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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Bourbon Barrel Quad



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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (723) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2016
Amberkleurig bier met wit schuim. Geur: toffee, brood, rozijnen. Smaak: licht zoet, kandij, rozijn, alcoholisch. Geen kersen opgemerkt. Lichte koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: licht zoet, wat droog en een vleugje zuur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Mr. B’s. Looks to be a dark red with some haze in the body and a permanent off-white head. Nice, fruity, spicy aromas from the yeast cut through the vanilla oaken notes. Some hints of chocolate and cherry are here as well. The palate is big and creamy. A tasteful alcohol burn is present. The bourbon isn’t crazy in this beer. Cherries really start to come through in the finish, but never come to the foreground. Pretty unique for a barrel aged quad, but I might actually like it even better without fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Hazy copper under a thin light ivory cap. Bright and succulent boozy nose that’s woody, caramelly, dates, cherries, brown sugar and light bourbon and raisins. Flavor is a delicious woody and bourbonny raisin bomb with dates and cherries and oak and caramel and a touch of vanilla. Smooth fruity and woody sweet finish with a boozy background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Pours a deep cloudy amber with a thick creamy long lasting orangish off-white head. Bourbon and old leather aroma. Burnt candy flavor along with a slightly bitter toffee taste, bourbon, vanilla, cherries, aged hardwood and a buttery character. Alcohol is evident in the taste and the warmth after the swallow. Cloyingly sweet, yet smooth and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scipio (838) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Thank you to Nik for this very thoughtful present. Pours a deep and cloudy copper with a thin tan head. The aroma is tart and extremely boozy. Along with plenty of bourbon, there is caramel, cherry, oak, and a little bit of vanilla. The taste is sweet and tart, although the sweetness isn’t over the top. This one also doesn’t have the bourbon kick that the nose would lead you to believe. I find vanilla, bourbon, cherry, raisin, and caramel. The flavors are well balanced, with probably the bourbon standing out most. This is medium in body, with a sticky texture, and has average carbonation. Despite is strength, I found this one easy to drink. An excellent choice here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (882) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
750ml bottle. (2015 release) Pours a cloudy red-brown with lots of sediment floating around and a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces. Sweet, malty aroma of toffee, overripe fruit, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and oak. Sweet flavour of toffee, dried fruit, spice, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and oak with a dry, slightly tart, warming alcohol finish. Medium to full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosskyle (535) - - SEP 25, 2016
12oz bottle. Hazy Amber brown color with particulates and an off white head. Sweet plum alcohol aroma. Sweet cherries toffee dark fruit bourbon finish. Thick chewy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2016
2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass..burgundy with a medium off-white head.. aroma of toffee,bourbon,dark fruits,caramel..tastes of cherries,raisins,bourbon, toffee & bread..well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (433) - - SEP 4, 2016
Big toasted coconut aromas and raisin bread. Taste is yeasty raisin bread, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and some cherries on the finish and after taste. As it warms more caramel, vanilla, and toffee aromas appear; as well as some plum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CardsFan25 (88) - - SEP 2, 2016
Opened a well carbonated bomber of the 2015 release and poured into a snifter glass. Copper in color with plenty of head. Fruit, caramel, and a nice Bourbon smell. Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits rounded off by bourbon. Would buy again in a heartbeat at 12.99!

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