Saturday, November 28, 2015

Boulevard Imperial Stout Review

Name: Boulevard Imperial Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.5%
IBUs: 63

Now onto the second to last beer in the Boulevard Brewing Great Eight Variety Pack is their Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels. I was originally going to call this "Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout Review", but I discovered that this whiskey barrel aged version of the Imperial Stout is, in fact, their regular Imperial Stout, even when you consider that they have a couple other Imperial Stouts out there, one of which I have already reviewed on this blog.

Appearance - Pitch black with a foamy brown head with some excellent lacing retention.

Aroma - Strong whiskey & oakiness, followed by a solid chocolate malt backbone and some roasted barley. Of course, I'm also getting some mild vanilla sweetness and a hint of booziness.

Taste - Woo-wee! The whiskey is strong with this one on the front of the palate, along with some potent oakiness. Towards the middle & afterwards is where you start to see that strong chocolate maltiness, roasted barley and vanilla sweetness. The aftertaste is more of that whisky booziness and oak with some light roastiness and hop bitterness. There's also a light encompassing smokiness that adds some dimension to the flavor.

If you like barrel-aged beers, this beer is for you. Some may find the whiskey aspect of the flavor to be a bit too overpowering for their liking, but when your beer is in high in alcohol content like this beer, it's to be expected. As for me, the whiskey aspect of the flavor is a bit too much of a good thing for my liking and this is coming from someone who loves barrel aged beers. However, everything else is just fine in terms of flavor.

Boulevard Imperial Stout - 8/10

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