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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5781) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 (750ml bottle best by 10/12 batch 2-2009) had very high expectations for this as the Sixth Glass is perhaps my favorite American quad. The pour is clear orange with abundant tan head and bubbles. Nose of cherry, alcohol, barrel, raisins and a bit funky too. Taste of cherry, bourbon, dark fruit, odd combination of flavors to be honest but it is flavorful. Soft carbonation with a creamy body and that is perhaps the best aspect of this beer. Decent duration, but the beer really has lost all elements of a quad. Sixth Glass is considerably better. This was someone else’s bottle though. Anxious to try my 2008 batch I’ve been cellaring.
2010 version: nose is still a bit muted, raisin, cherries, and bourbon deliciousness. Taste is a lot better. Tons of bourbon without being hot and the cherries are quite tart! Vanilla, super complex. Even some blood orange. Excellent and perfect mouthfeel on this one. Very little detectable alcohol. Maybe this is better fresh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Finally broke this 750ml bottle out of the cellar to tick it. It’s a rare one, according to the bottle! Bottle count was only like 12,000 or a million or something. Pours a somewhat hazy reddish-amber color with a one finger white head and good lacing. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and sweet malts. Good aroma, if simple. The flavor is pretty solid, sweet caramel malt, berries, slight bourbon. Not as good as I expected, a little tart even. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation. Actually worse than their regular quad overall, as crazy as that is considering that usually -bals = awesomeness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy orange, golden color with little head. Aroma is all bourbon and vanilla, very sweet. Good carbonation. A little less than I was expecting flavor wise, but still very good. Some alcohol burn. Good balance of bourbon to the overall beer. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Urbs and Charles.
Superb deep orange amber colour with a thin off white head. Massive bourbon, vanilla and erm, errrrrrrm, ooh some really slight cherry. Quite dry. Lots of toffee and sweetness in the finish. Lots of oak. Over the top and lacking in finesse or complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bomber. Delicious smell. Brown sugar, chocolate, cherries and bourbon. Palate is nice and smooth. Caramel, bourbon in taste, much warming as well. Tart cherry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of CanIHave4Beers. Cheers, Andy! Pours hazy orange/copper with near-white head. Nose shows tart wood and cherries... surprise! Taste is similarly acetic and sour. Much more than a simple bourbon barrel-aged beer. The whole transcends the parts, and it’s goooood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2010
(bottle). Cloudy copper color. Small off white head. Mod sour and oak aroma, with light malt. Flavor of the same with moderate sweetness. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NEB_WineNBeer (18) - USA - AUG 6, 2010
Overall I don’t know if this beer is worthy of its rating. Not as complex or full-bodied as most other quads out there. This is really a quad junior or a quad light. Nice bourbon flavor. Most quads are rich enough without the wood though. Why does this beer need the added help from the barrel?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2010
I love quads and I love bourbon barrel beers. I expected this to be just wonderful. It is not. It has a nice bitterness and acidity but the flavor is a bit sour, not like most quads. Rather than having a strong bourbon flavor, the barrel flavor is more reminiscent of a scotch or irish whiskey. I like this, but a true bourbon flavor would complement a quad better. Overall it is an excellent beer, somewhat unusual, but not wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones

A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving

25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu

10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384

Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries

Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage

Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered

Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie

03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384

Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy

Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent

Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation

Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness

Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end

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