Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Belgian yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!

63 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2008

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Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I strongly recommend buying this beer and cellaring it for a year. IT WAS THE PERFECT STOUT. Black, richly chocolatey, velvet smooth thick mouthfeel. Astounding.

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Photo of bonesTdog
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's difficult to give this beer all 5s but I just can't find any reason to give it any less anywhere. Calling this an imperial stout sells it way short. There are so many fantastic layers of flavors from coffee and chocolate to fruit, aged wood and alcohol building to an amazing complexity. A beautiful dark coffee color and heavy body just complete the picture. Not a beer to drink with food in my opinion. You need to sip and savor to truly appreciate it.

Edited 11/6/2015
Drinking the 2014 vintage tonight. It went something like this... Sip, roll you eyes, comment "oh my gosh", repeat over and over. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 Version. Pours black with tan hue along the rim with a wisp of khaki tan head and tiny bubbles that don't quit dancing on top. Aroma is heavy of bourbon and wood. Flavor is phenomenal with the chocolate and coffee layered with molasses and sweet dark fruits. Alcohol burn on the finish from the whiskey barrel aging with a pretty well rounded body and great texture. Took a gamble on this one and it was pretty amazing!

2016 Update.
2015 version. Black ink pour and aroma of dark fruits. Flavors of phenolic sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and enormous amounts dark fruits. Smooth feel and goes down way to easily. Glad to have this again and hope to land it again. Cheers and enjoy!

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Photo of machostacos
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle into my favorite tulip glass.

I first heard about Boulevard from Mark Starr at and let me say: they have yet to let me down. The Dark Truth stout, Tank 7 saison, Double-Wide IPA and The Sixth Glass are some of my favorites of their respective styles, and I expect this one to be no different. He gave the 2007 (aged 2 years) a 100 out of 100 - only matched by his favorite beer of all time, Bell's Hopslam. Needless to say, I have high hopes with this one.

A: Pours the blackest of blacks with a thin, frothy head. Little-to-no lacing - very spotty. Looks gorgeous in my tulip! I just can't WAIT to taste this thing.

S: Vanilla; oaky bourbon; dark chocolate; dark sticky fruits; a touch of maple syrup; more chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon; and a choir of angels singing. This, my friends, is heaven in a glass.

T: Perfection. One of the most flavorful beers I've ever had the privilege of tasting. Metric tons of oaky vanilla; rich, freshly-brewed Indonesian coffee; bittersweet dark chocolate; dark fruits; and smoky bourbon. Dear Lord. I feel like I need a few minutes of silence in which to truly appreciate this beer. Quite possibly the best I've ever had. It hardly gets better than this. The ultimate stout-lovers' stout.

M: If I'm being perfectly honest...just a little bit thin. Otherwise, this beer is perfect. Its low carbonation and slickness coats the mouth and leaves that scrumptious stickiness on the lips.

O: Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, hands down. The 11.0% ABV is hidden quite well on all accounts, though after two glasses I'm DEFINITELY feeling it. This thing gives the 2011 KBS its run for the money. If i'm being honest with myself, this is tied with the KBS. Hell, it might edge it out by the *slightest* of margines. Boulevard, you've done it again. This brewery has climbed its way to #3 in my preference, only after Founders and Bells, respectively (but only because of Hopslam!) Bravo!!!!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black with dense, large foamy tan head. After initial pour, head demonstrates two shades of color one atop the other. Never saw this before. Pretty cool looking.

Smells of chocolate & vanilla, light oak, bourbon, reason, fig, prune, chewy caramel candy bar, spicy rye. Has an earthy, woody overall tone to it.

Tastes upfront vanilla, bourbon, with waves of cola, root beer, chocolate. Very smooth and luscious. No hit alcohols or solvent notes. No off flavors. Medium full feel. Pleasantly balanced. A bit warming.

Overall, a real treat. Everything I look for in a bourbon wood aged stout. Nicely done and a beer I would definitely come back to.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage
Poured into a snifter, this two-year-old stout is an opaque and deep brownish/black with a slight tan head.
The aroma is lovely: sweet and bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans with a hints of dark fruit and perhaps a touch of funk.
The taste blows me away! Fine chocolate, rich, sweet and smooth with some dark chocolate depth and slight bittering. Hints of plum and raisin, a little bit of coffee and just a hint of tart fruit that doesn't intrude but becomes part of the whole. A bit of vanilla and underlying char as well. Not even a hint of booze.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
This aged perfectly. Just outstanding!

