Whiskey Barrel Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Whiskey Barrel StoutWhiskey Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American 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

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Photo of Simon212
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A dense two finger tan head forms with good retention initially. That recedes after a few minutes to a cap that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Then the char from the barrels comes through. Molasses and tobacco, even "leather" like. Which is a term I hear but have never really gotten before. It is here however. With a bit of smoke as well. Like a wood aged pipe shop, really well done.
T: Like the nose, I get the roasted malt quality of the stout up front. With all the coffee and chocolate notes you would expect. More of a milk chocolate flavor here. Then the wood. Char, tobacco, leather. A roasted bitterness lingers. Excellent.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth at the same time. There is some welcoming and warming heat, which is to be expected and I very much enjoy. This is a really good warmer to sip on.

I am positive I have had this in the past, when these were available in 750 ml corked and caged bottles. Though I think this is under a slightly different name. Anyway, like always, another excellent barrel aged offering from Boulevard...I'm still going to call this a Smokestack offering. They continue to put our some of the best barrel aged beers that are widely available.

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Photo of Electros
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ajm5108
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was honestly pretty disappointed with this beer - the barrel character is very thin, imparting notes of oak & cheap whiskey (think Seagrams, etc). Just no depth, and the stout base is also flat & pedestrian with just some muted roasted malt. It isn’t terrible by any stretch, just thoroughly mediocre

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Photo of Allurex
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ExtraStout
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you to Boulevard Brewing Co for bringing a log of this excellent brew to the "On Tap" craft event at Foxwoods last night. It was clearly the best offering on the floor.

Whiskey Barrel Stout's malt base is composed of two-row pale malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Mout Roost 900, Patagonia Black Pearl, chocolate rye, crystal rye, malted wheat, flaked oats and chocolate malt. Additional fermentables include dextrose, dark brown sugar and dark malt extract. To balance this chewy, complex malt presence, Whiskey Barrel Stout is hopped with Magnum and Columbus hops to provide just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from presenting as cloyingly sweet. Following fermentation with a house Scottish yeast strain that contributes notes of dates and plum, Whiskey Barrel Stout is transferred to freshly emptied whiskey barrels from a variety of favorite distillers. As the maturation process occurs, the barrel crew selects the best barrels from different vintages to be blended together with roughly one-third fresh beer to create a delicate interplay between fresh and barrel-aged beer. This blend back allows us to create a balanced beer that showcases the very best barrel flavors coaxed into Whiskey Barrel Stout while tempering the whiskey character to create a beer that is only slightly boozy and ready to drink upon release.

Flavor Profile
Aroma – Rich malts, chocolate/espresso, whiskey, vanilla, oak
Malt – Roasted/chocolate, caramel
Hops – Supporting bitterness, slight spicy/herbal aroma and flavor
Balance – Malt/Whiskey barrel
Body - Full

Alcohol by Volume – 11.8%
Bitterness – 32 IBUs
Color – 282 EBC

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Photo of Curt3
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gandres
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:56 PM
12 ounce bottle from variety pack poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, even when held against the light, opaque, brown foam,
Smell: fragrant, barrel aroma, boozy on drinking
Taste: Excellent, sweet, low bitterness
Feel: complex flavors, bold, creamy, medium carbonation, good follow through, long finish-alcohol comes out and slight bitter sweet aftertaste "Overall: excellent beer
repeat: yes
look for: yes"

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Photo of MJ64
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with a half inch thick tan head which receded to thin surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s; Mainly whiskey.

t; Whiskey over a medium roasty malt base. The whiskey notes dominate with virtually no coffee, chocolate or smoky notes evident except slightly on the aftertaste.

m; Light side of medium, good body and a little carbonation tingle.

o; I like my barrel-aged brews to taste like the former contents of the barrel, and this one definitely does. However the stouts is on the light side, more like a porter except for the very dense blackness. Would give this higher marks than their BA Quad, and it's an attractive purchase at its pricepoint ($15/4 where I got it), but it could use a bit more heft to be really great.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a nice rich dark almost black body with nice tan foam that leaves the scene pretty fast with no lacing...still a very rich look to it.
The aroma is full of all kinds of things...chocolate, smoke, roast, coffee whiskey barrel, & maybe even a slight vanilla...aroma has tons of depth to it and is a great adventure for the "old factory"
Taste definitely follows the nose almost to the "T" or whiskey in this case... with roast, chocolate, coffee, some sweetness with the smoky barrel and whiskey coming thru along with the vanilla...and very "stout"
The feel is a smooth to medium body, with a slight dry mild carbonation & a nice smooth whiskey finish...the ABV is well hidden I think.
This brew is a very enjoyable smooth stout and a great adventure for both the palate & the nose...nice job Boulevard !!!! Can't wait to add to the cellar for a year or two...

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Photo of zonker17
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small pour, near black, no head and almost no lacing. Nose has roasted malt, anise, wood. Taste molasses, slight booze. Body thinner than expected and average carbonation.

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Photo of porters4life
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of whiskey, malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a hint of vanilla, lots of malt (present throughout), a good amount of whiskey (and its accompanying barrel), a bit of coffee, some chocolate, dark fruit (plums, mainly), and light toffee. This is a subtle flavor, not quite as bracing as I thought it would be. The whiskey's definitely the main attraction, but it has lots of other good qualities.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a warm, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a well made, enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark murky brown almost black no real light getting thru with a one finger dark tan head that falls slowly.

Aroma is roasted malts good chocolate, vanilla, light whiskey barrel notes ans some charred smokey earthy notes.

Taste is like the nose good roasted malts, chocolate lots of caramel malts hints of toffee, vanilla good earthy smokey hints along with a light whiskey barrel notes. Good solid stout some boozy alcohol in the finish but it blends well in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a big medium not as big as you would think it was going to be. Medium level of carbonation, for my tastes could be a touch lower may be what is making it feel lighter.

Overall not mind blowing but a solid enjoyable big stout worth having again for sure.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that fades to a faint ring, leaving little lacing. Aroma is very boozy, just a hint of roasted malts, vanilla and toffee. Flavor follows the aroma. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the style. A very nice beer from Boulevard. The bottle has a best by date of 11/07/18. I personally think this beer is little raw, so I'm gonna throw to bottles into the crawl space and see what happens in the spring.

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

Bottled on 10/19/2017.
Enjoyed on 10/20/2018.
"Best by" 10/19/2018. Yesterday.
L. Black, but not too dense on the pour. Small frothy off-white head reduces to a patchy cap with noticable carbonation.
S. Chocolatey, roasty, smoky, toffee, vanilla, oak. Smells real good, even right out of the fridge.
T. Deeply roasted malt, toffee, smoky, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows, coconut, mocha, toffee then pleasantly boozy toward the finish with some oaky bitterness.
F. Medium body but super smooth and creamy despite ample carbonation.
O. I thought it was excellent, and at a really good price. Cheers!

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Photo of KShophead
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (“L081018”; best by “20Aug2019”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, inky dark brown, with a short, lush head of tan foam; just a few spots of lace.

Smell: Full nose of sweet caramel, roasted coffee, cocoa, dark fruit and slight barrel char.

Taste: Deeply rich roasted malt; espresso and dark chocolate, dark fruit (plum), and slight char smoke and bitterness. Emerging alcoholic burn as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but smooth carbonation.

Overall: Big but very well balanced whisky barrel stout, with barrel notes never overtaking the base stout.

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