Imperial Stout X: Tart Cherry | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.87/5
Very Good
168 Ratings
Imperial Stout X: Tart CherryImperial Stout X: Tart Cherry
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 05-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
168
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
70
Trade:
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Mdaniel723
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not one of my favorites, very cherry forward, and the cherry tastes artificial

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours dark burgundy maroon red brown black with a creamy tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like tart cherries, chocolate, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, toasty bready malts, cinnamon-esque sweet spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sour tart cherries, rich chocolate, notes of red wine, lots of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, toasty bready malt, cinnamon sweet spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium thick bodied, creamy smooth with moderate tingly carbonation. Overall a real great sour imperial stout with tart cherries.

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Photo of smbslt
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A couple of months after the best by date but at 11% did not expect that to have much of an impact.

The caged cork was warranted as it popped with little urging and with such intensity that it would have shamed a champagne. I expected a gush of foam that thankfully did not materialize. Very dark brown with no highlights. The larger bubbles in the head collapsed quickly leaving the finer ones to create a creamy film but with no lacing.

Nice balance between the cherry and the roasted malt and chocolate

Fueled by the heat provided by the alcohol, tart and sour bickered while roast cowered in the corner. Their argument intensified as the beer warmed with tart finally outlasting sour.

The feel had a thinness and coarseness that the creamy foam ring and opacity did not suggest but the warming quality of the alcohol provided a coziness that belonged.

Not an everyday choice (not that it can be based on the one-time run) but interesting. Wish this was a 4-pack format to see if it soured more as it aged.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of gcasher
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 corked bomber
Nice treat for x-mas.
Tart cherry was the star and stout was solid supporting actor. Yum.

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Photo of Wrigfen
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Brown glass. Red hood and gold wire cap over a branded cork. Grey and black label. 750ml format.

11% ABV. Best by: 08-2017. Batch number: L082615-2.

OK Let me start out by saying this is not something I purchased. My wife bought this over a year ago based on a sticker on the bottle saying 11/20/15 and seeing it sit around the house for probably a year. She likes fruity flavored beers especially cherry flavored, I do not. However, I was searching our collection for something I have not had before and thought I would give this a try.

HEAD: Very dark blackish red color. Not as creamy or soft a consistency as is observed in the best imperial stouts but pours with a very thick foamy head. Lacing was excellent, was and it just looked thick and rich in the glass which was a tulip.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. I see no yeast or sediment within. This is consistent with the prior reviewer.

AROMA: Tart cherry easily dominates, but it's not cloying or overwhelming. Dark malts and chocolate malts sit underneath. As also said by the previous reviewer and for me it is one of the drawbacks, but if you like these flavors you are in heaven.

In a nutshell this is a great beer, if you like cherry flavored beers. I myself found this very good for someone who strongly dislikes fruit flavored beer. So I would say, for someone that does not like fruit flavored beer, the fact that I rated it so high is very complimentary. I would not go out of my way to get this type of beer again, flavor based only, but if you like these flavors you will love this beer.

In closing I am enjoying it now, it is a strong beer, but the alcohol is well hidden. Having said this, I hope my wife does not realize this is missing from our collection. I mean, really she let it sit around for almost a year, I will hide the empty bottle because this is no longer available and she will be pissed, but come on.

Cherry flavored fans, this is one for you. Us average beer tasting Joe's it is good and held up extremely well if not great for sitting around so long.

Wish me luck in not getting caught and Happy Holidays to all!

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by three fingers of dense tan head that fades to a quarter inch with decent lacing
S: Smells of tart cherries with some roasted malts and dark chocolate
T: Taste is big and bright cherries in the front with dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of espresso. Decent sourness from the lacto as well. Swallow is more bright sourness and tart cherries with even more roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Hints of alcohol on the back end as well but otherwise fairly well hidden.
M: This beer is big and velvety in body with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this is a really nice twist on the style. The cherries complement the base beer well and the sourness also adds some nice complexity. Really happy to have picked up a bottle of this one awhile back.

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Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2015 vintage. Brown glass. Red hood and gold wire cap over a branded cork. Grey and black label. 750ml format.

11% ABV. Best by: 08-2017. Batch number: L082115-1.

HEAD: Dark tan colour. Not as creamy or soft a consistency as is observed in the best imperial stouts. Retention is nice for the high ABV - ~5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Complexion is average.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. I see no yeast or sediment within.

AROMA: Tart cherry easily dominates, but it's not cloying or overwhelming. Dark malts and chocolate malts sit underneath. A blip of some almost Flanders red-redolent acetic lactic cherry is in there too. It doesn't quite evoke chocolate covered cherries; the chocolate is too subdued and the notes not well integrated with each other. Not the most harmonious aroma. Hopefully the taste delivers more on the premise.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Tart cherry is there, but it doesn't exactly taste all that genuine. I'm not saying it came from puree or extract, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some artifice at work (maybe just tart cherry juice instead of actual cherries?). The subtle acetic lactic acid twang clashes with the subdued chocolate malt, and the dark malt sweetness which ought to be at the core of any imperial stout gets buried. This comes off drinking like a warm Flanders red blended with a mediocre imperial stout instead of a gestalt harmonious whole of a beer. Its balance issues are tough to move past, and it feels a bit one note given the obvious dominance of the tart cherry.

Intricacy is what imperial stouts do best, but there's little in play here. Compare this to the chocolate cacao nib coffee bean vanilla bean bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts you see on shelves all the time and when it comes to complexity and depth of flavour, you'll be disappointed. Flavour duration is brief. Flavour intensity is average.

The warmth of the mouthfeel/alcohol is troublesome. It's smooth, wet, full-bodied, and heavy on the palate - though its weight thereon isn't justified by rich flavours (as you'd expect in the style). Highly carbonated.

OVERALL: Yeah, it's a disappointment. Boulevard is almost always right on the money, but this is a fundamental failure within the style. I'd rather have Old Rasputin mixed half and half with cherry juice, if I'm being candid. It's tough to ascertain what Boulevard's brewers were really after with this, and the simplicity and shallowness of the brew really hold it back. The balance issues are the coup de grâce, making this (unexpectedly) a beer I'd definitely advise others to skip.

Low C- (2.53) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardTarget
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark ruby red, so dark it looks black unless you get some light behind it. Holds a tight brown head that laces the glass.

Aroma: Tart cherry sour gives a slight impression of a wild strain, rich burnt sugar malt base gives depth and character to the fruit note. Cherry is strong and slightly preserved jam smelling.

Taste: Overripe purple red cherry skin and juice manage to overpower a hefty stout base to finish with a tart sugary note that slowly fades into light alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and heavy body give an oily chew that numbs slightly as it slowly fades.

Overall: One of the best fruit beers I think I've had. Big beer with big fruit flavor that has aged out well, a rarity. If you see one on the shelves, don't mind the date, grab it.

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Photo of Slarson7
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/4/16 bottle

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Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Drew26
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Stout X: Tart Cherry from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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