Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutCabernet Cask Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4.33 | pDev: 7.62%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutCabernet Cask Imperial Stout
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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Semi thick dark black with medium bubbles to the body creating a darker tan head rising lightly just about a notch below half a finger's length.

Smell: Deep red wine and butterscotch scent which hits the nostrils like a mom's home cooking. Caramel woody aroma which makes the beer hard to put down.

Taste: Sweet whiskey and notes of rioja though granted I know no rioja was used to make this beer. Woody feel is seriously smooth feeling a bit barelywinish.

Mouth: Full body with medium carbonation, very sticky and a little dry but I can live with that.

Overall: Trying to keep this post clean but should've grabbed another and another, very good complex beer which seriously delivers.
If you're ever so lucky don't ever let it go...grab it. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Dec 24, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1 year ago this week.

Pours near-black with a short-lived tan head.

The nose is chocolate, leather, whiskey, and cherry liqueur. Earthy funk underlying it.

The taste is very complex and interesting. A semi-sweet, red fruit-y stout, with chocolate, whiskey, and caramel blending with raspberry/cherry. Almost port wine-like.

The mouthfeel is medium+.

Overall, this is very good and unique. A dessert sipper with enough jammy fruit to offset the roasty stout base.

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mkh012 from Colorado, Jun 24, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/14/17, had 12/23/17.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a one inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of malt, oak, bourbon, grapes, figs, dates, toffee, caramel, a little varnish, um, in a good way, some wine. The taste is similar- malt, grapes, oak, bourbon, dates, caramel, red wine, figs, raisins, light vanilla. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The Cabernet and bourbon barrels share top billing, everything comes together really well. For me, this one really hits the sweet spot. 4 packs of this would be great...

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 25, 2018
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best barrel aged stout I've had. Whiskey notes with a dry red wine finish. Backed up by the chocolatey base stout. Nice sweetness and carb to balance out the booziness/wine. Solid.

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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unique blend of flavors - faint whiskey nose on moderately sweet imperial stout base up front, followed by red wine aroma, tannins, and fruit, with oak and whiskey in the finish. A really fine sipper that's more than just another BA stout. Mouthfeel is thinner with red wine characteristics. Hats off to Boulevard for creativity.

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bshefftz from California, Mar 07, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that was a powerful pop. The body is nearly black with a modest brown head that soon settles down to a ring. I hear a lot of bubble action but it’s so dark, I don’t see them. The aroma is chocolate & fruity, cherry & vanilla. Flavor is OMG delicious You don’t need to read the label to know that it was aged in wine barrels & the bourbon barrels, that’s exactly how the flavor arrives & they are very dominant. Grapes, tannins, plum, cherries, chocolate, coffee & vanilla. There is plenty of flavor here, very rich & complex with just the right amount of sweetness. It feels thinner than it looks, but with enough carbonation & alcohol to entertain the tongue. I’m really enjoying this one.

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Viaduck from California, Jan 13, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, leather, dark chocolate and toffee. Sweet toffee and chocolate flavors. Great bourbon, vanilla and oak, too.

Simply one of the best beers I had in 2017.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jan 02, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 750-ml bottle
Glass: Clear kitchen glass
From: Whole Foods in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Price: $12.99
Purchased: Nov. 22, 2017
Consumed: Nov. 24, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: I believe there was a bottled on date and a best by, but I forgot to mark it down

Wife picked this out for me, although my father-in-law paid for it. Was super excited that she went to the trouble of looking at Untappd to see if I had tried it. Bottle description read, “This astonishingly complex Imperial Stout spent almost two years in oak barrels that first aged Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon before moving to Kentucky to finish Jefferson’s Reserve straight bourbon whiskey. Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout is resplendently decadent with notes of chocolate, espresso, fig, tobacco, leather...damn!” Looked amazing. Kind of a rushed review.

Poured very dark color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Average spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled red wine barrel, plum, oak, leather, bourbon, dark chocolate milk, sweet caramel, toffee and earthy tobacco. Rather boozy on the nose. Had me wanting to try it. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted better than the smell. Got red wine barrel, oaky leather, smooth warm bourbon, plum, dark fruits, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, earthy tobacco and a touch of espresso. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

This was incredible. So many nuances with it and very complex. Looking forward to trying it again sometime. (Overall - 4.50)

4.41 | 98 | A

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BucannonXC5 from California, Dec 28, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours very, very dark brown verging on black with a half finger head of extremely tight dark khaki bubbles. Aroma is just wonderful with tannins, chocolate covered dark cherry, oak, hints of vanilla and bourbon, and dark fruit. The taste is simply magnificent with so much going on. Sweet cabernet fruitiness gives way to oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, cherry, and a plethora of dark fruit. The alcohol is almost imperceptible. I only bought one bottle of this which I am now sorely regretting. Perhaps the best stout of the year and one of the best I've had.

