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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,237 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 151
Gots: 386 | FT: 10
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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Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 68256. Not sure of the year. Cork had an extra piece that needed to be removed with cork screw.
Deep rich dark fruit aroma with some alcohol. Not quite boozy, but carrying towards a brandy or other alcohol drink.
Dark cloudy of brown mostly. Fizzy head that settles in at about 1/4 or 1/2 inch. Mild on phenols.
Flavor resembles the aroma. Less sweet than the aroma. Malt flavor, but balanced strongly with notable hop presence, which also moves towards a bitterness (which could be a result of the malt). This seems to mellow some. Nice vanilla flavor that works well the the fruitiness of the grain -this evolves into a caramel flavor over time. Nice complexity to the flavor and this warms up very nicely. The alcohol is done well - apparent without excess.
Smooth and creamy, yet still fully carbonated (which slows the drinking down some - probably fortunately).
Typically big for the style and drinks appropriate for style, maybe on the easier side of it.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown into my pint glass with a big tan head that dissipates into a nice thin layer and leaves nice lacing along the glass.

S - Aroma is strong with sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, baked apple, honey, clove and just a bit of hops and alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to aroma, nice caramel malts, raisins, honey like sweetness, nice clove and spices, very peppery on the tongue, and rounded out with a bit of alcohol.

M - It my opinion this is pretty heavily carbonated making it feel like a lighter brew than it really is. Peppery bite on the palate and a warmth from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable, very delicious! I will be sure to pick this one up again. Nicely balanced and a very enjoyable complexity.

Photo of tedsox31
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a wine goblet. The head is very fluffy and large and leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. The color is a red, almost brown hue.

The aroma is of dark fruit, and as it warms there is caramel and toffee notes. A strong sense of clove predominates throughout.

The taste is very dark and fruity, along with a bit of chocolate and alcohol. It is very complex, and the clove comes through more as it warms. A sense of banana also prevails a bit, more warm than cold.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation, and not much taste left in my mouth after swallowing. A warming presence from the alcohol comes through after a few sips.

This is a great beer. The aromas and tastes are very complex, and ever-changing as it warms. While the high alcohol obviously makes it a sipper, the muted alcoholic taste makes it very inviting to take sip after sip.

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mughugger for sharing this -750ml in a 1/2 pint.

A - deep brown with decent clarity -translucent w/ light beige cap. The color of cola w/ lace that sticks well, retention is good and bead is avg size

S - The smell is of raw, dark honey with mild floral notes and slight caramel w/ a hint of spice and toffee

M - The feel while very effervescent is still sweet and has a moderate amount of phenolics w/ suble creamy and toasted texture. The sweetness is restrained in the grand scheme as is the alcohol, but very malty presence with spice balance

T - This quad tastes amost as good as it smells which is very good, both slight caramel and herbal qualities work together with slight honey and smooth molasses notes w/ a mild anise note and slight cinnamon w/ light toasted flavors. The sweet raw honey taste pervades with a raw, yet enticing quality that is lasting in the flavor into the finish

D - While a good example of the style, this is not something I consider to be drinkable to the point that I could have more than one. It has a candy-like element that keeps me from enjoying as more than a digestif. Very good -seek this out -great for sharing, thanks again Karen!

Photo of Erish
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: hazy dark cherry wood color, abundant, fizzy, yellowish cream colored head falls into a persistent cap, lacing is good.

S: molasses, fermented apples, nutmeg, clove, alcohol, cherries.

T: the clove, nutmeg, and apples hit up front, the sour cherries and molasses hit in the middle, and the finish features a long alcohol burn. The hops form a subtle floral backdrop that acts like a canvas for the other flavors..

M: medium-heavy weight, adequate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.

D: Tastes like a liquid mincemeat pie! Very tasty.

Photo of Bfarr
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany swirled at the bottom of a deep amber hue on top with a thin tan frothy head with excellent retention. Dirty yeast and bold floral hops. Colder, this had a very molasses/medicinal cod liver oil evil up front. Warmed a determined floral hop flavor is backed by a subtle sweetness that interplays with the hops and some pepper. Well blended alcohol makes its appearance in the end with a slightly bready dry finish. Mouthfeel is high carbonated foamy and slightly mouthcoating.

