Whiskey Barrel Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.12/5
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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:
#2,652
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
263
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
74
Trade:
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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 10/19/18; into a pint glass.
Appearance- very dark, with just enough light to allow some bubble streams to be seen along the sides; thin beige head that leaves
Smell- whiskey, tobacco and a hint of vanilla!
Taste - profound whiskey, maple syrup and with a hint of vanilla bean!
Feel - It’s a whiskey barrel aged stout, so I definitely want the whiskey to be at the forefront, however, I feel that the higher end barrel aged stouts are able to mask the booze a little better.
Overall- I give breweries like Boulevard credit for not being all about making that extra buck and instead pricing their product where it should be slotted; this one is a great value!

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Photo of Vylo
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MeLLo10
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayden34
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of austinc94
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of liquor, strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight wood, hint of yeast, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Double/Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight wood, hint of citrus, hint of piney hops, and slight oatmeal. Overall, yummy.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer. Little to no head.
Boozy aroma. chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Booze predominated.
Ditto the taste. Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla. A little coffee.
Very smooth. The whiskey complimented the other tastes.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice surprisingly smooth beer with great whiskey/bourbon notes. Smooth dark brown color with nice tan head that lingered. Definitely smelled faintly of whiskey, caramel and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, malt and that nice whiskey undertone. Not too much alcohol taste, despite the whiskey flavors. Smooth finish and mild mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. A little heavy overall but great tasting beer!

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Handsome Cab in York, PA. Pours a deep red-black with a decent tan head. Initial impression is whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, roasted coffee...there's a lot going on. To further complicate matters, the various flavors play different roles as it warms. (Whiskey plays a leading role regardless of temperature.) Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy; alcohol is not very well hidden but not harsh. Finish is slightly sweet and boozy. Overall, a really interesting and tasty Imperial Stout - I'd revisit in a heartbeat!

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a stout glass from a 12oz bottle.

appearance: practically pitch black but with deep garnet highlights when held to a light. very opaque, lets very little light through. very short light tan head that fades quickly into a swirly film. no lacing.

smell: very sweet. malty, caramel. fairly roasty with a little bit of a coffee undertone.

taste: caramelly, a little bit like a raisin or date. huge malt flavor. oaky. some roasted barley tones, very little coffee. whiskey on the aftertaste, with the coffee coming in a bit stronger than initially.

feel: lighter than expected but still has some decent body. mild carbonation, enough to be noticeable but leaves it very smooth.

overall: a decent stout. it's a little bit too sweet for me and the whiskey is a bit too strong. in addition, it doesnt have the full-bodied feel that i expect from an imperial stout. not my cup of tea (or beer, as it were), but enjoyable enough. i'm glad i picked it up as a single, although at $5 for a 12oz i had higher expectations.

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Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Surprisingly pale body for a stout: phone light reveals a ruby amber body. Scant half finger of tan head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S -- Rye whiskey, dried dark fruits, caramel, hint of chocolate syrup, vanilla
T -- Black licorice, spicy whiskey, dark roast coffee, chocolate liqueur, char, raisin. Bit of a boozy burn on the backend
F -- Velvety and moderately fluffy. Very nice, and sticks around on the palate for a while
O -- Good price for a BBA stout. Powerful -- if not slightly overbearing -- whiskey presence. Reminds me a lot of Frost's Whiskey Barrel stout

83/100

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Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KRubes
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Whiskey Barrel Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 263 ratings