Restless Nights
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #86
Ranked #7,803
4.05 | pDev: 7.16%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: A collaboration with Modern Times Beer + Coffee, this beguiling blend of fresh porter and barrel-aged porter was brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, wheat and oats. Following fermentation, this inky brew rested on bourbon barrel-aged coffee for two days, infusing trace notes of ripe fruit, citrus and rich vanilla.

30 IBU
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 64 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. can bought mostly for my coffee-crazed wife. But hey, Modern Times + Boulevard equals good, & it’s here.

Blacker than expected. Smells like roast.

Restless Nights is…dull. Tastes like a thin, routine porter with a spare amount of cheap coffee. Bourbon is MIA – not even a hint.

How two great breweries can get together & create something that would be insulting to Tin Whiskers is mystifying, to say the least. Sub-par are the kindest words I can find.

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Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the greatest coffee beer I have had. The coffee is a little acidic and the carbonation is a little prickly. Small complaints that keep it from the great category. Nice bourbon notes. Also for only 7,5% ABV, it is very boozy.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, date etched on the bottom of the can: 08APR2020. I love Boulevard and Modern Times so this was a must-buy when I saw it. Near black body capped by a foamy tan head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, coffee, dark malts, chocolate, and oak. Big, bold flavors of creamed coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, nutty grain, and earthy hops. Full body, hot bourbon at times, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Overall, really good but I found it to be too harsh at times.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown on top that mostly dissipated to a thin wisp covering two thirds of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate. I’m tasting milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. The mouth is oily and viscous.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light bodied dark cola brown with a thick tan cap with good retention and great lacing. Aroma is fresh ground roasted coffee. Flavor follows the nose, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malt, and sweet cream. Not really getting any bourbon, but I'm not horribly disappointed because it tastes good the way it is. Feel is a bit on the light side, moderately carbonated. Overall a fine beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

A very dark brown with a brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a lot of coffee and sweeter roasted malt. Milk chocolate, malted milk, a very fruity and mildly spicy coffee note are present. Vanilla, a little bourbon, dark honey, cream. The coffee has a unique character, and the base porter seems to have been designed to complement it. The palate opens mildly sweet with caramel, milk chocolate, malted milk duds and vanilla sugar. The barrel adds more of a tannic bitterness to temper the sweetness. The coffee is most prominent on the mid palate, where the blend of fruity, light berry like flavors and the delicate spice notes pair nicely with the milk chocolate. Drying, a little light on the finish, this beer is medium light in body and softly carbonated. Enjoyable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark toasted malt and cocoa with a suggestion of bourbon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, drip coffee, light cocoa and a hint of bourbon; long lingering coffee finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Coffee is the main attraction here, quite the coffee forward porter. The base porter is somewhat subdued, although it supports the big coffee component well. The barrel component, which is apparently present in both the blended porter and the coffee, is quite mild. This was well balanced and enjoyable, but I like a little more deep malt in my coffee beers and this one was a little light in that department. The coffee is nice.

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Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can stamped L091219 09APR2020 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with nearly no light penetration and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves behind a full lacing. The aroma is cold brewed coffee first with light bourbon, oak and vanilla behind. The taste is semisweet, yet roasty, porter with the coffee (lightly roasted) and bourbon interplay very balanced. The finish is less than moderately bitter and mostly dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation. Overall, very good. Not what I expected, exactly, but very nice. This won't beat you over the head with bourbon or dark roasted coffee, but it's very pleasant, and remains a porter in all aspects.

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Photo of Lucular
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. A decent beer with lots of coffee in the aroma and flavor. Not as much bourbon or depth of flavor as I hoped for. Admittedly it's just 7.5% abv, but it's pretty one-note with the coffee.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Its hard to tell if coffee beer are a pick-me-up or a put-me-down. Modern Times and Boulevard makes sure they keep the party going with a caffeinated Porter with the added complexity of bourbon barrels for a robust taste that's not shy on complexity or excitement.

