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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,786 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1786
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's 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...

22 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. This one is funky, with apple juice as the predominent taste, and cloves, toasted caramel, candy brown sugar, fruit, above average mouthfeel. Lacing. High alcohol is there.Looks like a quad,Drinkable but not my go-to quad. Is this bottle right?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:05:48 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spice aromas. As the beer warms up, there is an aroma of caramel covered bananas. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense alcohol kick and a medium spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's pretty strong alcohol wise.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:51:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself. He is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way... not to your home, but to his."

--from The Watchman of the Tower, by Hans Christian Anderson

Caramel-covered pumpkin with blurry tangerine borders. The golden beige colored crown is ferociously fizzy and doesn't have terrific texture. Rockiness and stickiness are nowhere in sight. The score is still respectable because the liquid portion of the appearance looks good.

The nose isn't as malty or as rich as expected. It's sour fruity, with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. If nothing else, TSG should prove to be an interesting take on a Belgian quadrupel by a brewery who did a damn fine job with Long Strange Tripel.

Perhaps time and warming will improve things (note: they do), but the first few ounces tell me that The Sixth Glass isn't a world-class quad. It is pretty tasty though, and is becoming more so as the first glassful is almost gone. The biggest problem is a lack of body, which is almost always a complexity killer.

For a beer designed to hold up for at least five years, a mere 18 months in the bottle shouldn't have broken it down this much. Once some of the fizzier bubbles fade, the mouthfeel does firm up and become respectable in the end.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a BSDA with medium-dark fruits rather than dark fruits. The cornucopia includes apricots, peaches and figs. Maybe even tangy plums, but nothing as dark as raisins. Steely caramel is as dark as the malt component gets. A solid smack of clove-like spiciness rounds things out in fine fashion. Looks like this is pretty tasty beer after all is said and done.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale isn't as good as Long Strange Tripel, but I'm glad that it's readily available in my local grocery and I'm thrilled that it's only $7.99 per bottle. Even though I wouldn't sell my soul to Beelzebub for a bottle, this is a more than decent effort that deserves a look for anyone even remotely interested in the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:25:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a billowy head that fades rather quickly but leaves more than a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of the Westvleteren 12 and that is high praise, although that beer and this are a bit too sweet and alcoholic to be particularly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:11:11 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:42:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:32:49 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet fruits are present in the smell along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots sweetness intermingled with the fruity flavors.
M: It feels more than medium-bodied and sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The strong amount of malty sweetness in this beer makes it somewhat difficult to drink, but this is something that really needs to be sipped given its strength. It definitely tastes strong, but any flavors of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:18:06 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 21:03:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Boulevard here in NC.Poured into a chalice a deep auburn (just like the bottle says) with a large but pretty quick to fade off white head atop.Dark fruits abound in the nose along brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Cakey flavors like that of christmas cake that has soaked in alcohol for awhile, toffee, and a faint shot of yeasty spiced notes as well.It's a little hot but it doesn't hinder the beer much.A solid quad it's not a big complex monster but it has all the components of a solid quad.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 20:19:11 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been enjoying my trip through Boulevard's offerings (seeing as they're now all over the place here in the Chicago 'burbs), which means I'm lookin' forward to this one. It pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises fig, rye bread, red apple skin, light raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg, light cocoa powder, and toffee. The taste holds notes of caramel, rye bread, black pepper, fig, light plum, light strawberry, red grapes, and a light sprinkling of chocolate powder. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that deftly balances the bready, sweet, and fruity characters very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:59:46 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Boulevard Quad? So nice. Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing the bottle.

Off comes the wire cage, pop out the cork, and it goes into a Westmalle glass, seems fitting.

Impenetrable appearance, a hazy burgundy hue, with a slight, yet attractive creamy head.

Enticing aroma....bewitching, sweetness and spice. Dark fruits and funky yeast. Lovely stuff!

