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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Like India Pale Ale, Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high percentages of malt and hops to help them withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, and oats. A portion of the batch has been aged in whiskey barrels, then blended with fresh ale before bottling. Za Vas!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (314) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle: 2013 - very dense deep brown to black. Light head and lace. Very inky dense roasted nose. Coffee, smokey, dark chocolate but with a high tone edge. Hint of florals and maybe some VA. Dry to off dry palate with maybe a slightly fresh or sour edge and low bitterness. The Flavors a re great. Very rich, saturated, creamy palate. Long and balanced. Dark chocolate, dried fruit, ink, wonderful palate. Very complexed beer. Saturated and almost funky.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
katrinaez (240) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Syrupy. Sugary sweet. Coconut is Very strong at the end. Deep black brown color. Had on tap

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5130) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2015
75cl Bottle, tfs Julien! Black colour, huge beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, black liquorice, some roast, hint of coffee. Flavour is sweet, milk chocolate, liquorice, lot of it, light fruity, some oak/vanilla, light-bitter finish. Medium bodied. Expected a lot more complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5499) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle shared by Julien, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of some roasted malts, bit grainy, chocolate, coffee, slight spicy note. Bit sweet in taste, slight malty bitterness. Bit thin in flavor actually. Very easy to drink though, despite the 11.8%. Decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3789) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle shared. Black pour with thin foamy light brown head. Aroma is roasty, some caramel, light chocolate, boozy aromas, light cocoa. Taste is bitter, roasty, subtle coffee notes, tons of black licorice and a pretty boozy finish. Palate is thinner than I expected, was expecting something much chewier, a bit thin and boozy. Still pretty easy drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1223) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Dark black. Very strong alcohol flavor. I was expecting to like this more. Subtle vanilla. Roasted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1840) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Dtaft at Eulogy. Thick black pour. Foamy tan ring. Black plums. Oats. Barley. Rye. Raisins. Black currants. Dried blueberry waffles. Nice dark fruits but also has a fresher deep purple fruit flavor. Vanilla beans. Some mild dark chocolate coffee notes in there as well. Creamy palate. Bettered my expectations.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (948) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
DWF; Bottle 750 ml. Special edition 2013. Pours black with a huge, creamy, lots of lacing, forever lasting tan head. Nose is heavy roasted malt, whiskey barrel, indeed, a tad too boozy, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, leather, tobacco and spice. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet lasting, leather, warming finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat to soft. Complex, exciting, awsome dark force.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (1033) - , Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2013 bottle. Nice aroma. Roast and some coffee. 4 for palate. Taste was coffee roast silkiness. Very good brew. Slight alcohol in aroma and taste. We’ll done. A shade below the best stouts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Heavy cereal, toasted and molasses, moderate resin for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, with smoke, toffee, whiskey and chocolate milk in the background. Head is small, creamy turning wispy, light brown with some slippery lacing with good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is full, syrupy with a carbonation between soft to lively with a moderately alcohlic and sticky finish. Thick and rich, this is a nicely crafted Imperial Stout.


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