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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (319) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (739) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HellesBunny666 (214) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Hints of bourbon and fruit. Cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Very boozy, definitely lots of bourbon. The cherry flavor is not very pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1128) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Aromas of coconut, cherry, banana, booze. Hazy brown with a lasting white head. Boozy, fruity, rum notes, bourbon notes. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (298) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
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.

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