Suge Knite
Boneyard Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #386
Ranked #1,637
4.28 | pDev: 7.94%
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States
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frankwynn from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer, not pitch black but has a touch of brown. Little to know head with some small, clear bubbles hanging around the edges. Taste is massive as to be expected, chocolate and fruity esters dominate the palate, but it does drink with some forgiveness. Mouth feel is lighter than expected from this big of a beer. It's just extremely well done and is a perfect example of a RIS. No frills, just a big ass stout.

Jun 17, 2017
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I thought this one--a 14% non-barrel-aged stout--might be a little too much, my respect for Boneyard notwithstanding. But it was just right, and really, really good. If you like your Imperial Stouts with all the things Imperial Stouts are generally known for (your coffee and chocolate, your roasted malts and hints of dark dried fruits, and, yes, your alcohol), you will find all of that here, and in droves. But it does them all deftly, without veering into parody.

Mar 25, 2016
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Rothobinide from California

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado in Seattle. Oily, black, viscous. Great name for this beer. Aroma is full of toast. Flavor is kind of like a silk marshmallow sweet overlaid with crispy toast. Yes it's got some fusel heat going on... it's 14% after all. A great sipper.

Mar 19, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Chucks Hop Shop in Greenwood. As usual, it's an excellent beer from Boneyard though this is the first stout I had from them. Perfect balance of chocolate and coffee though I would love to taste a barrell aged version

Mar 03, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal beer. Pours jet black with a big creamy tan head that laces super slow throughout the enjoy drink. By far one of the creamiest beers I have ever had.

Jan 24, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a pitch black hue into the small glass, no real head formation or lacing left behind. Just a thick black liquid in there.

S — Smell is strong, roasted, bitter, and lightly sweet with notes of cherries and vanilla, mostly dark roasted and semi-charred malts, chocolate, little bit of coffee.

T — Much like the nose, incredibly smooth notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, leather, vanilla, dark cherry, raisin, cocoa powder.

M — Medium-Full bodied, low carbonation, incredibly smooth, no noticeable alcohol heat or warmth, insanely drinkable.

O — Great overall, hard to believe its as strong as advertised, so smooth and luscious.

Dec 29, 2015
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draheim from Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 pint at Chuck's. Pours a deep rich brown with a minimal head.

Aroma is mostly coffee and chocolate, bitter roasted malt.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, molasses, toasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a nice complex imperial stout but maybe a little too sweet for my palate.

Dec 13, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big, boozy imperial stout that pours as thick and viscous as liquid chocolate. The mocha/chocolate notes dominate on the nose and tastebuds also. Sweet and roasty with a touch of black licorice in there. Not for the faint of heart - this is a beer that will knock you for six. Very enjoyable, maybe one to keep in hand for a nightcap rather than ahead of a long day.

Jul 21, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Black with a mocha head.

Smell - Vanilla and sweet chocolate. Boozy.

Taste - Very sweet. Chocolate and caramel. Some roasted malts comes through in the back end, but the booze kicks in, too.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy.

Overall - I got a large pour of this. I really didn't want to overdo it on imperial stouts, but this was tasty and drank pretty easily for its size.

Mar 17, 2015
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jay for sending this my way. Poured from a 32oz growler.

Visually, this beer looks like any other stout.

The aroma is about average, some roast, some chocolate, a bit of booze.

Taste isn't far off from the nose. Slightly bitter cocoa powder is the predominant flavor. A little roast, a very tiny amount of oakiness, and not much else. The ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is solid. A bit of cocoa dustiness gives this beer a unique aspect.

Overall, a good beer. However, it is not a top-tier stout. There are too many regularly available stouts in my area that I would choose over this any day of the week for me to want to trade for this again.

Apr 04, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Was received with about a finger's worth of head. The head is a very dark beige with hint of ochre. It has pretty much no retention and no real lacing. The body is an opaque dark chocolate black. You can tell from the appearance alone that is not a beer to be trifled with.

Nose- A little subtle for an Imperial stout but still nice and complex. Espresso with more generic, coffee, roasted malt notes. Some chocolate in the background. After some swirling, I get some notes of toast and burnt caramel. Surprisingly, no alcohol. A little bit of cream as well.

Taste- Reflective of the nose- heavy on the espresso with other roasted notes. Noticeable booze and evident but seemingly contained oak. Bitter, dark chocolate notes as well. Alcohol is pretty minimal and so is the oak. This is a good thing. While this is well balanced and well rounded, I would like a little more complexity even at the cost of minor messiness. Pretty much average in regard to the Imperials I've had. This still makes it a solid beer. You have to give them props for hiding 14% so well. Some notes of oatmeal and a bit of smoke. Almost a rusted quality that actually works.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. A little gritty, a little chewy.

