Whiskey Barrel Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.13/5
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Whiskey Barrel StoutWhiskey Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Imperial Stout Aged In Whiskey Barrels

Added by gruss004 on 12-10-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,486
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
245
pDev:
8.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
69
Trade:
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a two finger tan fizzy head that actually had some bubbles dancing on the surface. The head quickly changed to a thin film. Halfway through t he beer, lacing disappeared. Moderate-light lacing was present. A whiskey aroma hit me followed by wisps of vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. The taste . . . oh my! Whiskey up front with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, then more whiskey followed by oak and a hint of black licorice. As you sip more, the layers of flavors change and includes dark fruit, black pepper and dark chocolate to the mix. Very nice complexity. The feel is moderate - light body with low carbonation.
The booze does not sneak up. It smacks you across the face. This beer is very nice and I would buy this again . . . and again . . . and again . . . ;)

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Photo of losdizzel
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about 4 bucks into a tulip. Really pumped to try this!
A - Wow very little carbonation on this just got a layer of foam that settles into nothing. Beer is fairly dark but looked a bit light for a BA RIS
S - A bit cold but great aroma of whiskey, vanilla, wood and some chocolate maybe dark fruits. Whiskey seems dominant after letting the beer breath for 5 minutes.
T - WOW what a strong whiskey presence! Going to have to go with other reviewers here and suggest the body of the beer was too weak to handle this barrel! Been a while since I choked on a really sour mash bourbon beer! Second sip was a bit sweeter with some caramel and a touch of chocolate but DAMN the whiskey is strong on this one!
M - As expected very whiskey forward and hot yet the body is kind of watery despite the high ABV.

Overall pick it up if you like whiskey burn or if you have the patience to age this one for a bit since its still too young in this reviewers opinion.

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Photo of jak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KRubes
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temp into a Teku. Amber brown in color. Big, two finger, frothy beige head subsided to a thin coating within minutes. Great lacing.

S: Char, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, whiskey.

T: Oak, dark chocolate, black pepper, dark fruit, a touch of booziness.

F: Medium mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation.

O: A great, widely available BA stout. Worth the try if you're on the lookout for a dark, barrel aged beer with a little kick.

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Photo of benros222
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tinypalozza 3/24/2018

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours forth in a surprisingly translucent, tawny stream before taking on a more traditional chestnut hue upon aggregation, topped by a meager crest of khaki foam. Aroma smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, and vanilla, along with a twinge of alcohol.

The taste follows the nose, with the robust sweetness of molasses, brown sugar, and marshmallow ensconced in a blaze of whiskey barrel with a slightly buttery vanilla tone. Warming reveals notes of toasted bread as well. Moderate carbonation and medium-light body make for a disappointingly thin mouthfeel in light of the bold taste.

Overall, this is a solid imperial stout whose barrel aging outshines its stout base. A heftier body would have gone a long way to helping this beer reach its potential.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect for a very cold first day of spring

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Total Wine & More in Wellington, Florida.

The beer was bottled August 18, 2017.

This beer want out of the botte. Have to be fast so I don't get beer everywhere.

It pours pitch black with a big head that sinks down to a thin layer very fast.

Nose: Bourbon, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, vanilla and oak.
Taste: Sweet, dark syrup, vanilla, oak, bourbon whiskey, dark chocolate, honey, dark fruit and licorice.
Mouth: Full body. Medium and smooth carbonation. Sweet ending

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark brown, almost black, beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a thin irregular layer on part of the surface. Sipping creates lots of scattered small patches of lacing with an occasional leg here and there. Even near the end of the beer there are still lots of tiny speckles of lacing and a thin film of lacing over part of the liquid.

The aromas include some dark chocolate, some whiskey, a bit of vanilla and some oak. There are also notes of dark fruits such as plum and prune.

The favors are much as expected from the nose but with the whiskey and sweetness up front and well supported by the dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bits of dark fruits. There's no real sign of hop bitterness here and the alcohol seems to be part of the sweetness but with no burn.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth with the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The finish begins with the chocolate sweetness receding a bit as the whiskey and dark fruit move further forward and then begin to also fade away while the back of the palate begins to reveal a finish with some dark roast bitterness tinged with oak and dryness.

On the whole this is a whiskey barrel aged beer that shows off a very nice complexity with blending and balancing of the aromas and flavors with the whiskey forward. I'd definitely enjoy having this again and will probably pick up another one to keep on hand for sipping on a quiet evening with a good book.

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Photo of brianstrong2
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 11/7/18, 11.8% ABV. Pours black with a medium sized dense khaki head. Smells of whiskey, fruity esters, cocoa, roasted malt, and dark fruit. The taste follows with whiskey, roasted malt, cocoa, esters, dark fruit, and oak. Medium bitterness and light sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable. Below average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, the whiskey is front and center while the base beer has a fruity complexity. Pretty well done.

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

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Whiskey Barrel Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 245 ratings