I don't say it too often but this is a beautiful looking beer. I really didn't find this too complex but a pleasant beer overall. It is a fairly fresh bottle as the best before date isn't for another 3 years so at $9 a bottle I may grab another to age a bit. It was certainly a fine companion for watching the end of Dexter season 3...

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: pours dark cherry wood with a big almond color head of mousse. has really good head retention

S: smells of dark fruits, baked cinnamon apples, nutmeg, breakfast pastries, and leather

T: begans with a tart and spicy fruitiness, then flavors of earth, clove, and leather, raisin nut bread toast, with a fruity, spicy, bitter, and boozy finish. almost too complex to list all that is going on.

M: medium mounthfeel with alot of carbonation, very dry and warm finish.

Overall, a very powerful drink full of sinful deliciousness. Be careful or this one could damn you.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the sixth glass quadrupel from smokestack. Originally had in 750mL, multiple re-reviews in 12oz bottles.

Tried this one first on vacation in TX at my mom's house. Surprised Boulevard makes it this far south... but then again, I'm not surprised, it's a great brewery. I was truly ecstatic tho when I saw they had a smokestack series at the local supermarket (although this was the only one).. and not only that, it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet!

Life is good, that's why they make these beers... so you don't forget!

Absolutely beautiful brew, clear copper-amber, many rising bubbles, and a full, thick, lasting head with ample lacing that slides down the glass to rejoin the head accents this fantastic beer creation.

Raisins, dark fruits, plums, cherries, mild hops, yeast and sweet malts all shine through on this very spicy smelling, wonderful brew. At this ABV, there's no covering up a slight scent of alcohol, but it seems to only enhance in this case. FABULOUS.

Tastes much like the smell, fabulously delicious and complex as any beer I've ever had. All the dark fruits are hinted at, especially raisins, cherries and figs, with a touch of delicious apple. The spices stand out equally, and spicy it is. Pepper is definitely present, as are a whole bunch more sweet and spicy flavors. There's also a noticeable flavor of delicious yeastiness, a very mild alcohol flavor (faint for such a strong beer), and some sweet breaded malts and just a touch of hops, perfectly balanced. The sweet raisiny spiciness lingers oh so nicely with every sip.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and wonderful; nothing short of a work of art. A warm feeling of satisfaction permeates the gullet as this strong brew works its magic. The perfect fruity aftertaste finishes it off.

Note: Mouthfeel probably got a little better as it warmed, but overall this brew showed almost equal character and enjoyability over the full range of temperatures, which for me were from cold refrigeration temperature upon opening (pouring into a snifter) to the full on room temperature warmness upon finishing my last sip of the 750 mL bottle almost two hours later. This hasn't changed over multiple sessions of re-reviewing this beer.

Drinkability is absolutely perfect. Few beers meet such a high standard in any style, any country. America SHINES on this one. I challenge any foreign country to top this beer.

EDIT: upon re-review multiple times, I'm upping my rating on this one to a perfect FIVE. I've done enough reviews that I know that this one is as close to perfect as it's likely to get, and I have never, ever liked a beer more than this one. If something else winds up beating it, I'll change my review back to the original 4.85 it was on the first go-round. Even on my fifth or sixth re-visitation of this brew, I still absolutely love it every time. This is my favorite smokestack, favorite quad, and remains my highest rated beer for good reason.

Photo of regspeir
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an amazing extra in a trade with wnoble. Pours a murky bownish-reddish-orange with a huge head which never got below a half finger of off white. Lacing was lasting but thinner. Nose was dark fruit, some alcohol and yeast, grapefruit and spices. Taste was complex and very tasty - starting with dark fruit, moving to sweet cinnamon, grapes and dates with notes of chocolate and a wonderful interplay with sweet and bitter and alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, almost chewy and well carbonated. Alcohol is whew - there, in feel and in effect. Definitely a sipper. Liked this a lot and can imagine it would be even more wonderful if I had the discipline to have cellered this longer. Try this!