Drinakbility- Perhaps it's a good thing that is a little average for an Imperial. A delicious and fairly cheap 14% beer could be dangerous. 3.75 is not a bad price at all for a 250 mL pour.

Overall- Above average to solid beer. Definitely worth a try for stout lovers but if you've had the premium ones, you probably won't be impressed.

Jan 26, 2014
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured an intensely viscos black with a ring of off white head.

S- Tons of alcohol on the nose. Whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and espresso. Lots of coffee bitterness and alcohol in the aroma. Very strong

T- Big alcohol and whiskey taste especially the cooler the beer was. Rich coconut, vanilla, licorice, big bitter black coffee, and chocolate notes. Still a big alcohol presence but the more this warmed up the more the other flavors shined very very nicely

M- Thick and full bodied, finished bone dry, lots of alcohol warming and some burn. Incredibly smooth the more this beer warmed up. 14%? I would never believe the ABV was that high, very drinkable

O- One of the very best imperial stouts I have had. Tons of coffee bitterness and complex flavors in this stout.

May 09, 2013
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons. Finally tracked this damn thing down.

A: Black metal with a very thin whisp of mocha head. Great staining legs.

N: A lot of thick fudge, chocolate, and a well blended espresso mix. Some lactose and caramel. There’s some leather and tobacco, which is faint, and black licorice. Some raisin, dark cherry and raspberry.

T: Smooth dark chocolate and coffee bitterness mixed with a non cloying sugary nature.

M: Slick and oily. Very heavy. Alcohol isn’t as potent as percent would suggest, though it is there.

O: A really solid beer that balances the hoppiness and malt with aplomb. I’m a Boneyard homer and I’m not ashamed.

Apr 22, 2013
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HopHead84 from California

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks, Dyan!

Black, as you'd expect. Alcohol is well hidden, especially for the ABV. Big roasted and dark chocolate notes with anise and molasses. A bit of grape and plum. Touch of brown sugar. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor with roast and molasses. Aggressive but still manageable. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Big and brash. Not something I'd care to drink again but definitely good for the style. This sort of beer needs to be tamed in a bourbon barrel.

Apr 22, 2013
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwer's during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: Suge Knight was a nice black color with one finger of tan colored head. Nice retention, rather bubbly on top, with plenty of lacing.

S: Nice roasty malt with some chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla too. Rather sweet with a little faint alcohol.

T: Deep flavors of milk and dark chocolate, some faint coffee and roasted malt. A bit of caramel and toffee, slight smoke presence as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks rather smooth, the 14% shows through just a bit, to let you know its there.

O: A really nice IS, Boneyard can obviously make a solid non-hoppy beer.

Jan 26, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the E9 in Tacoma today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with considerable, pillowy, creamy head and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I get considerable milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light licorice. The flavor profile is better still, as I get milk chocolate, cherry vanilla, licorice and light coffee, all on a soft and creamy, fairly sweet, rich frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, creamy and persistent finish. Alcohol is amazingly well integrated into the flavor profile, and it's really hard to believe this is a 14% abv. beer.

Really nice beer... hope to see this again on a regular basis in the NW.

Dec 31, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Black throughout and relatively thick in body. Very small dark brown crown atop of tight, small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and just spotted with stick on the way down. Appropriately thick and menacing in appearance. Pretty and appropriate.

A sweet imperial stout, with notes of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and roast leading the way. There's a bit of a maple sweetness, and some char and ash notes as well, especially as the beer warms.

The flavor too is very sweet, which can be expected with an imperial stout of this magnificent heft. There's notes of brown sugar and molasses, along with a very mild chocolate, along with strong notes of ash and char, unfortunately. The alcohol is hidden extremely well for the noted ABV, but the char/ashtray notes are distracting and detract from the other flavors of the beer.

Medium in body, though I expected a fuller, thicker stout. Low carbonation.

Incredibly grateful that I got to try it, but this imperial stout wasn't one of my favorites.

Dec 24, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler for $7.50 or so.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a riot. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, moderate roast, mild booze, some dark fruit (raisins, prunes), vanilla and toffee are present. The roast character isn't as prominent as I'd usually like, but given the complexity of the sweetness (unlike in something simpler like, say, Eclipse or more recent Black Tuesdays), this is something I can live with. The alcohol is shockingly well-hidden.

