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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to 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, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Scottish yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!


strattonspeaks' rating

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Nearly black pour with milk chocolate head. Nice aroma, but I expected something a little bigger. Nose is sweet and bourbon heavy. Good balance to the flavor. A lot of elements going on---roasted malt, wood, chocolate, light coffee, bourbon, buried dark fruit---but nothing commands or overpowers. A nice melody of bitter sweetness and warming alcohol. Solid brew.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (591) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
bottle @ home. Pours almost black with a medium beige head that diminishes quite fast. Roasted, shigly vinous and alcoholic aroma with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, wood, salt licorice. Medium to big body. Roasted, dry taste with dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, red fruits, licorice, whiskey, wood, alcohol, rasins, plums. Lasting bitter and dry aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (817) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Marks place 23-4-2016. Very good imperial stout. Rich, complex, has everything. Wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1636) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
Pours a very deep brown body with a small, light-brown head that disappears quickly. Moderate aroma of dark caramel, chocolate sauce and roasted malt. Strong flavour of dark caramel, chocolate and sugar, with dark dried fruits and a gentle generic fruitiness in the back. Also hints of vanilla. The taste is pretty heavy sweet with just a moderate bitterness in the long finish to back it up. Some might claim that it’s an unbalanced beer, although I think the massive sweetness sort of works, at least for a small sample. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a syrupy to creamy texture, full body and moderate carbonation. Nice and sweet!
[75 cl bottle shared with Svensenga smak & behag, 2014 edition, courtesy of Thijs]

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2016
2014 whiskey barrel aged. Black black body with a good sized tan head of small bubbles. Whiskey and chocolate aroma as it warms but also a hint of straight rubbing alcohol. Much more pleasant taste of milk chocolate, oak barrel and hints of whiskey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2016
Tap at R+B. Thick brown-black body. Very sweet, roasty, almost has leathery bourbon tones. Chewy sweet caramel notes. Massive beige head. This really seems barrel aged. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Booga (49) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2016
25 oz bottle to snifter. Pours dark black with thin head that quickly faded to a ring of tight carbonated bubbles around the rim of the glass. Wasn’t expecting a lot of barrel aroma to this one so I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty good smell of bourbon upon popping the cork. I really like the taste of this one. A good mix of sweetness and hops with some definite barrel flavors to boot. I really like this beer. Best Boulevard I’ve tried yet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2778) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2016
2015 Bottle ... Black pour with a tan head and light lacing ... Aroma of whiskey, wood, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet grains and spicy rye ... Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, oak and sweet grains, spicy rye .... Rich mouthfeel and silky smooth ... Sweet and malty with a dry rye whiskey bite ... Abv hidden well
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2014 Total Score: 3.8
Black pour with a orange hue and a thin beige/tan head and lots of lacing .... Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, light tobacco, light booze and dark chocolate .... Taste is of licorice, dark fruits, roasted malts, light cocoa and a hint of oaky whiskey also detecting light coconut .... Has a bitter hop bite on the back end .... Has an oily and silky viscous mouthfeel .... Dry bitter roasted lingering finish with some dark fruits ... Lovely stout

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nicke80 (363) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
750 ml bottle from systembolaget. Pours black with little head. Sweet aroma with cocoa and Coffee taste. Vanilla and cocoa after taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (526) - SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
Well...It IS Saturday and after 12 a clock :)

I was going through my beercellar-collection and found a few nice friends. Finally I choose this one for now.

Bought in September 2015 at Systembolaget, Sweden.

The beer pours very dark brown with a huge, four finger high, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, brown sugar, fudge, rye, oatmeal, bourbon whiskey, oak barrel, vanilla, coffee, plum, dark fruit, chocolate cake and dark syrup. What a nose! I’m in love even before my first sip!
Taste: Oh! This is such a complex, beatiful f*ing GREAT taste! Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, whipped cream, oak barrels, a light taste of licorice, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel malt and roasted malt. I think I could go on forever...
Mouthfeel: Full body. Light carbonation. Soft and silky smooth! Creamy and fluffy. So good!

This is a dessert! One of the best you can have! It is a big 750 ml bottle but you do NOT want to share...

Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout is one of my absolute favorites up until now. Beautiful, complex, sweet nose and likewise taste: smooth, complex, soft, creamy and with the bourbon oak barrels in the background... Well this is just what I want! I’m a sucker for this!


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