Imperial Stout X: Coffee
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Jan 31, 2021
Feb 05, 2015
Imperial Stout X: CoffeeImperial Stout X: Coffee
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 2015

A- pours pitch black with a one finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- earthy and herbal coffee with aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, charred malt and a hint of black licorice. Coffee has just a hint of ‘green’ aroma

T- chocolaty and herbal coffee with some smooth roasted notes up front, followed by some charred malt, green coffee notes, and snide. The finish gives some caramel, with more chocolate and smooth coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- bold yet smooth coffee flavors that mesh well with the base beer

Jan 31, 2021
Photo of BKotch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BKotch from Texas

2015 vintage; consumed 5/2020. Holding up very, very well. Surprised to hear a pop as the cork came off, and to see a fluffy beige head on top of the black liquid. Coffee, chocolate are prominent in the aroma and flavor. 5 years old! Impressive.

May 16, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zonker17 from Texas

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.

Jul 16, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"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.

Apr 16, 2019
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Feb 12, 2018
4 by krome from Illinois on Feb 09, 2018
4.25 by mush from Illinois on Jan 22, 2018
4.24 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Jul 22, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jakecattleco from California

After discovering an infected So Happens It's a Tuesday (, 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.

Mar 01, 2017
4.04 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2017
4.35 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"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

Jan 04, 2017
3.77 by Eman17 from Illinois on Dec 31, 2016
4.11 by nodder from New York on Dec 29, 2016
4.06 by AdamSteve from Michigan on Dec 14, 2016
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 28, 2016
4.1 by KensWorld from Florida on Nov 06, 2016
4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky on Oct 29, 2016
4.12 by Nunya from Ohio on Aug 26, 2016
4.41 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on Jul 02, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

Terrific American stout. Strong coffee notes in the smell and taste. Great beer!!

Jun 19, 2016
4.11 by BuckeyeBeers from Ohio on May 29, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by brewskis from Indiana

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!

May 07, 2016
4.34 by Truck67 from Tennessee on Apr 30, 2016
4.09 by South2NW from Oregon on Apr 30, 2016
4.17 by KShophead from Kansas on Apr 12, 2016
3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 05, 2016
4.09 by jds16 from Ohio on Apr 02, 2016
4.12 by AD17 from New Jersey on Mar 30, 2016
4.1 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 28, 2016
4.1 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2016
4.53 by AMZB from Canada (ON) on Mar 19, 2016
3.97 by Jeff_Byrd from Georgia on Mar 12, 2016
4.15 by BMESSER88 from Florida on Mar 02, 2016
4.25 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Feb 29, 2016
4.13 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Feb 11, 2016
4.6 by Lynn from Ohio on Feb 10, 2016
3.86 by smi69 from New York on Feb 01, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Jan 27, 2016
4.07 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jan 25, 2016
Imperial Stout X: Coffee from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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