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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AxDxMx (8) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012 does not count
The cherries seemed to be more pronounced in the 2010 version, but the 2011 version is just as perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1179) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Pours dark auburn brown with small yellow fizz. Smells strongly of bourbon and vanilla and hints of cherries. Tastes strongly of sweet bourbon characters, vanilla and hints of toffee, and a subtle cherry flavor with almost no alcohol present at all. Full-bodied with a smooth, velvety texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad finishes with a nice lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jerm719 (165) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2014
2014 btl. Excellent head, color, nose, taste, finish. Perfect balance. Sweet, yet not cloying. Subtle cherries, medium bourbon sweetness, mild earthy hops, minimal alcohol present. One of my few perfect ratings. Wonderful beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mwagner8 (1) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2011 does not count
2011 Release, bottle # 0034. Well worth the wait. My first taste of the BBQ from Boulevard. Knew it had to be good as their "The Sixth Glass" Quad is my favorite. Vanilla, cherries, a slight buttery feel. Great carbonation, not too much, left light lacing. Drank from trappist glass. Color was a maple syrup slighty cloudy. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2011
From notes: Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with faint amber hues an a massive frothy beige head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass. Complex aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice, barrel character, vanilla and booze. The barrel presence is strong but not overpowering with hints of vanilla, bourbon, earthy oak and toasted coconut. Thankfully the bourbon isn’t overwhelming letting hints of raisin, fig, plum and dark cherry shone through. Chewy medium body with sweet chocolate malt, dark fruit and a nice barrel presence. Similar to the aroma, the bourbon is there but not dominant. Hints of toasted oak, silky vanilla, toasted coconut and sweet bourbon without being hot. The vanilla flavor really smooths things out. Underneath there is a nice malt backbone with hints of chocolate and caramel and plenty f peppery spice and dark fruit notes. Hints of raisin, plum, fig, cherry. Perfectly balanced with an incredibly well masked ABV make this beer dangerously drinkable. Probably my favorite beer in the Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Tried a bottle from 2011, 2010 and 2009 side by side. Pours a cloudy dark copper color with small white head and dissipates quickly. Sweet vanilla, cherry and lots of warm bourbon on the nose. Very rich flavors full of bourbon, caramelized cane sugar, dark fruits. Thick mouth feel with a strong warming effect. This is best aged at three years. The strong bourbon and sugars begin to mellow down and wonderfully complex flavors begin to appear after aging. Put it in your cellar, if you can stand to actually wait.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudsy_sailor (4) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2015 does not count
Aged for 2+ years in my basement. Excellent. This is a series to continue as a flagship series, a definite cellar beer. Little bit of debris that transfers to the glass, continuous flavor throughout, strong beer that delivers in spades!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Just a hint of cherry comes through on the nose - like a lambic might have. ABV is VERY well hidden. Scary to think... Mellow overall with some toffee, maybe a bit of butterscotch, and vanilla on the tongue and aftertaste. If you search for it you get a little sour hit in the corners of your mouth from the cherry. Well put together!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 29, 2013
I just tried a vertical tasting of this beer, one from 2011 and one from 2013 and I vastly prefer the aged version. The sharp alcoholic bite and carbonation mellow out with time leaving a great, sweet, dark beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yomonk1 (4) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
A bit of sour cherry on the nose, but don’t let that lead you. It’s a minute dried cherry taste that begins a beautiful journey into an incredibly balanced quad. You get all the oak and hints of bourbon in a smooth ale that results in a creamy, full mouthfeel that keeps you engaged and not turned away in any fashion.

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