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Photo of kcillini77
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta tell you - this is close to the perfect beer. I have to mark down the drinkability slightly just because it's so stinkin' high in alcohol and it takes a full evening to enjoy a bottle.

The pour (into my Ommegang chalice) is black as it should be. The tan head looks great and retains well.

The smell is of roasted grain, pure cocoa, coffee, and some faint hops.

Taste is the perfect mix of roasted oats, barley, dark chocolate, espresso beans, wood, and a little bit of boozy alcohol.

Taste is very complex.

I know this might be sacrilege but I enjoy it more than Stone Russian Imperial Stout. I have only had that once, and may have to revisit it on my upcoming trip west.

Phenomenal job by Boulevard. The best of a great Smokestack series to date. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color with a nice sized khaki head on top that lingers around. A nice aroma profile made of roasted dark malts, brandy, oak, leather. The nose gets boozier the more it warms.

Chocolate, coffee, sticky sweet malty goodness, plums, oak, and brown sugar all make an appearance, and together they meet in what seems an incredibly smooth, creamy beer. This winning combination of flavor and texture is difficult to come by.

2015 version.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Boulevard got it right with this one. This is a greatly balanced complex barrel aged stout. The pour is beautiful with decent head and retention. The smell is boozy with rich chocolate and roast. The taste follows suite with a bold bourbon quickly trumped by chocolate roast into a balanced bitter that's quenched by a returning subtle bourbon wetness. This is my favorite boulevard brew and hope it's stays a regular in the lineup..

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to being a perfect 5 for me. What an incredible stout.

Preliminary: poured from a 12 oz into a snifter.

L: A dark and luscious syrupy waterfall. Reminds me of chocolate syrup coming down on ice cream. Oh myyy. Next to no head. No lacing. This is my favorite kind of beer.

Smell: Nutella, chocolate syrup, fudge, dark fruits, dried fruits, candied ginger, tamari, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate and cabernet sauvignon? Desserts galore, this will be a delicious beer.

Taste: Wow. Just fucking wow. All the smell combined into a delicious booze-dripped brownie out of hell. This is an incredibly thick, complex and tasty beer to be paired with a luscious dessert. Might as well replace your chocolate syrup. Has a heavy chocolate-forward flavor that is highlighted with oak, vanilla, honey, sugary malt, brown sugar, figs, prunes. avacado?, lactose, muscavado sugar and caramel. nomnom

Feel: When drinking such a densely flavored stout, you want this kind of luscious and velvety feel. A little chewy and coating, to the point that it's almost like a salad drizzle.

Overall: Phenomenal. Almost perfect, but can't give it a 5.

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Photo of zeff80
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge (4 finger) brown, foamy head with big bubbles. It left sticky patches of Brussels lace all over the glass.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate, sweet caramel, floral notes and hints of fruits.

T - It tasted of chocolate, caramel and fruity sweetness. It had a bitter/citrusy hop presence and slight hints of raisin.

M - It was crisp, sharp and velvety smooth. A medium-bodied beer that is surprisingly easy to drink despite its alcohol content.

D - This is outstanding. The finest of the Smokestack series.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe on my deck.

NOTE: This is 2011 Batch 1, so no brett here. Bottle # 1348

Pours a gorgeous pitch black with a minimal deep khaki head, which fades relatively quickly.

What an aroma! Dark chocolate, cocoa, hints of raisins and plums, and a surprisingly small amount of whiskey, seeing as how it's 46% from whiskey barrels. In fact, the barrel isn't really up front in the nose at all. There are only the slightest hints of whiskey, wood and vanilla to hint that there's something here. Compared to other barrel aged brews that slap you upside the head and scream "WOOD! DO YOU HEAR ME? WOOD! OH, AND WHISKEY! AND WOOD! DID WE MENTION WOOD?", this is a great, albeit unexpected, change of pace. Very enticing!

That aroma carries over into the taste. In fact, I could almost cut the aroma paragraph and paste it here. The same chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, and only a hint of whiskey, wood and vanilla. Doesn't seem terribly boozy to me. Substantial, but not boozy. A sugary sweetness pops up in the aftertaste, and lingers long after you've finished the drink, just making you want that much more to take another drink. One of the best imperial stouts I believe I've ever had. After the bad press, I have to say I am stunned, and happily so.

