sauvintipper (11) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017 12oz bottled 10/19/2017 11.8% ABV 32 IBU poured into sauvin pitch black with 1-finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly without much lacing. Nose is rather intoxicating with a barrel-aged vanilla and caramel over dark chocolate and espresso. Taste is extremely alcoholic, but in a good way. I have a hard time believing this is only 11.8 ABV not only because of the burning sensation, but also the noticeable ‘buzz’ I get from drinking this beer. I have tasted several 12+ ABV beers and never noticed the burn or ‘buzz’ I do with this one. Mouth feel is creamy, but rather light for a stout.
Note: I had reviewed this beer from an earlier bottling which was inconsistent, but this more recent bottling was consistent and similar to some of the earlier bottles so I am modifying my review to reflect this latest bottling. Glad I picked up another 4-pack!
Buy again? Yes jmjordan (5) - - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
I've had several different beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. This Whiskey Barrel Stout is one of my new favorites. It is not what I would drink for all occasions, just when I feel like something to savor.
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2011 bottle. Aroma of light oxidated, sherry, light whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate. Black with tan head. Taste is slight booze, light bitter and light sweet. Full body, oily feel and sherry and chocolate finish. Klimaet (3172) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2017
Tap. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, fudge, light oxidized, malt. Taste has dark chocolate, dark fruits, light oxidized, fudge, light roast, some bitterness, coffee.
kevinsenn (2375) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle from Milk and Hops, NYC. Vanilla and marshmallow aroma with roasty notes. Rich sweet vanilla, some dry roasty notes. Tasty stuff.
tightslice (1536) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Bottle from Bottlecraft in San Diego, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, cocoa cereal, cherry, vanilla. Taste is sweet vanilla, dark fruits, smooth bourbon with a mild boozy bitter finish. Alcohol is really well hidden at 11.8%. chucklemation (1825) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2017
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is wood, burnt roast, and chocolate. Flavor is whiskey, wood, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Has a smooth, full body. Very good. Foffern (2114) - 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. superspak (6492) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2018 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, and 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 mild 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. 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.