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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
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1,793 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1793
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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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is overpoweringly figgy. Figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, an oaky undertone and did I mention figs? The taste is mad figgy too. Heavy dark fruit, figs, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, caramel, raisins, a hint of alcohol warmth, bready notes and a surprisingly light but substantial body and lively carbonation. This is a great Quad and the best of the Smokestack Series that I have had. I wish I would've gotten more than one. I'm sad now.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 10:58:13 | More by DonDirkA
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whynot44

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy red-amber color with a foamy light tan head that settles down fairly quickly to a thin layer that persists and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is dried fruit - plums, apricots, raisins, malt and yeast - a bit of pound cake with a touch of spice and alcohol.

The taste is similar more malt/yeast followed by mixed dried/candied fruit, mildly sweet, not excessive, with a somewhat dry spicy finish - maybe a hint of cloves, and a very definite alcohol afterburn.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and pleasant to drink.

Nice. Overall a very enjoyable sipping brew take your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 08:47:26 | More by whynot44
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BradleysBrew

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review! The past few weeks I've been drinking these and really digging the taste. Out of the handful of quad ales I've tried, I like this the best. Drinking one right now, good rich color, a lot of particles in it but I like the added sediment. You could pour it slowly to reduce the cloudiness. Head doesn't stay put for long though compared to other abbey ales kind of reducing aromas. Or maybe I should stop typing and finish this brew right. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:58:02 | More by BradleysBrew
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joeplyr

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with poured with a bouncy, thick head which fizzed like a soda.

Aroma: The caramel hops hit the nose initially with the two-row and wheat malt bridging the gap with the alcoholic end Aroma (it is a Quad, so its understandible). Also smell a hint of prune/raisin, which actaully gets more pronounced now that I recognize it.

Taste: Tastes like a very sweet, light Abbot ale. Almost a bit too sweet but it calmy produce the caramel malt taste. The prune is evident as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A nice, clean freshness pervaded, but the alcohol does tinge at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

Drinkability: This is a 10.5% ABV brew so it's definitely not a session beer. The wine bottle it is sold in is not for solo consumption either. At least not for me.

Notes: Gotta love my local brewery branching out a bit with their expanded capacity. This is probably one of the finest quads I've had here in the States.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 02:02:27 | More by joeplyr
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy reddish color, with 2 fingers of head that stick to the top of the brew all the way down. Impressive!

S - Belgian candy sugar. Dried fruit, apricot.

T - Oh wow, sweet but not overwhelming. Well balanced, and smooth. Like the smell, dried fruit, apples, apricot, grapes.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Perfect mouthfeel.

O - This brew has it all. As good a Quad as I have ever had. Looks, smells, tastes great. If you are a fan of Belgian Quads, you have to try this one. This brewery is very impressive, as I have loved the Long Strange Tripel and the Doublewide IPA. Glad to have them here in GA

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:44:56 | More by BeerDawgs
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish brown until back lit when is glows with a bright rich looking orangish amber with some haziness. This Quad looks so inviting that this mammoth head is hard to wait on,but it actually deflates in a timely manor leaving huge webs of lacing covering the entire Duval snifter it's served in. Smells like straight up maple syrup,dark fruits and alcohol. This is delicious,Quads are not at the top of my favorites list,but this one is winning me over! Tastes are dark fermented fruits(raisins) and alcohol with subtle yeasty character,syrup and honey sweetness finish off this boozy beast. Full bodied and warming to the tongue encourages sipping,not to mention a ABV that I would have guessed to be even higher than 10.5. This one is an stunner from start to finish,pure darkness at its best.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 16:49:30 | More by orangemoustache
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thezenkeeper

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a nice dark amber color with a good amount of head that sticks around for a couple minutes but finally calms down. Has a decent lacing. Has an earthy smell with hints of caramel and malt. The taste is somewhat sweet with hints of caramel and fruit. The mouth feel is good with just the right amount of carbination.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 23:51:19 | More by thezenkeeper
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ikantspel

California

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a duvel tulip
best by date of 8.7.14

pours a chestnut brown color with a slightly tan head. a healthy bulbous head nearly foams out of the glass

essential belgian yeast smell. clove, pepper, tons of sweet dark fruits

starts off right away with some malty goodness. a spice/alcohol tone develops right away. kind of starts off a little too strong but slowly mellows away leaving your mouth with a sweet aftertaste of dark fruit and a hint of caramel

an amazing take on a belgian style. simple and it works. no trick or gimmicks in this one. SOLID

bought this 4 pack for 11.99. great value. excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:47:23 | More by ikantspel
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Massively carbonated as four fingers of honey comb tan head reaches the top of the glass and fades crackling to a half an inch in minutes. Body is a deep burgundy brownish amber, very beautiful. Nose is zesty and spice filled with tones of fresh cut wood, vanilla, pepper, soap and carmel. Enters the mouth with a pillow like soft creamy feel that rides a zesty carpet of even spicyness. Vanilla is big and sweet up front on the palate. Spice feel is a bit peppery but really very smooth. Toasty phelonic feel is so soft and consistant. Mouthfeel thickens on the back of the tongue as you continue to drink. This is a hugely drinkable beer at 10.5% alchol, which is superbly well hidden. This is a sleeper of a brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 18:22:55 | More by SPLITGRIN
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baos

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Beautiful hazy amber on pour with ruby highlights at the edges when one holds it to light. Then comes a four finger beige head that sticks around pretty nicely. Lacing is not super but bits can be seen here and there.