Taste: sharp, phenolic, alcoholic, but still beautiful. Cherries, and sherry, a bit of port, but moreover musty yeast at play. Wish it were smoother, and not so brash on the tongue, little quibbel, there, but it is tasty, and reminds of my favorite Belgian quads, for sure.

And they came up with a very unique way to reference the Devil, from, of all places, a Hans Christian Andersen story, that goes on about indulging in alcohol. What's in the "Sixth Glass"? Why, let me tell you...
"In the sixth glass sits the devil himself, he is a little, well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say, he even brings a lamp to light the way, not to your home, but his." It goes on and becomes more moralistic, gory, and damning. Sorry, Hans, I've got more living to do, before I get melted, and that includes drinking six glasses sometimes!

Yummy. Alcohol is too prevalent, ...10.5%!...I'd rather feel more flavor, but this is a nice acheivement as it is.
Several stretches short of greatness, but an enjoyable glass or two, or six...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 10:55:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-26-08
Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

12-26-2007
Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 02:16:35 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 67299 poured chestnut with 1 finger of off white head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Chewy malt, a bit of chocolate, oaky with & some bourbon notes as this warmed up

T: Caramel & breadyness & booze up front. Bits of oaky dryness & boozey warmth come through as this warms. Finishes syrupy sweet with fruity notes

MF: Chewy, but a touch carbonated for my liking

Drank pretty good, probably needs to age a couple of years to smooth out some of the boozeyness. Went well with my Christmas dinner (goose)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 21:57:01 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a trade from thirdeye11. Poured from a corked bottle into a Delirium Tulip. Beer is brown and cloudy, forms a tight head with tiny bubbles and steady carbonation. Head is light brown.

Aroma is complex. At first it smells like sweet alcohol, then at second smell I can pick up some malt, the third, a slight roast. Very complex.

Flavor is warm. Obviously a lot of alcohol, some bitterness on the backend due to roasting. Lots of sweetness up front. There is some sour character in the beer as well. Beer is relatively thick in the mouth which is good. Drinkability suffers slightly due to high alcohol flavor. Overall a great quad.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 01:13:14 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a khaki head. The aroma is dark fruit with some candi sugar, yeast and brown sugar. The aroma has something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is brown sugar and dark fruits with some alcohol. The alcohol is a little boozy and also very warming. There is some light spicing in the flavor and once again something that reminds me of a dark, big bold red wine. Low carbonation and medium body. An excellent American quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 22:27:40 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 18:04:45 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch Number: 68100; Sampled September 2008
A soft pour produces an initial four-finger thick head that fills my 25cl tulip glass and then proceeds to mushroom up two fingers past the rim of my glass and slightly overflow, but only just barely. The head is a light tan color with a densely packed head. The beer is an amber color that is on the light side from your average Quad and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-orange stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. Spicy aromas of woody pepper and mature ginger are almost immediately joined by tart notes of tamarind, sour plum and a lactic like note. I expected a lot more concentrated, rich malt notes here, but instead this seems to have been replaced by this light, but substantial tartness.

Lightly sweet flavors are offset towards the finish by an herbal sage like note that is light but fairly distinct. The sweetness tastes of and accentuates flavors of plums, a filtered tamarind note and a light raisin note. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol note that at times can be overly hot with higher alcohols; these notes accentuate a spicy finish that has a peppery bite as well as a hint of plastic-like phenolics and a light tongue numbing clove note. Not nearly as tart as the aroma suggested, which is as I suspected for some reason, but it still does have a touch of tartness that is likely just contributed by the yeast strain used. This is actually quite dry for a Quad (this also likely accentuates the perceived tartness), with a medium body that is on the light side for a Quad.

A second pour easily produces just as much of a voluminous head. As the beer has warmed the aroma has picked up a finish that has a lot more toasted malt aromatics to it; biscuit like with a nice crushed grain character. This is a pretty good beer, the only real flaw is that it can get awfully hot in the finish, but this is only at times so doesn't kill the beer.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:58:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it along with some fruity essences on the nose. The taste of the beer had a sweet dark malty flavor with some of the Belgian sugars doing their thing as well as the dark fermented fruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy with a good carbonation to it. Overall I wouldn't say it's my favorite Quad, it's good but not really one that I would rave about. I would drink it again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:03:43 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000:
750 ml cork-caged bottle - Batch 69365 - Best by 12/12 - poured into a wide-mouth glass, as suggested:

Pours auburn with ruby highlights and a thick, fluffy, though somewhat fizzy, off-white head.

