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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bubbly light cocoa powdery brown head. The beer itself is a dark chocolate color that appears to be either black with brown tones or a very dark brown with black tones. The beer smell has a sweet alcohol smell as well as whiskey and oak notes. The smell also has strong hints of rye that get lost in the sweetness but still manage to complement the beer. Other notes include lightly roasted malts and coco with an oat smell that seems to mix them all together. The beer taste has a strong whiskey taste mixed other notes. The hops come out slightly but are still overwhelmed by the rye, coco, and roasted malt flavors. The taste also has a sweet alcohol taste. The mouthfeel feels a little light for an imperial stout but still smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a rocky mocha head that leaves a webbing of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit with hints of coffee and whiskey

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit flavors (prune, primarily), up front, with the whiskey barrel and spicy yeast flavors building, in the middle; after the swallow, the hop bill adds some bitterness but the chocolate, vanilla and whiskey tones return in the finish; there is a bit of surprising tartness in the aftertaste (shades of the 2011 Brett infection, perhaps)

Mouthfeel: Creamy and buoyantly carbonated, with a medium to full body

Overall: The yeast makes quite a difference here, and this is as much a Belgian stout as it is an Imperial Stout; a really interesting beer with a lot of complexity

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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,330 ratings