Imperial Stout X: Coffee | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This first edition of our Imperial Stout “X” series, incorporates freshly roasted Ethiopian Sidamo beans from our friends and neighbors at The Roasterie. After fermentation is complete and the beer has been crash cooled with the yeast removed, our brewers transfer Imperial Stout into a sanitized stainless tank that has been fitted with bags of coarsely ground coffee beans. At this point, the beer is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Infusing the coffee at this temperature is similar to the cold toddy method of brewing coffee. The cold toddy method extracts far fewer acids from the coffee resulting in remarkably smooth, yet concentrated flavors. We allow the beer to rest on the coffee for a minimum of 24 hours before removing the beer from the coffee beans. Imperial Stout X – Coffee is not barrel aged.

The resulting beer is a marriage of huge, round, chocolate and caramel notes from the base beer, with smooth layers of sweet citrus and floral flavors and aromas from the coffee.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
409
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
117
Trade:
14
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 409
Photo of zonker17
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Every bit as drinkable now as ever. Excelent nose and taste. Thick head, minimal retention. Bursting with coffee and chocolate notes. A touch boozy with bourbon and barrel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 12/2016"; drank 2/21/15 @ the Palace.

Brewed with Sidamo beans from Ethiopia.

Brown/black appearance.

HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Roasted coffee & pepper heat in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Creamy coffee & milk chocolate flavors; no booze heat.

A dangerously drinkable dessert treat.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After discovering an infected So Happens It's a Tuesday (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16866/121692/?ba=jakecattleco#review), I went looking for something that wouldn't disappoint (hopefully).

2015 bottle into a snifter. Pours jet black with almost two fingers of tan variable density head with good retention eventually settling to a ring that never fully dissipated and left spotty lacing. Nose is a blast of roastiness, coffee dominated until the head settled then more balanced with roasted malt. Perhaps just a hint of dark chocolate and booze as it warmed. Taste had plenty of roasted attributes but more prominent heat from the ABV. Surprised by the amount of coffee still present, quite happy about that! Finishes with a bit of bitterness, and just the slightest lingering burn from the ABV. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied and the carbonation medium. This beer held on very well! Wish I'd bought more then I had the chance.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"As a special treat for lovers of big, complex stouts, Boulevard Brewing Company offers the 2015 Imperial Stout "X" series. The "X" factor stands for a key ingredient brewed into each of several different limited releases planned throughout the year. This edition was infused with Ethiopian Sidamo coffee from our Kansas City neighbor, 'The Roasterie,' lending this robust stout a subtle wine-like smoothness." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. One time release variant of Boulevard's Imperial Stout.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy pale brown color over a very dark brown, nearing black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) A big coffee nose up front with loads of tangy fruit, acidity and oiliness with a moderate roast, very potent against a velvet stout body of chocolate, caramel syrups, licorice, and moderately roasted barley with little imperfections and a striking cleanliness. Potency is high. 4.5

(Taste) Rich, flavorful and earthy malt body of roasted barley, chocolate and licorice carries a strong wave of coffee flavor along with it, nice fruity and moderately acidic coffee bean presence with a delicate roast, compliments the stout nicely and isn't lost against the body. Finishes nicely smooth and clean with a moderate creaminess and a residual oiliness. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately oily, lightly syrupy, smooth, moderately spicy, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a modest frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy roastiness, spicy and acidic roast characteristics. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very nicely preserved coffee nose and flavor really compliments this stout base nicely. I'm really glad they didn't choose an overly roasty bean as the contrast of fruity acidity creates a solid range of flavor, and neither the bean nor the malt body overpowers each other. A very solid variant and a solid opener for the series. Recommended. 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Imperial Stout X 2015: Coffee Ale
4.29/5.00

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Photo of brewskis
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a classic midnight black with a two finger billowing mocha head that takes a bit to dissipate.

Aroma is of an intense fruity, earthy, vegetal gourmet coffee up front (despite the year on it). It is backed up by a nice classic imperial stout base. Get roast, bakers chocolate, and carmel sweetness to complement the coffee.

Taste follows the aroma well. It's that fruity, vegetal (green pepper) coffee throughout, with light notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Get a good amount of carmel sweetness to keep everything balanced. A very vegetal coffee with a nice sweet base.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; however, over-carbonated for the style. Takes away from the smoothness of the beer. This beer screams creamy and silky, but the mouthfeel does not follow through.

