Imperial Stout X: Coconut | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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:
Using the base beer for Imperial Stout as a starting point, our brewers suspended just over two pounds per barrel of raw and toasted coconut flakes in porous bags in one of our stainless steel fermentation vessels. Finished, cooled beer was then transferred onto the flakes and allowed to rest for 48 hours to infuse the aroma and flavor of the coconut into the base beer. The resulting beer is a marriage of huge, round, chocolate and caramel notes from Imperial Stout, with smooth layers of sweet, toasted coconut notes. No portion of Imperial Stout X – Coconut is barrel aged.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 05-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
239
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
56
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color. Three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into thick, lasting cap/ring that takes a while to settle. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left clinging to glass.

Intense yet inviting aroma with coconut standing up to bold, deeply roasted malt bill. Slight sun tan lotion character but there's a nice balance of sweet tropical coconut oil/milk and toasted coconut flake. There's a desert like quality with Samoa cookie, macaroon, almond joy/mounds bar. Also, some gooey fudge, and flourless chocolate cake countered by slightly charred malt notes of coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal.

Medium body with a bit more carb than expected. Very faint infection coming in with oxidization and subtle cardboard. Hurts enjoyment and drinkability but doesn't mask other flavors too much. Similar to nose with a bit more roast. Charred toast, burnt coffee grinds, oatmeal and light smoke countered by chocolate sweetness, caramel and coconut. Subtle mounds bar/Samoa cookie flavor coming in that gets stronger as it warns. Sweet chocolate cake and molten fudge but needs a bit more sweetness to balance out heavy roast. Slightly burnt/acrid and a bit harsh but surprisingly easy to drink at 11%. Decent but mouthfeel is a bit off overall flavor profile s unbalanced.

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Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, two fingers of mocha head that quickly fades. Aroma is old coconut oil. Pronounced coconut flavor, a little old and artificial tasting. Definitely past it's prime - should have drank it sooner. Still drinkable, though.

8/8/18
Bomber, 2015 vintage
4 rating

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Imperial Stout X: Coconut"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged, "BATCH NUMBER/BEST BY DATE: L101415-1 10-2017" and sampled on 28 JAN 2018
$12.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Opaque black body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan foam. Average head retention and lacing for a beer of its strength.

Smell: Soft, chocolatey dark malt and coconut with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Fuller than the aroma suggests but not bold, at least not overblown, let's just say solidly flavored. Notes of chocolate, cocoa powder, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, and just a hint of dark skinned fruits. It's very nicely rounded with all of the notes supporting each other and working together. The alcohol found in the nose remains but doesn't really stand out, at least not more than expected for a beer of 11% abv. If it wasn't there I think it might appear to be missing something. It's not that bitter, and it finishes soft and smooth with some lingering milk chocolate and coconut.

Feel: Medium bodied with some dextrinous character, and quite supple and smooth with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural (but probably not), moderate carbonation.

Overall: Impressive in the way that it offers so much while seeming at first glance to be less than it is. More importantly, the coconut addition melds perfectly, offering enough that it clearly shows while not standing out too far from the rest of the beer. Very nicely balanced, rounded, and polished. Accessible and easy to drink yet strong. A great beer to sit down and relax with, or perfect for a group as an after dinner drink before, during, or after dessert.

~ I should also note, this beer is not barrel aged. If it was I think it might be too much, and the coconut would certainly be forced aside a bit. It's pretty perfect as it is, and I'm certainly going to search out another bottle or two before it's gone.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer is stereotypical “dirty motor oil black” with a huge dark khaki sea foam head that dissipates to a thick frothy layer of film. Lacing is pretty much non-existent. The aroma opens up immediately with a sweet bourbon barrel wood note that soon smoothly glides into decadent aromas of rich chocolate and toasted coconut. It really smells delicious. The taste is whiskey-barrel dominant but rich, dark chocolate, dark malt roast, and ultimately a toasted coconut flavor emerges. The mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, as the beer warms the 11% ABV gets a bit warm on the throat. The bourbon/whiskey notes are a bit thick but otherwise excellent use of coconut.

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Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwvman
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theogre83
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MykeJ
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vidisad
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice spin on the normal Imperial Stout. Lovely coconut aromas an flavors, with a toasty, nutty note underlying the coconut and typical imperial stout flavors. A bit greasy in the mouth, but still a hit.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NodakEric
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boca-X
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-best by 10/17. Consumed 03/17.

A: Viscose hersey chocolate pour produces a monstrous 3+ finger mocha tinted head in a duvel chalice. Frothy head is thick and creamy with micro-spongey air pockets for texture. Extremely small gold bubble beads creep up along the glass walls. Nice dark coloring and beautifully colored head that is thick and lustrious.

S: Boozy bourbon laced chocolate aroma, rich chocolate, sweet, with some marshmellow hints. Beautiful juicy dark fruit, some sugary figs and syrupy raisins. Nice strength.

T: The flavor was rich and boozy, bourbon laced chocolate, juicy sweet plums with some sweet sugary raisins and figs. Warming sense of bourbon, sugary sweet malt, and fresh roasty coffee beans. The coconut adds sweetness while a light, earthy roasted hop flower bitterness adds balance with some silty campfire minerality. Milky froth hints.

M: The mouthful was thick and creamy, lightly sticky, warming with a low mention of carbonation.

O: A roasty, and sweet mannered drink with loads of bourbon compliments. Tasty, nice flavor, a tad sweet at times, with nice accents of coconut for those that prefer. The 11%abv I thought was nicely managed. A big sweet desert style drink. ages nicely.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown head on top. The aroma is overwhelmingly that of sweet coconut and vanilla. I'm tasting a very sweet coconut forward beer. Honestly it's like a pina colada with some dark malt in the back of the palate. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Stout X: Coconut from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 239 ratings