M82 (173) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
pushkinwow (1584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dirty and dark amber with a beige head. Belgian yeast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, high carbonation, moderate body, dry, sweet; maybe it was my mood but was a little too sweet for me.
Wordsworth (120) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into stange glass. Color is murky caramel brown with a thick white head that lingers throughout. Sparse, spotty lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, oak. Flavor is sweet, lots of bourbon, malt, vanilla, light oak. Very lively and delicious. Slick, light mouthfeel. Great beer with the 11.8% ABV well hidden.
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share taster. Cloudy burnt orange, with a bubbly off-white cap. Aroma of strong dark fruit, barnyard, and bourbon. Taste is sour & sweet. Good lasting finish.
tastybeer (1488) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper pour, small tan head, little retention/lace, big legs. Aroma of vanilla, barrel, fruity ester, toffee, cherry, caramel, fig. Taste is sweet, vanilla, bourbon, fruity ester, barrel, toffee, light cherry. Palate is dry, slick, light sweet finish. Nice.
Bricktop86 (475) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma is grain, vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and slightly tart, grains, dark fruit with a bourbon finish.
GranvilleTim (1403) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Since when is Jack Daniels a Bourbon? Mahogany pour with a light brown head. Aroma is whiskey and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit, cherry, whiskey, oak, very bubbly. Tastes ok.
574deadzone (762) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the Thanksgiving Day Massacre, 2013. Pours a pretty cool looking amber-garnet with a thick khaki head that leaves some dripping lace. Nose involves intense cherry aromas, molasses, a whole fruitcake melange of dates, figs, and plums, some vanilla ice cream, and hardly any noticeable bourbon notes. Very, very sweet flavor, with hardly any balancing bitterness, and a dash of tartness. Thick, heavy body, fairly carbed, with a long tart and grainy drying finish. I was roundly disappointed with this, mostly perhaps due to my own expectations going into it, but regardless it was way too sweet and completely lacked bourbon character, which I don’t need to be hit over the head with per se, but I would like to show up in some noticeable amount. Maybe it’s the whole "BBQ" thing, but I would have killed for an underlying smoke element in this. Instead, it just became a cherry cough syrup bomb.
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Light, airy, bourbon aroma with caramel and maybe carrots. Pours clear peachy amber. Sweet, hot bourbon flavor tempered by the right amount of sour mash. Light caramel malt and a touch of rye. Probably my favorite Boulevard.
RedEft (153) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark honey-gold with a generous, off-white head. The aroma hits a little of everything - malts, alcohol, fruit (cherries?), bread - but all of this is sort of twisted up in a strong bourbon overtone. The taste is surprisingly sweet, and for me, simply dominated by bourbon. I can sum up the taste as such - someone just unnecessarily poured a shot of Southern Comfort into my quadrupel. I can appreciate it, I suppose, but it’s not my thing.
koleminer20 (193) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a dark brown with a thin, filmy head and minimal lace. The aroma is heavy in banana with a touch of cherry on the back end. The flavor was mentioned by the group to have smelled like Wonka Runts candy. Strange description, but very, very accurate. The flavor is cherry and incredibly yeasty. Notes of vanilla are present, presumably from the barrel. Very solid beer, with a touch of sourness in the finish