We will forgo the formalities on the history of Boulevard Brewing Co. as anybody that knows anything about craft beer probably recognizes the name and the Kansas City brewery’s popular releases..

The beer in the spotlight today is from its Limited Release series and in the past has included such favorites as:

  • The Changeling Dark Sour (7.3 percent ABV)
  • Love Child Sour Ale (9 percent ABV)
  • Bundle Up Barleywine (10.5 percent ABV_

Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout is a stout aged for just under two years in Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and then finished in Kentucky in Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon barrels.

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, the color can only be described with one word: pitch black. No light is allowed through even the edges as this brew produces almost a finger of tan head that resembles the look of a root beer float. Lacing is non-existent but I am met with heavy aromas of wine immediately. There is also a lot of wine, sourness and tons of leather in the nose.

Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout tastes slightly unexpected as there is an overwhelming sweetness that takes charge from the first sip and continues through to the end. Other notables in the taste category include semi-sweet chocolate, prunes, raisins, dark figs, wine-soaked cherries, bourbon, tobacco, creamy caramel and red wine. This is definitely a palate overload. Carbonation is very light as should be expected and the mouth feel is thick and coating with a cloying maple syrup like feel and a finish of oak dryness, while the finish is better but still has a large amount of sugary sweetness that persists throughout until the end.

Boulevard Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout
BREWERY: Boulevard Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Kansas City, Mo.
STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 13.8 percent
IBU: 20
PRICE: $12.99
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml bottles
This is an amazing effort and great use of barrels. Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout a very nice, drinkable beer with red wine characteristics and a warming bourbon feel. The only downside is the overwhelming sweetness that is present. It's hard to tell what caused it, but it definitely detracts from what should have been a stellar beer.
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