Brandy Land
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Brandy LandBrandy Land
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #550
ABV:
12.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,950
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 12%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
77
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Brandy LandBrandy Land
Notes: Spiced Imperial Stout Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels

Brandy Land is a cinnamon-infused, double-mashed imperial stout that slumbered 12 to 24 months in casks that held bourbon and apple brandy. Boasting notes of chocolate, espresso, baked apple and spiced wood, Brandy Land’s delectable blend ends with a warm, lingering finish.

IBUs 32
EBC Color 124
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with the bottling and enjoy by date printed on the back label. Served in a tulip glass. 

Appearance: The thin, quarter finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind some patchy lacing. It's a very dark, clear amber color towards the edges when held up to light but turns black more to the center.

Smell: It's a strong, warm aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar and baked apple. There's a bready pie crust note in there as well.

Taste: It's a very well balanced flavor profile that starts sweet with some caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and apple brandy at first. That's followed up by some stronger notes of roasted malt, light roasted coffee and charred wood.

Mouthfeel: It's very thick, creamy and velvety smooth with low carbonation.

Overall: This is an interesting, different, well made beer by Boulevatd that's just a joy to drink.

May 15, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love when breweries try something really out of the box, and this is a perfect example. Apple cider in a stout? Can it be done? Yes! Apple cider, sweet brandy, cinnamon and fall spices, chocolate shavings and malt make up an intriguing nose. This intrigue is matched in the taste, great elements from both the apple cider flavors and the stout base, together giving off flavors of apple bread loaf, chocolate and caramel covered apple, rustically spiced wood, and slight coffee. Smells more like a stout with flair, taste integrates both entities as part of its whole. Feel is rustic, spicy in a not hot fashion, malty, and very warm with booze. Perfect for late fall

May 14, 2020
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micada from New York

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 12oz bottled poured moderately hard, cool to a tulip. Color is dark burnt caramel, with a tiny tan head that drifts away, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Lots of apple brandy on the nose which is pleasant, with a fair amount of dark chocolate on the back. It’s not quite a great combo at first. Jumping ahead, as it warms the chocolate takes less prominence and you get more of a caramel cinnamon spice after the apple. Alcohol is very hot up front. It doesn’t distract, but it’s close. A couple years will probably mellow that nicely, if I get a couple more for the shelf. Mouthfeel is nice thick syrupy beverage that I enjoy. The alcohol catches up pretty fast, so take your time. It’s good. Might be a little too unbalanced fresh, but another six or twelve months will likely make it fabulous.

May 10, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Now this is a prestige beer. Boulevard's latest craft brews have been knocking it out of the park.

Poured dirty at room temp from 12oz bottle into snifter. Thin dark brown head, the beer itself is pure black in color, like a mirror to my soul.

Smells of bourbon, apples and cinnamon

Tastes like a if you turned an apple pie into a stout. A very slight tinge of bitter that's hardly noticeable. Some brown sugar-esque sweetness. Lots of apple spice and brandy there. Little alcohol taste. She's a ripe one. Quite the complex and unusual mix of notes which makes for an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry and the viscosity rather thick with little carbonation. So it's more of a sipper.

Overall, It's definitely worth a try.

May 05, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decent head production and retention, for the style. A thin dark brown ring of foam lines the glass long after the pour.

Wonderful apple brandy aroma, but up close, there is a strong imperial stout note, replete with tones of brown sugar, molasses, char, toast, toffee, red grapes, and even bourbon. Quite boozy and hot - and more than a little intimidating! - but it smells absolutely delicious.

Not quite as smooth on the palate, nor quite as deep. Bitter and supremely roasty up front, yielding to sweeter tones of chocolate and coffee by mid sip, but the apple brandy really takes charge on the back half. Chocolate, toast, toffee, char, coffee, apple brandy, booze, brown sugar, syrup, raisin, prune. The first sip wasn't particularly impressive, but each sip really builds upon the last, revealing more and more depth.

Obviously a boozy brew, but still quite drinkable. Overall, a really tasty brew, and well made; ambitious, but it manages to deliver.

Apr 27, 2020
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Emagnus

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels.

Pours a thick dark espresso with a pleasant tan head. Complex aroma of wood, apple and licorice. The flavor profile is excellent and includes hints of apple, coffee, brandy. This is a perfect Fall/Winter/Spring beer to enjoy while sitting on your couch.

Apr 26, 2020
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StretchZep from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bourbon and Apple along with cinnamon make this a truly unique Stout. I am thinking it might just be my new favorite! No alcohol bite at all. Very smooth and malt forward with tons of flavor coming on at the end! I will be looking for more of this one!

Apr 09, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 12-30-19 for $4.24. Bottled 11-12-19, best by 11NOV2020, consumed 4-7-20.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some very nice hang time.

Nose is apple liqueur forward from the brandy barrel, very nice.

Taste is a huge mildly roasted malt base that quickly is taken over by the apple brandy. Cinnamon combines very nicely with the brandy forming a nice dessert like beer. Finishes slightly sweet but in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very good dessert beer from Boulevard at a very fair pricing point. Recommended if this is your bag!

