Imperial Stout X: Coconut | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial Stout X: CoconutImperial Stout X: Coconut

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep black, huge tan head on the pour.

Roasty, mellow, with a distinct nuttiness to close.

My favorite of the X's thus far - sweetness of the coconut rings through the mouth, merging with the grainy roastiness of the malts. Picking up the oakiness of the barrel as well. Sweet meets sweet, resulting in ridiculously good.

Creamy, the carbonation is just right, sparking on the tongue and alighting the tongue.

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More User Reviews:
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 MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cork and cage bottle into stout glass. It pours virtually jet black with a huge, foamy, beige head and extensive lacing that did not dissipate throughout the pour. it has a strong, but pleasant, aroma of coconut, along with dark chocolate and a whiff of caramel. The taste is coconut forward with baker's chocolate and some bitter, burnt coffee at the finish. There is also some fruity taste which gives it a soda-like quality. This stout has a significant alcohol burn; you definitely notice the 11% ABV. It is medium-bodied - not quite as viscous as I like in a stout - but that compensates for the alcohol heat. It also has significant carbonation. I also think the taste improved as the Stout settled in the glass. Overall, as someone who enjoys Imperial Stouts and coconut, I expected to enjoy this offering from Boulevard and it didn't disappoint.

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

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

Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of mmcurran
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 WVbeergeek
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomasweir
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a thick, cocoa powder colored two-finger width head. Great retention. Eventually peels back to a mostly barren surface. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits on a raucous mix of molasses, chocolate, coconuts and a bit of booze.

Taste - Less intense than the nose, but still pretty punchy. Coconut is at the forefront and is the dominant character throughout, while lesser notes of dark and milk chocolate sit beneath. Molasses. Notes of cream, toffee and caramel hits mid-taste, along with a boozy bite that strengthens in the finish.Aftertaste rings with coconut and booze.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky, but goes down easy enough before a booze-influenced dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good stout with loads of coconut. If you love coconut and boozy beers, this is a must, and dare I say buy some for aging. I'm not huge on it, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into nonic pint

A: rich black beer but with some light able to escape the edges. Chunky fat head that is tan in color

S: get some bourbon on the nose toffee caramel a little bakers chocolate

T: toffee coconut a little chocolate

M: very lively huge carbonation for a stout

O: Meh its nor very stout like although I love the big coconut flavor the huge carbonation turns me off a little bit. Overall I think this is a pretty average beer I wouldn't buy this again

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Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a loud pop!

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of billowy tan/mocha head. Pretty good head retention and lacing

S: Chocolate, booze & coconut, coconut becomes toasty once warm

T: Follows the nose, lovely vanilla, roasty & dry notes up front. Vanilla & Bourbon creep in along with woody dryness as this warms, plus plenty of coconut. Finishes with toasty coconut, warming Bourbon& oaky dryness

MF: Medium, body, fairly firm, warming

Easily the best in this Imp Stout series for me, I am a coconut fiend, so... I am about to go buy some bottles, so get it now!

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kwgduke
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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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Imperial Stout X: Coconut from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 239 ratings