Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Coffee
Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Coffee is an American Double/Imperial Stout with freshly roasted Ethiopian Sidamo beans added post fermentation. Even with a tighter beer budget these days I happily slapped down my money for this one. Their Imperial Stout is one of my favorite Boulevard beers, so adding coffee just seemed like a no brainer.
This poured with the big bubbly Boulevard head I’ve come to expect, nice black color as well. The aroma was good, but surprisingly mild. The coffee and roasted malts are there, hints of sweet chocolate. The taste is dominated by strong coffee and alcohol…lots of alcohol. Notes of licorice and chocolate are there at first. Some burnt caramel starts to come out as this warms for a while, adding some needed complexity.
For me this didn’t live up to my expectations compared to the regular Imperial Stout release. No regrets though, this is still a very good beer.