The palate opens sweet and fudge-like with a blend of Kahlua and chocolate liqueur, followed by a mild roasted malt bitterness that tempers the sweetness just a bit. Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel are present, the blend really bringing to mind a insanely decadent coffee/chocolate brittle. Medium-full, sweet and decadent, this beer is dessert in a glass. Fruity flavors are present on the mid-palate and linger on in the finish. With a creamy carbonation, this beer is silken on the palate, and despite its heft, is drinkable (I drank about a pint the first night). Highly recommended, I'd love to see this aged/gently oxidized.

Dec 24, 2012
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flexabull from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, I only had a small sampler of this beast, but man it was tasty!

Pours a sludge like deep black color with a thin brown head. Looks ominous, just like I think this style should.

Aromas are of heavily roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, and hints of charred wood.

Taste is like the nose, but restrained more than I expected. Very roasty, charred, with dark bitter chocolate and malt notes up front, some brown sugar sweetness, and a bitter pine like finish. Alcohol is hidden well, would have never guessed this was 14% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and chewy.

Overall, a great kick you in the mouth Imperial Stout.

Aug 18, 2012
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GWBendOR from Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this first at the Little Woody Barrel Aged Brewfest in Bend, OR, had to wait in line for my 4 oz serving, well worth the 5 minutes. This summer I had a growler filled!
This beer pours very dark, virtually black, small foam, dissaptes rapidly, great appearance.
It fills the nose with a complex array of malt, too much to describe - at least by me.
For me, near the apex of an Imperial Stout, deep, dark, full of flavor, great after taste.
Feel full on the palate, no fizz, smooth.
Overall probably my favorite, I would choose this over the Abyss, but barely.

Jul 09, 2012
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dirtylou from New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, innocuous ebony body, light mocha cream

smell: strong roasted malts, molasses, smoke, dark chocolate

taste: consumed amongst an onslaught of imperial stouts and one of the better ones, drawing comparisons to the abyss with a little more umph. dark roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugars, char, green piney hops, dark cacao, a touch of espresso. As others have indicated, the 14% comes across well and doesnt overstay its welcome on the palate

mouthfeel: rich and chew while maintaining a great deal of balance and drinkability

overall: nice stuff - boneyard is 4/4 amongst the beers i've been able to sample

May 14, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep black color with good carbonation leaving a nice brown cap, lacing and good head rretention

S: Big roastiness, cocoa, some smoke, booze sting

T: Big cocoa and roastiness, some coffee and back to cocoa with some leather and light smoke in the midst along with some bread, dark fruits and perhaps a bit of caramel. This beer boasts 14%. Could not tell. Really smooth, balanced as a beer this big can be.

M: Big body, loads of flavor with an extremely long cocoa and rosted finish, dry with booze stinging. Very complex and this beer just hung around for days on the palate in a very good way!

O: As usual, Boneyard knocked it out of the park.

May 12, 2012
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staggerlee024 from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black. A small mocha lacing fades quickly.

S - Big Boozy and roasted flavors here. You get tons of roasted malts, burnt sugar, molasses and booze.

T - You are getting booze with this one. But it is incorporated well. Dark smoke, dark fruits, black sugars and chocolate. Excellent.

M - Hard to believe that this is over 14% abv. Drinks like an 11%.

O - A great offering from Boneyard. The brewery continues to impress.

Mar 19, 2012
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jdense from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex PDX $3 for 6 oz pour, score, 11.25.11.

Dark as night, just a bit of brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin layer of broken head on top of body, no visible carbonation. Big ass boozy nose, significant cocoa nib presence, hard to decipher hop presence due to pervasive booziness. Taste features a fairly cloying booziness, big dose of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some barrel notes, bourbon?, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel well on the full side of medium, slick and coating, not a lot of effervescence. This is one big ass beer, I'd like to have a bottle of this and see if some cellaring tames the booziness. Worth seeking out for fans of huge stouts.

Nov 28, 2011
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LordAdmNelson from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this one hand-bottled from Tony. It's not as dark on the pour as I was expecting, black-brown for the most part with some ruby highlights on the edges. Kind of a nice change from the thick opaque black stouts that come rumbling through (I like those too, though). Head is small and tan, small potentially because of the hand-bottling or the ABV. Overall, a good looking beer.

Nose is not overpowering, but very good. I'm talking smoke, rawhide, chocolate, dark malts. Flavor really turns it to 11 then adding in roasted notes, more smoke, dark chocolate undertones, more leather, a brief crack of pine hops. Just delicious. Reminds me a bit of Abyss, and (I think) it's every bit as good.

MF is smooth, creamy, full. Really pleasant, velvety. Overall, this beer was exceptional--really up there with the big stouts out there, and if it were in bottles, I'm sure it would age with the best of them. Boneyard is making some really great stuff, if you are in the area, make sure it check them out!

Jun 19, 2011
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