Imperial Stout X: Coconut
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Stout X: CoconutImperial Stout X: Coconut
Notes: 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.
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense and rocky two finger light tan head which recedes slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and coconut
T: Taste is a nice chocolate followed by some coconut, a little charred wood and burnt sugar with just a hint of wet cardboard from oxidation. Really nice coconut flavor with a lot of sweet chocolatey stout notes remaining though. hints of coffee as well on the palate. On the swallow there's more coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar, creme brulee, and some coffee
M: This beer has a fairly thick and chewy body that's also a little on the silky side. Carbonation is a bit higher than normal but is still acceptable while the beer has a drying finish due to the abv.
O: Overall this one gets better with every sip. The coconut is really the star of the show on this one but the base beer does provide a nice amount of complexity which makes this one a pleasure to drink. I'd like to see this one come around again.

Jan 16, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 10/2017"; bottled 10/16/15, drank 3/5/16 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

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

Milk chocolate, coconut & faint cinnamon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Coconut & milk chocolate flavors up front; a cinnamon bite to the lips on the finish.

Thin but flavorful; I'd have another.

Apr 16, 2019
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Sep 23, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Bomber, 2015 vintage
4 rating

Aug 09, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jan 28, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 30, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mar 10, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -7%
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.

Mar 04, 2017
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do dig high ABV beers, but this one, even at 11% is a bit on the boozy side for me. When the beers get this strong, they almost get a bit too sweet. For a stout, I found this one to be a bit too sweet and strong. The coconut flavor is there, but it's almost over powered by the sweetness and alcohol flavor.

Feb 04, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is nice, with toasted coconut added to more typical imperial stout scents. The coconut is present but not overbearing. Flavour is the same: roasted malts, caramel and chocolate with toasted coconut. The coconut is well done, as it is prominent without being overdone. A nice imperial stout.

Jan 21, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black very thick tan head that lasts forever spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Just a ton of sweet chocolate and coconut, roasted malts and vanilla. The coconut is not artificial at all very natural.

Taste - Flavors are amazing, toasted coconut dark chocolate and vanilla. You can taste the alcohol but it works well with the flavors that are there.

Feel - Very thick and creamy feel, well carbonated very smooth.

Overall - This is probably my second favorite coconut stout behind Rum Barrel Aged Dragons Milk very well done.

Jan 10, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich and creamy, authentic coconut flavor. Hint of vanilla. It's surprising this is not barrel aged. I'm not detecting any spirit tones but its so smooth. Creamy, textured finish.

Jan 04, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottling sitting at the back of the shelf among detritus brew. 8 bucks even for the 750. Can't see passing that up, so here goes.

A mighty and intrepid dark tan froth tops this pitch black brew. Notes of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, coconut and pine flow forth. More layers of chocolate, this time sweet and somewhat milky, which might also be a result of the toasted coconut flavors. Some faint dark fruits of course (plum, black grape), and a faint bitterness. Medium and silky smooth all the way. Eleven percent yet barely a hint of it.

A serendipitous find of an amazing beer, and you can't beat that.

Dec 20, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L- Solid appearance. Black with a big, pillowy head that's tan in color.

S- Aroma is off. Coconut, but also plastic.

T- Started out fine. Smooth base with a light chocolate flavor and a sweet coconut finish. Not quite as pleasant when it warms. It picked up a bit of an odd flavor, bitter and a little medicine-y.

F- Feel is fine. Not super-thick, but smooth with enough body. Super-carbonation.

O- I like the base stout, but this one isn't quite there. The aroma was a bit off and the flavor deteriorated.

Nov 03, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near black body with a thick beige head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coconut. A nice sweetness imparted rom the coconut. Medium-thick body with a light alcohol warmth in the back. Good for sharing a few ways.

