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
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with moderate tan head and decent lacing.

Smell: Oak, molasses and chocolate mostly, with some dark fruit and bourbon notes.

Taste: Molasses and chocolate core, along with some dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Strong whiskey notes as well, with definite oak and a slight sourness. I would be interested in knowing what whiskey was used as I am getting a mix of fuller Bourbon notes and spicier Rye notes.

Feel: Not quite as full bodied as expected or desired, but the smooth, creamy texture more than makes up for that. Carbonation is mostly in check.

Overall: Nice barrel-aged Imperial Stout that is somewhat unique.

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Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

A - Pours really deep, seems thick, has a tight little espresso colored head. Not much lacing on the glass but good retention.

S - Oak is very present, bourbon is noticeable, fudge whiffs and a little sweet.

T - It's like a chocolate bourbon concoction. Somewhat licorice components with molasses.

M - A little on the thin side with the body, but it still seems somewhat thick. Medium carbonation and oh so smooth.

O - Impressive blend here. The whiskey isn't overbearing and the beer is very well balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2013 vintage and best by 11-2015 on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown to black with soft 1/2-1 finger cap of beige head with good retention and spots of lace around the glass.

S: Sour, woody aroma overall, no real whiskey or booze aroma, fudgy, a bit of raisin and plum

T: Fudgy with a slight sourmash whiskey flavor in the finish. A bit of dark fruitiness with rum raisin prominent. Earthy hopping and moderately bitter, mainly biting at the end. Not the smoothest flavored imperial stout, but pretty unique for its heavy chocolate and sour influence.

M: Even carbonation, big body, silky across the palate, and easy to drink.

O: A pretty nice imperial stout although I doubt it is going to improve a lot with time. Saving a bottle back despite my doubts, but the chocolate flavors may increase with the slight sourmash character coming through in the end.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours a very dark dirty motor oil brown capped by a beige two finger head. Excellent retention and evident lacing. Light oak, cocoa powder, very light hints of booze, and surprising hints of brett. Dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, and dried black cherries upfront. Hints of nuttiness and molasses midpalate that blends smoothly with light toasted oak and whiskey notes. Combines with more cocoa powder and very light touches of brett funk on the finish. Higher end of moderate carbonation; medium-bodied, light for an imperial stout. Smooth with some creaminess on the edges. I enjoyed this brew, but overall not what I'm looking for when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout. However, as a standalone regardless of style, this brew is certainly worth a visit.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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