Manhattan Cask Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.08/5
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Manhattan Cask Imperial StoutManhattan Cask Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Manhattan Cask Imperial Stout marks our first exploration into still or minimally carbonated ales. Beginning with a base beer featuring notes of chocolate, espresso and fig, our brewers allowed this rich, velvety ale ample time to rest in oak barrels that had previously held a batch of Jefferson’s The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail. Emerging from the casks with subtle notes of tart cherry, earthy vermouth and a prominent, warming whiskey presence, Manhattan Cask is presented intentionally still to allow this massive beer to envelop your palate for a unique, immersive sensory experience.

Flavor Profile
Aroma – Bourbon, espresso/fig, tart cherry, vanilla, charred oak
Malt – Roasted, chocolate, caramel
Hops – Supporting bitterness, subtle spice
Balance – Malt/Warming Whiskey
Body – Full

Base Beer – Double Mash Imperial Stout
Fermentables - Pale malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, chocolate malt, Patagonia Black Pearl, chocolate rye, malted rye, malted wheat, flaked oats, dextrose, dark brown sugar
Hops - Hercules and Columbus
Yeast - Scottish Ale

Characteristics
IBU – 28
Color – 240 EBC

Food Pairings
Port braised lamb shanks, blackberry cobbler, Maytag Blue, bacon-brown sugar pork tenderloin, mocha fudge cake

Added by Harrison8 on 02-14-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
34
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Texasfan549
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddieeight
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks dark brown nearly black. No head or effervescence notable. Smells very strong, like raisins and dates and other dark fruits. Slight alcoholic scent in the background. Taste is of same dark fruits and espresso plus a bourbon flavor to it on the finish as it washes away. Leaves a heavy bourbon aftertaste. Almost like a delicious rum that is heavy in the back of the mouth that lingers quite a long time. Mouthfeel is not overly thick or syrupy which I think is a plus. Overall very delicious and I’m impressed by the 13% at only $13.

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Photo of GarrettBoots
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 12, 2019

Pours no head due to no carbonation, thick syrupy basically black beer long legs

Nose thick dark malts, syrupy sweet, espresso and coffee syrup, little dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, etc, then a touch of orange zest and bitters, mild vanilla oak and faint dark cherry when I really nose deeply

Taste sweet candy molasses and syrupy, coffee syrup and espresso extract, little dark chocolate ganache and chocolate covered cherries, some bitters as orange zest too, creamy rich, some definite booze tingle, little vanilla barrel, orange vanilla chocolate candy late

Mouth is fuller bod but soft creamy, no carb as expected, but plenty of alcohol tingle and burn on the back of the throat, the nice soft creamy feel saved the mouth from a low score

Overall not bad, an interesting beer that I def need to sip like a real Manhattan, barrel added nice characters but wasn't really dominant itself, but I do wish it had a bit of carbonation

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stratusjeans
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BurtStL6
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 cork and cage bottle opened 3 months before best by date poured into teku glass.

Dark as night with no head.

Very powerful. Solid. Could be a little sweeter.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drstalker
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dshansen1184
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a leathery black water with no foam or lacing. Smells are lighter for style, including cherrywood, cinnamon, vanilla, and malt. Taste has all of that and some hints of semi-sweet chocolate and a lot more sweeter whiskey taste. Very smooth

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is "still" a little sparkle in the mouthfeel, so it doesn't taste flat in a bad way. Hugely flavorful with cherries and Scotch. Aftertaste is both a little bitter and dry like there was a Belgian yeast in the mix. But overall it's stupendously sweet.

This is just very boozy and very much like a cocktail that is somehow based on molasses and pine tar. Actually, it's quite drinkable but you enter into a brave new wold of beer wackiness. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at a Washington state beer store.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a weak pop, so they are accurate about the carbonation. Pours ebony with minimal tan head. Viscious, some head retention

S: Red wine & whisky barrel, figs

T: Follows the nose, a little chocolate, dryness, a little cherry & vanilla as well up front. Figs, whisky & dryness as this warms, plus some cordial choocolate cherry. Finishes with big barrel but nice sweetness & dark fruit to balance it out

MF: Chewy, super-restrained carbonation

This a different Imp Stout, but the barrel presence is awesome & provides great drinkability for a beer so potent. This makes me want to try a Manhattan!

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Photo of Tbulling
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a simple black with virtually no head. The aroma is fairly boozy, with notes of licorice, caramel, vanilla, quinine, cedar, and dark toast. The flavor is very herbal, with lots of vinous vermouth notes, trailed by licorice, caramel, vanilla, and a finish of bitter cherry and clove. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation. Overall this is a really cool experiment - the manhattan flavors are strong, and the texture contributes to its overall spiritous impression. Not something I would want often, but a fun beer.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is interesting. It pours a dark brown, maybe a hint of reddish. Minimal bubbles, since, ya know, it's a still ale. The aroma is cherry and some whiskey and oak. The flavor is cherry, fig, date, chocolate and a little coffee. It's just delicious. The mouthfeel is odd, there's little to no carbonation by design, so I think that throws me off. It's a little more thin than thick. Overall, this was an interesting beer and is super tasty and worth a try. I didn't get the alcohol presence noted by some others. Grab this one and try it if you can, it's definitely worth it.

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Photo of OldIrishHermit
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look
With such a prominent red body, I mistook it for pinot noir.
Although make no mistake, it is dark - quite dark. Coloration included
hues of amber, orange, tan, and plumb. No head appeared during or after pouring,
and carbination was held to a minimum. This was indeed a textbook "still ale",
making presentation the alcoholic equivalent of Buzz Killington.

Smell
All jokes aside, it was a pleasant aromatic experience, with bountiful
amounts of fruit behind a mountain of alcohol. Although still ales
are known for a higher ABV content, the 13.5%+ range made for a distracting
first sniff. Coffee was difficult to muster, but overall it had a pleasant
and typical aromatic palate for a stout.

Taste
Pass this one along, fellows! Yes, this still ale was reminiscent of a stout. With
a well-rounded essence of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, I was pleased by the otherwise
derivative taste; but the alcohol burn ripped me from the experience. Was it wine? Stout?
I felt Boulevard's elegant attempt at a still ale was even more confused than its beholder.

Feel
The alcohol burn was noticable - borderline uncomfortable even. But, it did bahave well
going down the hatch and was particularly smooth for such a strong ale.

Overall
Underwhelming, with an act for annoyance. The alcohol was simply overpowering and cut half the otherwise
flavorful experience by a factor of half. Avid wine fans might enjoy this unorthodox animal for its rich
fermented spirit - but I was dissuaded.

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Manhattan Cask Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 34 ratings