Imperial Stout X: Coconut
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout X: CoconutImperial Stout X: Coconut
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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Ratings:
241
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 16, 2020
Added:
May 01, 2015
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  57
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"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
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by corby112 from Pennsylvania

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

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

Aug 09, 2018
 
4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Feb 12, 2018
 
3.84 by JuiceMan818 from California on Feb 11, 2018
 
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Feb 09, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

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
 
4.25 by archero from Texas on Oct 28, 2017
 
4.1 by mwvman from Indiana on Oct 18, 2017
 
4.19 by dental from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2017
 
4.01 by Theogre83 from Kansas on Sep 24, 2017
 
4.21 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Sep 04, 2017
 
3.59 by vidisad from California on Aug 27, 2017
 
3.85 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on Aug 13, 2017
 
4.33 by Watkinsmike83 from Missouri on Jul 22, 2017
 
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 20, 2017
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Georgiabeer from Georgia

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
 
3.75 by ckollias from Maryland on May 06, 2017
 
4.65 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Apr 23, 2017
 
4.25 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
 
4.38 by Boca-X from Missouri on Mar 28, 2017
 
3.9 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Mar 26, 2017
Photo of beerthulhu
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

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
 
4.5 by GClarkage from California on Feb 25, 2017
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

2/17/17 bottle

Feb 18, 2017
 
5 by Sour_Lord from Missouri on Feb 07, 2017
 
3.9 by chuckgietzen from Michigan on Feb 06, 2017
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

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
 
3.79 by MTKATL from Georgia on Feb 01, 2017
Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

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
 
4.13 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2017
 
4.29 by Balvenie from Minnesota on Jan 14, 2017
 
4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 13, 2017
Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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
 
4.24 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Jan 09, 2017
 
3.81 by Zaphog from Michigan on Jan 08, 2017
Photo of bnes09
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bnes09 from Illinois

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
Imperial Stout X: Coconut from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 241 ratings