Tasting Room Series: Imperial Sweet Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,362
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4.12 | pDev: 4.85%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Tasting Room Series: Imperial Sweet Stout Aged In Bourbon BarrelsTasting Room Series: Imperial Sweet Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mmm. followed this up after a 2020 F-W Parabola (felt like getting into some cellar deep cuts tonite). Dark to the available light, with a creamy caramel ring that reliably lingers around the bev-line. Nose can give away a bit of dairy funk (while i have never tried fermented goat's milk this concoction may help wean me to its taste), but also a sort of coconut appeal, that may well be out to upstage the customary roasted malt assertions? Taste follows, surely. Boozy, tangy, almost tart on the throat, even candy bar-like as those perceived coconut washes cascade upon the palate - webbing for the throat, let's call it. A sweet, adult-milkshakey finish. Rich!

i lament this final bottle i had stashed away upon release, as it empties away, away.

Aug 30, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark brown - very nice color. The head is stunning. Rich, dark brown full head.

Faint aroma, nothing strong

Deliciously smooth taste. I usually dislike tasting the bourbon in the beer, but not here. This blends beautifully!

Extremely smooth going in down. Very pleasant warm aftertaste, presumably from the bourbon.

Delicious. Truly a great beer.

Jul 23, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling and best by dates printed on the back label. Served in a Rastal Craft Master glass.

Appearance: The half finger, tan colored head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a ring that stays until the end and some patchy lacing. It's a very dark, almost black color. Some reddish amber guess show up when it's held up to light.

Smell: It's a very sweet smell of raisins, plums, figs, milk chocolate and brown sugar. There's also some hints of anise and clove in the background as well as damp wood.

Taste: There's a soft bitterness the washes over the palate right away with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. That's followed by some spicy clove and sweet brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, robust, creamy and velvety smooth. Carbonation is low.

Overall: A smooth, rich and complex beer that's just awesome. It smells great, tastes great and doesn't overwhelm you with bourbon or barrel character.

May 13, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around half of the rim. The aroma is of raisins and sweet bourbon. I’m tasting raisins, plums, and sweet bourbon. The mouth is dry and warm with alcohol.

May 02, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass (my preferred glassware for most styles these days). As expected, it is sweet and fairly boozy but the sweetness combined with the booze and bourbon/vanilla/oak notes works quite well. Mouthfeel is full, viscous, and quite smooth given the abv. Overall it exceeded my expectations.

Feb 18, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles as part of the R&D BA Variety pack from TW Arrowhead 11-18-19 for $6.33 ($18.99 for the sixer). Best by 26AUG2020.

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

Nose is anise and licorice forward with a trace of bourbon.

Taste is a huge malt base with a touch of anise that is balanced nicely by the modest aged bourbon barrels that leaves just a tad sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth.

Overall a nice value driven BA stout from a brewing team that does it well!

Feb 15, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, eventually giving around a finger of light brown head. Deep brown/black color. Head faded fairly quickly to lacing, which slowly faded away as well. Smell is a pretty intense bourbon with a bit of malt. Taste is a background of malt, with strong, sweet bourbon primarily. A bit too sweet/cloying and can definitely tell the 11.9% ABV is there. Definitely a sipper. Medium bodied with effectively no carbonation. A bit intense for a bourbon aged stout, think I prefer Guiness stock ale for this style.

Jan 02, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky of fast falling tan head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Bourbon, figgyness, a little black cherry

T: Dark fruit; figs, raisins, dark cherry, sweet coffee & a touch of booze & leafy hops up front. Figgyness, dry woodyness & a touch of warming boozes as this warms, hints of cherry & chocolate as well. Finishes a little dry, jammy with boozeyness & leafy hops

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Not bad, was expecting more sweetness

Dec 30, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. A mashup of three things--imperial stout; milk stout; and BA stoutl We'll see.

Pours thick and absolutely opaque--brownish black, with a very dark tan head. Limited head and retention, but decent lacing for the ABV.

Aromas of roasted malt manifested in coffee and sweet chocolate. Bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, leather, dark fruit, toasted/charred marshmallow, and some booze all show up.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with sweet malts from all over the spectrum. Chocolate, lactose, molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel, toffee--need I go on? It nearly becomes overwhelming, or at least cloying. However, some roasted coffee and char provide a counterpoint. Bourbon, vanilla and booze become dangerously close to overwhelming at the finish, however.

