ilovedarkbeer (2573) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. pours an amber color with a large creamy canvas colored head. Notes of coconut, chocolate, light char, spicy rye, and hops. Creamy yet supple mouthfeel. Long finish.
sjohnny (451) - - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity sweet aroma with a hint of dry white wine. Murky brown with foamy white head. Yeast, dates, fruity sweet. Dry white wine finish. Boozy warmth. Very nice.
JDBaker11058 (1695) - Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: dark, slightly cloudy mahogany-purplish brown with a frothy, bubbly khaki head . Aroma: definitely spicy, with notes of black pepper, pumpernickel bread, rye (of course), plums, wood, toffee, and vanilla. Taste: tastes very whiskey-ish, but without the alcohol burn and smoke--lots of wood, vanilla, molasses, floral honey, but most of all, a rich, toasty, spicy rye bread. Finish: lingering heat (from the rye, not the abv) and sweetness, with a surprising fruit note hanging on to balance the rich malts. Notes: Loved this beer. Big flavors, very chewy palate, and yet for all that I was able to drink the full 750 because the 12% abv was extremely well-hidden. Would absolutely drink again.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good.
Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel.
Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. Thatís ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. Thereís again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupelís fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity.
Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevardís Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. Itís not the same, but thereís clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, itís about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable!
Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours red amber with thick head. Earthy and sugary aroma. Sweet taste. Big malty brown sugar flavor. Can't decide if I like it
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper with a pungent rye nose with an accompaniment of bready char-y whiskey. Flavor is mostly whiskey (but without the burn, astringency, or overpowering char), lots of oak, and rye bread. Sweet and grainy, but with lots of whiskey. Thankfully not too hot.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lightly hazy amber with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, oak and bread. Flavor of the same. Whiskey
Def there but goes well with the rye.
mmmbeer (1365) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into tumbler- poured an evenly turbid darkened tan and lightened brown mixed color. 3mm off tan in color head formed and laced very nicely. Aroma of WHISKY (yeah!), a fair toasted malt, light caramel, and hardwood- very appealing. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was lightly sprinkled with molasses (donít taste like caramel), a whole lotta smoothness imparted from the treatment of rye in WHISKY barrels comes in the middle, finish is warming with a note of oak. Dayum- a toasted rye with provolone and pastrami would be AWESOME with this! However, in the land of Texughtucky, I get either BBQ, Mexican food, or fast food (itís not fast, and itís not food). Help me for I am in hell.
annunz123 (945) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich aroma with wood, caramel, fruit, and spice. Flavor is sweet and a little boozy with vanilla and wood. Finish is surprisingly dry and smooth considering the alcohol content, with a little fruit and spice. I generally donít like "bourbon barrel" beers, but this gets the balance right. A nice effort.
ajnepple (4370) - Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Deep reddish brown with a one finger off-white foam thatís mostly diminishing. Smells like malts, caramel, spices, rye, alcohol, wood. Medium plus body, slick and smooth with average carbonation. Nice balance and very drinkable at 12%. Malty and spiced with a touch of rye whiskey heat at the finish. The good stuff.