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spark3148857 from California, Dec 28, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from TW Arrowhead on 10-9-17 for $13.99. Bottled on 6-14-17; best by 6-14-20.

Beer poured black with a red tinge, a nice tan head.

Nose is wonderful, fruity from the red wine cask and bourbon, with some vanilla and leather.

Taste follows the nose. Red wine that is jammy and fruity melds nicely with vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the whiskey casks.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but thinner than hoped.

Overall a surprise awesome beer! This is one of the few red wine barrel stouts and to me this is an awesome combination that i hope more brewers embrace i the future!

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arizcards from Arizona, Dec 23, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

near perfect imp stout in my mind. Def not your run of the mill stuff. This beer has wine notes of jam and dark fruits that coincide with rye whiskey and boulevards complex imp stout flavors. Probably my favourite BA beer of 2017.

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Quavo from North Carolina, Dec 07, 2017
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4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch #061417. Best by 6/14/20.

Dark pour with a reddish hue around the edges. Effervescent bubbles rise to the top and huddle in the outer ring. Smooth, silky feel coats the palate but has a dry finish with some warming heat. Some chocolate, coffee and red wine rise from the glass. Flavors of fine red wine, freshly pressed espresso, and bittersweet cocoa highlight the taste and the aroma matches. The complex flavors of this beast are amazing... Overall, one of the best brews I have ever indulged upon. Cheers!

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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire, Dec 05, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

insane how much red wine comes through such a robust base beer. this is awesome stuff, one of the best i have had from boulevard in a long time. surprised to see its as strong as it is, it doesnt drink hot at all, and while it sure is sturdy and warming, its never particularly alcoholic believe it or not. the aroma on this is incredible, its delicious, rich, heavy, woody red wine, tons of oak, dark berries, blueberry and blackberry and currant, black cherry, sharp tannins, enormous body, and then roasted barley and a coffee note from the grain, the amount of wood and wine on this is about as much as i have seen, especially in a dark beer. it all comes through in the flavor too, this is meaty and heavy in feel, but somehow the complex fruitiness of the cabernet is right there in the front. the oak has a vanilla sweet element to it which balances some of the bitterness of the base stout, and there are hints of almonds and walnuts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered blueberries, and rich red wine for miles. this is complex and awesome, the wine with the huge stout is a great combination, something i am surprised we dont see more of. so much wine and wood here that this is almost a beer/wine hybrid to me, incredibly developed flavors, so smooth and full going down, i cant put it down. i thought this was exquisite, i hope to drink this again some time...

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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black/opaque black color. At first a dense two finger tan head forms, with good retention initially. Then recedes to a small ring rather quickly with light lace.
S: Big oak and char up front and center. Overly so at first, and takes me back a bit. As I get use to that, more nuances come out. Roast and dried dark chocolate. Then Cabernet, red wine vinous, grape in the finish. Um yeah, busy but really enjoyable.
T: It all comes together better here. Again that big oak and char pops right up front. Though, I think the nose made me prepare for this better. As it just seems much better integrated. The Cabernet is apparent. That is certainly vinous with grape, but also almost cherry like. More roast and dried dark and bitter chocolate in the finish. Holy Jebus this is not for the faint of heart though. Big, brawny and intense.
M/O: Huge and viscous mouthfeel. Sturdy carbonation, though sticky and resinous. Which becomes ultra smooth after a while. For as big and intense as this is, I am surprised at how "easy" I can drink this. Certainly a sipper, but one that is so warming. Its been a while, but this is a big 750 that I will probably finish myself over a long night and loving it.

It has been harder an harder for me to get into these huge barrel aged imperial stouts. While this really does fit into that category, it also works so well. I don't know why I am surprised, as I have always thought the Smokestack series as one of the better recurring ones around. Well done and highly recommended.

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4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very smooth for the ABV. Wine barrel is quite pronounced. Aroma of cherry, stone fruit. Hint of bourbon barrel on the finish. Interesting and complex. Very impressed. Great balance between the red wine and bourbon barrels, and a flavorful base beer behind it all.

