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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours opaque black with huge brown head. Aroma is roasty with faint hints of coffee, chocolate, and burn caramel. Taste is dry, dark roasted malts with some coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The body is lighter than you want for this kind of beer. Not bad overall, but it doesn’t really stand up well to other Imperial Stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3502) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle at Flying Saucer. Pours a dark brown with tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and raisin. Thin mouthfeel with flavor of smoke coffee and chocolate. Easy to drink, avery good Imperial stout from Boulevard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1231) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2011
This is a nice enjoyable beer. I found a 12 ounce beer at the local beer store. Not smokey.... dark enjoyable. Not sweet... just the correct balance of dark sweet hop glory!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours black and a vigorous pour resulted in foaming over. Dense brown head. Nose is strong but pleasant vinous fruits, chocolate, burnt malts, and some coffee. Flavor is fruity up front and comes in with some pleasant roasted malt complexities. Heavyish and full mouthfeel. Nice. I expected more carbonation given the pour but is well done. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2011
near opaque, black with a creamy light brown head. notes of vanilla, raisin, and a bit of coffee in the nose. flavor has a nice bitterness, but is relatively heavy on alcohol. coffee and chocolate are present in the flavor profile as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2565) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2011
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 10/19/11. Pours thick black color with a nice 2-3 fingers of dense dark tan head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Fair amount of thick lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, molasses, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Some very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt malts, and licorice. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, burnt malt, coffee, caramel, smoke and some spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavor and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a decent sized warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. A little over the top on roasted flavors but I enjoyed this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Curious looking 12 oz bottle caught my eye and made the ride home with me. Pours a deep brown color bordering on black with a huge fluffy tan head that shows moderate retention and mad lace. Smells roasty, chocolatey and dark fruity. Slight caramel and licorice and hints of yeasty esters round out the aroma. Taste is roasty, fruity, and Belgian like. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate mixed with a quad like fruity and yeasty Belgian character. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I normally don’t enjoy "Belgian Stouts" but wow this one is very well done and very tasty. It seems to have just the right mix of stout and quad character to help me really enjoy it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Beautiful black beer with a rich dark brown head. Coffee flavors up front; also some semi-sweet chocolate hints. Also some dark fruit flavors (and maybe raisin) mixed in there. As you get further into the glass, the high alcohol content starts to find its way into those flavors...almost like once your mouth gets used to the other flavors that alcohol bite first becomes noticeable. Very complex, strong, rich, yet very approachable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3378) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours pretty much black with a moderate light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left nearly complete lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with notes of toast, mild smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is lovely with roasted malt, prunes, toast and just a bit of char. Rich and full bodied. Dries out just a bit at the finish. Very enjoyable stout!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours dark brown with a huge light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes plum, espresso, chocolate and treacle, with a pleasantly dry finish. This is a really nice brew.


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