Imperial Outmeal Stout | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Imperial Outmeal StoutImperial Outmeal Stout

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by beefandbean22:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out like motor oil. It’s a very dark brown in color with a dark brown head that came up modestly on a heavy pour and dissipated quickly.

Smell – This nose it very balanced. We have some good roasty malts along with an even amount of oatmeal mixed with some milk/sweet characteristics. There’s a light coffee aroma here as well.

Taste – This is amazingly balanced. The roasted malts lead the way but the darkened oatmeal is right in there. The milky sweetness, more like cream, is just enough to make the perfect compliment. The light coffee, with a pleasing bitterness, brings up the rear.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied but incredibly smooth. The combination of darkly roasted malts and milky sweetness really gets the saliva glands working, and that bitter finish keeps your mouth wanting more.

Drinkability – This big Oatmeal Stout should have an “Eatability” rating. It’s huge yet smooth and creamy but not heavy-handed.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout pours from the bomber an oily viscous onyx with a nice inch of bubbly dark tan head on top. Light does not even dare to attempt to escape through the depths of this brew. Aromas of roasted, toasty rolled oats dance alongside hunks of bakers chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Sweet and roasty with a smattering of alcohol and hops sitting in the background.

First sip brings a roasted rolled oat maltiness with notes of chocolate, followed by a long wave of sourness on the way down. Puckering...this one seems to be infected...and how I was looking forward to it...damn. There's a slight hint of hops on the finish but the overbearing sourness ruins the overall character of the brew. Just not a good experience here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. Smooth, but it could use a little more body overall. Drinkability would probably normally be good, but as of now it's basically zero. The rest of this bottle will meet its unfortunate doom by flowing down the drain. Thanks to skyhand for the opportunity...I wish this one would've worked out nicer!

Music: Boards of Canada - Chromakey Dreamcoat

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Photo of Lazaro
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DanJLangston
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours and appears pitch black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thick cap with a bit of fizziness. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor starts with toasted malt, vanilla soda, mild chocolate with a somewhat thin vanilla and chocolate finish with light toastiness. Light to medium bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. A somewhat odd oatmeal stout that may be a little overcarbonated, which seems to thin the body and reduce the flavor in the finish. The creamy body expected from an oatmeal stout is replaced by a rather spritzy lighter character. Tasty enough, but not very complex and could use some more oatmeal presence. This is a quite fresh bottle, but carbonated enough I'm glad I didn't wait to drink it; possibly an anomalous bottle.

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Photo of Prager62
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bomber with no date received from generous BA beertunes last summer that's been in the fridge. Pouring it in a 14oz. stout glass for the review.

Look- Pours a thin dark cola colored brown leaving a small finger of tan foam. It slowly settles to form a ring revealing a little lacing.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, dark roast, cookie dough and a hint of char.

Taste- Semi sweet dark chocolate, tobacco, dark roast and malted milk.

Feel- Slick and oily but on the thin side for the style. It's a bit fizzy on the tongue with a semi dry finish.

Overall- I don't think time hurt this one at all. It's dangerously drinkable at 8.5% and tastes like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Only minor 'complaint' is the relatively thin feel, otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with mild mahogany highlights. No head on this beer. The carbonation does seem a little low, and there is not a ton of alcohol, so I fear this is a touch flat. The nose has a lot of dark caramel, mild roast malt. Just the lightest citrus character from the hops. The taste is very sweet and roasty, almost a coffee character. Call it a latte not a mocha. The mouth feel has a nice dry oatmeal character. Good drinkability. I’ve had this before and the carbonation was fine, so I won't hold that against it. Really well done beer.

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Photo of zacharius
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick frothy tan head. The smell of this beer is sweet and chocolately with hints of fruitty esters. This beer's taste is dominated by malts, roasted and chocolately but still very smooth. There is no oat taste to this beer, but they certainly add smoothness and body. Hops are just there for balance. Nice thick mouthfeel without being sickly sweet. Hides its 8.5% alcohol content well, it is a very drinkable beer--I had no problem finishing the deuce deuce.

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Photo of nsabo
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About what I expect from a low ABV imperial stout. Thin mouth, but smooth sipper, no booze heat at all, vanilla and roasted (not heavily) grain. As far as imperial stouts go, this is a great example of a beginner’s one, though I give it credit for not striking out where other novice imperial stouts often do: harsh booze heat, overly roasted grains, etc.
I spent $5 at the brewery for this. 25 miles down the road, I spend $7 for Skagit River’s RIS that I consider to be the superior “local” imperial stout. Neither are heavy hitters in this genre, but I think both are better than the much hyped and widely available Dragon's Tooth Stout from Elysian.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gnaztee
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from growler into pint glass.

Nice couple fingers light tan head.

Dark color, but seems lighter than most stouts. Good lacing too.

Smells a bit grainy and light.

Taste is also grainy. More like a porter than a stout. Still rich in coffee and smokey malt.

Very drinkable.

Overall, nothing special, but a decent growler fill.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Opaque black with a light brown head. Smells stronly of dark bread, roasted nuts, chocolate milk, and chicory coffee. Medium bodied with a creamy yet dryish texture. Taste is a semi sweet chocolate with brown sugar. Has a chicory flavor that makes for a slightly bitter finish.
A great stout, this brew strikes a nice balance between the sweet, blackened, and burnt malt flavors.
Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bcuz7
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub, but after already enjoying a glass of the dunkel, DIPA and old bounder. Hence, my notes are a bit brief for this beer. :-)

The beer pours an impressive brooding dark black color, but with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive on this beer, with some very noticeable licorise intermingling with the sweet malt and raisany caramel. The abv. is pretty noticeable on this beer, although it's still quite luscious. One gets licorise, coffee, vanilla and caramel, with a very full bodied mouthfeel. The flavors are long and soft, although this stout comes across as pretty rich and powerful. It's definitely a big stout, and there is a long, lingering finish to it.

This is a very impressive, albeit somewhat unusual, imperial stout.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewery, 5 oz sample. It really stands out from their other brews.

A: Tar-like motor oil, a little head, leaves more of a leg than a lace.

S: Fruity chocolate and molasses.

T: Hop bitterness is more apparent than the roasted bitterness (no harsh burnt flavours at all). Mocha, a little licorice, some fruitiness from the yeast, and a nice wallop of Northwest hop flavour. The hop flavour is surprisingly complimentary, something like a "Terry's" chocolate orange. A VERY nice Northwest take on this style!

M: Chewy, chalky, moderate to heavy body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable for the style.

I like it a lot. This is their "MUST TRY".

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Imperial Outmeal Stout from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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