S: Wow! Beautiful malts and big vanilla (with the slightest hints of cinnamon) booziness. Syrupy sweet molasses. This brew would be the king of brews beside the fire in the dead of December when its 20 below outside and Christmas is just around the corner.

T: Heavenly honeyed malts with spicy almost cinnamony background notes. Dark fruit preserves with clove notes and caramely yumminess. In the middle a big booziness that is very rum-raisin-like and very good. I love this beer. Even though its not as thick as one would want its fucking awesome. I happy I live in a time where I can have stuff like this.

M: Not as thick as the other quads that I've sampled. but hey this has a nice syrupy medium body that doesn't fuck around.

D: A nicely strong brew, but a good one for the nicely strong you! Drink away boys. Drink away!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 21:20:27 | More by baos
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:38:26 | More by scruffwhor
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beveritt

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into a Rockmill Brewery logoed chalice. The label has the look of an old carnival poster or ad with a faded red background and a goateed face in blue. Batch number 610050, best before 02/13.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a substantial cap of foam. The beer itself is medium brown, dark enough to be opaque int he middle, yet light enough to be seen through at the edges.

Smell: Strong bready malt with a distinct brown sugar sweetness. Slight notes of cinnamon.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with buttery phenols. Alcohol sweetness mid palate; not completely hidden and yet not overwhelming. Notes of raisins, plums, and cloves. Finishes with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is excellent; amazingly thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Yum. This is a big, flavorful, and immensely enjoyable beer. My second from Boulevard and a great comeback from the disappointing last beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:08:55 | More by beveritt
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a very thick mahogany to cherry red that is warming just to look at, pours with two fingers of very frothy and creamy head that is a gentle tan and lingers for a bit, leaves little to no lacing on the glass
S: interesting scent, a sweetness of cherries with something quite reminiscent of tobasco sauce underneath
T: wow, begins simple and typical enough but then, my god do the cherries kick in, i mean pure fresh cherry taste as if i was eating them just now, i had to check to make sure there wasnt a pit in the glass just to be sure, backs out a bit sour but nicely enough
M: medium carbonation off the bat, sits nice and thick through the middle and leaves with just the slightest alcohol tinge just to remind you that it is 10.5%
O: this was a reall incredible brew, im a big fan of this style and i think this one is a homerun, my biggest concern is that this one might gave just passed ommegang three philosophers which has a particularlly important place in my heart, great style, great brew, well done

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:49:42 | More by BigPlay1824
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theaudist

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a ruby brown with minimal head. Smells strongly of spiced plum, brown sugar, fresh french bread, and cranberry. Tastes has a muddled start that opens up to more plum, stewed grape, and candi sugar. Semi-dense mouthfeel rounds out a near perfect example of an americanized quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:15:33 | More by theaudist
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beergoot

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful cloves, apricot and pear-like aromas waft up from a deep, orange-copper body and through a creamy, thickly sculptured head. Sweetbread flavors tame a robust alcohol warmth; excellent soft malt backbone. Silky smooth, medium-bodied feel with a fine carbonation.

An all-around delicious quadrupel. Varied malt sweetness dance with intriguing boozy and bitter notes, all combined in a well-balanced, nicely complex form. A real pleasure to the visual, smell, and taste senses.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 19:03:42 | More by beergoot
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Taz_Michael

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, slightly chilled 20oz bottle

A: Dark amber with some Exxon Valdeze oil slicks. Two to three finger, antique white head. Slight speckling in the head. Head holds awhile and makes for a very pleasant appearance. Bubbled like a champagne when I first opened and poured! Daddy like!

S: This was my first quad, so i don't have anything to compare it to. I smelled sugar, fig, raisins and... coriander?

T: WOW! Um... WOW!! Sweet but not too sweet. Fruity but not Rue Paul. Definitely taste the figs and raisins and caramel. The coriander smell.... was that dates? I think I taste dates. Amazing flavor, overall!

M: For wine drinkers = this would be your opportunity to transition to beer. Seriously! Champagne bubbles that lessen at room temp. No overpowering beer flavor. After taste is almost non-existent. Creamy but not thick.

O: Pa-tow! If I could afford to stock my refer with this beer, I would. Drink, drank, drunk!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 21:15:22 | More by Taz_Michael
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Loki

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cooper with a thick, no huge, foamy white head. The head settles down after a little while but pours almost like Duvel. (Which is appropriate, since I was pouring it into a Duvel glass). The head settles down put I had to pour back and forth between glasses to get the bottle poured. A little, white ring remains well after the head is gone and the beer is still being enjoyed.

Smell: Ripe fruit and sweet malt give a fantastic aroma with hints of biscuity malts. After notes of brandy and belgian candied sugar.