Oct 31, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

here is additional proof that you do not need oak barrels of any persuasion to make an enormous, mellow, complex, and delicious imperial stout. what a great beer this is, 2015 edition. eggshell matte dark brown on the pour, well over an inch of active khaki head, creamy and bubbly and cratery, like the surface of the moon being formed or something, its gorgeous in every way. the aroma is interesting, quite obviously toasted coconut, not raw or milk or extract, but the nutty sweet desserty side you get from the toast alone. great with the base bitterness in the roasted barley and the dark specialty grain, smells sweet, but is drier in the feel. deep chocolate and cocoa powder notes in the flavor marry brilliantly with the coconut, and there is a certain smoothness, perfect integartion that i really love. there is an odd yeast component, it doesnt belong and it borders on an off flavor, overly english, pre-infected, im not sure, its not too weird yet, but it appears in its way, glas we opened this when we did just to be safe! there must be some oats in here, smooth, and maybe taking on some body, protein even, from the coconut. the flavor is awesome, and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. this beer is awesome, unlike many others being so dry, and silky feeling too. i have not had all of the stout variants in this series, but this is hands down the best one i have had. much love to boulevard for putting this one together so well!

Oct 31, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Subbing in Scottish yeast for the Belgian yeast of Boulevard's core Imperial Stout and adding coconut flakes for 48 hours, Imperial Stout X: Coconut is an attempt to expand upon the original with additional layers of complexity.

750ml brown glass bottle with a black and grey label and a red hood and gold wire cage over a cork purchased at a beer store in Brooklyn. 2015 vintage.

"Imperial stout." "Stout with coconut added." 11% ABV. Batch #101415-1. Best by 10/2017.

HEAD: Pours a gorgeous cascading head of khaki-tan colour, evocative of a rich dessert beer. Could be creamier, silkier, and softer, if we're nitpicking, but it boasts a nice thick consistency and a good complexion (though it lacks the shining gold of the very best imperial stout heads). Retention is impressive considering the high ABV - easily ~10+ minutes. Billowing and supple.

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

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking imperial stout.

AROMA: Coconut is evident, ringing genuine and evoking toasty notes and coconut flesh. It's dominant, though, partially eclipsing the chocolate specialty malt, oats, and dark malt sweetness of the base imperial stout. I detect neither coffee nor roast. There are some faint dark fruit notes - plum and date, I suppose. Maybe some subtle grape as well?

I don't detect the signature spiciness of rye, the softness of wheat, or the uniqueness of spelt/dinkel (in spite of Boulevard's claims that all three are used in the brew).

The coconut note is lovely, but I worry it's coming at the expense of the base beer.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: The coconut isn't as genuine in flavour as the aroma may have promised, with its clean tropical flavour in the second act giving way to a raw almost rotten coconut note by the end of the third act. There's no complementary bourbon barrel character for the coconut to harmonize with, and the coconut flavour feels left out to dry as a result. It does largely eclipse the chocolate specialty malt, silky oats, and dark malt sweetness of the base beer, but some does creep in of course.

The dark fruit notes are subtle but also unwelcome, bringing plum, date, and grape to a party to which only cocoa, coffee, and caramel ought to have been invited. Perhaps unexpectedly, the dark fruit presence in Imperial Stout X: Coconut trumps that of ordinary Imperial Stout - in spite of the use of Scottish yeast in the former and Belgian yeast in the latter. Some may enjoy the quadrupel-cum-imperial-stout vibe of this brew, but I find myself longing for a more traditional imperial stout build. Some coffee and roasted barley would be nice additions, and the toasted coconut wants for a harmony with vanilla (or vanilla-forward bourbon).

No overt hop character here. No off-flavours.

The balance could be better dialed in (it's too sweet, especially for a 750ml format brew) and depth of flavour could be improved. It's far from the most intricately or subtlety executed beer in the style, but it does offer some nuance, and there is limited cohesion to its build. Not a gestalt harmonious whole of a brew, but it has focus and direction.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, somewhat soft, somewhat silky (owing to the oats), aptly medium to full-bodied, well-carbonated. Slightly syrupy. Certainly thick, with plenty of weight and heft on the palate.

The Hershey's syrup-redolent chocolatey vibe of the brew is interesting, but I don't think it works flavour or texture-wise to the betterment of the beer.

