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RATINGS: 393   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!


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (546) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma has a bit of a tart fruity cherry note to it. Some balanced roast and chocolate notes. Also some apricot and plum. A light vanilla and oak character. Not much alcohol or hops in the aroma. Pours a dark brown, not quite black with little to no head that quickly recedes quickly. No lacing and little legs. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and lots of fruit. The fruit is plum, cherry and a bit of grapes. A light roast character with a lot of sweetness. No hop flavor and light hop bitterness. No astringency at all. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Astringency is very low and alcohol warmth is medium low. Overall this beer has a bit of a thin mouthfeel but has a really nice flavor. Very fruit forward with some chocolate but not much bourbon notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (217) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
2013 bottle, aroma of chocolate, and whiskey, taste is chocolate and whiskey, sweetness, alcohol, chalky texture at times, carbonation is mild to medium-short duration. alcohol is present, not overwhelming, fits the beer nicely!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2014
Lots of dark chocolate and some very evident booze here. Pours black without much head or lacing. Bitter, okay finish. Thick, lightly syrupy texture. Notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Light coffee. Tap at Georgetown pizza paradiso.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pours pitch black with a large tan head. Smells of dark fruits, roast, hints of chocolate. Taste is fig, hints of vanilla, subtle whiskey tones, and a bit of chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Boulevard SmokeStack Series Imperial Stout finishes with a lingering sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
2013 bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Lorna, 27/03/14. Black with a good sized dirty tan head that retains well. Nose is liqourice, light brett, mineral pang, dark fruit, bitter roast, cocoa powder, subtle BA effect. Taste comprises bitter dark fruit tang, raisens, dates Xmas spice, dark toffee, dark malt, molasses. Medium + body, fine carbonation, light booze in the close. Ok impy, lacking a little depth for the ABV but the alcohol is well integrated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottled. 2013. Pours black with a big cream head. Aroma is huge roast and malt, some wood and faint citrus. Flavor sweet chocolate, coffee, roast, alcohol. Barrel comes through in a smooth long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Pours pitch black with a compact tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, honey, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
its good, but i didnt find it to be overtly impressive by any means. maybe try again someday.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Corps moyen, équilibre entre les sucres et le vieillissement en barriques. Déjà vu mais conception sans faux pas.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
27th March 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Lorna. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and slightly soft with very fine carbonation. Spice. Licorice. Light dark malt cream and a touch of cofffee. Tangy dark fruits well integrated with a little tangy whisky. Spicy finish, smooth and dry,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours deep black-brown with a thick, tight beige head. The nose has lots of burnt wood, toasted marshmallows, cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor, some more burnt wood, cedar, rich chocolate, torched earth, dark cherries. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with sticky chocolate, more burnt earth, torched wood, dark fruit, alcohol. Very nice. Deep, robust.


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