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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (245) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Not that much of an improvement over the 6th glass except the bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (849) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
750 ml. pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, light cherry. Full bodied, complex, very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (222) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Pours murky brown with thin head. Smell is bourbon oak and caramel malt. Taste is caramel, oak, bourbon and toffee. Medium body, heavy carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Moderate aromas of cereal, roasted and caramel for the malts, cooked orange for the hops, dough and broth for the yeast, with hints of smoke, brown sugar, bourbon and milk. Head is small, frothy, light beige, with a spot or two of lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy, medium brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic. Perfectly balanced Quadrupel with a nice touch of smoke and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Natai (102) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany with a rich, off-white head. Aromas of butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, and hints of cherry. Smooth flavor with stronger bourbon flavors on the back end. The cherries in this are very subtle, making it one of the better ales brewed with cherries I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7683) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Hazy dark brown red color. Finger and a half of off-white head, pretty nice head… good retention… Looks good overall. Good bits of lace. Nice dark fruit, great bigger vanilla flavor, some caramel, good oak. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, mild bite. Bigger body, smooth, kind of soft crisp lighter carbonation. Mild bite and heat… Not uncomfortable, but not magically smooth like the best quads are. Still, a very nice, enjoyable, flavorful American BA quad to sip on, despite being a tad bit harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle shared by Frank. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with minimal beige head. Aroma and taste of wood, booze, yeast, and some spices with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3650) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours clear coppery amber with a VERY thick buff head. Fruity, malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-infused oak and hints of caramel and cherry. Flavor delights with bourbon, woody, apple, cherry, malty, and shy caramel and vanilla notes - and an alcohol bite like a Doberman pinscher. Firm body has OK fizz, and leaves a bourbon and woody and slightly fruity finish. Smoke that stack!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bomber, pours an orange brown with some floating yeast. Thin tan head. Bourbon nose mixed with Belgan notes. A strong blend of bourbon, oak and Belgan flavors. long slow finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CousinBrenden (61) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Super super quad cherry plum aroma tight champagne like bubbles bring out oak bourbon and cherry balance. Flavor of wet stems and prune grape like with good balance of alcohol heat. Nice cherry oak finish. Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (113) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a beautiful red-amber, and forms a massive off-white head with a slight orange tint. Excellent head retention, and it leaves lacing on the glass itself as it recedes, to say nothing of the lacing left by the thick ring it eventually collapses into. Tiny bubbles continually stream from the bottom of the glass, joined sporadically by the occasional larger bubble. Smell: Delightful. Dark fruits and candi sugar erupt from the glass, heavy with plums, slightly soured grapes, and cherries. There’s a faint oaken tinge to the aroma, and vague suggestions of vanilla. Taste: In an almost exact reversal of the nose, the bourbon barrel strikes first as the beer touches the palate, with heavy notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, char, oak, and boozy heat. Beneath those notes, the candi sugar sweetness takes the center of the rear stage, with the fruit notes off toward the wings and possibly the orchestral pit. The finish brings a slightly sour tone, as cherry and some lingering candi sweetness ride a rush of pure boozy heat. A tiny bit of wooden flavor lingers after the swallow as well. Mouthfeel: Hot with alcohol, this is also a nigh syrupy beer in consistency, both encouraging sips over swigs. Overall: This blends the complexity of a good Belgian with the power of a potent bourbon barrel nicely. It drinks a touch hot, but there are few nigh-12% ABV barrel-aged beers that can conceal that - a spot of age might take a bit of the edge off as well. I don’t know that I would ever reach for this over a good non-barrel-aged quad, but perhaps trying one with some age on it might change that opinion.

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