The mouthfeel is just about right as well. It's a bit oily, yet there's just enough carbonation to scrub that clean in your mouth. So, you know you're drinking something, but it cleans up after itself nicely. Again, quite well done.

Again, with the whole controversy of the brettanomyces "infected" Batch 2, and Boulevard releasing it anyway because they happened to like the way it tasted, I really wasn't certain at all what to expect with this brew. What I got didn't just impress me, it knocked my socks off! All I can say is if you can find one that is a Batch 1 (look on the back label above the best by date), by all means grab it. This was fantastic. As for me I'm going to look for a Batch 2 just to compare them.

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Photo of Fweezle
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review and this beer is whole heartedly worthy.

A : Inky black that foamed up something fierce in the glass. 3 1/2 finger cocoa color head with minimal lacing.

S : Just outstanding. One of my favorite parts of tasting a beer. Hints of Chocolate, charcoal, roasted grains, coffee, and a bit of rye spiciness.

T : Simply delicious. The roasted grains take the forefront with darkness coating your mouth. The roasted chocolate really comes through, coffee is superbly subdued but present and a touch of the grainy rye spiciness. Moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Silky and lightly carbonated. Maybe just a touch too thin, but adds to the drinkability. No overly "coatiness" to your tongue.

D : At 11.00% its a bit hard to finish one on your own, but definitly one to share the experience.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a snifter, black with a tan inch and a half head. Sticks to the glass.

S: Roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, coffee

T: More complex than the smell, chocolate, olives, coffee, oats, some alcohol warmness, and a hoppy aftertaste.

M: Good and Slimy, but I would like a little less carbonated. But, as it warms it gets better.

D: Entirely drinkable. For complaints.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice presentation, numbered bottle. Cork took a wine opener to pop. Once it popped off the brew poured forth a solid black river. Deep black, even the edges didn't lighten up. Dense, tan head that foamed at a slow rate, it built up over 12 seconds after pour.
Good coffee and toffee smell. Not overpowering, but constant and thorough. A hint of cocoa is present as it warms. I can smell the dryness.

Taste seems to come out big, but settle down to a nice balance of coffee, cocoa, and molasses. A sharp bite grips the middle of the tongue, yet finishes smooth. Flavor tends to start to sour towards the end, but then calm down with subtle complexity.

Overall, this beer is very nice. Rivals the Abyss, and like the Abyss a big bottle is too much for one person. Not a bad thing, but just know this ahead of time.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Catching up review submissions and hit the 1500 mark, so while the review is from last year, maybe it will inspire you to pick a few of these up for *this* fall. Here's to J&T and their tireless efforts.

Appearance - a good black pour, deep burgundy hues around the edges. A thick creamy head of light mocha, starts out at three fingers and slowly fades back.

Aroma - lots of roasted grain accentuated with Hershey's-type chocolate. Some estery alcohol, but the roast grain keeps coming back. Woody notes creep in as this sets up. Excellent!

Taste - dark grain, espresso, and some hot boozy abv. Yowza, even after two years, this has some heat going down. The swallow has some just a nip, maybe hops, maybe the roasty character of the malt. Light woodiness on the aftertaste. With the resilience of the flavors, it makes for a fine extra taste of something, well, extra. The finish is long and lush. Ends nice and warm on this windy, rainy, and blustery fall evening here in Cincy.

Mouthfeel - smooth, velvety, good carbonation.

Drinkability - outstanding beer. Worth trying, waiting for, trading's just worth it.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle from

phenomenal bourbon aged imperial stout with the only real aspect in which to criticize is it's slightly over carbonated ... other wise it's something to be shared and I did try but no one showed up so put down the bottle myself and had a wonderful time doing so

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place for $11.99

This pours from caged and corked 750ML bottle(no. 6037 of 11960) a pitch black with a 3 finger head of tan foam. The cork was very stubborn so I used my BA bottle opener's bigger end to wedge the cork out. It saved a lot of irritation on my hand. Just kep wedging and rotating and it's simple as pie. ;^)

The smell has a lot of roasted malt and dark fruits with side orders of chocolate and a wee bit of coffee. Very nice nose.

The taste comes out with a ton of roasted malt and grain followed by some chocolate, light coffee, and a good but not overpowering flavour of wood...bourbon, in fact. I started off this session with a very cold bottle that I just got so some warming is in order to get the full effects of what this beer has to offer.

