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RATINGS: 862   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is some spice, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste up front is some spice from the hops and the rye, leading into a roasted, chocolate, and coffee middle with a fairly smoky finish. Pretty good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3502) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2010
750ml bottle 5/13/10 (Whole Foods-Austin)-58° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more smoke coming out. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite delicious. Another great Smokestack brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Pours a dark brown to black with a massive head. Looks good in a Duvel tulip glass-60% liquid,40% foam. As far as the aroma the first thing that sticks out is the Belgian yeast with its fruity esters mixing with the chocolate and roasted malt. Before even taking a drink it already reminds me of Allagash Black. The taste starts out with chocolate and roasted flavors and can be a little meaty then gives way to the flavors the Belgian yeast offers. Now it seems like there are two parts to this beer, the chocolate and roasted stout like qualities and its Belgian side. They both seem to vie for position but the Belgian yeast overtakes. To me it tastes like the same yeast in Sixth Glass Quad. Not my style of Imp. Stout but it is a pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUN 25, 2010
Slight roasty malts and some sweetness to the aroma. Dark brown with a good sized tan head. Taste is of rich malt with chocolate, sugars, with notes of bitter baker’s chocolate and some hoppiness. Taste is much better and more complex than aroma suggests. Chewy and meal-like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
750. Solid black in the glass with a foamy medium brown head. Nose is thick and full of roasted malt, smoked malt, burnt malt, caramelized malt... You get the idea, I think. Flavor is a lot of the same, with a little sweetness and some definite coffee/chocolate tones. I think there’s maybe a bit too much roasted malt in this, because it really dominates the whole profile of the beer. Still a very nice stout, though maybe not exactly worth the $10 I paid for it. We’ll see how I feel after finishing the bottle, though...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
750 ml bottle. 7/01/2010. Pours deep dark black with a thick foamy tan head that lasts awhile. Nice lacing and great carbonation. Nose is roasted malt, smoke, caramel, dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Taste is mainly sweet chocolate malt, some slight bitter hops, plum, creme brûlée, and slight smoke. Great velvety mouthfeel that I’ve come to expect from Boulevard. Great beer, better than average IRS.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2010
corked bottle via superdave on 3/21/10. pours blackish with orange/brown at the edges and a pale brown head. supremely roasty nose with notes of chocolate, raisins, a little char and some caramel. the flavor is pretty much the same... mix in some some coffee, spiciness, herbaceous-ness and a smoky aftertaste to fill the bill. alcohol comes in to dry and thin out an otherwise thin body to make it really quaffable. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, malt, light roasting, molasses, light hops, slight Belgian yeast, and oats. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, light coffee, light chocolate, light Belgian yeast, light oats, slight smoke, and some lactose. Medium body. Smooth texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, Belgian yeast, and oat finish is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. 9.7%ABV completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Bottled. Pours black in color with a thick creamy tanned head. Roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and coffee liqour in aroma. A bit of sweet chocolate kind of notes in taste, but there’s also some tart feeling, which has a certain vibe of sour berries in it. Interesting, feels a bit like a fruity and slightly roasted dark chocolatey brew in aftertaste. Works well as a dessert together with some rum cocktail vanilla icecream. Sweet and roasted and a bit boozy finish.


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