M82 (288) - 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
prawlie (1150) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle bought some time ago at the great British Beer Festival. Deep red with a creamy, generous head. Tasty with notes of toffee, light caramel and and very boozy.
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Hazy orangeish brown colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is strongly peach, some mild fruitiness, mild yeast, alcoholic sweetness and some toffee. Flavour is spices, raisins, some cherries, mild wood, a bit toasted notes as well as a nice lingering alcohol sweetness in the finish and aftertaste.
superspak (2608) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours hazy deep reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, tart cherry, clove, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, tart cherry, clove, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light fruity tartness and moderate yeast/oak spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, cherry, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, toast, brown sugar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate tart cherry flavors; with a great malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and lightly syrupy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate tart cherry flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
beer_est_deus (671) - örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dimmig mörk/djup orange med ett ljus brunt skum. Doft: Smör kola, bränt socker, övermogna körsbär, bourbon, vass trä doft, alkohol. Smak: Som doft i stort, fast bättre + vanilj. Dock lite för mycket bourbon i min smak.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from Beer Run, 2013 vintage, opened 6/26/14. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of whiskey, wood, toffee, vanilla, wood, caramel, faint booze and apple. The taste is green apple, whiskey, wood, toffee, caramel, vanilla. Medium bodied, low carbonation and well hidden booze. The green apple is a little off-putting but overall a solid beer.
thefederalist (290) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Andy for sharing. Pours a dark brown with a medium cream-colored head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma of figs, caramel, and just a hint of bourbon. There is also faint alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, and there is an after-the-fact bitterness that shows up in the finish. I am reading in the description that this is loosely based on the "Sixth Glass" Quad, which I have had. I should also say that this will only be my third or fourth American Quad. Let me just say that Boulevard has come along way since the Sixth Glass. This is a far more refined beer. Very well done.
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Cloudy copper colour, mid sized head. Caramel, cherry, vanilla and cognac up front. Mid sweet with medium-full body and gentle, well rounded mouthfeel. Mild and harmonious with caramel, oak, cherries and pears. Mild warming finish. Pleasant and complex.
NeoHippie2 (996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a small beige head. Aroma is big bourbon barrel with notes of cherry. Flavor is sweet bourbon with cherry and raisin notes and hints of brown sugar. Very sweet quad. Not as complex as others I’ve had but still respectable.
pilsnerrogge (2500) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with a small head.
Sweet aroma with notes of bourbon, toffee, raisins, oak barrels and alkohol.
Very sweet flavor with notes of toffee, bourbon, oak barrels and alkohol.
Too sweet and too strong for me.
kryon (1376) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours muddy red brown with low off white head
Aromas loaded of bourbon, sour fruits, rosehips, hints of brown sugar
Taste has distinct bourbon sweet n sourness with notes of alcohol, caramel, brown sugar