Magic Drip
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #525
Ranked #1,476
4.32 | pDev: 6.48%
May 25, 2023
Sep 12, 2021
Barrel Aged Wheated Imperial Stout with Columbian Coffee

Magic Drip is a rich Wheated Imperial Stout featuring pale, dark, and crystal malts, plus Magnum hops and Colombian Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee from our friends at Messenger Coffee.

The Wheated Imperial Stout was then aged from 8-18 months in various Bourbon Casks, each barrel bringing its own personality of vanilla, oak and char. Clocking in at 13.5% ABV, the end result was pure Magic Drip.

When you open and pour this beer you’ll find notes of well-rounded coffee aroma and flavor that make way for vanilla, cocoa and barrel characteristics. The fusion of the sweet and boozy Imperial Stout base alongside rich coffee and boozy bourbon casks makes for a balanced beer of rich chocolate and coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and toasted oak.
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Best by 8/16/23, had 10/29/21.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, thick looking, with just a flash of a head and spotty cling. Aromas of coffee- a strong aroma, chocolate, malt, light bourbon- more as warms, some oak, light tobacco, a little malted milk balls. Flavors of coffee- a strong taste, malt, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, light oak, tobacco as it warms. Smooth, a solid full body, appropriately carbonated.

The best straight bourbon barrel aged coffee stout that I’ve had in quite a while. Loads of good coffee, expressive barrels that give up terrific aromas and flavors. Really enjoyable.
May 25, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by cabsandking from Ohio

Sep 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours inky-black, and completely opaque. The dark tan head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a thin cap on top, along a thin edge of oily-looking lacing around the glass.

Huge, MASSIVE espresso on the nose. Aside from the rather generous notes of alcohol, the coffee dominates. This is a very good thing if you like coffee (and espresso), and if you don’t like coffee you might want to avoid this one altogether.
No hop presence to speak of, but dark malt character in spades: Much like a Belgian strong dark ale, with cocoa and lighter toffee and (again) coffee/cold brew notes. This is right up my alley.

Sweet and lightly bitter/acrid on the first sip, followed by wave after wave of dark malt character (chocolate, toffee). Submerged beneath the broader malt character — and the coffee — there are lighter vanilla notes, along with an overall spiciness, derived partly from the heavy coffee infusion and partly from the strength.

The lingering character after the first sip is a bittersweet one, and the “oiliness” coats the palate and roof of the mouth more than adequately.

This one would be fairly big-bodied owing to its style and strength, but it’s a bit thinner in fact, than one might imagine at first. It also fairly easy drinking due to its minimal bitterness and enhanced sweetness.

At 13.6%, this is “up there” among the bigger entries in the R/IS category, and doubtless there are hundreds (maybe thousands?) of stronger examples these days. Such strength affects drinkability for most people, although for the style (and especially for the Pastry Stout sub-style, which this one also borders) it is to be expected nowadays, so the strength can’t really be seen as a “knock” against it. You read the label, you know the style, you pretty much know what you’re getting yourself into!

Altogether, this reminds me a whole lot of a Coffee Liqueur, or of a whiskey flavored with coffee (the very familiar Jameson brand has one, as do a few others), and it’s a sub-style of beverage alcohol which I myself have flirted heavily with in the last couple of years (since I began to distill and barrel age at home).

An excellent sipper, and a great beer overall, which manages to straddle the Imperial and Pastry sub styles of stout.
May 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering two thirds of the top. The aroma is of coffee, sweet bourbon, dark malt, and wheat. I’m tasting coffee, bourbon, dark malt, and wheat. The mouth is lightly oily from the coffee and slightly chewy.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured @45.8°, it's thick, black and oily looking, gives a small tan head that fades quickly, no noticeable lacing. Snot locker get coffee, whiskey, dark fruit, toffee and some ash. Taste buds get that, the booze is noticeable, I'm starting to sweat, it's only 46° here. Thick'n chewy, one damn good beer!
Apr 27, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle, 2021 vintage, please enjoy by date of 16 AUG 2023 stamped on the back label. Big thanks to Brutaltruth for this brew! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with around a half inch tan head that stuck around a while. Small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like coffee, burnt/charred malt, molasses, dark fruit and some bourbon. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some oak and vanilla flavors. I think the coffee stands out in both the aroma and taste, wish the barrel character was stronger but that's a minor issue. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, definitely worth trying if you're into coffee stouts!
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured an inky black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - The nose had notes of fudge and coffee.

