changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle from unclemike. Dark chestnut color and a good thick frothy head develops on top. Excellent head retention. Plums, dates, cherries, candi sugar, belgian yeast, figs, all mingle in the aroma and create a very nice and inviting scent. Rich flavors, but smooth going down. Lots of dark fruit, candi sugar, belgian yeast, and sweet caramel but a hint of spice prevents this from being cloying. There’s also a rum cake flavor that provides some soothing liquory notes that I enjoyed. The dark fruit isn’t one dimensional either but rather shows notes of raisins, plums, and dates and seems spot on with the sugars and yeast. Wow, this is a really good Quad from an American brewer. Ok, so not quite as rich as some of the best Belgians but awfully close and one of the better representations I’ve tasted from the US. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Caramel colored pour with a foamy tan head. Very nice dark fruit aromas and flavors are more of the same with some apple notes that linger into the finish. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Appearance: deep ambers with rose tints under a rose-tinged head mixed with khakis and tans. Steady stream of bubbles thanks to being bottle-conditioned. Head holds up nicely, leaving pockets of lace along the way. Swirls with a thicker collar while head remains unchanged.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Nose: interesting and not what I was expecting. Plums, raisins, dates stewed and chilled. Canned fruit, maraschino cherries, and candied sugars. Fruitcakeish. Rummy quality underneath and in the back; barrel aged please with a whiff of Cachaca. Dark fruits are meaty and moist; raisins breads.
Palate: wow and equally interesting. Dark fruits, fruitcake, candied fruits and candied sugars; thankfully none of it is saccharine and cloying. Thick and stewed and rummy. Spices flitter on by underneath; cinnamon. Warmth quickly settles into my chest. Short finish with majority of flavors centered in the middle. Dry wood and paprika mingle with the cinnamon. Raisins, prunes, black breads. Cachaca tints here and there; intriguing.
Final Thoughts: a unique take on the rather flexible Quadrupel style. Took me a few sups to adjust but once I did, each quaff was a tasteful journey down roads old and new. Boulevard brews a solid range of everyday beers, but their smokestack series is a true testament unto brewing and artistic ingenuity.
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 12oz bottle. Poured a thick haze of reddish orange/brown with a small head. Aroma is nice: caramel, apple, plums and other fruits, figs, spice, bubblegum, yeast, all in a haze of alcohol. Taste carries out the aroma well: everything steps up a notch or two. Medium body, good depth, nice balance. Overall a really good brew. I bet these would do well with age. Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pured into a Trappist glass. Hazy, amber color. Overriding smell of alcohol. Taste is strongly boozy. Perhaps some dark fruits and caramel tastes underneath it all, but it’s overbearingly boozy. I really like a lot of Boulevard beer, but this just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not one to be afraid of an overly boozy brew, but this just ruins the subteties.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #610162, courtesy of OakedCanuck on BA. thanks, colin! pours a hazy, cider-brown, with a thick, lasting, yellow-beige head and thick lace. aroma is great with big notes of belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, and bubblegum up front with burnt toffee, cedar, figs, and dried cherries coming through as it warms. flavor follows suit with sticky, brandy soaked fruit notes of dates, figs, and cherries backed by rich, dark, sweetbreads, belgian spices, and nutty toffee with a bit of booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich, and heavily carbonated with a bittersweet, fruity finish. overall, a deliciously big quad. Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours murky brown with a light, lingering brown head. Aroma holds loads of dried fruits including figs, plums and dates, plus some strong, bready malts, must, and some molasses. Very sweet, rich flavor, lots of roasted caramel, dark fruits, heavy malts. Full in body with fine carbonation and significant alcohol. Finishes quite sweet with further notes of ripe fruits, malts, warming booze and some spices. Excellent. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
No head. Bark, syrup, sugar, and light heat in the nose. Bubblegum sweetness flavor, heat, pepper, dry finish, moderate body. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750 mL bottle, corked & caged - batch number: 610120, 04/2013...sampled November 2010: auburn with golden highlights...thin tan cream melts into nothing. Rum-raisin aroma with alcohol soaked bread pudding and fermented honeycomb. Slightly thin on the tongue with sharp burning alcohol in the back of the mouth. Some interesting tannins tickle the nose and and interesting bitters to the tongue. Finish has extreme malts and more medicinal alcohol. A nice treat and one to enjoy after a large Turkey Day meal. Thanks Foster. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours ruby with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, a bit smokey, some vinegar. Flavor is of dark roast malt, almost burnt -- almost like a porter. I taste some rock sugar, but I’m not getting the fruity esters and subtle yeastiness I’d expect in a quad. Tasty and complex, but not quite what I expected. But that’s not always a bad thing.