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%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
414
For Trade:
27
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Ratings: 1,323 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black with a one finger creamy tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

T - The flavor is vanilla, oak, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. The finish has some rye and a touch of alcohol heat.

M - Heavy body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Very nice barrel aged Stout. The flavors are balanced and the ABV is dangerously hidden.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, with a good head. The smell is of the malt and a hint of fruitiness. Taste is strong, and the alcohol overtone gives way to the fruitiness in the aftertaste. This is a strong stout, with a pleasant flavor. Very satisfying.

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Photo of Derek
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craftbeersweden
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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Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured dark brown/black.. Small tan head nice retention.

S: So much stuff. Carmel toffee chocolate slight coffee. Slight bourbon/whiskey vanilla oak barrel. A bit of dark fruits like raisins and figs.

T: Nice vanilla oaky whiskey up front. Sweet Carmel and toffee. Chocolate cake. Some raisin and oats. Beautiful tasting stuff.

F: Like vanilla velvet. Great. but wish it blanketed my mouth a bit more and stuck around.

O: Really impressed with this as I always am with boulevard. Hides the 11% so well and so balanced between all of the smells and flavors.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, with no head at all. A little bit of dark caramel colored fizz rises up when you pour it aggressive, but that's it. Sweet biscuit and roasted malt notes lead off the front of a sweet smelling aroma. The taste starts subtle and builds into a large roasted malt blast that feels rather sweet (sugary sweet). There is a booze burn towards the end of the taste profile as well. Good dynamic of taste, which is extremely simple. Mouth feel leads a little to be desire. I'm getting a bit of a carbonation burn on the tongue, and yet there is no head or lacing prevalent, even after a somewhat aggressive pour. Overall, a solid barrel aged stout. Nothing too fancy, it just works.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drone
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jheimiller
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NavyGoat
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 cjgator3
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark pitch black color with nice tan colored head with excellent retention and lacing. The taste and aroma feature a ton of character from the whiskey barrels. It also has a good dose of sweetness in the finish making way for some warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of Evan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AmishLightning
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maz
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Black with a short wispy brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Chocolate fudge, toffee, rye, coffee, roasted barley, smoke, charcoal, caramel, and slight bourbon.

Taste
Raisin, prune, chocolate fudge, and chocolate syrup. Toffee, caramel, deep roasted barley, and dark roast coffee. Very light bourbon notes along with some smoke and charcoal.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, chewy, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
I'm glad they started making this in 12 oz bottles. A nicely made Imperial Stout with a light bourbon barrel presence. Hides the 11% abv well.

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Photo of squack
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,323 ratings.
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