Whiskey Barrel Stout is the newest addition to the Smokestack Series beer from Boulevard Brewing Co. It arrives in Kansas City on Sept. 11. Boulevard Brewing Co. |

Like whiskey? This new Boulevard Brewing Co. beer is for you

Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout, a limited-release Smokestack Series beer, was made by aging stout for two years in barrels that once held Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Boulevard Brewing Co. |
Cranberry-Orange Radler, Boulevard’s fall alternative to Ginger Lemon Radler, arrives in Kansas City the week of September 11. Boulevard Brewing Co. |

The newest year-round beer from Boulevard Brewing Co. should please whiskey lovers.

Whiskey Barrel Stout, a new addition to the Kansas City brewery’s Smokestack Series, is an imperial stout aged in emptied whiskey barrels. It pours into local bars on tap on Monday, Sept. 11, and will be available in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles on Tuesday.

Kansas City gets the first taste of Whiskey Barrel Stout, but it will soon spill into Boulevard’s other distribution regions.

The imperial stout is brewed with two-row pale malt, flaked oats, chocolate malt and dark brown sugar. Its sweetness is balanced by a hint of bitterness from Magnum and Columbus hops. Flavor notes of dates and plum come from Scottish yeast.

The brew is aged in fresh whiskey barrels from a variety of distillers, then blended two to one with fresh beer before it’s bottled or kegged. Whiskey Barrel Stout might taste a bit like whiskey, but at 11.8 percent alcohol, it’s not as strong as the straight stuff (but stronger than most beers).

Boulevard and other craft breweries typically release rich, malty beers in the fall. Boulevard’s other autumn seasonals include Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest and Tough Kitty Milk Stout, both out now.

Next week brings the return of Cranberry Orange Radler, a lighter thirst-quenching brew made with tart blood orange and cranberry juice. It should be on shelves through early 2018.

Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler

Also coming on Tuesday: Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout, a limited-release Smokestack Series beer that took two years to make. The 100 percent barrel-aged beer, available only in 750-milliliter bottles, packs aromas of cocoa, Cabernet wine and figs. Take a sip and you might detect notes of espresso and caramel.

Like Whiskey Barrel Stout, Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout should appeal to whiskey lovers because it was aged in barrels that previously held (deep breath) Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Boulevard Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout

Boulevard is also working on a cider to be released later this year. Details to come.

Thirsty for more beer? Check out these new breweries in North Kansas City and Lawrence, or toast Kelly’s Westport Inn’s 70th anniversary with County Clare Irish Red.


Like whiskey? This new Boulevard Brewing Co. beer is for you