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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Clear dark ruby, frothy beige head lasts. Aroma of tart cherry, caramel, dark fruit, coconut, oak, some spice. Taste is dynamic also, slightly bitter, some funk, not too sweet. Alcohol is smooth but has some fire. Lots of roast malt, heat, hop, caramel. Very nice. Smooth texture

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Drfabulous! The alcohol presence coupled with the cherry aroma overrides most of the rich Belgian malt notes one would expect from a decent quad. The oak or bourbon body isn’t as prominate in a desirable manner--just an overly sweet necter with a mouthfeel a little thinner than milk. Decent carbonation. I’m not overly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1760) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Soft round red things in a barrel soaked in liquor brings the heavens about to the palate in many different ways, explaining this can be something of the fun nature. Definitely would sip on this in realms of over and over as the notes mix well and bring that smile to thy face. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle from Grand Cru Wine and Spirits. Pours a murky medium to dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is very inviting with notes of vanilla, toffee, raisin, and ale esters. Medium bodied with a fine Belgian carbonation. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla. Finish is hot and oaky. The malt profile is a little weak, which makes the bourbon flavors dominate way too much for my tastes. I have a nice buzz though, as this really hits you quickly. I don’t recommend drinking a bottle by yourself unless you have an iron liver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
750 ml bottle. I believe mine is a different beer from what Ratebeer describes. MIne is labeled as The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale, number one from the Smokestack series. It claims 10.5% abv. Ratebeer insists this is an alias for this beer. So be it. Strong aroma of dried fruit (raisins and plums), vanilla, and alcohol. Almost burns the nose with alcohol. Deep amber colored and murkey with a thick white head. Minimal lacing as the head recedes but this could very well be a fault of my glassware so I won’t penalize the beer for that. Flavor is sweet with no detectable bitterness and a strong alcohol warmth. Highly carbonated and fairly thin bodied. Lingering sweet alcohol finish. I feel the same way about his beer as most of Boulevard’s more ambitious offerings; nice, interesting idea that’s beyond Boulevard’s ability to produce. I like where they’re trying but to go but they fall far short. This is an expensive, one-note beer; all raisins and nothing else. This style demands a complexity that i fear is over the brewer’s head. Still, I hope they continue to try because they have an interesting vision and there’s too few brewer’s approaching their level of ambition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Pours a lovely dark brown with a thick beige head. Notes of citrus, grains, fruits, and oak. very nice full mouth-feel, yet not as full-bodied as some of the other quads from Europe. Taste is a bit more sour than I was expecting from a quad, and most of the flavor profiles seem to be a bit covered up my the heavy oak taste. While I realize that part of this beers mystique and character is that it is aged in Bourbon barrels, it does taste like it is covering up some of the beers complexities which could come through. Overall this was a good beer, but not quite as good as some of the other quads that I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (790) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy honey/brown color. Aroma of bourbon, oak, smoke, cherries. Taste is slightly bitter and sour with flavors of strong bourbon. Other flavors that come through are vanilla and cherry. Quite a wonderful balance. Not too heavy, but the bourbon is quite prevalent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle shared at a Portland BA/RB tasting held at Bailey’s Taproom... Poured dark orange with a grey/khaki head. Bourbon flavors were subtle and faint but lent to an oaky-wood flavor. Yeast qualities were nice with a nice spiced sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
"Pours a mild brown color and has a great looking head with spotty lacing. Abundant aroma of cereal, mixed fruits, estery yeast, wood and vanilla. Surprised with the smoothness and ease of this brew, it drinks extremely mellow for a quad. Flavor is malt driven with notes of toffee, fresh bread, biscuits and oat bran. Good fruitiness followed by vanilla, wood and a splash of bourbon."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Pours a murky brown with a fizzy, dissipating head. Sweet, overripe fruits on the nose, with a bit of vanilla and oak from those bourbon barrels. Flavor is actually really good - lots of those barrels coming through, sweet, but offset by a slightly boozy quality. It’s actually a bit hot/thin - and the carbonation makes it fizzy instead of lively. Good - glad I tried it - but probably not worth the price.

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