Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,323
Reviews:
383
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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274
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414
For Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a soft and somewhat refined bubbly off white to slight tan slim head. This head died within about less than forty seconds. The lacing was there in a slightly weird messy way, but it was there. The smell started off with a boozy roasty coffee cocoa sort of blend. As it warmed, a light plum entered in. The taste was mainly boozy and sweet but did have a decent roasty quality about it. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipper aspect to it. The carbonation was slightly there but allowed a decent harshness to pervade. Overall, I say this was a good Imperial Stout it draws out all of the aspects as any Imperial Stout should. This would make a great night capper.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition, drinking super well right now. i cant believe its taken me so long to get to this one, you used to see it around all the time, and now its nowhere to be found! its a great beer, grain heavy in a cool way for the style, more than just the dark barley roasted element, it has that sure, but it has more cerealy bready build, some wheat and oats in here for sure, its got a lot more going on than most amidst the roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes that are common in the style. some sweetness in the nose, and i can smell the whiskey and wood too, but being a blend of some fresh beer too, it has less of that all encompassing whiskey character to it, which i appreciate here actually, i think it lets the more unique mash come through, some rye in here too i think. its got raisin and plum and port wine aspects, but also bran and bagel breadiness, along with a rich dark roast that doesnt pack too much bitterness into it. smooth on the feel, light carbonation and a lot of body, creamy and dense but not too much. obviously a beer to share, but i found this rather drinkable for the style, its got some nice complexity and not over the top sweetness, its what i like in the style. there is a little tangy element to the finish, like maybe this sat a little long, but its maturity is nice. id like to try it fresh at some point, but i was impressed with this one on the whole! the smokestack series beers are all fantastic!

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Did not age well from 2013. Musty.

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Photo of ccg
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle with a "best by" date of 11/2015 opened in April, 2017.

Dense and thick-looking while pouring. The head initially seems kind of thin and fizzy, but it settles nicely. It leaves a thin layer of brownish suds on top, looking like a glass full of espresso.

The smell is loaded with chocolate and oak and malted grains without being overly boozy-smelling or overpowered by bourbon.

The flavor starts out with a slight metallic note and a bit of sourness in the background, but it improves as it warms. The flavor is similar to the smell with one noticeable difference: there is a coffee note in the flavor that I'm not picking up in the scent.

It has a creamy feel that adds to the overall impression of a drinking a boozy coffee.

Overall, this is a good barrel-aged stout that rewards patience. Let it age for a while, and when you open it, sip it slowly as it warms up and changes. In the past, I've found that partially barrel-aged stouts usually seem like they're not barrel-aged at all, but this one is different. This is probably the best beer I've had so far from Boulevard. It's certainly brightening up a dreary Tuesday night.

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Photo of Miles_Nilges
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle Dated 05 July 2018 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Nearly black in color with a brown one finger head. Head is short lived.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with a strange grassy aroma.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate flowing over an underbelly of alcohol.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, cream and smooth with little to no carbonation.

Overall: Not for the faint of heart, everything about this brew is big and in your face.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Going through my cellar and found a 2011 version of this. Thought maybe I waited too long, but I didn't. A bit of funk in the aroma. Taste is well balanced with whiskey, chocolate, and a hint of funk. I was a bit thrown off from the funk, but upon research, it turns out that batch 2 of this year had some brett characteristics that were known before release. I must say it works very well. Wish I had some more of these sitting around.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MSCUSN
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best by date on the bottle is 6 Aug. 2017.

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a dark brown that is almost black with a 1/8" dark tan head that soon recedes to a thin film on the surface and a small ring around the glass and leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of tiny small patches of lacking that slowly turn liquid.

The aromas include a touch of Bourbon including vanilla from the barrel along some dark chocolate and dark fruit in the background.

The flavors include an initial bit of roasted malt bitterness that may recede briefly but never completely disappears, the effects of the Bourbon barrel show in some vanilla sweetness and the hint of oak that comes along with that. In a different, less forward, layer of flavor there's some dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit and that roasted malt. Throughout the alcohol is well concealed except for the slight warming effect

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and just a bit creamy from the very soft carbonation. The finish begins early on as the initial roasted bitterness that starts the show is only there very briefly before allowing the vanilla and oak from the Bourbon barrel to show up. Those flavors soon begin to recede allowing the chocolate and a touch of dark fruit to emerge and join in the flavor profile. These flavors also then recede a bit leaving the final ending to the vanilla with a hint of chocolate that is pretty much on the back of the palate.

Overall this seems an excellent beer that shows the effects of Bourbon barrel aging riding over the top the chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt, but never completely concealing them so that they get to play a bit on the palate as well. While I'll be happy to have another it seems to me that this is a special occasion beer or one that can turn a dreary day into a special one all by itself. BTW, I recommend that this be the first beer of the day since I think some of the complexity would be concealed by having another beer first.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of victormoth
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Half Moon Brewing pint glass from the Gardner Ale House (MA). It poured to a tight foamy head of about a half inch. Held up to a light it was a deep mahogany. A prevalent bready pumpernickel and whiskey aroma with a slightly sweet coffee, plum taste (a friend of mine drinking one remarked "soy notes" in a pleasant sense). With the 11% alcohol level I felt my ears turning red and warm even before I got to the bottom of the neck of the bottle, definitely boozy (probably equal to three Coors Lights, so if you drank it quickly watch out) and best quaffed slowly as it lost no appeal when reaching room temperature. This beauty came in an 8-pack called The Great 8 along with Boulevard's: The Calling, Tank 7, and A Tell Tale Tart.

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Photo of zillarunner
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth, delicious. The coffee, malt and chocolate flavors linger. You can drink this slow and enjoy it.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, consumed 09/09/2016.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cellared 2015 bottle with a Sept. 2017 BB date stamp; opened September 2016. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: essentially black and opaque body with a semi-durable light tan head.

Aroma: whisky and whisky barrels; black bread; alcohol; dark dried fruits; hints of vanilla.
Flavor: bourbon and oak; molasses; less dark dried fruits and more chocolate than in the nose. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar and black bread. Lightly sweet, overall.

Mouthfeel: very full, relatively thick body with alcohol warmth extending from the tongue downwards.

Overall: quite nice but likely to improve with further aging.

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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