Taste: Malty fruit like a thick crusted fruit turnover. Raisins, malt, and caramel finish and linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: warm and silky smooth. Coating and thick without being cloying.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I wish I had brought three or four bottles of this back instead of one. DAMN YOU TSA and your liquid restrictions. Damn you US Air and your $15+ per checked bag! Damn you liquid and glass for weighing so much!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 23:01:29 | More by Loki
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found it on sale, looks good to me.

A: Big pop when the bottle opens, lots of fast fading carbonation. Big sticky head.

S: Sweet with caramel and tropical fruit.

T: Great work, Boulevard, this is the best beer I have tried from your brewery. True to the style, nothing off or cloying about it. Strong and sweet, the maltiness comes through perfect. As far as being true to the style, this gets high marks, I might have mistaken it for something made in Belgium.

D: Very nice, and a good deal for what I got it for. Give it a show for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 00:35:30 | More by TastyTaste
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with course #1 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner - steak tartare wrapped in leek.

Beautiful burgundy dives to the bottom of the glass, sloshing upwards gently. I pour but a bit, to share with the others who thirst.

There is caramel sweetness that will ooze out of my pores. There are dates and cherries, the oxidation slight and carefree. The booze lingers throughout the adventure, never overpowering, omnipresent. Each small sip a moment of divine pleasure. Subdued hops round out this beer beautifully. I announce the winner of round 1's pairings, and one of my favorite flavors of the day.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 23:12:24 | More by olympuszymurgus
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eltoppdog

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:04:19 | More by eltoppdog
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Levich

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Boulevard's Quadrupel offering pours a rich dark amber color with just a touch of garnet hue. The light colored head dissipates very quickly leaving only a rim around the edge. The aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of apple, pear, and dates. The first sip delivers a well balanced beer. There is a caramel sweetness followed by just the right amount of bitter. There is a lingering alcohol warmth after swallowing. Subsequent sips provide a depth of sweetness. the caramel fades a bit and the fruity notes come forward. Sixth Glass has a rich mouthfeel with a mild foamy effervescence. It's not too syrupy, but delivers a richness that a Quad should. Overall, this is a great beer. It keeps one wanting more, sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:01:50 | More by Levich
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack at Old Farm because I had not seen this before and big fan of Quads. Awesome looking beer, great head that grew and has a good, clean smell. Taste is excellent, great balance, did not taste as strong as the 10.5% that is was. Overall is was a great beer that I am glad I have 3 more of and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:46:40 | More by JamieDuncan
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Shredz

New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark tan with a 2 finger head into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice.

S- Fruity.

T- Very sweet without being overpowering. Might I add that this is quite delicious.

M- Thick and chewy for an ale looking beer.

D- At 10.5%, I assumed this wouldn't be too drinkable. I was wrong. If I had more, I'd drink more. Very well done.

Score one for Boulevard Brewing Co. I've always been a fan, but they've outdone themselves this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:25:57 | More by Shredz
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ykncornelius

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I snagged this bottle from the QFC down the street, and I really wasn't planning on reviewing it. The back label description--invoking Hans Christian Andersen's tales--hooked me, and I decided the Sixth Glass would be the perfect accoutrement to a rainy afternoon of reading and hot baguette.

I was right! From the get-go this thing has impressed. Classic Belgian aromas of sugar and yeast hit me the moment I uncorked, and are now mixing with an almost citrus-y freshness in the glass. It's a deep, deep honey/amber color, clouded, with a huge 3-finger tan head when poured into a wine goblet. There's lacing in the bottle--but not on the glass really--though a thin layer of foam is still there minutes after pouring. I may have never seen a beer with a more invigorating and lively head.

Flavors expand from the aroma: it's malty, yeasty, very rich and caramelly. Cant taste the alcohol at *all*. This thing was bottled in June 2010 and 4 months later it's as mellow as I'd expect after a few years in the cellar. This batch'll be gorgeous with some aging.

The mouthfeel may be my favorite part of the whole experience. The carbonation is at the pinnacle point of perfection, and swishing/chewing reveals a tiny bit of alcohol ester and an almost syrupy coating after swallowing. I hate beer descriptors like "syrupy" and "medicinal" because they remind one of Childrens' Cherry Cough Drops or something, but I mean this in the best possible way.

Drinkability is dangerous; try to pace yourself, given the ABV...but if you find yourself chugging, at least you're not alone. *upturns bottle*

*Edit: by midway through the bottle, the residuals are now lacing on my glass. Small development, but worth noting.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:47:08 | More by ykncornelius
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Herky21

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark caramel color. Tall head with almost soft peaks. Effervescent bubbles like champagne that roll on the side of the glass.

Smell: Almost peppery. Ether-alcohol right on the nose.

Taste: I feel like the alcohol is right on point, the strongest taste. But it's supported well by a subtle hint of smoke that drifts on the palate. Slight malt charateristics beneath that.

Mouthfeel: Greatest part of the style. As I said, effervescent. It's texturally light because of the carbonation, but retains a slight malt heaviness.

Overall: $10.99 for a four pack and it is worth it. The body and flavor are both well-balanced. Many subtle flavors at work. It's really a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:46:25 | More by Herky21
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.