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RATINGS: 1006   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Picked up a bottle of this at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Colour... dark amber/garnet. Nose... sweet, mildly spicy, malty. Palate... Plenty oí bubbles up front, then dark brown sugar, turbinado and caramel. Slightly bitter on the back palate but a nice, loooong, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Fruit nose with a bit o burn to it. Pours red with some hint of brown and a white head. a little more than medium on the body with a clean finish. Earthy and Fruity flavor. Pretty Good Beer Food Pairing Hoisin Pork Lettuce Wraps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Brown in color until held to the light and the rudy hues glimmer through. Initial tall head settles rather quickly to form a dense cover of tan bubbles. Aromas of dark ripe fruits, spicy yeast and hint of smoke and alcohol. Very spicy flavors. initial cloves are displaced by licorice and wood roots. Some dark fruit in the background. The first dose of licorice nearly was too much for me. But Iím working my way through and there are some things starting to work for me. Some dark brandied cherries and caramel and toasted malt. Rich and filling brew. I just never quite find a balance in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Batch 68319 Pours brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, ripe fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Slightly sweet then a bit of spice and a hint of alcohol in the finish as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
My #400 beer and batch #68100 for Boulevard. Pours a cloudy caramel color, a thick tan, off-white head with a very high amount of carbonation and some big chunks of yeast suspended in the brew. Aroma is very sweet with a high caramel candy note, light spicy hops note, some apricot fruitiness in there and finishes with a lith alcohol note. Flavor has an alcohol note throughout the entire tasting. Starts off with a light caramel sweetness, some spicy bitterness in the start as well, some sweet bread malt and slightly yeasty middle and ends with a creamy vanilla accent. Body is very full with the carbonation adding a very creamy feel to the body. The alcohol is pretty prevalent and is noticeable in all aspects of the brew but overall a solid beer and one which would only get better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Have had this a few times now and every time it is just great. Smooth and very drinkable. Nice balanced sweetness, alcohol and mild spice and bitterness. Raisins, plums, brown sugar mask the alcohol content quite well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Loads of honey on the first uncorking with sugared malts to follow. The full pour releases some hops, replacing some of the sugars. Initial aroma was great, main aroma is more average. Alcohol ends up coming through. Color is light brown auburn color with a big big lacy head. Taste is hot alcohol with moderate sweetness. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefederalist (296) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to mRdEATH for sharing. Pours a medium amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of yeast, figs and alcohol. Flavor is sweet balanced with hotness from the alcohol. Body is a tad thin for a beer of this magnitude. This is truly a great effort. However, the good quads are difficult competition. Probably the best American quad Iíve tasted, which might be misleading as the only other one Iíve tasted is Averyís The Reverend, which is far, far inferior to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2009
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a very large head, and good lacing. smell is of dark fruit, malt, oatmeal, a bit of cocoa, and burnt caramel. taste is smooth, malty, some cocoa, some dark fruit, and brown sugar, ends smooth and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1829) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pour was deep amber/walnut color with decent head, no lacing. Aroma was heated brown sugar. The beer contain a huge malt profile, but is not over sweet, nor does it contain that fake candied sugar flavor of many US quads. Some notes of raisin and fruit reminds me of those raison bread things I always remember eating at funeral receptions as a kid. Again, I thought this was a pretty good effort. Cheers to Boulevard!

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