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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Bourbon Barrel Quad



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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5327) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2015
750 ml bottle. Unclear reddish orange body with a small tan head. Nice aroma with strong vanilla, some wood and perfumed Bourbon. Flavor is medium sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, vanilla, wood and quite much Bourbon. Full bodied and long lasting aftertaste dominated by Bourbon. A fine beer, but a bit too heavy on the Bourbon for my likes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2015
2010 Bottle sampled Nov 2015. Lighter dark-caramel pour, not much head. Strong bourbon nose, plums and cherries. Somewhat sweet, presenting the bourbon right up front with lots of vanilla, this is a strange drink. As a quad, I’m not sure I like the bourbon. As a beer, this was really quite enjoyable. 3.6 seems like a dreadful lowball, but I don’t know quite where this would deserve a bump.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5584) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
How: Bottle..
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, alcohol, spices, yeast, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, vanilla, spices, fruit, citrus, sweet malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1013) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle from 2014. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Nose is vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruit, toffee and some tart cherry. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1247) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
(bottle) Pours a reddish-orange color with a towering off-white head that settles to a medium cap. Aroma consists of dates, oak, cherries, maple syrup, vanilla, and lightly burnt brown sugar. Further warming replaces the lightly burnt sugar character with some charred wood that gets close to smelling a bit vegetal and green bell peppery. Even further warming yields something reminiscent of roasted sunflower seed or tahini. Flavor holds a very solid expression of bourbon (reminds me of EC 12), dried cherry, dates, prune, oak, apple, cinnamon, red vines licorice, light barrel char, with some lingering sweet roll and bourbon on the finish. The high abv is virtually imperceptible. This is pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coachd (382) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2015
The aroma is complex but a little weak. It has notes of cherries, oak, bourbon and vanilla but I wanted something stronger. Pours a pretty dark brown with a light brown ring of sticky foam. The taste has all of the qualities of a quad that I like, but they have replaced the dank/dark fruit aspect with pure bourbon barrel character. The cherries are a nice edition; they keep it from being too hot. Crazy drinkable for 11.8%. This is excellent. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1004) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Light brown with medium-fine dust colored head that fades moderate-slowly. Aroma is vanilla lavender caramel and some clove. Hint of banana. Flavor is a balance of phenol, moderate clove, touch of pepper and fresh bread, and moderate-light toffee. Body is medium-heavy, slightly syrupy. Overall, an highly enjoyable quad, still, just barely approaching the standards of Belgian powerhouses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (4737) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
750 ml bottle at home. Golden amber with beige head. Aroma has bourbon, vinous port notes, sweet malt, alcohol and biscuit. Taste is boozy, alcohol, sweet malty notes, light candy, vinous notes, Port, bread with a boozy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (2433) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2015
October 28, 2015. Bottle at home, 2013 vintage.
Light hazy reddish amber with a medium sized yellowish head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, pear, peaches, alcohol, some highest alcohol notes as well. Taste is sweet caramel and fruits, medium bitter. Finish is sweet caramel, baked pear, peach, light oak notes, alcohol, quite bitter with hints of highest alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Decent, there are some higher solvemt like alcohol notes in the aroma and the finish gets a harsh bitter note from the higher alcohol. I was expecting more from this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chadmasontx (28) - - OCT 22, 2015
Not quite what I was hoping for. Pours a hazy brown with small tan head. Smell is bourbon, bananas, and vanilla. Tastes a little odd. Some alcohol heat, some berry flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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