Overall, much better than I expected, but this has pretty much been the story on all my experiences with Boulevard. The coffee is very forward and a very nice blend with the base stout. Very solid beer!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a foamy, creme colored head. Lacing is minimal. The aroma has notes of coffee and roasted malts. Taste opens up with roasted malt and robust coffee. Coffee flavor is substantial. Mouth feel is great. This stout feels like a stout. It's bold, smooth, and robust. Great mouth feel. Overall, this is an incredible beer. Honestly, one of my favorites. The coffee flavor plays in well with the feel and taste of this stout.

Served in a 12oz pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of MuFugga
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is pretty much what I have come to expect from Boulevard - slightly better than mediocre.

Pours mostly black with a decent head that dissipates rather quickly - signs of too much carbonation for an imp stout.

Smells roasty, of coffee, and a hint of peppers. The nose is probably the best part of the experience even though not very complex.

Taste is pretty bland. Some roasty malts, some coffee, slight pepper, slight sweetness. Nothing very complex at all.

Mouthfeel is decent but too carbonated for my taste.

Overall, like I mentioned before, just better than average, but not worth the $15. I'm personally disappointed and will not be giving Boulevard any more of my hard earned dollars.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of wood, and a hint of syrup. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hops, hint of yeast, hint of wood, and a hint of coffee. Overall, the blend is off (body is mostly alcohol), the coffee is almost nonexistent, and the appearance is weak.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of dense dark tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt
T: taste is coffee forward with bitter dark chocolate coming in strong as well with some great roasty notes as well. Swallow is more coffee and chocolate with a little burnt wood.
M: full on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish.
O: This beer rocks the house. The coffee flavors do a great job of adding to the complexity in the base beer. The play between the chocolate and coffee is just great. Intense yet easy to drink as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton ,MD.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like earthy coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roast.

This has a little a bit of a watery finish that detracts from it. The coffee flavor is good, ashy and roasty, with roasted malt, and a little bit of sweet chocolate. Not super complex, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy. Not as thick as I would've liked.

Pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Batch Number: L122914-1. Best by: 12-2016. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Simple label art. Branded hood-and-wire (i.e. cage) cap over a branded cork. 2015 vintage.

Served chilled into an oversized snifter. Expectations are above average on account of the brewery. Reviewed live as a coffee imperial stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Cork shot out of the glass at champagne-like velocity - watch out!

HEAD: About 4cm worth. Khaki colour. Average foaminess, froth, thickness, and fullness. I wouldn't call it robust. Retention is quite good for the high ABV - about 8 minutes (very impressive). No lacing.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

It's a standard imperial stout appearance with notable head retention. Head could be darker and richer.

AROMA: Coffee and coffee roast, dark malts, crumby cacao nibs, coffee bean acidity. I find no hop notes, yeast, or booze.

Based on the aroma, the coffee character is a bit underwhelming, lacking the expressiveness, richness, and complexity of the best coffee beers. It doesn't seem like that interesting of an imperial stout, with a relatively simple profile based on the aroma. Hopefully the taste is more intricate.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a dry beer.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has an unconventionally dry texture, which is extinguishing and fatiguing on the palate but emphasizes the crumbly dry cacao nibs. Coffee roast is also emphasized by the coarse mouthfeel, which runs rough against the palate. Malt sweetness is played down here, with dark malts detectable but hardly the core of the beer. Surprisingly, no chocolate malt flavour comes through.

Anything but a dessert beer, this drinks neutral but not bitter. The coffee is present, but not dominant, and (as the aroma suggested) it lacks the intricacy and expressiveness of better imperial stouts - as does this beer as a whole. What is impressive is how well the 11% ABV is disguised...this drinks like it's maybe 7-8%.

Medium to full-bodied, and unrefreshing. Has adequate heft and weight on the palate. The mouthfeel is able to support far more flavour than the beer provides. Not sticky, syrupy, gushed, chewy, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Though it is rough and scratchy, to its detriment. Well-carbonated.

There's no harmony of texture and taste, and this build isn't gestalt. It's balanced only because of its simplicity and shallowness. Flavour duration and intensity are brief/low, respectively.

OVERALL: Drinkable but underwhelming, this Boulevard offering is not a beer I'd get again, though I'll enjoy finishing the bottle. With a lackluster coffee presence and little else going for it in terms of complexity, it leaves much to be desired. The discerning drinker has come to expect far more nuance and subtlety from a great imperial stout, and this pales in comparison to Boulevard's best work. I'd much sooner reach for Founders' Breakfast Stout, Dieu du Ciel's Peche Mortel, Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast, et al. I do like it, but we've come to hope for better from Boulevard. That said, they've managed to disguise 11% ABV with impressive competency.

It's worth noting that this may have declined with the 6 months of age it has on it, but I consider it unlikely - and the brewery's best before date is a good 15 months from now.