Their collaborative beer, Restless Nights pours with a visually weighted dark brown hue and a creamy cappuccino lather that decorates the rim. As the creamy and dark ale swirls calmly in the glass, the sultry scent of caramel, coffee, chocolate and cream mingle on the olfactory senses in mesmerizing fashion. Sweet on the tongue, the less roasty than expected maltiness coats the early palate with caramel, honey, toffee and condensed milk for a full and fatty flavor with a silky smooth introduction.

As the bold but not quite imperial porter rolls across the middle palate, the creamy sweetness latches onto the tastebuds tightly. Without the roast of a would-be stout, the porter is relaxed and embraces the robust but not burnt flavor of coffee for a taste of walnut, soilish spice, cocoa, chicory and an overall broad woodsiness that provides an earthiness to oppose the sweetness. Trending spicy with bold hints of whisky spice, nuances of caramel, vanilla, cherry and charred blackberry tease the late palate in a broadly bitter balance.

Full bodied, creamy and relaxed, the beer is simply a spiked latte of a porter that fits as easily at the coffee house as it does in the beer bar. A long and savory sweetness extends long and fatty on the after palate with the rolling notions of cappuccino coming to mind with each and every sip.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can pours a dark brown, slightly translucent, with a full finger of head. Earthy, nutty elements on the nose, complemented by bitter dark chocolate. Great malty flavors, with vanilla, light banana, and a bit of brown sugar. Mild oak tannins. Silky smooth and lush on the tongue, but with a thinner viscosity fitting for 7.5% ABV. Really nice, a highlight of Modern Times' barrel-aged coffee program.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, best before April 09, 2020
Pours a tan fizzy bubbly head with medium to lower retention, little lacing, very dark brown almost black color

Nose tons of coffee, freshly roasted coffee beans, fudge, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light fruity coffee beans and nutty, light bourbon vanilla and baking spice barrel

Taste rich creamy dark malt, roasty, fresh roasted coffee, roasted coffee beans with fruity nutty undertones, sweet milk chocolate maybe lactose or oats, coffee and cream, mild dark chocolate and fudgey, very light vanilla bourbon barrel and baking spices, some bitter roasted coffee on the finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med to a bit higher fizzy carb, low alcohol

Overall not bad but doesn't do a whole lot, quite bitter and roasty coffee like overpowering

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Photo of mogulskier
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color, but with a coffee porter, this is expected.

Not much head and even less lacing. But for a 7.5% ABV, this is OK.

Nose is coffee (strong), earthy, and mild toffee. Maybe some Vanilla, but you have to look for it.

Taste is really impressive. Love the coffee taste on this beer. Decent barrel character. Very tasty!

Can't detect the alcohol, and there is next to zero bitterness.

A highly enjoyable collab between Boulevard an Modern Times. Nicely done.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a tulip.

Pours opaque and black, but not overly viscous. It delivers a nice foamy tan head that lingers well and subsides to excellent lacing.

Excellent simple aromas of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, hints of chocolate, caramel malt, and anise.

The brew is smooth and follows the nose on flavor. Caramel and roasted malts very forward. Caramel and vanilla notes very prominent on the tip of the tongue with some coffee and faint bourbon notes in mid-stream. The quaff ends with some mild earthy hops, dry roasted malt and coffee.

The brew is pleasantly creamy; and though medium-full bodied, is not sweet or sticky. Good carbonation lingers, but doesn't detract from a smooth silky drink.

