RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3646) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pour leaves you with a pretty sexy tan and leaves a long lacing. Little bit of cherry flavor hiding need a deep rich intense chocolate malt flavor. Aroma has some burned coffee and wood aspects. Finish is a touch bitter and the texture is chalky and cocoa. Milk chocolate flavors run through the hole experience. Prett tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (1253) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2017
Bottle - pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt and sweet malt. Taste is bittersweet roast malt up front with a dry coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (5156) - BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Apparently an imperial stout with wheat, rye and oats added to the mash and fermented with Belgian yeast. Medium thick, creamy and dense, pale beige head, gradually showing gaps in the middle but otherwise well-retaining, over a largely black beer with translucent, hazy mahogany brown, deep edges so not as opaque as expected from an imperial stout. Aroma of old coffee grounds (the remainders of badly filtered black coffee), freshly ploughed earth, damp tree leaves, something disturbingly manure-like which luckily fades after a while, cold unsugared tea, elderberries, hints of candied fig, soaking wet brown bread, moist nutmeg, cloves, stewed beef, salmiak, cooked salsify, dried apple peel, brown rum, some dry sherry when warming up - and significantly getting better than, after that manure thing has faded. Fruity onset, sweetish and very lightly bubblegummy touch of banana ester even accentuated by an unmistakable residual candi sugar sweetishness that immediately feels very Belgian, next to hints of pear, fig and sourish elderberries, very subtle mushroom-like umami touch but far away; supple mouthfeel, a bit oily but more fluffy and quadrupel-like than viscously stout-like, with a fizzy, stingy carbonation, clearly overcarbonated for the style, distracting from the flavor and even numbing the tongue a bit. The dried fruit and subtle but unmistakable banana flavors are carried along over a full malt backbone, nutty and deeply toasted with the spiciness of the rye (as in soggy rye bread) becoming apparent somewhere in the middle; meanwhile a certain, yet light wheat soapiness is noticeable whereas the oats remain merely virtual - I guess a light oily sensation on the lips and in the back of the mouth can be ascribed to them, but there is no way to be sure and other oatmeal stouts I had, showed this feature in a much more pronounced (and agreeable) way. Ends with a potent dose of black coffee-like, but otherwise not too expressive roasted bitterness, filling the larger part of the mouth cavity a posteriori, accentuated by a peppery but at the same time earthy and herbal, almost classically European noble hop bitterness. Unsurprisingly seen the aroma, retronasal phenols are way too obvious here, adding clove-like sensations on top of this all; ends with a glow of warming, oude jenever-like alcohol but this luckily remains well masked, all things considered. Candi sugar sweetness, the phenols and herbal hops linger after swallowing alongside the nuttiness and toastedness of the malts - in other words, the Belgian strong ale sweetness eventually triumphs over anything imperial stout-like in this one. Whether the fact that Boulevard was taken over by a Belgian family brewery has something to do with or not (I guess it does), I cannot but conclude that this is indeed a very Belgian imperial stout, of the kind often seen in Belgium itself these days, as produced by smaller breweries; Im thinking Nests Dead Mans Hand, Cabardouches Stout Mokke, Broers Zwarte Ruiter, Hopscheppers Imperial Kroezer and so on. I suppose a case could be made for recognition of Belgian imperial stout (basically a quad made with a fair amount of roasted barley) like it could be made for Belgian IPA (basically a blond or tripel made with a fair amount of hops) and in that context this is not a bad example at all, though the FFF factor (the manure thing in the nose) bothered me and if this has to be a style, it would be one that has not yet fully conquered my heart in comparison with the better examples of true, i.e. Anglo-Saxon style imperial stout. Id only recommend this one to those who prefer strong and dark Belgian beers to begin with. I hope Moortgat did not have this style direction in mind when after Boulevard, they also took over Firestone Walker...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7692) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2017
Thnx to the dekoninck crew. Smell is very roasty. Taste is creamy , dark malts, mild boozy. Dark chocolate. Not bad .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nutjes (768) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2017
35,5cl-fles van bij Bierhalle Deconinck te Vichte. U: Zwart met een bruine schuimkraag. G: Koffie, cacao en geroosterde toetsen. S: Zoete aanzet met een lichte moutbitterheid. Veel chocolade en een beetje koffie. Wat alcoholwarmte. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafael52 (1350) - Łdź, POLAND - APR 3, 2017
Kolor:ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.
Piana: bardzo obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, lekko syczy, w miarę trwała.
Zapach: intensywny aromat czerwonych owocw, śliwek, trochę czekolady, kakao, lekki aromat kawy.
Smak: średnia pełnia, trochę słodyczy, rwnież sporo nut ciemnych owocw, wiśni, śliwek, trochę czekolady, kakao, średnia goryczka, lekko kawowa.
Wysycenie: średnie, lekko musujące.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (1338) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Piana bardzo obfita, drobna, trwała. Barwa mahoniowo brązowa, nieco za jasna. Aromat to kawa zbożowa, suszone śliwki, zioła, karmel. W smaku dużo lepiej - jest sporo karmelowej słodyczy, rodzynek, fig, melasy, jest czekolada, kawa, na finiszu wino porto, sherry... Gdzieś na końcu pojawia się nutka sfermentowanego głogu czy owocu dzikiej rży - bardzo frapujące, rozbudza wspomnienia z dzieciństwa i jesienny, ścięty mrozem głg... Goryczka niska do średniej, tytoniowa, palona, ziemista, ładnie ukryty alkohol. Niskie wysycenie, całkiem fajne ciało, lekko popiołowe, wyklejające w odbiorze.
Chyba taka interpretacja RISa w belgijskim stylu odpowiada mi bardziej, niż niejeden belgijski odpowiednik (no może jest to poziom Ardenne Stout). Bardzo długie posmaki i wymieszanie klasycznych smakw stoutu z ciemnym, mocnym belgiem wydaje się ciekawą propozycją dla sympatykw wszelkich quadw czy BDSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3884) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle I brought back from S.D. Pours a nice black. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3190) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2017
A very serviceable IS, bottle share from Ron, last we tried so I missed any complexity that may have been here. Drinkable, nothing off about this, licorice, smokiness and dark chocolate. Gritty / roasted / toasted, a bit of booziness. Seemed standard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (2555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle shared at the March THT at Kwartje. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Notes of dried fruit, caramel, dank hops, light sourness and cocoa. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svartvit (512) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle shared at the March THT. Pours a close to black with a beige head. Roasted malts, sweet licorice, tobacco. Strangely sharp bitter, medium sweet. Medium body, low carbonation.

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