The brew has remarkably good carbonation and lift for the ABV--but then, it's a Boulevard.

Worth a try for the interesting combination of styles, but this brew comes off far too sweet and boozy overall.

Dec 28, 2019
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how many barrel aged sweet stouts I've tried. The sweeter elements from the barrel treatment, vanilla and bourbon, work well with the milky sweetness. The finish dries out just a bit with faint cocoa and oak notes. Another winner from Boulevard. Lovin' these variety packs.

Dec 12, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz smokestack bottle poured into smokestack snifter.

Deep silky black with a creamy head of 1 finger, grey-brown. Wonderful lacing sticks as the glass is swirled.

Aroma is sweet milk sugar, chocolate candy, chalk, and oak.

Flavor brings a little more complexity, has a nice whiskey presence, with some candy milk sugar and faint chocolate. Nice oak presence as well.

Feel is creamy and slightly cutting, has a good hefty body to it, nice burning alcohol on the back end.

Overall not my favorite Boulevard BA stout (that would be Grand Cru) but this is still pretty decent.

Dec 05, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try yet another bourbon barrel-aged version of a boulevard stout! Color is a deep inky blackness with very little head to speak of just a mild ring. Smells of sweet chocolate bourbon cocoa and leather. Taste is big bourbon smooth Woody good caramel tones some burnt marshmallow and a bit of milk chocolate. For such a big Stout and drinks very smooth and not as sweet as described on the label.
Overall a very tasty bourbon barrel-aged beer one of my favorite from The tasting room!

Dec 04, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a one finger mocha head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Aroma of sweet bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, caramel and cocoa. Taste follows the nose with a more pronounced caramel tone. Boozy hit after the second sip that continues to increase. Slightly oily, full body with light carbonation. Another nice presentation from Boulevard.

Dec 03, 2019
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip
Inky black, fine carbonation, Khaki head. Smell is strong bourbon notes , cocoa, burnt caramel. Taste is sweet notes forward- cocoa, leather, vanilla and wood- astringency and somewhat syrupy texture
A very good bba stout- reasonable pricepoint

Nov 22, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla and tobacco. Sweet chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak and toffee.

Nov 19, 2019
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another interesting beer in this series. It's definitely a bourbon-heavy smell and flavor, which made the overall taste a bit less sweet than I was expecting from the beer's description. The other thing I noticed was that as it warmed up, the bourbon flavor dominated even more. So if you like that, you're going to love this beer. Compare it to their Bourbon Barrel Quad or even to the bourbon barrel Belgian Dark ale in this series if you want to do a cool side-by-side. I thought this was still a very good beer, though not quite as good as the other two in this collection.

Nov 18, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black pour into a large snifter produced a fat finger of dark brown foam that left lace motes down the glass with every sip... Aromas of bourbon and molasses and some drying oaky char... Tastes sweet, of course, but not over the top - has rich chocolaty notes, hints or roast coffee and espresso, and ample vanilla... Milky feel lends suggestions of cream and sugar to the palate, and the body is fairly full but not too heavy; mildly carbonated... Better than I expected - recommended...

Best by bottling of 8/26/20...

Nov 17, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Nov 17, 2019
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sjrider from California

3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - it's dark with tiny mocha head leaving scraggly lacing.Nose is on the sweet side with mild barrel booze notes. Taste follows with a sweet bourbon candy thing going on.Finish is thin with lingering boozy wood.

Nov 14, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of caramel-khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, and toffee right up front - it definitely hits the 'sweet' in the name. That initial sweetness is bolstered by slow-release caramel and chocolate and light bourbon spice. Oak adds just a hint of smoothness right at the finish to wrap it up. Flavor profile follows the same path, with toffee, brown sugar, molasses and caramel right up front. Bourbon mingles well, adding just a hint of heat and spice to the front, but not enough to counteract the initial sweetness. Powder cocoa hits the tongue right before oak wraps it up with a little smoothness. That cocoa powder is a little gritty and doesn't blend well. Balance leans heavily towards sweet, and while it's not cloyingly sweet, it is a bit strong. Flavors meld better as the beer warms, with the sweetness being more of an accessory to the bourbon, forming a better balance. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, nappy texture. Overall, while cool, it's strange and off putting, but as it warms, it reaches a much better sense of balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

Nov 10, 2019
Tasting Room Series: Imperial Sweet Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 38 ratings