Photo of Reswald
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and drank a 750 ml bottle in Cool Springs, TN on 7/17/2010.

I knew absolutely nothing about this beer before trying it, though I had heard good things about the brewery. It poured a pale amber with an absolutely massive and very long-lasting head. The aroma was very unusual, with some sour elements that I did not expect, besides the usual malt and dark fruit notes common to Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or quadruples). On the palate the beer was delicious, with wonderful mouthfeel, some heat from the 10.5% alcohol, and maybe a hint of sourness? Or perhaps it was wood from cask aging? Hard to be absolutely sure, in spite of working my way through the entire bottle, trying to decide. The beer that I think it reminded me of the most was Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, which is pretty high praise. I regret that this was the only beer from The Smokestack Series that I've been able to try, and I wish I could have brought a bottle or two back to Alaska to share.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The Quad might not be the hardest style to brew, but there are many world-class examples to pit this one against. The light tan head towers almost out of the glass and keeps a decent lacing for the duration. Mild haze on the brownish-amber color. Heavy hit of malt in the nose with caramel, dark bread and cooked fruit/fruitcake with prunes, apples and raisins. So damn smooth with a lush creamy backdrop to the full body. Malt blankets the palate with a sweetness that lasts all the way through, caramel comes in big right in the middle with a juicy ripe fruitiness. Alcohol has an obvious presence with its warmth and mild peppery spice character. Ghost-like beef broth and mild hop bitterness are on par for the style. A little bit of toasted bread-crust in the sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Amazing, Boulevard hits this one just right. Packed with flavor and small complexities, yet still very drinkable and even approachable. We've been to Belgium a few times and have tried numerous Belgian-inspired beers around the globe, and this one sits very close to the top.

Photo of evilkalla
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a snifter

I've had this one several times before but haven't reviewed it until now. It's one of my favorite quads.

A: Pours a cloudy, very dark brown/bronze color. Initially it had an inch of fully developed, thick head on top. This has died down after a couple of minutes to a half inch, with gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. My mouth just waters looking at it.

S: Sweet, with candy sugar, brown sugar, raisin, molasses.

T: Burnt malt overtones with the slightest bit of sweet sugar backbone and bitter hops. The smell really harmonizes with the flavor. An extremely strong, intense flavor, which stays in your mouth for a long time.

M : Not really too thick, with a good level of carbonation.

D: This one is too strong and intricate to pound back, but it's very drinkable. I'd pound them back until I fell off my chair. Fortunately, all it takes is a single bottle.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of an awesome box of Smokestack beers sent to me by Onion.

A- All of these beers have shared one characteristic. A big billowing, superb head. This one spots a big lacy head in my Chimay goblet. The beer is a little light in color in my opinion. Its a really deep red.

S- Lots of fruits, namely raisins. Alcohol is strong and smells like hairspray. There is lots of caramel, toffee and spice.

T- Tobacco, raisins galore, some chocolate, fig and a little touch of citrus hops at the end. Alcohol is better hidden in the taste than the smell, thankfully. This tastes less than stellar in the amazing world of quads.

M- Softly carbonated, slightly warming. In all it finishes clean.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to n8dietz... you da man!!!

Mahagony and ruby caramel color beneath a luminous three finger head. The retention is fleeting after a few sips. No lace or stickage from the foam. The bubbling is very nice.

I smell baking bread and smoked black cherries on my first whiff. Then a more simply sweet aroma of caramelized brown sugar mixed with a vanilla bourbon. Superb aroma to this quad.

The taste starts with caramelized cherries and apples. The middle has those sweet flavors take on a more oak and sweet whiskey character. Carbonation from start to finish seems to add flourish to the abv. warmth from the midle to the finish. It's a bubbly and palate warming sip.

This is indeed a spot on quad. Sippable, complex and pleasant on the palate. One of the best tasting quads I've had yet.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 610050, dated 02/13. Poured into16oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent dark ruby color with a tall, thick, rocky head that had great retention but light lacing.

