annunz123 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Boozy bourbon aroma with a lot of wood and a little vanilla. To me a quadrupel is more about complex malt and yeast flavors, but this is all about the alcohol. Taste is bourbon, overwhelming everything except a faint cherry aftertaste. If I wanted bourbon, I’d have bought bourbon. Very disappointing effort from a brewery I really like.
Chalsk (1082) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the Seventh Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a bourbon barrel aged quad? It had me at hello. Poured into the Duvel glass for obvious reasons that I just discovered. Pours a murky brown color with light tan foam head. Aroma of dark fruit and loads of cherries. Some yeast mixed in. Sweet caramel taste with dark fruit and nice frothy hop hit. Tons of cherry and then a fading-in vanilla on backend. Some oak spice hits early and then lingers for some time after, but in a way that compliments they sweetness that also lingers. Excellent.
punkska101 (976) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle thx heather and frank a: bourbon, grappy, caramel, licorice, brown sugar App: hazy brown thick beige head and excellent lacing. T/p: full body with moderate long sweet finish. O: superb. The wood is really present it adds some nice complexity to the brew. Highly recommend.
jkwood04 (4167) - 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 (741) - 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 (486) - 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 (569) - 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 (1274) - 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 (1129) - 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.