The smell is fruity, especially black cherries, with caramel/toffee and grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is sweet upfront - caramelish - and fruity with grassy/floral/herbal notes that lend bitterness. Some booze shows in a semi-drying finish.

It has a creamy-ish smooth medium-to-full body with some effervescence.

A nice take on a Belgian quad... Sweet, fruity and caramelish, but balanced with a dry touch in the finish. Drinks well despite the boozy character.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:38:40 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with red tones. Tan head. Nose is perfume and dough. Flavor profile brings lots of caramel, a full plate of spices, a good amount of dough. Just a slight touch of alcohol there, but it's really balanced. Feel is smooth on all aspects. This is really nice to drink. Good complexities and a good American interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:09:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dome-like head is formed within seconds of the initial pour. Cloudy and amber in color. Starts with ring lace that slides down the glass wall.

A touch more earthy than the Tripel, but it has the classic Belgian Quad smell. Muted.

This comes across like a beer that has been blended with a aperitif, like a cognac. The swallow is of white pepper. Very high carbonation while the body is nearly oily. Alcohol is also strong, leaving warmth in the belly.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:58:01 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium soft fizzy white head. Solid Belgian-style head retention, no lace.

S: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, some toffee malt.

T: Sweet dark fruit, tons of date juice. The sugar is hampered from going haywire at the mid-palate by a swift hop attack. In the end the beer is dominated by a soft estery dark malt which is very reminiscent of Belgium more than America.

M: Soft easy carbonation, very elegant, gorgeous soft yet crispy carbonation. Very impressive from an American brewer, this is really well done.

O: Fans of Achel Bruin and St. Bernardus Prior 8, if you can find this you will love it. I know I'm blending categories, but I think I'm right on this one. Easily one of the best American-made quads I've had. Just a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 05:12:47 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like it's just tapped from a wood cask. Interesting mix of sweet and dry and spicy. Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass, modest lacing. Long, intense nose of fruity malt and sweet spice, along with a boozy rum aroma. Flavors of apple pie and raisins. A hoppy bitterness shows up as you sip.

Very woody. The sweetness is on the lips as you sip, but it tends toward a dry alcoholic intensity. The aroma is very beguiling-- caramel apples and brandy. More than a slight oxidized taste. Batch number 58312, so this must be from early 2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:13:14 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding beer, as all the smokestack series have been. i got a 120z. bottle of this for less than 3 bucks, what a deal! pours into a thick stemmed chalice a deep mahogany color with brown and red forces combining in stunning beauty. a thick tan head comprised of very large bubbles rests casually on top. smells very rich, caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, brown sugar, and raisins are all involved in a very complex aromatic experience. flavor is amazing too, for awhile i was thinking fruits like figs or dates as the label suggests. it really does have that dried sweet middle eastern fruits kind of flavor going on, but it also tastes very similar to those bit-o-honey candies you still see around sometimes. very very intriguing and delicious. intoxicating as hell at 10.5% and so yummy, be careful, this is a sipper despite its down easy feel. carbonation is medium but takes on a very laid back characteristic. medium body is perfect. its sweet in the finish, and warm from the alcohol, but not unpleasant in either sense. this is one of the best american quads i've ever had. really.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:34:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice whate cap with loads of bubbles

S: Grains, hints of booze, dark fruits with some candy sweetness

T: Very warm from the booze, dark fruits but not as much as I expected, sweet, slightly sticky, candy, caramel

M: Sweet, boozy, big body

O: Pretty good, no St Bernardus but tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 15:45:23 | More by barleywinefiend
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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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