Imperial Stout X: Aztec Chocolate | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial Stout X: Aztec ChocolateImperial Stout X: Aztec Chocolate
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:
Imperial Stout X: Aztec Chocolate, takes inspiration from traditional drinking chocolate referred to as Oxcolatl. The ancient Aztecs held chocolate in such high regard that in addition to its place as a holy drink in ceremonies, cacao beans were a form of currency. Accounts vary, but the drinking chocolate the Aztecs consumed combined a paste of cacao beans with spices, chili peppers, vanilla and in some cases, wine or another fermented spirit.

To bring our interpretation to life, a batch of Imperial Stout was brewed that received freshly ground cinnamon during the boil on the brewhouse. This batch will be blended with tanks of Imperial Stout that are infused with dried pasilla negro and ancho chiles as well as cacao nibs. The chiles and cacao nibs were stuffed into porous bags and suspended in sanitized stainless steel tanks. Finished beer is transferred onto the chiles and nibs and allowed to rest for 24 hours of contact time. Following the infusion, the beer is transferred to a blending tank and blended with the cinnamon spiced batch. No portion of Imperial Stout X: Aztec Chocolate is barrel aged.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 04-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
290
pDev:
7.98%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
79
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by t8dd:
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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of pagriley
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

More refined than some spiced stouts, but still a bit cloying and spice dominant. I feel the spices dominate rather than compliment and enrich the beer.
Okay, but nothing special.

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Photo of bobhits
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate and cinnamon and pepper. The flavors and smells are consistent here. The pour was weak on head. Carbonation is thin but bites a bit.

This is a brown ale, meets a spiced belgium, with chocolate added but dark and big enough to be a stout.

I get it, I should write more but as complex and powerful as it is, I'm not impressed. Still worth a shot, I wish I'd gotten a glass at a bar instead of a bottle. More than I needed to drink.

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Photo of DuckDodgers
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaiyote
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickandToni
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing,
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin,
When I say that I'm o.k. they look at me kind of strange,
Surely your not happy now you no longer play the game"

J. Lennon

I'm not crazy, I loved this stout! Depth, complexity, sweet, spicy, chocolatey, over all a great stout. An Imperial Stout. Originally called an Imperial Russian Stout in the late 1700's, Boulevard adds some "X" factor to the legend; Chocolate, cinnamon, some ancho and some pasilla negro chiles to the mix.

When an amazing brewer take the time to put past into present, my hat is tipped.

This stout, this imperial stout is a hero in today's craft. Thank you.

How did anyone taste coffee? Wait, you must be drinking Starbucks.

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Photo of gibgink
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well made stout that will probably disappoint a lot of people. The beer hits on the cocoa and chiles, but surprisingly, the miss comes from the lack of cinnamon. The heat from the chiles are present throughout, with an occasional chocolate flavor coming through. If the cinnamon was prevalent, it would provide a little more sweetness, which is why I think a lot of people are giving it lower ratings. Very good beer, close to Hunahpu in my opinion.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black as night with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of dark brown covering the vast majority of the top. Aroma is of chocolate and mild chile peppers. The taste is sweet dark chocolate with roasted barley as a background note. The mouth is chewy and silky with some heat provided by the chiles.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamjbauer
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lambpasty
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeepCop
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuebs
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MuFugga
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Beer Boutique & poured in an Airbnb in Brooklyn, NYC with friends.

L: Lots of visible carbonation running up the sides. You can actually hear the carbonation when you hold it to your ear. A cappuccino head is large at first then reduces to 1/3 finger width and stays. Amber brown around the edges, but no light penetration in the body.

S: The heat of the chiles is there, with hop bitterness and milk chocolate. Cinnamon-brown sugar is at the deep background if you give it a hard smell.

T: Cinnamon-brown sugar up front, then the mild heat of the chiles (not a spice or bite, just a nice heat), finishes with the milk chocolate deliciousness.

F: Creamy and smooth like chocolate milk. Distinct lactose feel. Very nice, borderline wonderful.

O: Very nice! The high ABV gives it a wonderful weight, but it doesn't have the oily character of something barrel aged. Very, very nice spiced stout. Would love to try this side by side with Perennial Abraxas.

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Photo of whatname
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Settles into a dark black brew in the glass, topped by a mocha colored head of good size and slightly fizzy character. Retention is decent.

Quite a bit going on in the aroma, but roasted barley and slightly sharp dark fruit come to mind most immediately. Chocolate and cinnamon come through clearly, while dark coffee-like aromas from the malt round out the profile.

Flavor follows. Up front is chocolate and roasted barley in equal measure, but during the 1st third cinnamon starts to assert itself, building throughout the sip but never quite reaching unmanageable levels. There's a very slight, nice heat that briefly shows on the back third, but whether it's from the peppers or the cinnamon is impossible to say.

Throughout, there's a nice, smooth chocolaty character, perhaps strongest in the middle. Brew is overall fairly sweet, but not to an excessive degree. I would still probably characterize it as a dessert stout.

Fairly thick and cloying; back-end heat from the alcohol, but no real presence on the palate. Very enjoyable to drink.

I wish there were a touch less cinnamon, and a touch more chile. The chocolate is lovely, but I would like it even more if it were dominant over the cinnamon, with the latter only adding character.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours black with a small tan head that disappears quickly.
S - There is a lot of cinnamon on the nose. Maybe a little too much.
T - No fear, it all balances out when you take a sip. Very nice balance of chocolate, cinnamon and chillies. Very subtle heat from the peppers but it all works. The ABV is not noticeable.
M - Medium mouth feel and low carbonation.
O - This is a very enjoyable beer IF you like the flavor profile. You gotta like cinnamon or you won't like this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Aztec Chocolate version of the Imperial smoke stack series was really good. Poured an opaque black with tan head that did not lace and eventually dissipated. The scent and taste had nice chocolate backing. The mouthfeel was fuller in character and subtle carbonation. Overall it was solid.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Stout X: Aztec Chocolate from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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