I waited for about 30 minutes after my first sips and, man, was I rewarded. All of the flavours come out to the forefront and are tickling my palate like few Imperial Stouts can. Yum!

The mouthfeel is in fullish territory, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes lightly bitter with a last mad dash of bourbon. This one is definitely made to savour and... the alcohol? At 11%abv, it appears to be on the very timid side. Very well hidden to my tastes. Wow.

Drinkability? Super drinkable given how strong it is. A very well made Imperial Stout indeed and I take my hat off to Boulevard for pushing the "envelope" for what an example of the style can be. Don't hesitate for a moment if you see this one on the shelf of your local liquor store. It is, imho, a must try.

Oh, and head retention and lacing are superb. This beer can do *no* wrong!

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Photo of naterock
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Smokestack Chalice. Pours a Deep opaque black, Thick rocky two finger head that settles like sand. As close to a nitro-tap settling as I've ever seen in a bottle. head leaves a nice patchy lacing.

Smell is rich malt, some rye and oat malt. a brown sugary nose is relenquished by a alcohol twinge in the nose. A very distinct yeast profile is so incredibly enticing. Absolutely amazingly complex.

Suprisingly I taste hops first, but is quickly overpowerd by rich but subtle malts. I sense some fig and vine fruit in the aftertaste. Incredibly complex with a bitter-sweet overall complexity. Approach is bitter but finishes sweet and smooth. Not as creamy as some other RISs but I don't think RIS is in a league all it's own.

Mouth is rich and viscous, this one really sticks with you while you attempt to finish off the bottle. For future reference I might want to split one, but this bottle is all mine. MuaHA HA HA!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boulevard Imperial Stout, bottle bought at Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK, for $11.99 plus tax on January 30 2012.

54% ale 46% ale aged in whiskey barrels, batch number 2011-1, bottle 1280.

Appearance: Served in a tall glass (didn’t bother to use a snifter this time), this brew comes looking big, black, deep and mean. One solid finger of cappuccino-colored head that lasts and lingers. Great retention and carbonation. 4.0

Smell: 4.5 Whiskey, wood, vanilla, hops. Chocolate. Cat pee as the brew warms up. Soy sauce? A bit, but one you’d want to drink straight up the bottle. You can smell the thick stickiness of this beer!

Taste: 5.0 This is outrageously smooth and beautiful. Right away you get the wood and the subtle smoke and barrel taste of the whiskey. A bit of caramel and liquorice drops follows. Some grassiness, reminds me of walking through the prairie at Chocolate and subdued hops at the end, plus a bit of alcohol. Anise as it goes down the throat.

Mouthfeel: 4.0 Creamy, drinkable. Full flavor and body, medium-and-perfect carbonation.

Overall: 5.0 Exceptional indeed. So damn drinkable and fuckable. 1,000 steps beyond the 2011 bottle I tried last year!

Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout, numbered bottle bought at Friar Tuck in Savoy-Champaign, Illinois, for $13.99, in late summer 2011. Very excited to try this brew! This is Batch#1, bottled January 2011 and with no trace of the brett that appeared in Batch#2 (after reading the BA notes, it looks like this does have some brett.)

Appearance 4.0: Served in a small snifter-aka-wine-glass at my hotel room in Decatur, Illinois, the beer pours pitch-black and laborious, as if it were a culinary puree instead of a brew. A hefty, foamy, mocha-colored head appears eventually, and it lasts for a while. This is the classic look for a big beer of this kind!

Smell: 4.0 Lots of bourbon (whiskey), wood, some smoke. Barrel, age, pirate ship. Yum! A tad of chocolate and dairy.

Taste: 4.0 Chocolate, wood, oak, fire. Brown sugar, some vanilla. Reminds me of Dogfish Palo Santo. The whiskey is out there, all the way, despite being only 46%. Nice, but a lil' too harsh in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 A tad thin for such a big beer, but it works alright nonetheless. Nice chocolate feel all around. Full flavor and body, low-to-medium carbonation. Dry, spicy, woodsy finish. Boozy, but oh-so-tasty!

Overall: 4.0 Not so drinkable, that's for sure. But hey, that's not what you ask for in a beer like this, right? It is very tasty, it is very nice and, considering it is only 46% aged, the barrel does a great work (if slightly overwhelming at times). Wish it were cheaper, but it ain't a bad price considering how limited this is. Would gladly have again!

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4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Well...It IS Saturday and after 12 a clock :)

I was going through my beercellar-collection and found a few nice friends. Finally I choose this one for now.

