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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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with a thin mocha cap. Whisky, chocolate, oak tannins, cream and coffee on the nose and palate. Slight warming from the booze but not distracting at all. Medium thick mouthfeel with light carbonation. Well blended and tasty. Another winner from Boulevard. Keep them coming.

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

I picked up a bottle of Boulevard's Whiskey Barrel Stout last week for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a whiskey barrel aged beer and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty plain and simple and it isn't the most eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had almost two fingers of creamy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the whiskey barrels seeming to be the first to show up and they impart some strong whiskey aromas with a little bit of oak and some nice and noticeable vanilla like aromas that go into a dark fruit aroma with raisins and a little bit of plums coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some dark malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, light smokey, sweet malt and caramel like aromas, This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects show up nicely and work well together.

T_ The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it's a little light this time and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the whiskey barrels still being the first to show up they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time and it goes into the dark fruits which show up just like they did in the aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of warming alcohol and that goes into the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with the caramel showing up just about as much as the roasted malts. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with some more sweetness and it had some whiskey, light dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's just as advertised and the balance is good.

M- Fairly smooth, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, slightly cloying, a little creamy, a little crisp, a little velvet like on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a good ezample of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for and while the taste was a little lighter than the aroma it still had all those nice flavors come together at just the right amount. This beer had nice drinkability, one is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was that it really lived up to it's description and it was true to it's name. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, every aspect was on the same level and I didn't seem to find any weak points. I would buy this beer again, but I don't think it's something I would stock up on and I would recommend it if your looking for a good Whiskey barrel aged Stout. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impressed with how well the balance was. It's one of the better Boulevard beers that I've had and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of JeffH_SC
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Normally this is the type of stout i love. I was excited to try this one. Unfortunately from the beginning I was not impressed. Almost no head not lacing on the beer. Seemed flat as I poured it up. The smell was the best characteristics and thought it had promise. Yet sip after sip hoping it would get better it just really disappointed! Felt flat like it looked. There was a sweetness of vanilla but not smooth. Not very boozy for the ABV of 11.8% but the flavors were a bit muddled. Almost a harsh aftertaste. Not the aftertaste I've grown fond of in other stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When the temperature drops below freezing, that signals stout season. And at Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company, they take the opportunity to awaken an imperial status stout from a hibernation in whisky barrels for added charm, complexity and strength.

Very dark brown, seeming black in low light, the stout releases a creamy whipped mouse topping. their Whisky Barrel Stout swoons the nose with a host of dark sugars, coffee, nuttiness, earth, dark fruit and spice. But its the sweetness that gravitates toward the tastebuds first with the savory maltiness of caramel, brown sugar and light molasses.

The sweetness is quickly overshadowed by the roasted taste of charred grains. Dark roasted espresso, black walnut and bittersweet chocolate coat the middle palate and saturate with a plethora of malt character. As the sweetness extends toward finish, the nuances of date, fig and red grape bring a fruitiness to the palate with a follow of light licorice. Nuttiness, caramel, vanilla and peppery spice come from the whisky barrels with its own spirited balance.

Full bodied and slightly chewy, the nougat-like textures of the stout is lessened by the whisky spice and acid char of grain. A campfire linger of fruit and coffee extend long on the after palate. There's something about the spice of non-bourbon whiskies that offer an agressive offset to residual sweetness that works perfectly in this stout.

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

Pours a dark black body, one finger off white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is chocolate fudge, whiskey, dark chocolate, cocoa and touch of oak. Flavour follows, clean whiskey, bit of oak, dark chocolate and cocoa, milk chocolate, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, silky smooth with a bitter earthy finish. Solid BA stout, much like my local Central Waters BB Stout, but with a bigger mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 version with a best by of 08/07/17. The beer pours a dark brown with a tan, fizzy head that left immediately in audible bubbles.

The smell is whiskey, whiskey, and more whiskey. I think there may be some roasted malt in there and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is tons of whiskey followed by some milk chocolate and then dark roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin and effervescent.

Overall this is decent but it's a bit thin and the flavor is not very complex.

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

From a 355 ml bottle (best by October 19, 2018) to a snifter.

A-The beer looks a little thin coming out of the bottle. It is deep, dark brown and almost opaque. Head is short and short-lived; the foam fades to a shimmery nothing in about a 30 seconds. No lacing.

S-The aroma is subtle and unsurprisingly sweet for a BA stout of this ABV level. I sniff some dark fruit (prune and fig), black molasses, a good bit of vanilla, and hints of toffee, brown caramel and oak. Barrel flavors are quite subdued, but more noticeable on the bottle I tasted the second night. Alcohol is well hidden.

T-The taste is similar, but not identical to the smell. I pick up more roasted notes like coffee and chocolate syrup. There is still some vanilla, dark molasses sweetness, and a fruity note that is somewhat unusual, but not bad. Toffee flavor lingers on the finish but oak and other barrel notes are only minor players.

M-The body is slightly sticky and on the lighter side of average. Not much in the way of carbonation. It drinks easily for the size.

O-This is a decent BA beer. Alcohol is really well concealed and the flavors are kind-of unique. It does not stand up to more expensive offerings, but if you are the beer guy or gal that daily drinks a big BA stout, this is a good value option.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 benros222
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12 oz bottle, comes with "best before dating" which seems kinda silly, as this will no doubt only improve for years to come.

Pours dark and motor oil like, minimal dark mocha cap.

Dark chocolate, bourbon, dark coffee on the sniff and palate...delicious stuff...fine night capper

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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 Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about half of the top. The aroma is of sweet whiskey and dark malt. I'm tasting plenty of syrupy sweet whiskey and dark malt. The mouth is chewy and sticky. It seems a bit one note and I think some bitterness and/or age might benefit this. The sweetness mellowed as it warmed and I got a lot more character out of it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: drops bright dark brown blanketed by a 3/4" light tan head that reduces to a thin persistent film

S: smells of whiskey, molasses, dark brown sugar, dark dried fruit, vanilla, chocolate and coffee

T: Dark chocolate and dried fruit soaked in whiskey lead the palate with a little astringent drying from the barrel on the finish

F: fine soft carbonation rescues a slightly viscous, chewy body from lapsing into cloying-ness. has a big warmth that borders on hot

O: a nicely balanced intensely flavored beer that is perfect for a winter evening by the fire to illuminate an otherwise dreary day

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Photo of stephenlee
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Clear but very dark body with a fine tan head.
Lots of whisky and barrel (wood) flavors in this fine ale. Drinks like about 8-9% ABV.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Brown, Black, opaque, dark brown head, good lace.
A; Sweet malt, alcohol,
T: Sweet malt, coffee, semi bitter chocolate, sweet cherry.
M: Sweet, syrupy, semi bitterness, medium to bold body. Balance is off.
O: Good offering from Boulevard. A bit strong and not very well balanced. Worth a try though.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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