Apr 08, 2020
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Thick espresso pour with a fine textured tan head.

S - Black treacle, licorice, apple pie, wood.

T - Burnt sugar, barrel, apple candies, licorice, black coffee like bitterness.

F - Moderately dry, but fuller bodied, fine smooth carbonation.

O - A pleasant application of barrel aging. The apple notes are present, but well balanced with dark sugar.

Mar 21, 2020
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mechtech from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Characterful and complex.

The brandy barrels and apple character assertive and recognizable from start to finish. Brandy in the nose, tart apple prickling the tongue, applesauce, sweet apple tart as the sweetness from the stout and the cinnamon hits mid-palate. Coconut from the barrel is very strong in both smell and taste.

Tobacco is the dominating flavor here after the tart apple leaves. Cavendish pipe tobacco. Very strong mental association with the flavor here - no reaching for that flavor profile at all. It's roasty to the point of charred and burned. Ashy. Some burned rubber. The apple and spice tempers this character along with the mouth feel to introduce some creaminess and milk chocolate, but that sits fairly muted behind the apple and roasty tobacco character.

Cinnamon apple spice strong on the back. Finishing with more char and tobacco. There's a bit of meaty richness to the smoke, like a scotch. That apple prickle never leaves and sets you up for another sip, and the coconut comes back too. The coconut and sweetness can be a bit cloying, which is the only thing I don't love here.

This is a very good beer, to the point where it gives a "wow" moment when drinking. At 12%+ I'm pouring it out like liquor and sipping on a bottle for a long time in a big comfy chair. If I got 12oz of this in a bar I'd probably not enjoy this at all. Not a good bar stout. Also, the ashy tobacco character is going to turn some people off, hard. This breaks away from the stout pack though, and anyone who likes the flavors above should seek this out.

Mar 20, 2020
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Zorro from California

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pure black colored beer with a small brown head. It is thick and black.

Smells sweet even from a distance. Sweet and boozy with a scent of licorice. Smell of wine. Lesser scent of berries.

Starts out sweet with a strong taste of coconut. Boozy. Taste brandy and wine and a slight alcohol sting. Taste of caramel and more than a little German Chocolate cake taste. Fair taste of chocolate but not much coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick.


Overall a super strong beer. Think some of the flavors are hiding the nuances.

Mar 20, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Nov 11, 2020
Pours a small to med tan fizzy frothy head with med retention, nice long legs, jet black color

Nose brings lots of brandy, sweet brandy and fruity white grape apple like aroma, dark chocolate and very light roast from the malts, baking spice notes and nice rich cookie dough, barrel brings cinnamon and coconut surprisingly, with vanilla, as well as mild buttery oak, cinnamon butter cookie, cinnamon baked apple crisp, caramel

Taste brings rich cocoa, dark chocolate, very light roast, loads more brandy and cinnamon cookie, cinnamon apple crisp, sugar and cinnamon cookie dough with general baking spices, brandy and spices add more fruit both mild white grape and fair apple, with some buttery oak notes, and fair vanilla, mild bitterness more from roast and a mild spicy hop, a bit fudgey even, with mild caramel, getting a spicy bitter finish with more cinnamon apple crisp and brandy barrel oak lingering, spicy hops and mild roast

Mouth is fuller bod, rich and a little creamy, med foamy carb, almost no alcohol

Overall this was quite nice, good base malts with mostly chocolate and some caramel and roast but not acrid, almost no alcohol coming through just a touch, brandy is nice with apple and touch of white grape, the barrel added some nice characters, and the cinnamon, baking spices, and apple crisp were quite nice and made this beer very enjoyable

Mar 12, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black with a one finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of apple brandy up front, followed by stewed prunes, apple crisp, dark cherry and cinnamon apples. Closes with chocolate, spiced wood and a hint of bourbon

T- apple brandy leads the way up front, mixing with the cinnamon to create an apple pie/apple crisp note. Mid-palate gives dark fruity notes of cherry, raisin and fig. The finish brings out notes of chocolate, molasses and stewed apples. Lingers if cinnamon and apple brandy

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- apple brandy and cinnamon work great together, outstanding stout

Feb 29, 2020
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PhilCarta from Florida

2.04/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa! Way, way too sweet for any beer. It may be ok for an alcoholic soda but to be included in honest beers is simply unforgivable. Back to the barn with you! (And I'm one who tends to like the sweeter beers.)

I should note I got a full glass of this without charge from my friendly local bar mainly because nobody liked it and they would run afoul of local ordinances should they simply dump it down the drain. They needed the space for something which would sell. No word on the status of the distributor's rep.

Feb 23, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that the cool weather beers were coming to a close, here comes the spice! Boulevard's apple brandy and bourbon barrel aged stout laces with cinnamon for a spicy, stern and playful edge that winter never saw coming.

