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:
1,321
Reviews:
381
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
273
Gots:
413
For Trade:
27
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Ratings: 1,321 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of MSCUSN
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chrismattlin
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best by date on the bottle is 6 Aug. 2017.

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a dark brown that is almost black with a 1/8" dark tan head that soon recedes to a thin film on the surface and a small ring around the glass and leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of tiny small patches of lacking that slowly turn liquid.

The aromas include a touch of Bourbon including vanilla from the barrel along some dark chocolate and dark fruit in the background.

The flavors include an initial bit of roasted malt bitterness that may recede briefly but never completely disappears, the effects of the Bourbon barrel show in some vanilla sweetness and the hint of oak that comes along with that. In a different, less forward, layer of flavor there's some dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit and that roasted malt. Throughout the alcohol is well concealed except for the slight warming effect

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and just a bit creamy from the very soft carbonation. The finish begins early on as the initial roasted bitterness that starts the show is only there very briefly before allowing the vanilla and oak from the Bourbon barrel to show up. Those flavors soon begin to recede allowing the chocolate and a touch of dark fruit to emerge and join in the flavor profile. These flavors also then recede a bit leaving the final ending to the vanilla with a hint of chocolate that is pretty much on the back of the palate.

Overall this seems an excellent beer that shows the effects of Bourbon barrel aging riding over the top the chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt, but never completely concealing them so that they get to play a bit on the palate as well. While I'll be happy to have another it seems to me that this is a special occasion beer or one that can turn a dreary day into a special one all by itself. BTW, I recommend that this be the first beer of the day since I think some of the complexity would be concealed by having another beer first.

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

Photo of victormoth
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Half Moon Brewing pint glass from the Gardner Ale House (MA). It poured to a tight foamy head of about a half inch. Held up to a light it was a deep mahogany. A prevalent bready pumpernickel and whiskey aroma with a slightly sweet coffee, plum taste (a friend of mine drinking one remarked "soy notes" in a pleasant sense). With the 11% alcohol level I felt my ears turning red and warm even before I got to the bottom of the neck of the bottle, definitely boozy (probably equal to three Coors Lights, so if you drank it quickly watch out) and best quaffed slowly as it lost no appeal when reaching room temperature. This beauty came in an 8-pack called The Great 8 along with Boulevard's: The Calling, Tank 7, and A Tell Tale Tart.

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Photo of zillarunner
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth, delicious. The coffee, malt and chocolate flavors linger. You can drink this slow and enjoy it.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -3.8%
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 -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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 -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hermit990
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +3.6%
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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Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,321 ratings.
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