Taste - Even before the taste, I was impressed by the huge body. Coffee, dark chocolate, and raisins were soaked in bourbon. It was a strong profile that lingered, particularly the dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel - The body was thick, even being borderline fluffy.

Overall - Especially for the price point, this is amazing.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours black with a finger of mocha colored foam. Aroma is dark coffee, toffee, chocolate, and roasty and toasty malts. Heavy whiskey and barrel is behind, but not adding excessive heat, instead just sealing up the finish. Flavor profile carries heavy coffee with toffee, chocolate, apple, and raisins behind. Hearty roasty and toasty malts add complexity while whiskey and char add some heat. All together, it's a smooth flavor profile, despite the ABV or whiskey presence. Mouth feel is thick, with a near still effervescence. Some very light silt makes its way through to the texture, but otherwise it's still. Overall, a hearty stout that focuses every bit of its attention on whiskey and coffee.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.
Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Boulevard Brewing Co. "Magic Drip"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "PLEASE ENJOY BY: 16AUG2023 F L081621 09:17". Sampled on 012821.
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is 'Magic Drip"? A barrel-aged wheated imperial stout with coffee... OK. A rough pour has brought up a inch and a half of dark brown foam atop an opaque black body. It doesn't even display any light coming through when held to direct light - that's a dark beer! The first thing I notice in the aroma is green bell pepper. That generally comes from old coffee, but isn't this new? Yeah, it's only 5 months old. Maybe it's me. I could be getting sick and I don't realize it, or it could just be that I'm extra sensitive to that at this point. The head has dropped at this point and I have a pretty big but very thin island floating on the surface. There's no collar, just the island, and no lacing was left behind. That's common in strong barrel-aged beers though. Back to the aroma, I got some roasty coffee of course, a passing whiff of coconut, and chocolate. Wow, the flavor is a lot richer than the nose lets on. It's intense, and that redeems any green pepper in the aroma without question. It's like a fudge brownie that has tiny pieces of raisin in it, and then you get dark chocolate, dried fig, and sweet black coffee. There's some Bourbon, oak, coconut, brown sugar, dark cherry, almond, toasty bread, molasses, and a splash of alcohol as well. It's not that bitter... what is it?... I've already recycled the bottle... 23 IBUs in a very rich and full beer BUT that alcohol and the dark malts and fruit combine to help dry it. It sticks around for sure, but it doesn't come across as super sweet. I actually think it's perfectly balanced for what it is. That alcohol has hit me already, and I'm not sure I've even had half of it. The mouthfeel is intense as well. It's very full bodied, and oily. There's not a lot of carbonation to it which helps to explain the limited head retention and lacing. This is one of the most intense beers I've ever had, but I guess taking an imperial stout and adding coffee and Bourbon-barrels will do that. Well worth the price.
Review #7,745
Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is an enticing looking beer when poured into a tulip shaped chalice. Espresso brown, with a swiftly fading dense, dark tan head. Within minutes it looks like an exotic coffee drink with its 1/8 in ring and thin wispy cap. This beer’s rich, dark, roasted coffee aromas are blended with baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oak and a balanced dose of bourbon-like phenols. The taste is like an exotic, smooth, rich coffee liqueur but the mouthfeel is not at all thick or syrupy. There is char, and cocoa notes, in the long drying finish that has a very pleasant black licorice component. The carbonation feels soft and delicate - contributing just enough to help nicely hide the massive abv. This is a truly magical elixir, and an outstanding example of an American-style, Imperial /Coffee Stout.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.78 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2022
Magic Drip from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 96 ratings