Bought in September 2015 at Systembolaget, Sweden.

The beer pours very dark brown with a huge, four finger high, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, brown sugar, fudge, rye, oatmeal, bourbon whiskey, oak barrel, vanilla, coffee, plum, dark fruit, chocolate cake and dark syrup. What a nose! I'm in love even before my first sip!
Taste: Oh! This is such a complex, beatiful f*ing GREAT taste! Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, whipped cream, oak barrels, a light taste of licorice, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel malt and roasted malt. I think I could go on forever...
Mouthfeel: Full body. Light carbonation. Soft and silky smooth! Creamy and fluffy. So good!

This is a dessert! One of the best you can have! It is a big 750 ml bottle but you do NOT want to share...

Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout is one of my absolute favorites up until now. Beautiful, complex, sweet nose and likewise taste: smooth, complex, soft, creamy and with the bourbon oak barrels in the background... Well this is just what I want! I'm a sucker for this!

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4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BrewCzar. All beers I have never tried from him that we classified as "Under the Radar," and all have been fantastic so far.

I don't give a 5 in the looks department very often, but this one has some insane head, even with a mild pour, and crazy fluffy retention and lacing. The liquid itself does not appear to have any highlights.

Smell is of earthy chocolate, a bit of wood maybe? No hint of the bourbon aged blend in here. Tobacco, mild alcohol. Good.

Taste, aah there's the bourbon. Surprisingly strong for the small amount blended in. This beer is fantastic, where do i start. Mouth is pretty thick and low to medium in carbonation, which is where I want a stout. The chocolate, oak, booze, heat, tobacco, earth, love, it's all there. This reminds me of a better version of the Abyss.

BrewCzar, could you and I possibly set up the exact same trade?

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with a large espresso colored head. Head goes down slowly. Scent has a surprising amount of bourbon in it. Smooth vanilla and oak. Very chocolatey. Taste is exactly as it smells. This beer is absolutely delicious. I was not expecting this. I was expecting a good beer, but not an amazing beer. The bourbon is so well-balanced in this beer. Great barrel flavors with milk chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied with high drinkability. Overall, this beer blew my mind. One of the most well-balanced bourbon barrel beers I've had.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep black with significant light mocha head. Good retention with lacing. Classic imperial stout in the sexiest way.
Smell: Boozy and rich. Hints of chocolate and coffee bean as well as dark cherry. Almost more whiskey then stout.
Flavor: Incorporates all elements of the aroma but with more potency. Whiskey throughout!
Feel: Juicy but not very thick. A bit of burn at first but as it warms becomes very smooth.

Overall: This bottle is from 2013 and I have had it multiple times since its first bottling. It might be at its peak delishisnous as of now... Very nice. Almost perfect for its style.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have been eyeing this bottle for several weeks and I finally decided to pull the trigger on this Boulevard offering. (2014 bottling)

A - Deep dark black. It pours thick with light brown head and good lacing. Very fine bubbles that don't quit.

S - Initially the big bourbon barrel aroma hits you in the face. Full bourbon with vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and caramel. Underneath are the dark fruits and then roast, some chocolate, and some sweet malt. More bourbon than beer from the smell but I like it.

T - The first sip there is an explosion of flavors. The bourbon is there but less impact-full than in the smell; again the bourbon, vanilla, oak, and caramel are all on the front of the palate but the sweet malt of the imperial stout is on the tip of the tongue. In the middle there is a slight tart hit from the amount of dark fruit, like prune, and then plenty more stout flavors with roast, cocoa, caramel, and malt. The finish has the roasted bitter you would expect along with some alcohol warming from the bourbon; however, there is so much flavor that there is still plenty to savor after you have swallowed the beer.

M - Very high mouth-feel with Moderate carbonation. I really like how the bourbon, carbonation, and roasted malt attempt balanced the sweet imperial stout flavors. It is soft and somewhat sticky on the finish.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. I haven't been too impressed with Boulevard in the past so that is why I was initially apprehensive about getting this one but I was not disappointed. This beer is not the best BA beer I've had but it reminds me of a barrel-aged Bell's Expedition stout with tons of dark fruit character in the base beer in addition to all of the other big stout flavors to go along with the bourbon barrel flavors. I think that even more age would benefit by making it a little smoother and blending the flavors more but don't hesitate to get the previous years bottling if you get a chance.

Glass- Snifter

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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