This is an outstanding take on an underrated style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a neat blended porter here between these two titans of beer. its partially barrel aged, and then done with barrel aged coffee, and i pretty much love everything about it, as i knew i would. the barrel character isnt too strong, either from the beer or from the coffee, i almost take more oak than whiskey from the whole thing, which is mellowing and smooth with a little vanilla hit and a little charred bitterness, but not a ton of the spirit, and it never makes this heavy. i like how fresh the coffee tastes, no oxidation or green pepper or anything at all, its warming and rich to me, subtle caramel and dark chocolate to it, awesome with the complex dark grain bill this sports. i love it not being overly alcoholic, so many beers like this are pushing north of 10% abv, which make them one and dones, sharers, occasion beers. this modest strength allows me to drink it anytime, without guilt or having to leave my car someplace, so thanks for that! super smooth to drink, a little bitter pop from the coffee which makes this well rounded, and just a trace of the whiskey as it warms. the base porter is really good, and thats the whole key here, but the coffee is obviously unique and it stands out somewhat differently in this than i have experienced in beer before, the barrel aged part is really cool. overall a delicious beer, killer collaboration, and im thankful to have been able to enjoy this with friends yesterday. no surprise these two nailed it! ill drink more of this while its around for sure! recommended for anyone who likes coffee beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate with a strong roasted coffee taste.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard/Modern Times Restless Nights, 7.5% ABV. Pours midnight black with a nice 3-finger light brown head that left no lacing. Nose is coffee, bourbon, and a hint of toffee. Taste is coffee, toffee, slight bourbon, almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I'm really liking this relatively low ABV BA Porter. Will probably pick up more of this.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of caramel-khaki foam. Head is two fingers of dense foam with heavy lacing and great head retention. Aroma is spicy, zesty bourbon with a big hit of rye at the front. Bourbon is followed by molasses, toffee, brown sugar, char and roasty and toasty malts. Flavor profile is molasses, toffee, brown sugar and toffee with coffee, roasty and toasty malts and light bourbon and char. Coffee is mild, with a medium-dark roast and lightly earthy note. Flavor bounces between sweet, light heat and sugary rapidly - like a pinball set. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, silty-grain texture. Overall, lots going on between the coffee, bourbon and heavy stout underneath. It maintains a favorable cohesion, but does expose some weaknesses in-between, which derives from a lack of balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 4/9/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of coffee along with some vanilla and caramel. Hints of chocolate. Malts are there. Not much bourbon going on in the aroma department. The flavors follow the nose. More coffee leading the way. More chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Some toffee in the mix. Subtle hints of oak. It's not that bitter, but it's not sweet. Not much bourbon in the
flavor department either. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's spritzy and smooth.

This is a pretty solid brew. It's a really nice coffee porter, but the bourbon characteristics go unnoticed. The craftsmanship is on point. The coffee really opens up as it warms up a bit.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This solid little porter pours a
rugged coal black with a fantastic head of tan foam that settles
to a thick layer and ring with excellent lancing. Nose of dark
coffee, subtle char, and very subtle bourbon and brown sugar
notes. Flavors exceed the nose with a mild bourbon note,
sans warmth, with char and roast as the forerunner in this
marathon with earthy and woodsy presences giving a
strong showing with oak and subtle dark fruit. Very nice
mouth feel; medium full body, medium light carbonation,
and a char heavy finish.

Overall, a solid brew with a faint hint of bourbon that is almost
an afterthought against the onslaught of oak and char.

Solid but could use some refinement to be world
class as are most of their brews.


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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tall can, this brew is a dark, almost reddish-black colored liquid. The head is off-white/tan and somewhat thin. The aroma is of caramel and coffee. I didn't get the bourbon notes at first, but they came forward over time. The taste is nutty, with a bit of roasted coffee and malt. Slightly smokey, nice flavor. Full body.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy and effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: In your face coffee, some vanilla notes

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a little vanilla up front. A lot of roastyness, coffee & a little vanilla as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry with coffee a plenty

MF: Medium body, fairly smooth carbonation, becomes a bit more prickly as it warms

Drinks easy enough, was hoping for more of the barrel aspects to come through, very coffee-forward

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Photo of Roguer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good head production; decent retention. Body is a nutty cola color.

Nose is driven by coffee, with deep, sharp coffee tones, along with cream, brown sugar, and bitter chocolate. Bourbon isn't noticeable.

Wonderfully smooth and creamy on the palate, with tons of coffee without ever being obnoxious. Nutty, lightly roasty, with tones of chocolate and vanilla. A touch of oak, but the bourbon is very, very restrained; I suspect this was not aged very long.

Although there isn't much bourbon character, I'm really, really digging this.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released 9/30/19; drank 10/17/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big tan head; thick tree-rung lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, bourbon heat, fresh earth & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark roast coffee bean, bourbon heat & fresh earth flavors up front; mild dark chocolate notes on the finish.

Bold and a bit abrasive; OK but not worth chasing down.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Best By: 08APR2020

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, some bourbon/oak, slight licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, coffee, vanilla, some bouron/oak, licorice. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Restless Nights from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 64 ratings