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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 oz bottles at home. Looks like a big bad stout right out of the bottle -- dark as night with a creamy nutmeg head. Get more of the roasted deep red/purple fruits (fig and plum) from the nose, some floral hop character, and big notes of roasted coffee notes. Lots going on taste-wise and the brewers’ description nails it: definite espresso (felt in the palate, too), roasted figs/plums, some yeastiness, and surprisingly intense floral hops that provide some balance to the intensity of the malt side of things. Overall I like this beer, though I think the hops dominate the finish in a way that squashes the other flavors too quickly. Enjoyable while it lasts, but I’m not sure I’ll be back since there are so many others to try in this category.


4.1
sauvintipper (6) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2017 12oz bottled 8/14/2017 9.7% ABV 60 IBU poured into pilsner glass pitch black with full hand-width beige head which slowly fades as beer warms to room temperature and leaves no lacing on the glass. The nose is cherries, licorice, leather and tobacco over bed of hops. Chewy head with tastes of creamy malts, cherries and molasses. Maybe slight coffee and chocolate, but overpowered by hops. No hint of alcohol on the pallet. The head on this beer is epic!

4
Gerbeer (4014) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pour a very dark brown with moderate head. Aromas nutty chocolate icing, roasted malts and a little dark fruit. Flavors follow same with licorice, plum skin and burnt coffee. Interesting fruity/herbal notes that make it distinctive

3.9
47574xeCD (1265) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 12oz bottle bought from Chucks Chagrin Falls Ohio. Poured jet black with beige. Liquorice barley malt chocolate coffee cocoa red wine dark fruits. Lovely.

4
KevinReddirt (220) - Midland, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Located this 12 oz bottle in the Ft. Worth area while attending a wedding some months ago and held until now. Boulevard Brewing has developed into one of favorite brewers and I expect no less from their imperial stout. Dispensed into my New Belgium .47 liter tulip glass it shows the expected black body along with a healthy, finely-bubbled tan foam. Taking a smell I get cherry, raisin and milk chocolate. A drink gives tobacco, a stiff maltiness, black cherry, mahogany. Quite nice and decent. Just that there are better.

4.1
ehaak26 (710) - - OCT 8, 2017
From a bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some cocoa and fruit. Sweet, but not overpowering.

3.7
tricksta_p (5121) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2017
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, spicy Belgian yeast, molasses, touch of dark fruit and some liquorice. Flavour is above medium sweet with a decent roasty bitterness in the finish. Rather Belgian, dark malt and dried dark fruits with chocolate. Good one.

3.9
Shot (563) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a huge sticky off-white head that dissipates to one inch leaving substantial lacing on the glass. Aromas of cocoa, cola, vanilla, toffee and molasses. Flavors are dark chocolate, cola, bready tones, hints of dark fruit, a bit of molasses, toffee and vanilla. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Clean, but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Really, very nice.

3.7
SloaneRanger (59) - - SEP 10, 2017
Hyvin tumma lasissa jättäen ruskean vaahdon. Tuoksussa tummaa hedelmäisyyttä, ehkä viikunaa. Maku on täyteläinen, joskin alkoholikin puskee taustalta. Käytetty hieman hapotusta, joten ei mene tunkkaisuuden puolelle.

3.9
DiarmaidBHK (5896) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle from Boulevard Beer Hall. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes on the nose and tongue. Hides its booze well. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.8
pictoman (1212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle (22 Nov 2018). Black with tan head. Chocolate, roast malt, liquorice, light leather, mild alcohol burn. Good, though a little bit harsh finish, but quite memorable never-the-less.


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