OVERALL: I always hope a beer will commit to the flavours it advertises; it's always disappointing to have a pumpkin ale with no pumpkin, a coffee stout with no coffee, or a grapefruit IPA with no grapefruit. And Boulevard delivers on the coconut with this ale, but in the pursuit of incorporating coconut loses the soul of the base beer. The result is an enjoyable and drinkable expression of the imperial stout style, though not a beer that's up to par with Boulevard's finest work and though I just referred to it as drinkable, I will find its high sweetness trying as I attempt to take down even half the bottle. I wouldn't get it again (unless Boulevard ditched the cash-grab 750ml format bottles in favour of a more reasonably priced per oz 6 pack release), but I'm glad I tried it once and it doesn't lack inspiration.

Perhaps a harsh peaty rye whiskey barrel character would tame this in interesting ways?

Would pair well with rocky road ice cream.


Oct 13, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger sturdy tan head. The head dissapates into a nice thin ring leaving a good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and tons of coconut.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Dark chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla and brown sugar. The finish has a light lingering alcohol burn.

M - Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is a really impressive Imperial Stout. The coconut adds great sweetness and depth to an already good stout. Definetly recommended.

Aug 13, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour, medium lacing with a frothy toffee color, gentle carbonation.

S - Chocolate, some smokey char, cherries, coconut, and some booziness (although not overpowering on the nose).

T - Toffee, caramel, toasted coconut, cherries, roasty chocolate richness, vanilla, and finishes with chocolate bitterness and a lingering alcohol effervescence that permeates up through the nose.

M - Full bodied and thick, but finishes with a lighter body due to "airy" carbonation dancing on the back of the tongue at the very end. Lip smacking sticking, definite alcohol warming on the way down.

O - This beer was definitely worth revisiting again, although the finish is a little too airy, a very good beer nonetheless.

Jul 31, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, dark brown with a well retained one and a half inch head that left nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malts, coconut, vanilla and a little bit of coffee. Taste is dominated by sweet coconut, which gets milder as the beer warms, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffe, coffee and malt. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. A little more coconut than I would like.

Jul 29, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with a big two and a half finger head of dark tan foam, lots of dark, foamy lacing. Smell is malt, chocolate, some coffee, light vanilla and coconut, toffee, raisins. The taste is more malt forward, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, raisins, coffee, a little molasses, light coconut- a little more as it warms. Some spiciness on the finish, like cinnamon. Smooth, creamy, full bodied, well carbonated.

This was very good. Found the coconut to be more of an influence than a flavor, unlike many previous reviews. Not the only coconut I've been behind on, so listen to the other folks. Well worth a purchase, and you can still find it.

Jul 14, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Dark blackish-brown with a big, fluffy tan one-finger head that hung out for a while. Thick lacing.

S: Coconuts and caramel weave a splendid spell over a chocolate background.

T: Rich, decadent, robust. Coconut blends so well with caramel and a bit of vanilla. Brown sugar and dark chocolate hold court on the finish, along with a light bitter hoppiness and some booziness. Warming only enhances the taste.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, chewy medium carbonation.

O: Adding coconuts to an already stellar stout takes this one to a new level of flavor. All it needs is some bourbon and floating coconut flakes to rival a Proprietor's. Sip and enjoy.

Jul 11, 2016
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generallee from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: It was poured from a large brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured as dark as used motor oil and it’s almost as thick. It’s very nearly opaque with just a little dark brown highlight at the edge of the glass when held up to light. I poured slowly and it still made a big thick head of tan foamy head. This head slowly settles down to alight ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal and slides right down the edge the the glass.

Smell: The nose is full of deep complex malts with notes of sweet bread, caramel, vanilla and coconut. It also has a fair strong hit of boozy bourbon like alcohol.

Taste/Palate: It has a big full bodied mix of sweet malts and boozy alcohol. I get huge sweet caramel, vinilla and coconut notes along with some lighter chocolate and fruity raisin and apple notes. This blends with a bourbon or rum like alcohol presence that adds another interesting level of flavor. The carbonation is light and the feel is slick and heavy making it a nice slow sipping after dinner beer.

Jul 04, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours super dark with a brown head that lasts a bit, finally ending up as a thin layer. Coconut and roasted malt in the nose. The mouth is assaulted by the malts with coconut throughout. The finish is a bit alcoholic...

Jul 02, 2016
Imperial Stout X: Coconut from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 241 ratings