The aroma was pretty typical for one of my favorite styles. Rich fruits, some spice and earthy yeast all are present in the nose. All those aspects are also on the tongue, along with a sharp alcohol bite.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for this style. Drinkability was good, but again, this is one of my favorite styles, so I'm predisposed to like it. Overall, a pretyy good, but not great example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of eltoppdog
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark, velvet color in a dark bottle. Held the bottle up to light to check the sedimentation on the bottom, but I couldn't see a thing! Poured a good two finger head, and dissipated rather quickly to a film.

Smelled very sour, like a wild yeast almost. Probably the only offputing thing about this beer. Aside from extremely sour smell there is a very strong sweet malty smell and date/cherry or otherwise dried red fruit smell. Very sweet, very rich smelling.

Taste pretty much matched the smell, aside from no sourness. Very thick, rich, sweet, dark taste too it. A golden ale to the extreme. Reminds me much of "salvation" golden ale but richer. You can definitely sense the high alchohol in it, but it's not at all overpowering, probably due to the rich, full sweetness of it.

Overall a very heavy and tasty beer. A good after meal desert almost. I would not recommend drinking this with any food or shortly before or after a meal as it is VERY rich. Definitely pick this up if you have it on hand at any place around, I will definitely drink it regularly if I can find it around my hometown, but I have only seen it at Fred Meyers grocery.

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for $8.99 at the QFC in Bothell, then enjoyed at the in-laws place in Seattle on the 4th of July during fireworks. Served in stubby wine goblets. A bit lighter in color than I was expecting, as it was a lighter shade of chestnut than other quads I have tried. Decent sized head forms with the pour. Smell was very boozy, and full of ripe plum notes. Taste was very good and true to the quad style. Lots of raisin notes, with some black licorice, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth enough to enjoy. Drinkability was above average as it's a flavorful beer, but it's very hot with alcohol. Some aging might mellow this beer down a bit and do it some good. A nice example of a quad from a brewery that I was curious to try, as you can't find Boulevard in MA just yet.

Photo of Vixie
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich red color with a huge tan head. This is a very pretty beer, and I am surprised at the amount of head, given the ABV.

Lot of fruit in the scent, raisins, prunes, followed by a hint of spice, and just a slight bit of coffee.

Taste is a bit fruity, with a touch of pepper. I can detect a bit of a Belgian candy sugar taste, but it's much more subtle that a true Belgian quad. The alcohol is well hidden, its presence mainly is a bit of warming at the finish.

The feel is probably the weakest point of this one. it is a bit on the thin side, not horrible, but below what I expected.

Not a bad beer, just not one that blew me away either. it is very drinkable for the alcohol level, I would just prefer a bit more complexity. Still, a nice beer, and I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

Photo of Lakes
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my good friend Russell to help me out of a bad day.

This was a very good beer. I was a little worried because the cork seemed dry but the beer was fine. Served in a goblet glass, it's appearance was a very deep ruby brown with a good head.
Aroma was malty sweet with excellent Belgian esters.

The taste was bold and rich. Very strong malt and well spiced. Very mild bittering but it wasn't at all cloying. Alcohol was warming but not at all overpowering. Very good carbonation and mouth feel.

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet bready crystal malt. Grapefruit and peppery spice.

T: Smooth and sweet crystal malt. Some mild phenolic flavors. Spices mingle with dark fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Complex and delicioius. Even bitter finish ahead of alcohol warming.

M: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then hot and dry.

D: Delightful; flavorful, complex, but fairly balanced. The ABV will catch up.

