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RATINGS: 910   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours almost black with a small, brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, grassy hops and a hint of licorice. Flavors of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, licorice and grassy/earthy hops. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TizzleJizzle (763) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Smoky malty aroma. Poured a dark brown/black color with a kakhai top and nice lacing. Taste is alcohol, chocolate, coffee, toast, and caramel. Too watery on the palate for an impy stout. All in all, a nice brew, but there are far better imperial stouts out there. Cheers

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 27, 2015
Appearance was motor oil with creamy lasting mocha 3 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are deep fruits, cherry, toffee, marzipan, soft coffee and chocolate, no alcohol. Taste are fruits of fig, prunes, plum, cherry, licroce upfront, then soft black, roast malts come to play. The glorious soft smooth alcoholic balanced finish. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with slick oily full body, then lasting balanced brew. Overall a beautiful example of an American Stout, well done Boulvard. Vintage 2013

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (759) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle, pours opaque black, oatmeal cored head fades to 1/2". Aroma malt, plums, burnt sugar, smoke. Flavor shoyu, plum, blackstrap molasses, smoke. Palate is thick, almost syrupy, minimal carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
Looks like a proper stout should. The aroma is great, smokey, dark fruit, raisin, molasses, chocolate, booze, awesome. The flavour, is also awesome, starts out sweet with dark fruits and brown sugar, roastiness balances that out with coffee and dark chocolate, finishes off with notes of cigar and licorice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (749) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle shared with northropfrye. It is incredibly dark, light will not shine through it. A dark head. Smell is sweet and smokey. Taste is likewise sweet and smokey. I’d like to sip this beer, but if I took a large gulp it would be too much for me, just bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (747) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. $2.99 Redondo Beach Total Wine. Aroma of dark roasted malts and spicy hops. Flavor is dark over ripe plum, espresso, and rye. Flavor is on the sweeter side. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - 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. It’s rich, satisfying, and smooth, and it confirmed my confidence in Boulevard’s Smokestack Series.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12oz bottle, best by May 18, 2014. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours black with a three finger brown head that recedes to a light cap and leaves some good patterns of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, some dark fruits. Moderate strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, some plums and dark fruit, a bit of peppery spice, fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, alcohol is there but very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth carbonation. Nice.

Very complex and very tasty stout. Aroma lacks, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Rich and delicious!


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