C+ (3.14)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 26/9/15

A almost jet black with a dark mocha head that's 2 fingers deep but doesn't hang around for long and leaves no lace

S lots of coffee and chocolate, a fair amount of char, dark fruit, some booze, roasted nuts, maybe a little burnt brown sugar in the background

T lots of sweet coffee, burnt roast, bakers chocolate, maybe some faint licorice, not far from the nose though, a little boozy, has some intensity going for it that's for sure

M fairly thick and silky, creams up, slick on the palate, a little sticky on the lips, mild heat going down and an intense burnt coffee aftertaste just keeps going

O a solid, well rounded big ass coffee stout, intense for sure and something I can easily recommend to those that like the style

Maybe I should've waited for the chilly evenings coming my way to drink this guy but no regrets, a little pricey at 20$ a bottle but again no regrets

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

Quite an impressive foamy head. Mocha or khaki in color. Sudsy lace remains as it recedes. Pitch-black body. I like what I see. 5

Getting some booze, caramel and coffee together, something sweet and frappuccino-like is in the aroma. It's an attractive smell but hot enough to give a singeing sensation to my nose hairs. 4

A cold brew coffee flavor with sugariness, creamy caramel, and a notable yeasty feel that suggests something Belgian. From the coffee flavor there are some definitive toffee flavors and nuttiness that are awesome, but these become more generous as the beer warms. I think the key is to drink this closer to room temperature in small sips. The finish lingers with a strong dose of dark chocolate. 4

A shade lighter than medium-bodied and thus not quite as viscous as an imperial stout ought to be, but there's some good drinkability here and a quite pleasant yeast presence. There's a clear sugary feel to the beer that makes it sweeter but also distinct from other imperial stouts. 3.75

More body please. Perhaps a bit less reliance on the coffee alone too. But it's a good beer by any account.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color with an opal-like sheen. Sandy fine-bubbled head settles after a bit but can be revived by swirling the glass.nthin and delicate rings of lacing slide back down into the beer.

S: Nutty and mildly fruity coffee, chewy caramel, layered chocolate flavors of truffles, black cocoa powder, and semi-sweet dark. Smooth roastiness too. Rich and polished nose.

T: Nutty coffee feeds right into the nutty, roasty and chocolatey malt flavors in a perfectly seamless manner. Chocolate truffles. Chocolate covered caramel chews. Chocolate covered orange. Roasty. Alcohols creep in middle to end with a slight spicy character. Fairly clean for a big imperial stout though. Lingering nutty coffee finish.

M: Big in body. Rich and decadent malt textures coat the mouth in an Irish cream sort of way. Ample fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs firmly and lifts away the sense of weight.

O: It feels polished and clean for the style, and everything meshes very well. That said, it doesn't have the 'pop' and the wow factor that the best examples of the style do. This is more nit-picking though. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer that is well worth your time and money.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Super deep dark brown, but not quite midnight black, body with a finger of brown head. No lacing. Smell and taste of rich chocolate and sweetened regular coffee...not a bitter dark roast. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. A bit more viscous and this might have been something extra special. Overall, a good coffee stout that doesn't topple any giants.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Corked and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head that fades to a thin penline around the glass and spotty lace is left sticking to the walls.

Nose includes coffee, chocolate and a little citrus character before oak becomes noticeable with a bit of a carbonic bite.

The taste is citrus, carbonic to mineral character with bitter coffee, fruity raison, molasses and neutral feeling oak.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A decent brew but nothing id go out of my way for.

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Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: extremely dark brown in the glass, no light penetrating the edges, and topped with a firm, dark tan head. Fantastic retention and thick tendrils of lacing.

Aroma profile is roasty, with coffee notes and hints of sour, dark fruit - a mixture of red grape and cherry notes. A touch of chocolate from the malt also comes through, as well as a touch of orange peel.

Flavor hits on everything expected for a coffee stout: it's smooth, rich, and dark. Chocolate and caramel malt flavors form a strong base; there's a tinge of red grape; coffee gives a brief intro in the first half, but really asserts itself on the back-end.

Fairly thick and very smooth; a touch of alcohol heat, certainly not bad for 11% ABV.

This won't knock off any of my favorite coffee stouts, but it's a damn good brew.

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of coffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate.

