RATINGS: 786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 angels 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 60 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 Ive 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SODAK14 (362) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - FEB 20, 2017
This brew was waaaay too overpowering with the bourbon "notes". I wanted and tried to like it on several occasions but could not finish even one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Femrented prune like it rained while the plums were drying. Light florals and bourbon well integrated. A hint of citrus. Light sweet finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murrow (97) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours amber brown with fast-dissipating, off-white head. Aroma muted, notes of yeast and alcohol. Sharp, fruity opening. Plum, cherry. Heavy malt. Some wild yeast character. Carbonation noted immediately. Active mouthfeel. Warming finish. Powerful, flavorful, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (629) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Vintage 2014 Edition.

This bottled has matured 2 years in Florida since I bought it in February 2015.

The beer pours hazy and orange-brown with a thin head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Raisin, plum, oak, Bourbon, syrup, grain, vanilla and toffee.
Taste: Deep and complex. Plum, raisin, brown sugar, Bourbon, vanilla, spices and wood.
Mouth: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Warming alcohol at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Hazy orange pour with off white head. Aroma is rye and yeast. Taste is rye, roast malt, vanilla, cherry and biurbon. Pretty complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2410) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear orange some frothy head no lacing. Nose is sweet syrup and some rye pepper. Notes of sweet syrup, dark fruit, candi sugar, bourbon vanilla. Taste big sweet medium/light bitter. Full body medium fizzy carbonation, alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1166) - LA, California, USA - FEB 9, 2017
This is now available in a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles. Doesnt say Smokestack Series but the abv and ibu line up to this brew. Pours amber brown with small head and lace in a tulip glass. Aroma of malt, grains, bourbon. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of amber malts, caramel, molasses, bourbon, grains, minerals, wet towel. Overall, big, bold...ooh wee!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (248) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2017
Bourbon soaked cherries, caramel, vanilla, toffee. Moderate carbonation, full bodied w/some alcohol heat. Raisins, candied sugar, cherries, candied orange...a lot of flavor going on. (bottled 09/30/15)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (559) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2017
A super new age quad. A dense redish mahogany body with an active off white head. The nose is engaging, with toffee, cherries, dark berries and a touch of citrus hops. Sweet, easy drinking bourbon leads the taste profile. Not harsh at all. Rich toffee, biscuit malt, candied fruit, cherries and a touch of citrus hops create a rich smooth but still lively blend. A hint of sourness and yeast add to the complexity. Barrel aging that is not overdone. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4360) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2017
750ml corked and caged. Dark, hazy brown pour, with a small beige head. Incoming!!!!!!! We have a barrel bomb!!! Whoa, the nose on this is all barrel. Massive notes of Bourbon, wood, vanilla and its very very boozy. As it warms more fruit comes through, but man this is woody, and earthy, and loaded with sweet Bourbon barrel notes. Carb is nice, mouth feel is solid. Finish is slightly astringent, medium butter finish, boozy, and fruit with mkr huge barrel notes..if barrel bombs are your thing this is for you.. This is one of the more barrel forward beers Ive ever tasted. But the base quad is much too lost for my tastes, I can barely tell what the base beer is. Good, not great.

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