HoppyAlesToYou (164) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2012
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wish I had opened this one sooner, as it had a consume by date in August this year. Perhaps my experience would not have been as bad. Regardless, I found the aroma and taste to be almost repulsive. It brought to mind vanilla, Southern Comfort, and the orange granular material that was used to clean up vomit in schools in the seventies. There were still some Quad-like characteristics, but I’m hoping it was infected instead of simply awful. I’ve enjoyed most of the other Smokestack brews, so this was shockingly disappointing.
euniceradio (340) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours dark copper, creamy beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, sweet bread. Taste of same with cherry, spice, boozy heat, raisin, caramel apple, vanilla, pear. Quite complex. Finish with a bit of heat.
Sirmixsomewhat (169) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon Barrel Quad tastes a lot more like a traditional quad than it does anything aged in bourbon barrels. The sweeter cherry notes are evident and the beer is overall very drinkable.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Bourbon vanilla, green wood, alcohol heat, cherries, spicy phenolics, prickly effervescence,
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy red.
-Green pepper notes are found within as well (most likely from the barrel).
-Dried date notes (Deglet Noor, not Medjool) build in the back upon warming..
-I’m used to more finesse from Boulevard, so colour me a bit disappointed with this one.
-This one lacks dark malts (in my tastes) to truly link the barrel to the beer, imho.
njnut (395) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle into tulip a nice brown with billowy Just off white head. Aroma was toffee with slight bourbon, alcohol note. Taste was toffee, malts, slightly oaky with a hint of bourbon and fruit. Medium mouthfeel and silky. Awesome beer. Finishes with just a slight nutty aftertaste.
4skins63 (2) - Augusta, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2016 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smooth and crisp no lingering after taste, great flovor, your can taste the bourbon barrels and the cheery but it over powering,
Samuel214 (217) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB. Provning med ölsällskapet. Flaska från 2013, drygt två år gammal. Mahognyfärgad, disig med beiget, fingerhögt skum. Söt doft med mycket bourbon, torkad frukt, choklad och körsbärstoner. Halvtung kropp. Rejält med smak av bourbon, russin och kola. Inte lika bra som deras Imperial Stout i Smokestack-serien, men väldigt drickbar.
tfratzke (84) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon, caramel apple and vanilla. Pours a cloudy, murky rust. Little to no white head. Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is bourbon, some alcohol, vanilla, tinge of oak. Descent, but not earth shattering.
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very well done quad. Great taste. Balanced. Oak is there but not overpowering.
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benpickens (462) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a billowy head; strong bourbon aromas - smells like a rich aged bourbon; smooth round mouthfeel with a boozy bourbon finish.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle : 2014 version, hazy mahogany pour with a medium beige head. Aroma is toffee with alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is full of salted caramel, oily toffee, cola, cherry, vanilla and a nice bourbon background. Palate is salty, oily and sweet but not overly so. This beer was really easy to drink for a big beer full of flavor. I wish I had bought and saved a few more.