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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Over-the-top but surprisingly approachable, this twist on the classic style starts with several types of malted barley, rye, oats and wheat. Robust flavors of vanilla, espresso, whiskey, chocolate and roasted grain are balanced by hints of date and plum, with just enough hops to round it all out. Roughly one-third of the final blend is freshly brewed beer; the rest is aged for up to a year (or more!) in both first and second use whiskey casks.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (2230) - 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


4.1
Foffern (1963) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Three year old. Pours a black colour with a small light beige head. Aroma with lots of chocolate truffles, coffee beans, whisky, wood and some smoke. The flavour follows up and mirrors the aroma. Rich and silky mouth feel, full-bodied and a light bitterness. A well-balanced IS with lots of chocolate.

3.9
Travlr (25746) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2017
Draft at Salud, the finisher of a long barrel aged beer session. Aroma has vanilla, dark roast coffee, whiskey. Taste is sweet vanilla, fruity coffee, tannins, soft roast. Very tasty.

4.1
superspak (5874) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/18/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, coconut, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/pepper, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, coconut, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, pepper, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal hop/roast bitterness and yeast/whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, coconut, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruits, ans roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is awesome. Slightly chalky, tannic, and drying. Alcohol is very well hidden; a very mildly warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich with perfectly integrated whiskey barrels and great malt complexity. Nice complementing yeast notes that aren't overwhelming. Very smooth/silky mouthfeel from the barrel aging. A highly enjoyable offering.
Earlier Rating: 10/19/2014 Total Score: 4.3
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/1/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, date, fig, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, pepper, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, date, fig, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, pepper, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance with the yeast notes and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian imperial stout style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.5
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Whiskey, molasses, roasty, slight cocoa aromas. A bit metallic in the aromas also. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, molasses, vanilla flavors. It's been awhile since I've bought a whiskey barrel aged beer. Not bad!
Earlier Rating: 12/19/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Burnt, coffee, oak, roasty aromas. Whiskey, vanilla, oak, roasty, chocolate flavors. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty good overall, but there’s better imperial stouts out there. I have a bottle of the infected 2011 version of this beer that I would like to try against a normal version sometime.

Updated raing: Going to bump this up to a little from by last rating. Very solid imperial stout.

4
dnstone (3485) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Pours deep brown with off white head. Sweet boozy vanilla aroma. Notes: on tap at the brewery, Sep '17

3.9
RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, dark fruit, and some barrel. Enjoyed this latest offering from Boulevard.

4.1
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Dark brown almost black pour with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and faint bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate fudge, ripe fruits, coffee, vanilla, caramel and faint bourbon notes. Full bodied, perfect carbonation, beautifully balanced, delicious beer!

3.8
ljthiessen (1397) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 28, 2017
Dark brown pour, note opaque with a small tan head. Raisin and dark fruit notes, chocolate, really nice.

3.1
Sammy (12600) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2017
mould iand old wet wooden aroma and in taste. bourbon kicks in as warms up. chocolate and rich. a sipper. scott’s bottle. still carbonated.

3.6
Stampion (284) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Pours pitch black with almost an inch of light brown head. Not very sweet. Finished with licorice and radians. Dark and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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