Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutTasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #790
Ranked #6,939
4.3 | pDev: 4.19%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutTasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the imperial sweet Stout. Pours a very deep black thick with a bit of lacing that settles to a mild ring. Smell is Bourbon barrel some cocoa and red wine notes. To me the wine is very evident very acidic with a very strong bitter note but lingers on the palate. The ABV is quite hidden though and in a way it does have a strong Cherry chocolate vibe going. It's easier to drink after you let it warm up a bit.

Overall I have seen wine barrel-aged triples and old ales but never truly had one given a imperial stout treatment. Not my favorite but still very interesting regardless

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Photo of lastmango
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a 2 finger foamy head that dissipated to a thin film. Light lacing was present. Light boozy nose of cocoa, red wine and whiskey. Taste . . . Oh yea! Roasted malt, chocolate, cab and whiskey in such a nice sweet boozy blend. I could sip this all night but I would make it at 12.5% ABV. ;) Moderate heavy body, slightly sticky, with light carbonation. Smooth. Just roll it around your tongue and let it linger. This has a long finish. Don't dare eat anything with this concoction
because it will interfere with the layers of taste. Open a bottle of this Boulevard whoop ass. You will love it!

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

Center-pour into an over-sized snifter revealed a black-bodied beer under a finger of dark brown foam... Foam slimmed into a wispy sheen and eventually mostly a collar as the drink got drunk... Left lacy motes down the inside of the glass after the sips...

This is real nice - solid mix of chocolaty stout, red wine, and subtle bourbon barrels... I've enjoyed the blend of wine barrels and stouts before, and depending on the beer, have enjoyed berry and tart fruit impressions in stouts, too... This beer has a lot of red wine flavor points, including currant, slightly sour dark cherry, and a tanginess, all coated with rich stout chocolate... The bourbon barrel impressions add to the woods from the cabernet casks, but also round off the cocoa with some vanilla, and have an earthier undertone of booze than the brighter wine notes... Medium-full bodied, modest carbonation, and moderately sweet, with mild bitter moments... A light shellac leaves some stickiness on the finish... I really enjoyed it...


Bottle has best by date of 8/22/20...

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Photo of VABA
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark color with slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has whiskey and Cabernet and cocoa hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a well balanced whiskey, Cabernet and cocoa flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great Imperial Stout

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Photo of sjrider
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - deep and dark as night with short khaki head leaving minimal frosty lacing. Nose is big oaky whiskey barrel .Taste follows with sweet cabernet ,stone fruit ,molasses ,leather and more woody booze. Finish is on the dry side. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel-toffee colored foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is a little whiskey with some raw heat behind mingling with rich Cabernet. Plum, fig, raisins, toffee, molasses and chocolate all add further sweetness and depth, with the base provided via roasty and toasty malts. Heat seeps through at the edges, drying out the nose after the ornate, lightly-sweet opening. Flavor profile is toffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, fig, dark fruits and roasty and toasty malts underneath it all. Whiskey and rich Cabernet mingle at the back, bringing a little heat along at the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a rather clean, velvety, nappy texture to it. Just enough to impart texture, but not enough to distract. Overall, this is a really great blend of whiskey and cabernet cask aged imperial stouts, with the base imperial stout only improving from the efforts.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was an interesting one - I got a lot of the cabernet smell, but much more of the whiskey taste. It's still very good, just a bit confusing since one didn't match up with the other. They took a solid base stout and did a couple of different aging processes with it for this tasting room series, and this one came out pretty well. I didn't feel like it was quite 12.5%, which is unusual since most beers this heavy really announce their presence with authority. Another good effort from Boulevard.

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Photo of zeff80
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of red wine, booze, chocolate, toffee and coffee. Sweet chocolate and toffee with a red wine taste. Whiskey comes through strong at the end.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just shared a newly-acquired vessel with me bestie at BYOB pizza parlor. Wowz.

If opacity is the criteria for "look" in this style... then ain't no light gettin' through this pour. Nose is boozy, sweet, perfumey, enticing... like a cognac? Taste then proceeds to validate olfactory promise... leaving a sweet black licorice feel at the back of the throat after last savory swallow. And at >12% this is a creation to be respected... like an intelligent and enticing woman who could turn tail on you at the slightest misphrase or miscue.

In my estimation, the best of this here newest Blvd scratch batch. Barrelful o' mastery it is, it is.

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Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 21 ratings