Jamaician Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.29/5
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Jamaician Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutJamaician Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,908
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
22
pDev:
4.9%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 22
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a bit thin, see through black but pitch black in the glass with no head
S: the rum barrel jumps out of the glass, seeet aroma is inviting
T: starts with nice chocolate and rum the finish has a long bitter and almost a charcoal flavor.
F: very thin for a 14% ba stout, slightly warming.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown borderline black pour with tan dense lacing. Nice legs on the side of the glass but not as thick as the Whiskey Barrel Aged version.

S - Rum really hits the nose along with light toasted cocoa, alcohol, spice, and roasted brown sugar.

T - Initial hit of flavor was alcohol, rum, spice, roasted brown sugar, and some oak tannin.

M - Thick texture throughout, sticky on the lips, and velvety texture with some heat.

O - Nice blend from top to bottom. I am shocked because I am rating this higher than the Whiskey Barrel Aged version. I normally prefer Whiskey / Bourbon barrel beers to Rum. This is nicely done.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is layered with chocolate, vanilla bean, a little umami / butter even, slight rum alcohol burn; however, that last note is more prevalent on the tongue. There is some deep fudge & roasted nut upfront but the back end is almost straight rum. It works partly but needs a little more balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of rum, oak, vanilla, chocolate and molasses. Rum, vanilla, dark chocolate and burnt molasses taste.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Friday, November 23, 2018 11:00 PM
12 ounce bottle from variety pack poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, red on edges against the light, small tan foam, appears clear
Smell: fragrant, barrel aroma, boozy on drinking
Taste: Excellent, sweet, low bitterness
Feel: medium carbonation, creamy, good follow through, long finish-alcohol comes out and slight bitter/tart aftertaste
"excellent beer
repeat: yes
look for: yes

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Photo of Harrison8
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is rum, spice, and roasty, toasty, earthy malts. The list of adjectives is short, but the rum really is huge. Not much else is needed after that. Flavor profile is huge and complex. First, notes of roasty, toasty malts dance by before rum, spices, caramel, burnt sugar, and char take center stage. It finishes with a spike of heat and cocoa. The 14% ABV plays a big role here, heating up the back end of the flavor profile. Mouth feel starts smooth and still, but crescendos into a fuzzy, nappy, velvety texture. It lands at an unbashful thick consistency. Overall, a splendid big stout with a big spike of rum.

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

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black with a rich head and very nice lacing.
N: Boozy, rum, malt, caramel, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, this is a big boozy beer with lots of flavor, rum is very forward with a sweet malt hit, caramel is soft, some chocolate and light char.
M: Full
O: A very well done BA Stout, was really happy with the flavors on this one.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I definitely prefer bourbon barrels to rum, but this is a tasty change of pace. The alcohol from the barrel is strong but well incorporated. Rum notes of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and coconut are prevalent and enticing both in the aroma and on the palate. Some faint roasted coffee and cocoa peeks through just enough to provide balance. The finish is particularly pleasing, a warming, mellow, lingering rum note. Boulevard's barrel program is a wonderfully affordable part of my beer diet.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/29/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, nuts, fudge brownie, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, rum barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, nuts, fudge brownie, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and rum/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, nuts, fudge brownie, dark/brown bread, coconut, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, rum barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and rum/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and rum/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly increasing warmth of 14.5%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, rum barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly rich malt complexity and perfect rum barrel integration; with light fruity yeast and earthy hops against sweetness. Not overly boozy/tannic on barrels in the taste. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Rum barrel beers can be polarizing, but it works perfectly in this instance. Liked this more than the whiskey barrel version.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Jamaican Rum Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, 14.5%, 18 IBU. Pours black with no head. Nose is rum and coffee, taste follows, with a slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Update: Trying a second one with a few months age, and wow. Tasting the rum and chocolate

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9/29/17 (1 year ago) bb 9/29/19 poured into a tulip glass at 55F 14.5% ABV 18 IBU per label. The beer pours inky black with a quickly fading medium brown cola-like head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is deep and inviting with brown sugar, oak, vanilla and rum. The taste is warm rummy, brown sugar soaked stout. It stays a bit sweet and the alcohol is there in the taste and feel. I don't get any roasty notes from the base stout and there is no real bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation. The finish is undry, but not out of place for the style or ABV. Overall, very good. I'm a big fan of rum barrel beers and this one delivers. Glad to have the chance to try it. (Original review posted 10/7/18)

Drinking my second one currently at 21 months old. The booze is toned down some and the stout is working back through. I will be raising the score slightly in taste and feel. Very solid effort here from Boulevard and had held up great in my cellar fridge @ 55 degrees.

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Photo of strohme2
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by dated 29Sept19. Poured into tulip.
Pours a dark mahogany brown with a lighter tan head. Minimal amount of lacing. Mellow nose of silver rum, toffee, raisins, dark cherry, toasted coconut.
Initially, I can describe it as pineapple upside down cake without the pineapple. Some toffee, brown sugar, raisins, silver rum and an ethanol finish. Thinner body and mouthfeel, medium carbonation. It’d be interesting to see how this would be in a year to let some of the booze fade away.

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Jamaician Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 22 ratings