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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Menkros (36) - - AUG 18, 2012
Pours black, 1 finger head. Smells like teen spirit. Taste is coffee chocolate and fruit. Alcohol kick in the middle. Very good RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy Deez nuts

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3954) - - AUG 18, 2012
bottle. near opaque black with a small light brown head. bitter roasted aroma with dark fruit from the yeast. palate is medium and carbonation is foamy. flavor has a blend of dark, burnt roasted barley, lesser notes of graham cracker, and minor notes of dark fruits from the belgian yeast. good, but a few minor things like the foamy carbonation turn me off.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iguanaman (11) - Seneca, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Strong flavors with a bitter finish. Sort of a Vegemite without the saltiness. Good rich beer but a bit too bitter for my tastes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark black/brown pour with thick beige head. Aroma is roast and bittersweet chocolate. Strong flavour, roast chocolate and rusk. Long malt finish. There is a bit of hop in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
freeofthoughts (684) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours dark brown black with large foamy khaki suds. The aroma is strange, kind of musty cleaner closet and old paint bucket / dark roasted chocolaty grain with some sweetness. The taste is much better with all the right things coming out strong. The complex grain keeps you guessing whether you just got some wheat or oats along with the heavy barley presence, I?d guess oat is second on the list. There is a nice sweet fruity nature, some dark raisin, light fig, and cindery green apple, but the appearance of it is quickly stomped out by the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt. The carbonation is smooth and light on the palate making out very easy to drink. The finish is somewhat bitingly dry and the grain lingers with some of the light sweetness but as a lover of hoppy beers I enjoy the depth even without much hop aroma or flavor. The more I drink and as it warms I fall more in love. For a modest effort (and price) and a year around imperial stout this is mighty fine.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4817) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours black/purple with dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee roasts.....ash.... Almost a chemical/paint scent. Taste is quite bitter....again coffee and chocolate.... raisiny/fig.....locorice. A bit harsh, but very, very, good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Misterj521 (2) - Tomball, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
Pours out black with a brown foam head. Aroma is like semi sweet chocolate and dark coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, cream, coffee, and a spice I cant pinpoint but nutmeg comes to mind. I liked Itís drink-ability and the complex flavors/aroma from pour to belch. I would pay to drink this again. ( I traded a DR9 for it and several others - Thanks Aaron)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (227) - Delaware, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours a dark black color with tan head and there is much more carbonation than I would have expected. Aroma is fairly weak with subtle notes of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is initially a mild smokiness and coffee but transitions into some hop bitterness. The body is medium and much lighter than most imperial stouts. This beer isnít bad but the Green Flash double stout I had earlier today, and the Old Rasputin I had yesterday, are both far superior.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1044) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pitch black pour with a full finger head of deep tan. Nose is super rich, heavy black coffee, dark chocolate, bitterness is present. Flavor is super bitter for an imperial stout, rich dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasted malts also present. Lighter body than Iíd have liked, but decent. Overall, nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Black appearance, coffee bean smell mixed with raisins or plums. The taste is chocolate and coffee with a little bit of those plums and a very small amount of chile pepper spice. Itís rich, satisfying, and smooth, and it confirmed my confidence in Boulevardís Smokestack Series.


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