Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.31/5
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Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutCabernet Cask Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 05-08-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

fudgey, rich, bourbon, red wine, oak barrel, smoke, complex dark stout

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of TheBishopco
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Beerislivingproof
5/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of bshefftz
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of dukeufo
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psdonnelly
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viaduck
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of monty79_1997
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of spark3148857
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of Sparky44
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Texasfan549
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 61 ratings