M82 (319) - 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
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a cream-colored head. Aroma of bourbon and oak and vanilla, some notes of dark fruits, caramel and toffee and sweet malts, some light notes of chocolate, and some spices. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the quad and the barrels. Smoother texture. If I liked quads as much as I used to, this would be one of my favorite beers.
BeerFunGuy (739) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a slightly red brown in color and pours with a thick, lasting, creamy head. It has a mild cherry aroma punctuated with vanilla notes. The vanilla becomes much stronger in the flavor and the cherry much more subtle. That slight cherry flavor balances the bourbon bite and flavor really well. A wonderfully done beer.
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
News flash: Boulevard makes fantastic Belgian-style beers, and the Smokestack Series is amazing. Actually, nothing in that previous sentence was surprising. Fortunately, Bourbon Barrel Quad does pack some surprises. To put it a better way, it answers a unique question. "What would a bourbon barrel aged quad taste like?" Apparently, it tastes like cherries, sweet booze, sugary malt, oak, plus some touches of vanilla and smoke. In other words, it tastes delicious.
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Cherries, oak, woody, booze, sweet, dark fruits, brown sugar.
A- Reddish color, hazy liquid, tan head.
T- Oak, booze, dark fruits, cherry, slightly sweet, smokey.
P- Full body, average texture, medium carbonation, boozy finish.
O- Pretty darn good as expected with the Smokestack series. Lots of booze and resembles more of a barleywine for me. The cherries are there but the oak and booze really come through. Don’t really like the yeast in the glass it makes it look like sand got in my beer but I can get over that.
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from HyVee for Thanksgiving dinner. The aroma is amazing--it’s bourbon and butter all the way. Flavor is rich with dark fruits and bourbon. Smooth. Surprisingly a little bit on the lighter side, but I can get past it. Worth the price? For special occasions, but not generally.
HellesBunny666 (214) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hints of bourbon and fruit. Cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Very boozy, definitely lots of bourbon. The cherry flavor is not very pronounced.
Emeister84 (1128) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of coconut, cherry, banana, booze. Hazy brown with a lasting white head. Boozy, fruity, rum notes, bourbon notes. Medium-full bodied.
zickbeer_ye (298) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Floral cherry aroma and some malty bourbon notes. Beige head and murky rust colored body. Bourbon cherry with some juicy banana. Juicy and smooth on the palate.
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a small hint of cherry on the aroma and the taste. Smooth, malty, darker golden brown, very well balanced beer.
A bit of bourbon in the finish.
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, molasses, dark fruits, Belgian candi sugar and fresh apple juice. Appearance is a murky amber/copper. Taste is sweet, fresh fruit juice overtones with notes of cinnamon, molasses, candi sugar, dark fruits, plums, cherries and a big amber malt body. Finish brings big bourbon booze, vanilla, oak and subtle coconut. Overall, very nice and big sweetness with a hint of roasted espresso. Very complex and nice bourbon notes. A rating.