That1Guy (1806) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Pretty nice. Smooth. Some nice fruitiness. Good mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Its no Westy, but its aight.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 2008 San Diego Strong ale fest, a tasty brown pour with some hints of cherry.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 It has a really nice appearance - very clean and clear, glowing and deceivingly light-bodied to the eye, with a little haze to it. As Boulevard notes, "auburn" is an accurate assessment of this beerís color. It has a really healthy cream-colored bubbly head that retains very well from the healthy (yet not excessive) carbonation.
This beer is a little hard to smell through its thick head. After a deep enough of a whaff you can detect a little of the classic quad aroma of spice, light yeast and pit fruit (dates and figs are a good match). Sweet and lightly grainy, smooth, and very pleasant, not uncomfortably yeasty. At times you can pull a little smoke and pine out of the aroma as well. As with alot of Boulevard beers, Iíve noticed that thereís a big differece between the appearance and aroma of the beer and its flavor. Unfortunately, in this case, the flavor doesnít hold up to my expectations.
The beer is insanely impacting on the palate, but not really in an enjoyable way. A little alcohol mixes with the pungency to overwhelm the positive charactersics of this beer, which are hard to detect without trying, but once you get past the pungency, thereís a sweetness and fruitiness reminiscent of fruit punch that surfaces. Overall, itís tamely sweet, yet unpleasantly sour, strong, and almost offensive (with a hint of pit fruit).
Boulevard says the beer is bold. Iíll give it that, but bold in a bad way. I also find the mouth feel and flavor are pretty lacking. Itís a little too thin in body - if there was a bit more of a body to this and more heft, that would really improve the experience and balance, especially because of its slightly pungent character. Aging might also have a positive effect on this, so Iíd be more likely to give this beer a chance after at least a year in the cellar. A little more sweetness could help to counter the pungency as well, but itís lacking here, too. I think they tried to stretch the fermentation a little too far to make this a big beer - had they left a little more body and sugars in this beer, used a different, less efficient yeast, this could be a much better beer. I think it could have also benefitted from more caramel malts.
Itís warm at the top of the throat. Yeast is almost undetectable except for a yeasty dryness in the finish. Be ready for this beer. It makes me burp eveery time I drink this - and after almost every sip. How is that possible? Itís harsh on the gullet, strong, uncomfortable, too lively, with too much carbonation... just too much.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter amber/orange pour with a tall white head. Much lighter then I was expecting. Lots of fruit sweetness. Citrus, apricots, dry sweetness of fig. Dry finish with a nice carbonation to it that brought out a bit of spiciness.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour was dark brown with auburn highlights. A compact off-white head produced some nice lacing. The aroma was malt, raisin, figs and some unchecked alcohol. The flavor was slightly smoky, malt, raisin and alcohol. The mouthfeel was average, carbonation was almost too tight.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. orangey-brown pour with beige head. aroma is sugary malt, pit fruit, raisens, and chocolate. flavor is the same, sweet chocolate, pit fruit, sugar.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
scent of raisens and fermented fruit. nice alcohol is not very well hidden but it does taste pretty good.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pour is deep hazy amber with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is deep sweet malt with yeast and light caramel. Flavor is smooth with light caramel, raisins, brown sugar, light alcohol, and a hint of hops towards the end. Fairly well blended brew. Pretty fruity and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.
phildorsey (139) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark and frothy.
Aroma: is roasty with a cereal background and a hint of citrus.
Appearance: is very frothy and sparkling. Color is a rich and thick reddish brown.
Flavor: is medium bitterness, almost Lager like.
Palate:full body and fizzy.
Overall Impression: Very solid Quadruple. Impressed by the attention to detail the people at Boulevard Brewing Company put into this beer. Right in line with our European brethren.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with a thick tan head. Brown sugar, yeast, dark candied fruits, and malt in the nose. Boozy glaze over all the flavors. Raisins, dates, molasses, vanilla, and caramel blend with the spice to form a heavy Belgian ale. This would do well as a winter brew.