Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.18/5
1,325 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,256
Reviews:
383
Ratings:
1,325
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
414
Trade:
27
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,325 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of DucksFan16
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 -4.3%
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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Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 release drank 11/29/14. Appearance is jet black with a tan foam cap that dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, roast, and alcohol. Taste is rich caramel and chocolate, with bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and roast on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes well balanced with some lingering notes of bourbon and alcohol. Good imperial stout...roast is restrained with a prominent bourbon and alcohol flavor and finish

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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 kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellared: 12/21/13 Opened: mid-April 2016

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: jet black and thick. The head is a dark coffee-and-cream color of superfine bubbles.

Aroma: a combination of chocolates: bittersweet and milk chocolate, and bourbon with light oak. Very inviting.

Flavor: prominent molasses, raisins and bourbon, which are all very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of heavy – perfect for a high abv sipper.

Overall: another success from Boulevard. This beer is very well balanced, and better than most of the more readily available imperial stouts.

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Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hermit990
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense two finger tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of oak, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, some plums and espresso. This beer smells great.
T: Taste is nice roast with some vanilla and caramel from the barrel. The plum notes from the yeast come through at times as well. A bit of oak as well as some cocoa powder and coffee. Swallow is more oak, caramel and vanilla with lingering roast, coffee and chocolate.
M: this one is thick and velvety on the palate with soft but adequatte carbonation and a dry finish.
O: everything about this beer is awesome from the flavors to the complexity. This is one to grab if you like big stouts. The barrel influence is there but it isn't super strong.

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Photo of Giggy
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful head but it dissipates fast. Great flavor, let it warm and open up. Brown sugar to carmalized sugar. Coconut in the nasal passage after the swallow. Slightly too much carbonation.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nawpnawp
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage opened in 2016 (best by date was end of 2015).

There is very creamy carbonation and the brew pours thick. The smell is amazing with loads of chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite match the intensity of the nose. It seems with age, a lot of the flavors have faded a bit and I'm picking up more of a bitter chocolate with almost no sweetness. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I was anticipating a much sweeter profile based on the nose. The feel is great, however, and makes for a fantastic sipper.

Overall, I was hoping for a little more from the taste. Perhaps the brewer had it right and I let it sit for too long.

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Photo of ppavlick
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ControlVolume
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same problem of all strong Boulevard beers of being too sweet when warm.

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Photo of Nunya
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quafftastic
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_chav
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CFCforlife
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,325 ratings
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