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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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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boulevard keeps hitting home runs with the Smokestack series!

750 ml bottle, #5198 of 11960. Poured into my trusty Boulevard Smokestack goblet, freshly chipped on the foot :'( . Solid two finger head that is slightly orangish cocoa brown. Recedes to a mild ring with a thin smokey lace on the surface. Color is a velvety solid black with a dark brown finish.

Smell is very warming in the nose. There is bitter dark chocolate, brief notes of espresso and Belgian yeast. Taste is very complex. The label says the malt includes barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. I don't even know what spelt is, but it is working. The oats create a creamy texture, the rye adds some bitterness. There are hints of lemon and citrus, which must be coming from the yeast and the wheat. There is chocolate a-plenty. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. Layers upon layers of flavor.

As said, there is a creamy texture that must come from the oats. The mouthfeel itself is not overly heavy. There a slickness to is, and is so smooth. Boulevard has truly outdone themselves with this one. Best Smokestack to date? YES!

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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