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 (5312) - 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 (6740) - 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 (1378) - 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 (947) - 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 (4824) - Denver, 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.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber poured into glass. This was just a little too strange for me. Has an interesting aroma, like a mix between some off sour thing and some sort of grain I canít pin point. A little hard to swallow really, but thatís just me.
high_on_hops (806) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 2012 bottle. It pours a dark caramel color with a small off-white head. It has a medium aroma of rye, dark malt, and some apricot and other dark fruit. It has a great, rich flavor of dark fruit and rye up front, with a malt and faint whiskey aftertaste over a relatively smooth but full body.
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pineypower (3007) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared much thanks to Dave. Pours out a muddy copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is of whiskey, oak, caramel, rye grains and some light sweetness. Taste has a strong prescense of alcohol, grains, lots of lingering sweetness, some grainy rye, more whiskey.