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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki head on top. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted and toasted malts with a distinct cherry, grape, and oak note leading the charge. Chocolate and molasses further sweeten and darken the aroma. Flavor profile is huge smacks of chocolate and molasses, with a grape and oak finish. Roasted and toasted malts provide a strong and sturdy base. Mouth feel is thick with a hearty, filling, velvety texture. Overall, a resoundingly tasty beer that works in lighter notes of grape even amidst the nearly 14% ABV, hearty base stout. Alcohol is only slightly discernible among the well crafted aroma and flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 22, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinly of caramel colored head. Not quite average head retention & lacing

S: Rich leather, oak, & red grape

T: Follows the nose, hints of dark chcocolate & dark cherry, with much oaky dryness up front. Rich read grape, oaky dryness, a touch of leather & fig as this warms, leafy hops& just a wisp of booze. Finishes plenty dry, with plenty of red wine charactersitics, more dark chocolate, figs, tobacco, some vestiges of booze

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation , a little boozey warmth

Great take on the style, this may be my favorite BA Imp Stout from these guys, hell even gives Rye on Rye a run for its money, nope beats it!

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russpowell from Arkansas, Nov 07, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really exited to try this one, bourbon and then cabernet casks, best by June 14, 2020

Pours a quick bubbly mocha colored head that fizzes up like soda even with the sound, fades quickly, no lacing, pitch black beer

Nose is interesting, first whiff is like the raw cabernet wort that has just started fermenting from the time I made my own wine, then quickly into the base beer, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts and a little char, caramel and mocha, roasted coffee, then back to charred barrel and baking spices, a little buttery oak and vanilla, and even a but of sweet bourbon, biscuity cookie dough, and char.

Taste brings some wine again out front, a juicy red wine into barrel, smooth vanilla and buttery oak, more char, baking spices, etc, the base beer brings lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, baker's choc, etc, with a little rich milk chocolate and caramel, biscuity cookie dough, a little chocolate and vanilla ice cream blended, mild fluffy nougat, an almost port like flavor late with more red wine notes, some warming almost tingly alcohol, a flash of sweet bourbon as well, and some spicy bitter hops kick in with more char, roast, and a bit of roasted coffee.

Mouth is heavier bodied a bit chewy and rich, not quite syrupy, but some tingly warming booze, decent carb.

Overall very nice, plenty of red wine that still seems drowned out somewhat but comes through at times, good base beer although a bit too roasty and boozy overall, wish thebourbon was bit more, but barrel was very nice in general.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Nov 03, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a spectacular beer. Pours almost black - with a slight light brown head - exactly what I expect a great imperial stout to look like. The smell was great! A slight odor of berries, chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet - enabling us to anticipate the amaizing flavor. Taste was over the top! The Chocolate, coffee and fruit flavors were perfectly balanced - a slight bitterness at the back end - reminiscent of a really fine dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is solid, weighty and smooth. Had this beer on a fall afternoon with a great cigar - great beer!

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CMEG from Maryland, Oct 30, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stout glass

Pours a fine opaque dark brown/black, though the head and lacing are a bit weak. No doubt the high ABV is contributing. Pours somewhat "thin" for a stout

The aromas are a complex as I've smelled with a stout. The dark chocolate, coffee, and tobacco notes mix with fruity (dark fruits), oaky character.

The flavor is even more complex and reaches its peak as it warms toward room temperature. The dark fruits and wine character come to the fore, and the classic toasty stout flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and the tobacco notes fade more into the background. There is just a bit of hop note swirling around to provide some bitterness. A warming, but not burning, booziness brings it all together rather nicely.

The mouthfeel is perhaps the only disappointment. High ABV sometimes stands in the way of good lift and carbonation, and bit more carbonation would have made this perfect. Still finishes dry and not sticky or cloying.

Overall, a well balanced unique barrel-aged stout. Highly recommended.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Oct 22, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I generally avoid big stouts aged in Cabernet barrels, preferring to go with those aged in bourbon or rye barrels. However, this was a very pleasant surprise.
Smell and taste were: dark fruit, tobacco, leather and chocolate, percolating around the tasty base stout.
Mouthfeel was full and a bit drying on the finish.
A unique and very delicious double-barrel aged big stout. Like drinking a cherry cordial. Highly recommended.

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Donco from Pennsylvania, Oct 05, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- dark with a medium to light tan head with some sticky lacing. Not cloudy at all, can see the clarity when held to the light.
S- cherries, figs, coconut, bourbon, roasted malt.
T- figs, vanilla, cherries, toasted coconut, chocolate. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer warms and the spicy bourbon lingers with a cherry cordial like after taste.
M- Chewy, velvety, the sweetness is countered by the spicy bourbon.
O- An amazing beer that evolves as you sip.

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IPA1978 from Missouri, Sep 17, 2017
Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 63 ratings