lorirae (10) - USA - MAR 26, 2010
This is not my favorite Boulevard beer, but regardless, it is executed excellently... as always. This full bodied beer is slightly boozy and seems it could benefit from some time being laid down. While I would recommend that anyone try this beer, I will probably purchase the Saison-Brett or Bourbon Barrel Quad over this one next time around. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Another winner from Boulevard. Woody oak centered flavor. The rye notes are light. Perfectly balanced, slight hop presence. This is how a beer should be made. Excellent. fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Aroma:A little banana, a lot of bourbon, and a little rye.
Appearance:Dark amber in color, lots of head, good retention.
Taste:Bourbon, vanilla, rye flavors, spices, dark fruits.
Palate:Medium to heavy body, very smooth, good carbonation.
Overall:This is a very tasty beer, lots of complex flavors, a great sipper.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
10 oz draft pour from a freshly tapped 2012 keg. Beautiful red-dark red hue with a thin, dissipating white head. Smells strongly of whiskey and lightly of rye spice. First taste is confusion and eventually bliss. Earthy spicy and wood notes are washed away by stronger oak and whiskey bite. Finish is clean and leaves a perfectly sweet aftertaste. Given the high ABV and barrel aging, I’d say the alcohol is well-hidden (though I am a whiskey drinker). This is Boulevard’s best brew. I expect this to age extremely well. mcrae19 (59) - - APR 2, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a caramel color with quite a bit of protein sediment. Aroma of whiskey, wood, and a slight sour quality. Flavors of caramel, whiskey, and wood. A slight burn on the finish but enough sweetness to balance it. Very unique. An absolutely fantastic beer.
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Reddish/Mild Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Rye Bourbon Barrel Sweetness, Honey, Rye
T: Rye Bourbon, Honey, Rye, Mild Sweet Bread
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, you really get the rye barrel taste and the rye grains seperately but they mesh well together too. Solid. RyanMalloy (5) - - AUG 3, 2014 does not count
Dark mahogany with a beige foam. Beautiful.
Tastes beautiful too. There are traditional dark ale notes of caramel, hay, banana, and clove along with a special spiciness, like Sichuan pepper, that lingers and tingles for minutes after each sip. stevoj (5046) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Caramelly sweet and complex, lots of toffee, rye bread,, wood barrels, and whiskey. Muddy brown color with small airy beige head. Sipper for sure, tasty, and relaxing horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Love it. I’m not sure if it’s the specific rye barrel used or the base beer, but this has a balance to it that I’ve simply not seen in any beer at this ABV of this style. I’d call it a ’green apple’ twang, but it’s simply delicious. The nose is fruity with a whisky overtone, and it’s just plain awesome. So many times a barrel aged ale turns cloying and overdone -- this doesn’t. I wish I could get more of it. hopbag (159) - - MAR 3, 2016
Exceptionally balanced and drinkable at 12%. A little sweet with bright bitterness and rye spice. Full mouthfeel rounded out with dried fruit, reminiscent of a Belgian strong. Hints of vanilla and booze. The fruit, booze, and vanilla make me think red sangria. Cloudy deep red color. Not a lot of aroma, but it deserves a high score. Brilliant concept and execution. Pair with fatty red meat and spice.