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RATINGS: 748   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Green hops with herbal notes and roast. Some chocolate. Green hoppy flavor with some lactose tartness. Dry bitter finish. A bit heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This beer pours a black with a medium, dark tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and bitter with a heavy body. It has a great lingering roastiness and might be a slight more watery than I like an Impy stout to be, but this was still a great beer. Cheers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 deep brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head. natural carbonation gives a delicateness, creaminess and softness that it rarely achieved in american craft beer; the yeast is certainly fruity and phenolic. initial impression is medium to heavy roast and oats, with fudge and cake-like chocolate malt. multi-layered and divinely decadent and delicious, itís a rare treat to witness such a hefty, weighty stout with such nuance and finesse.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color with a tall, smooth, mocha tinted head. Settling slowly to a small but lasting blanket, the head leaves behind wet flares that turn to sticky cobwebs of lace. The aroma is quite fruity and sweet, suggesting rum raisin and dark candy sugar amidst more familiar notes of semi-dry dark chocolate, anise, and blackened caramel. Nothing really stood out as a distinct varietal within the broad grain bill. Flavors show largely the same base profile, save for a distinctly earthen, slightly herbal hop profile that imparts a soft bitterness throughout. Dark baking chocolate, burnt caramel, raisin, and plum all play a role. Yeast is fruity and distinctly Belgian in style. Candy sugar sweetness lends a very foreign feel to this big American brewed stout. The palate is weighty, yet sufficiently aerated by lively, pillowy carbonation. Turning out semi-dry on the finish, lengthy fruit and roast notes go on for a good while. Overall, I found this to be a very solid, interesting brew, but the total package wasnít overwhelmingly great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours out blacker than sin with a tan rocky head that refused to go away. Leaves really good lacing. The aroma screams "imperial stout" with huge notes of roasted chocolate malt, black licorice, earthy grains, deep dark plum from the Belgian yeast they used, and, dare I say, some grilled steak? Flavor is pretty much the same as on the nose, but dry and smoky. Very roasted chocolate malt, liquid smoke, a touch of espresso, deep rich velvety mouthfeel, and just overall stoutiness. Itís dang impressive, but for me, itís too smoky and boozy. Good though! Go get yourself one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a opaque, near black brown with a beautiful persistent espresso head. Fantastic lacing. Aroma: sweet chocolate, cocoa, licorice, plum, sweet, booze, notes of smoke. Taste was like the aroma but with some hops in the mix as well and a very mellow sweetness. Full body, very smooth, great depth, excellent balance. Overall a excellent IS.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1287) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle. Pour is dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, roasted malt, light hop, and faint cocoa. Flavor is smooth roasted malt with light chocolate and light coffee in the finish. This is very smooth and drinkable. A bit better than expected.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Deep black color with a large, foamy, fluffy, billowy, cafe colored head. Very good retention with a nice foamy lace left. S - Interesting aroma. Earthy, spicy hops and a rye like aroma. Nutty, cocoa, hints of tobacco. Also some dark fruit, especially plum. Roasted malt and chocolate as well. T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and spicy and earthy hops and a touch of grassiness (German hoppiness). Some dark fruit, plum and fig. Hints of coffee. A nice stout bitterness. M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bit of a sticky finish. D - Very drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. Very tasty with a great mix of malt and hops. Notes: Really enjoyable stout. Great balance of malt and hops with a nice bitterness. The label says there is English malt, Belgian yeast, and German hops which mix well and are quite tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml. Black body. Frothy brown head, lasting. The aroma is malty with notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate and caramel. Notes of resin and grapefruit along with some vanilla. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rich stout with a strong flavor of chocolate that works well with a woodiness perhaps from the resinous bitterness. At the same time, nothing is overpowering as is the case with many imperial stouts. Nicely balanced. Another excellent beer from Boulevard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark brown, creamy bubbly beige head. Chocolate, ethanol, lightly green, well balanced nose. Flavor is a bit decadent, brownie chocolate and with considerable hop bitterness through the finish. Chalky end, more cake and brownie.


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