertaste.

This beer has changed quite a bit even in the ten minutes I've been ruminating and drinking it. My initial reaction was one of underwhelmedness: it felt unfinished, rushed and sweet. As I continue into its depths, however, I find nuance and find myself perplexed. I feel like the ratings I gave it don't do it justice, yet I don't feel that it deserves higher ratings. If that makes zero sense to anyone else out there, that's the dilemma I face with this beer: it's more than what it's weak links would suggest, but not quite as good as the positive aspects impart. Or maybe I'm just super indecisive. My best advice: drink it and judge for yourself. The bottom line is that it is still enjoyable, whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 20:06:39 | More by kemoarps
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-26-2012 00:09:51 | More by sloelco
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benbjb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-09-2012 06:59:05 | More by benbjb
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adkieffer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-05-2012 22:31:15 | More by adkieffer
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nsabo

Washington

2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About what I expect from a low ABV imperial stout. Thin mouth, but smooth sipper, no booze heat at all, vanilla and roasted (not heavily) grain. As far as imperial stouts go, this is a great example of a beginner’s one, though I give it credit for not striking out where other novice imperial stouts often do: harsh booze heat, overly roasted grains, etc.
I spent $5 at the brewery for this. 25 miles down the road, I spend $7 for Skagit River’s RIS that I consider to be the superior “local” imperial stout. Neither are heavy hitters in this genre, but I think both are better than the much hyped and widely available Dragon's Tooth Stout from Elysian.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:02:39 | More by nsabo
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Adamostella

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-21-2012 23:44:43 | More by Adamostella
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-08-2012 06:05:11 | More by jmccraney
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-23-2011 19:32:08 | More by beefandbean22
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid with slight mocha coloured head.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and toasted malt up front which transitioned to a dark chocolate finish.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very nice taste profile on this smooth Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 15:56:57 | More by DaftCaskBC
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grittybrews

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured near-black with a finger of creamy khaki head. Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth, and super-creamy mouthfeel. Mild milk chocolate sweetness up front followed by gentle coffee, hints of vanilla, and some slightly bitter roast on the tail end.

Fairly tame for an imperial stout, but the oatmeal character really comes through. Would never have guess this was up around 8.5%...very easy-drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 04:28:50 | More by grittybrews
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a little carbonation and a tannish ring

S: Smell of oats, chocolate and some citrus

T: Oats were smooth and subtle, roasted malts, some light cocoa anf finish of citrus hops

M: Was more crisp than creamy for me. Very good, hops and oats on the palate. Could have been a little heartier on oats

D: Good

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 21:47:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black with a small espresso coloured head. Big roasted malts, coffee and chocolate on the nose and taste. Very low carbonation which added to the creamy moutfeel. Sweet finish, and at 8.5% a very yummy stout that had a real easy drinkability quotient.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 01:59:12 | More by LazyL
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Bfarr

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a little bit of everything. It's a little black, a little viscous, a little chocolatey sweet, a little smokey, a little creamy, a little meaty, and a little carbonated. You would think it would all add up to a little beer but because it's an imperial, it has a very robust alcohol retro-olfaction. It's a very easy drinking imperial that's not as meaty as I would like but has a pleasant taste you can sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:37:56 | More by Bfarr
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout delivered welcome and appealing contours that were quick to grab one's attention. It is sinister black with low suds and offers up roasty-sweet qualities with a big wash of dark malts followed by a smack of American hops. Along the way are notes of molasses and some smell of sherry.

Sullen but proud. A welcome sipper though they serve this big boy in full pints. 8.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 03:36:42 | More by RedDiamond
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Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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