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

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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.15%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
18
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 15, 2020
Added:
Oct 12, 2019
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  2
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial StoutTasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
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Rated: 4.1 by bplabernie from Michigan

Aug 15, 2020
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: The tan colored, one finger head stays around for a little bit and leaves behind a thin foam ring that stays until the end a lot of lacing in small spots.

Smell: It's a very dark aroma of plums, figs and very inky grapes. There's some vanilla and charred wood that follows right after as well as dark chocolate.

Taste: There's some dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors but they're not crushingly bitter. It's a well balanced and varied flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, rich and creamy with a some crispness from a medium to medium-high carbonation. It's not oily at all, it just has a robust, traditional imperial stout mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a great beer, there's no doubt about it. But it's best attribute is something that's just not gonna be reflected by a score and that's drinkability. This beer, being an imperial stout with such a high ABV is surprisingly (and even dangerously) easy to drink and approachable. Even the most unseasoned of palates would have no problem drinking this beer and appreciating it.
May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This was easily the best of the 3 in this 3 beer sampler, imho.
Look lacked a sufficient head, but it was black as night and heavy on the pour. Small very dark head.
Aroma with a rich malt of grain but did not carry much of the cabaret or barrel character. That was saved for the taste. Which was outstanding. Between the richness and deep dark fruit of the grains and then the fruit of the wine with a edge of wood character. Outstanding.
Full heavy rich and smooth mouthfeel too. Also very good.
This was my second of the two and several months after I drank the first. There might have been more character to the aroma the first time around. Saying that I'm not sure how this would age, in terms of holding onto the wine and wood character. This still had a RIS freshness bite to it which could use a little aging to level out. Regardless, this was very nice.
May 01, 2020
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up as part of a Tasting Room mixed sixer from TW Arrowhead 11-18-19 for $18.99. Enjoy by 22AUG2020; consumed 2-29-2020.

Beer poured black with a light reddish tint which produced a nice head with the initial pour.

Nose is nice, chocolate forward with a light touch of red wine, bourbon, and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose with the chocolate malt base incorporating nicely with a nice blended touch of cabernet and bourbon. Finishes nicely balanced due to the bourbon barrel influence.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall my favorite of the 3 beers in this pack. Smoking deal as far as i am concerned!
Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2019 release

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

S- bold cabernet aromas up front, bringing out notes of black currants, vinous dark grapes, dark cherries, stewed raisins and figs. Undertones of chocolate, brownie batter, marshmallow, black licorice, bourbon and woody vanilla oak

T- as with the nose, plenty of cabernet notes immediately up front; juicy dark fruit notes of currant, red grapes, black cherries, dried figs & raisins. Mid-palate brings out some roasted barley and chocolate, as well as the bourbon barrel, adding barrel juice and oaky wood. The finish gives more cabernet and lingers long after

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- I love red wine barrel aged beers and this one is loaded with red wine highlights, very good
Feb 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. It's interesting to me that this has a best by date of August 2020, at which point the beer would be less than a year old. Aroma and taste offer dark roasted malts, dark fruits (figs, ripe raspberries, sweet cherries), oak, whiskey, a hint of vanilla, and some jammy wine especially as the beer warms. Complex. Mouthfeel is a little bit creamy and less thin than the regular Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout.
Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by MattDecker from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look: dark black-brown pour with 1 mm of tan head.
Smell: fig, bourbon, choclately, plum, rich smelling
Taste: deep rich malt, dark plum/stonefruit, nice bourbon booziness, rich dark chocolate
Feel: thick and rich full body, barely any carbonation
Overall: very tasty, I really like the dark plum/black cherry richness with the malty goodness!
Feb 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.63 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From the description, there are a lot of elements in play here. All I can discern is a chocolate-y stout and some vinous oaky tannins. The carbonation was a bit too low. This is fairly unique and certainly worth trying. I had been hoping for a bit more though.
Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black in color with the faintest bit of light seeping through a tiny portion when held up to the light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about a third of the top. I smell sweet whiskey with notes of vanilla, cabernet, and oak. I’m tasting vanilla, caramel, cabernet, and roasted barley. The mouth is very dry and crisp.
Dec 21, 2019
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, but effectively no head appeared. Noticeable legs on the glass though. A strong but not overpowering smell of whiskey and grape, not quite cabarnet though. Taste is similar, with a malt base but whiskey forward with a bit dried grape flavor following. Almost too intense when cold, but mellows a bit as it warms. Best for sipping. Feel is medium bodied with effectively no carbonation. An interesting combination I'm glad I tried, but a bit intense for an average drink.
Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by zonker17 from Texas

Dec 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & red wine, whiskey as it warms

T: Follows the nose, figs, raisins, dryness & a little carob up front. Woody dryness, dark fruit, a touch of booze warmth, some leafy hops. Finishes dry, figgy, a little boozey


MF: Medium body, subtle carbonation

Solid not spectacular take on the style, I think I like their take on these two barrels as separate entities
Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, 12.5% ABV
THULSA DOOM

Deep dark inky color with a 1/2 finger of head, leaving sparse lacing upon the glass.

Aroma is faint straight out of the gate but as it warms I get some dark chocolate, cabernet barrel, a little must, and some of those chocolate covered wine berry candies. Oh yeah some caramel too. Takes some effort.

Flavor is incredibly complex but doesn't land right away. Takes a little bit to get used to. Then it's like holy shit, this has some real complexity. Then it's like, wait, too much bitters. The more I sip it, the more I'm searching for adjectives but coming up empty. Let's try anyways : some bitter dark chocolate, piney hops, some merlot/cabernet, faint raspberry syrup/dark berry, more dark chocolate, faint sugar free vanilla/caramel, berry fruit-by-the-foot, and acidic coffee. It's almost overwhelming. A bit too bitter for me, but damn is it complex. Oak all the way. I think I better let this warm a bit more.

Feel is very wine-like, it saturates the palate and then squeezes it of all hydration; dry alcoholic bite, heavy alcohol heat, lots of roast.

Overall, a very good stout, one I can't quite grasp and I'm not sure how to approach the ratings board on that one. It took me outside my comfort zone. but I kinda like it. Try it, you owe yourself at least that much.
Dec 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Dec 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by SpaethJam from New York

Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by kjkinsey from Texas

Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Birdlegs from Washington

Nov 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Nov 25, 2019
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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 not 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!
Nov 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Recommended...

Bottle has best by date of 8/22/20...
Nov 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.
Nov 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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.
Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.
Nov 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Oct 12, 2019
Tasting Room Series: Whiskey & Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 38 ratings