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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Do you know what dwells in a glass?" asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersenís The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Batch 68312: Rusty garnet. Tightly packed off-white foam. Very good retention. Banana bread, red licorice, brown sugar, black pepper, clove, floral hops, Juicy Fruit gum, and puttylike yeast line the aroma. Faintly plummy and raisiny with a subtle note of medicinal alcohol and chalk. Expansive carbonation gently pricks the palate before lapping the palate with a wave of creaminess. Initially airy and dry with a soft and clean malt cushion swirled with a bright flash of floral hops. Madeira-, plum-, and rum-laced sweetness surges forth to saturate the core, although it stops just shy of becoming cloyingly medicinal thanks to ample dryness which cleans things up a bit. Alcohol coarsely scratches the throat before warming the gullet, though it does give way to more-defined maltiness which is suggestive of bread and toffee-glazed nuts as well as a wheatlike tang. Sharp note of sulphur seems to amplify the presence of alcohol. Styrians leave their telltale juicy-floral thumbprint throughout. Body is fairly clean and nicely attenuated with the exception of some background baked apple flabbiness and green banana notes. Sweetly rummy finish is fused with gum and plums, though itís reasonably balanced with black pepper and clove-like phenolics which augment the dryness and keep the medicinal sweetness and alcohol at bay. Really well-made beer, with merely a few flaws which include the baked apple and green banana esters. Would love to see Boulevard simplify the grain bill a bit by infusing it with some German Pils malt and a little less dark malt. Lowering the alcohol a point or two would also be welcome as it would better allow the subtleties to shine through. Enjoyable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Poured red-brown with thin white head. Very sweet on the nose and the palate. Dried fruit, mango, and caramelly sweetness. A bit of chocolate and molasses also are noticable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Thick and rich across the board on the pour, nose, and palette. Great effort for an American Quad. My only complaint is that this is a little more cloying than the Belgians Iíve come to know and love. Still a very, very nice beer. My 2nd favorite of their Smokestack Series.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber withj a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisins, dates, cherry, carmel, vanilla and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly warming finish. Flavors of cherry, dates, raisin, carmel, light vanilla and light spice with a smooth warminbg lingering lightly sweet spiced finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. The bottle popped with good carbonation. Poured into a glass and it was a dark brown with a nice, thick, large head. Aroma is sweet with a little fruit but not strong. Taste of fig, banana, toffee and chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a two finger white head. Aroma is fruit and figs. Flavor is kind of tart. Ok beer, but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Suprised to finf this at the grocery. Poured a dark amber color with a big whitish head. Could smell fruit and alcohol as I poured it. Tasted sweet at first, then I noticed some spice. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. The other flavors seem to keep it in check. Very tasty beer. I found it best to drink slowly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2568) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Batch 58312. Pours a thick rapidly deflating head, mocha color. looks almost like a bread yeast starter, with some lacing, over a cloudy reddish amber body....nose of yeast, phenols, with many fruity tones including banana, dried cherry,....tastes of lingering sweetness with dried cherry, banana, fig amongst others, finishes with a bit of coffee, cocoa bitterness...mouthfeel is creamy but strangely light (probably alcohol). Iíd like to do a blind tasting of this and some of Ommegang and Unibroues brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml bottle - thanks to brewczar for the trade; pours dark brown with frothy white head that sits quickly; great nose with plenty of toffee, dank fruit and caramel; creamy texture with toffee, malty sweetness; booyah; texture, nose, flavor are all terrific; easily trumps the BA version

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Mighty good stuff. I liked each of the four Smokestack varieties Iíve had a chance to try. Spicy. yeasty and with a subtlety thatís often hard to find in a beer this big.


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