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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Bourbon Barrel Quad

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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1452) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
750 mL bottle poured and shared. 2014 edition. Cork explodedof this one. a thick dirty brown color with a lasting fizz head. Plumy bourbon aroma. Dry flavor with dark fruit, grape, and a toasty bourbon finish. Overall a solid beer, good sipper in my opinion. High carb. Enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1116) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Aroma is cherry, sour grapes, slight earthiness, sweet whiskey barrels, oak, rich malts, plum, candy sugar and raisins. Taste is sweet rich malts with a well balanced body of bourbon, dark fruits and belgian sugar. Appearance is a hazy amber with a thin pearl head that retains quite well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (842) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2015
Brown with great tan head. Bourbon, raspberry candy, Belgian spice, floral and vanilla. Sweet, spicy and alcoholic. Overall: Round and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2197) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2015
750 mL bottle. Reddish brown with a small beige head. Huge barrel in the nose. Losta coconut and vanilla in the flavour as well. You’d notice the cherries if they weren’t there, but they don’t stand out. Balance of tartness and brown sugar sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (615) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2015
750ml bottle from Systembolaget. Brown with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, butterscotch, caramel, oak. Caramel taste, sweet oak and cherry. Rich mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1324) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
alcohol, vanilla, butterscotch, earthy, floral, herbs, caramel, cherries, acidic and lots of lovely toffee-bourbon notes. Copper colour, medium beige head, lacing. Rich, heavy sweetness, lots of acidity, lightly bitter, lots of bourbon. full body, thin feel, soft carbonation, astringent and warming finish. Solid.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermajstro (11) - nykvarn, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
Dofter av bourbon mörka frukter vanilj körsbär . Smaken dito med mer körsbär. 2013 årgång. Mycket len Älskar bourbonen

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillWyce (851) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2015
2014 edition. Pours hazy chestnut-brown with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of caramel and vanilla with a touch of cherry. A nice oak note too. Body is full and lightly syrupy, with an astringent finish. Flavors of caramel and cherry up front, with some vanilla underneath. Woody note from the oak lingers pleasantly in the finish. Would have benefited from some more aging, but still damned good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle from December 2014. Pours opaque dark chestnut brown body. Full finger of foam that has nice staying power. Enticing aroma of buttery oak, vanilla, honey, and nutmeg. Marginally sweet flavors of toffee, brown sugar and fig balanced out with slightly tart cherries and yeasty pancake batter. Complexity redolent of the quadratic equation. Semi-dry, peppery finish with nice level of heat.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1264) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle, as pictured. 2013 vintage. Dark hazy opaque brown pour, smooth and sweet. Definitely cherry and heavy Belgian spices and yeast. Lots of bourbon flavor in it. I’ve had it before but never a full bottle. Lovely.


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