Photo of budgood1
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged.

pours out a muddled auburn hue with a thick and frothy beige coloured head which receds very slowly leaving some sparse lace. sweet malty and yeasty aroma. plums, melons and berries with hints of cocoa and toffee fill the nose. taste hooks up where the aroma left off with lots of alcohol soaked bready notes...fruitcake and rum soaked raisins come to mind. this seems very malty and it almost tastes like dark bread spread with some fruity jam. it's uncanny. undercurrents of nougat and milk chocolate mix in and out with lots of boozy spiciness. also, some apple and grape flavours come forward and make for an interesting mix. an underlying chalkiness gives it away as a domestic, but it definitely has a layered and complex flavour profile. full and flush in the body, with a rather smooth and delicate mouthfeel. not crisp and tongue tingling like classic quads, but close enough to make it almost like the real thing. drikability is real nice. as per the high ABV, it's a warming sipper and very appropriate on this very cold, wet and blustery spring day.

my fourth smokestack series sample and a pretty decent attempt by boulevard. not my favourite so far but definitely recommended...and definitely buzz inducing at 10.5 ABV.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this brew in celebration of the successful completion of an exceptionally demanding class. Thanks to Freethyhops for the hook-up. He's my main man in 'Bama...

By the way, when was the last time you were stoked on an American Quad? If ever I have been, it eludes me now.

A - Rich ruby-mahogany hue, generous amounts of frothy foam, delicate lacing.

S - Huge aroma of black truffle. Due to the outrageous cost of truffles (starting around $100 per ounce for garbage quality) I don't expect many to have a real frame of reference for the flavor. (Incidentally, if you want to taste big truffle flavor, try truffle oil or Caciotta Al Tartufo, an Italian truffle-laden cheese) Anyway, back to the beer... Besides the sublime suggestion of truffles, the aroma is pleasantly saucy, malty and full of dried-fruity notes.

T - First off, this Quad tastes authentically Belgian; I doubt it could be identified as a stateside brew in a blind test. The flavors tend towards reserved in the grand spectrum of the style, especially when compared to the ultra-vinous, sweet, and/or boozy examples. The flavors are very balanced; the malt richness is constantly available, but it is dry enough to allow for the subtleties of the brew to shine. Big raisin, a healthy alcohol kick, and delicious yeasty spiciness are the mainstays of this brew. The same elegant hint of black truffle is available in the taste, especially towards the finish. I am very much a fan.

M - Very well-carbonated, at first perhaps slightly too much so; it is straddling the line between sharp and prickly.

D - Excellent. I can't imagine someone not liking this. Also, I am beginning to suspect that Boulevard, all things considered, may be just be one of the best breweries on Earth.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ballewblake sent me a bottle of this as an extra quite a while back.Thanks, Blake! This is from batch 68100.

A beautiful crimson red with great clarity, this beer has a thin but dense beige head that lasts forever, leaving a little lace. This looks as good as some of the Belgian quads. The nose is solid. Fruity with raisins, plums, some alcohol and some caramel, this is arguably fruitier than most. I also get a little cocoa and a delicate spicy undercurrent with some cinnamon and vanilla. Quite excellent.
The palate opens with a moderate sweetness with caramel, dark honey and a moderate alcoholic bite. Moderately phenolic too, there's also a touch of tartness, moderately plum like. As with the nose, there's quite a bit of fruit character, but not as prominent. Raisins, plums and maybe some apples? The spices appear towards the finish with the cinnamon standing out. Moderately drying with an alcoholic bite, this is solid stuff. Light in body with high carbonation, this is an enjoyable beer that I wish I'd shared, as the booziness is going to make the entire bottle a bit of a chore.

*Edit: Two hours later, as I sip this, I really find this a very enjoyable beer. I have no qualms about pouring out a pricey beer(hello, Darkness and Hunahpu!), but this was an excellent and welcome surprise. I'm upping the taste and drinkability to reflect that.

Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Champagne style bottle into a snifter, beer has a huge fizzy head with a murky reddish-brown body. The nose is sweet with sugar, Belgian candy and brown, along with a hint of molasses. Light to moderate phenols that just cover the alcohol. The taste is also rather sweet, more so than I would have thought but it is to style. All malt, bitterness only to balance slightly and a definite alcohol finish and linger. Mouthfeel is very full but due to the carbonation it seems lighter and bubbly, this could almost do the job of champagne. As drinkable as any beer this big can be, one that probably should be sipped and drinking 6 smaller glasses as opposed to chugging the bottle would probably be a good idea.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.