RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones

A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving

25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu

10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384

Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries

Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage

Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered

Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie

03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384

Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy

Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent

Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation

Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness

Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end

ozzy70 (1264) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Pour was light brown with a large foamy off white head. Lots of floaties held in suspension, as if they were in a jello. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, spice, raisin, fig. Taste was light sweet, bourbon, plum, cherry liquor.

weihenweizen (4044) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2017
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a cup. Hazy medium brown with small beige head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, medium carbonation, and small-bubble lacing. Taste is bourbon, barrel, and booze.

HighlanderOne (1365) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Poured from bottle. AROMA - bourbon and waffles with maple syrup. APPEARANCE - mahogany with tan head. TASTE - bourbon and oak flavors come through in a big way. Also dark honey, maple syrup, alcohol (glad I shared this), toffee, caramel, butterscotch. PALATE- full, heavy, boozy. OVERALL - I would definitely buy again.

Aurelius (5496) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2017
Dark, rusty pour with a tall, beady, smoked ivory pour. Slope-shouldered 11.2 or 12 oz bottle with a decent label. Lambicky, sour, raspberry/cherry aroma with tannins and leather - very nice. Sour raisins and prunes up front, krieky backbeat, leather, dust, hay, wood, vinous, vanilla, toffee. Mouthy, effervescent. Really nice and complex. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane, Tallahassee.

hershiser2 (3591) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle from wine warehouse. Pours murky reddish with a large beige head. Aroma is tart cherry, dust, light bourbon. Flavor is dark fruit, black cherry, bourbon, a little earth, hint of vanilla.

bmcwolf (6) - - OCT 2, 2017 does not count
Heavy ale flavor 12% content leads to bold slow drink Keep it cold enough Pours a fat head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ehaak26 (654) - - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle from Jungle Jim's. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, alcohol, and cherries.

ebone1988 (2074) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is wood, cherry, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, yeast, booze, spice. Appearance is brownish red, fluffy light brown head, unfiltered. Taste is woody cherries, toffee, spices, bourbon, caramel, yeast, maybe a touch of clove, dark fruit, good. Mouthfeel is medium body, a Rochefort 10 amount of carbonation, woody cherry boozy spicy aftertaste. Overall, it's definitely different, but still quite solid.

AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2017
375ml bottle from Total Wine in Brookfield. Cellar aged 3 months and shared with bananabi11. Served colder than cellar temperature. Hazy reddish amber pour with some floaties. Aroma has cherry, thick yeast, sweet malts, oak, nut. Taste is of sweet malts, a solid yeasty presence, stone fruits, nuts, vanilla. Full bodied. Some alcohol presence. The blend is ok/solid, but doesn't come together great. Finishes sweetly yeasty fruity. Solid/interesting brew. The oak is a player. The yeast/quad was a bit muted. But all didn't come together great. 13.5

mrjaxson (612) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2017
Sour cherries and bourbon nose from a cumulus cloud bank generated by the pour from the bottle. Taste is tart, sweet and oaky, all of which last into the finish (though the tartness does have the longest influence). Not a typical quad by any measure but who am I to complain when the results are so darn good.

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