T: An interesting flavor here: The advertised coffee makes a big impression, but there's also roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, and toffee. A big, sweet, complex and enjoyable flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, very easy to drink beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark fudge brown/black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly earthy/floral roasted coffee, light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate + cocoa, and hints of dark fruits (prune) + anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark and roasted malts with a light hint of charred malts. That is followed by strong flavors of freshly brewed earthy/floral coffee with a moderate amount of dark chocolate and cocoa without any associated sweetness. There is a light flavor of dark fruit (prune + fig) and just a hint of anise. There is a moderate to strong roasty bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: As a coffee lover, this is an excellent non-barrel aged coffee stout and I'm really glad that I picked this one up when I came across it. Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol (I would never have guessed this beer was as big as it is). Really solid flavors.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, 2015 edition - more Boulevard specialty series stuff to make it way the hell up here, oh yeah.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with lazy basal cherry cola edges, and a teeming tower (are these things bottle-conditioned?) of aggressively puffy, foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some streaky, sudsy tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of musty, earthy coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oily bar-top nuts, lightly toasted caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, faint black licorice, some sour black orchard fruit, and a bristling, but still steady alcohol measure. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, thin chocolate fudge, soft earthy and gritty cafe-au-lait, toffee crackers, anise candies, a still heady and testy dark fleshy fruitiness (prunes and soused cherries, for the most part), and some adventurous and hot booziness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their tame frothiness, the body a decent medium-full weight, and generally smooth, with a not so shy creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, as the coffee wanes, and the caramel, cocoa, and shadowy fruit pick up the slack, all under the yoke of the hovering booze heat.

Overall, a nicely-rendered Imperial coffee stout, the guest 'X' ingredient definitely not outstaying its welcome. Gentle, for such a behemoth, and actually easy to drink, not something I thought would be the case coming in. If you're a huge java fan, then this may disappoint a tad, but for me, s'alright 'til the last ebony drop.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black, big head. highly carbonated. nose; coffee bean, vanilla, roasted grain & chocolate syrup. taste; the cold toddy process used here apparently lessens the resultant astringents and it shows - there's a lot less bean bitterness than i expected. it's much more of a "smooth and sweet" coffee/chocolate syrup vibe going on here with very little hop profile getting in the way. it makes for an extremely easy-drinking 11% stout, but teeters are bit toward the sweet side in overall balancing. semi-sweet dark fudge finish. hmm, still nice. =)

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015
Super thick foamy 3+ finger head fades slowly nice lacing, very dark almost black. Over carbed.

Nose fudgey choc, thick creamy fudge, nutty coffee, tons of caramel scabs fluffy nougat, biscuity cookie dough.

Taste creamy lush milk choc, biscuity cookie dough, into fresh coffee, nutty coffee, hint of roast but no char or acrid. Big fudgey choc again, creamy thick fudge, with lots of cocoa and caramel. Mild smooth coffee, but thick slight syrupy and quite sweet, little warming booze note. Light tannins from the roast and coffee, little dried lactose chalky thing. Finish drier but semi sweet sticky, lingering dried lactose and milk coffee, bitter roast lingering.

Mouth is thicker bod, sweet syrupy, nice fluffy carb, no booze warmth.

Overall pretty good, too sweet but balances the booze which is hidden well. Nice fudgey cocoa and smooth coffee, caramel, nougat, etc.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

July 31, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Actually very deep brown, though it appears black and opaque in the glass. A full inch of medium-brown/chocolate foam with extraordinary retention.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, and just a touch of roasted malt/coffee notes. Fruit like dark currant or unsweetened plum juice provides a backbone. A light nose of herbal hopping.

T – Coffee bean flavor is very prominent, a rich, hearty brew that seems to be providing the dark fruit on the nose, as there is a black cherry or plum component here. Rich, milky-dark chocolate and vanilla fill out the profile, with a pleasant tinge of soy sauce in the background. Almost zero hop flavor, a bit herbal, and moderate bitterness, though the beer is very well-balanced.

M – Sudsy carbonation is moderate-high and the beer starts very sweet, with bitterness expanding and bringing up the back-end, creating balance. A bit of thin, hot alcohol warmth on the finish, minor but clear.

O – I like this even more than the base Imperial Stout, as the coffee flavor is amazing and ups the complexity. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Eachristman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black in color, pours with a very big head. The smell is acidic, so going to assume it is from the Ethiopian coffee. Flavor is of a stout with a very tasty coffee flavor. More carbonated than I expected, but does not deter from the flavor.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this one. The 2014 Imperial Stout was absolutely delicious.

This however, underwhelms on every level.

*Over-carbonated
*No "nose"
*Metallic feel
*Bland taste


Someone else mentioned this tastes like more of a porter; and I'd agree with that. I'd also, agree that there is absolutely no hint of coffee.

Big letdown. It's pretty sad when a 750 ml bottle results In a 500mL drain pour.

Maybe letting it sit another year would help, but I don't see it being some kind of magical transformation.

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Imperial Stout X: Coffee from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 409 ratings