Basic black in its tar-like appearance, a steady sheet of mocha froth skirts the rim. Savory, spicy and roasty aromas swoon the nose with dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, whisky, brandy and a kiss of cinnamon that shows a Mexican hot chocolate flare. Toasted molasses, toffee and brown sugar frame the malty sweetness that greets the palate early in the session.

As the palate becomes accustomed to the strong flavors, the middle palate becomes an exploration of toasted grains, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, chicory spice, toasted oak, toasted coconut and a medley of grilled fruits. Hints of apple, grape and currant come in as the alcohol character of coffee liquor simmers on the late palate.

Full bodied, creamy and spicy, the beer's utmost savory flavors are assisted by a dry roasty, campfire character instead of unnecessary sweetness. A long extension of whisky spice and char comes with an arid taste of roast heading into the next sip.

Feb 18, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 11/11/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a dark khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of chocolate along with some cinnamon. Some apple cider vinegar. The brandy comes through. Malts are there. The flavors are pretty bold. The cinnamon dominates, but in a good way. It has a cinnamon sugar vibe. Milk chocolate comes through. Some ginger in the mix. Some red and green apples. The brandy barrels aren't shy, but accentuates everything and blends well with everything. Mild spiciness. Subtle spiciness. Solid malt backbone. Finishes slightly warm, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not thick or like a milkshake, but it's not quite "thin or watery".

This is a great barrel-aged stout. The cinnamon and brandy barrels shine. Great flavors and really nice aromas. Boulevard always makes great barrel-aged beers and this one is no exception. They really nailed this one. Well done.

Feb 18, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Monks pub. The look was nice and dark with a nice tan head. The smell mostly boozy but also hints of chocolate and cinnamon. The taste was chocolate and some sweetness up front then the booze hit followed by the cinnamon. The Cinnamon lingered on the lips after the booze dissipated. Very nice mouthfeel.

Feb 16, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville SC.
Pours with a near black body with reddish-brown edges and a good tan head.
It is a bit heavy on the apple brandy and alcohol in the nose but the barrel aging effects on the flavors are excellent. Exceptionally harmonious for the style, with a good sweet-bitter balance despite being quite sweet when it first hits the tongue.

Feb 10, 2020
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krudolf from Ohio

1.72/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

OMG, this is the worst thing both my wife and I have ever put in our mouths. Beer, body, mouth feel, have little to do when it smells like a burnt skillet and tastes like smoldering automobile wiring. Lost all respect for BA. Cleaning the sink drain wit it. Off to find some Clamato to gargle.

Feb 09, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass. Black, opaque color with a finger of tan head that faded to nothing after a little while. Gentle smell of apple brandy. Taste is definitely apple brandy, quite intense at first but mellows a bit as it warms. A bit of a cinnamon after taste. Definitely boozy, but not too sweet. Kind of a green apple flavor to the apple. Medium bodied and a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Very good, especially if you like green apple. Brandy wasn't too intense. A unique stout.

Feb 03, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A very dark brown with a dense, creamy brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a good spiced stout, boozier than ideal but still inviting. Cinnamon, dark chocolate, a little caramel to go with a fruity, brandy note. A little nutmeg too. Dark brown sugar, dark caramel, a little coffee are also present. The palate opens spicy and boozy with a blend of cinnamon and a really potent alcohol burn. This is followed by dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, a little butterscotch. A definite coffee presence too, a little Vietnamese coffee like in its sweetness. A noticeable apple brandy fruity note is present as well. Medium full in body and with creamy carbonation, this finishes boozy and with a rich dark chocolate note. Solid.

Feb 01, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: dark black molasses
Smell: apple pie! Apple struddle/cider, cinnamon,
Taste: apple strudle! (Baked apple, cinnamon, brown sugar)
Feel: full body with minimal carbonation
Overall: freaking de-lish! A malty, boozy carmel-y apple strudel of a beer!!

Feb 01, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. A big, viscous, boozy imperial stout with plnty of bourbon and brandy character to along with dark roasted malts, vanilla, and dark cherry. Surprisingly drinkable for the high abv. Glad to have tried it but 5 oz is enough for me.

Jan 30, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a thumb+ mocha colored head. Stays effervescent, Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, barrel notes, vanilla

T: Chocolate, figs, dark cherry, apple & brandy notes, plus dryness up front. More cherry, figs & apple brandy as this warms, plus vanilla & coconut??? Unexpected, some barrel dryness as well. Finishes with some apple boozeyness, barrel dryness, a little vanilla & still a little fig & vanilla

MF: Medium body. fairly delicate carbonation, warming

Tasty offering that urges me to go buy another 4 pack soonest

Jan 30, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of apples, booze, chocolate, malt, and cinnamon.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt (present throughout, though subtle), a decent amount of the advertised brandy (and its accompanying barrel), a whole lot of apples (a big factor), some chocolate (secondary, but definitely present), and a bit of cinnamon. This is a complex, well-constructed flavor. Kinda sweet, kinda boozy, but very tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly likable stout. Drinkable.

Jan 25, 2020
Brandy Land from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 77 ratings