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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
Gots: 510 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-11-2008)
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who's in for a BBQ? Pours a mostly cloudy brown color with darker chocolate undertones throughout. A pillowy thick head that reminds me of a tradional Belgian beers. Took a while to settle but did not retain much foam and limited lacing after the initial pour.

The nose is rich with malt and esters. To start there is a nice malty backing with some bigger caramel and melanodian notes coming out. Some hints of chocolate and a caramunich sort of thing. The bourbon is very distinguishable but blended nicely with the beer. Some stronger esters, plums, figs and a few fruity tropical notes. A light grape/winey and a light mango but richer. Some minor cherry and feint citrus. Some minor yeast but mostly clean.

The taste is similar. The malt brings out a very complex flavor, similar to a barleywine. The caramel and melanodian character helps that along. Almost toffee in a way. Some minor chocolate notes in the finish with a almost lactic/oatmeal thing. This could be enhanced by the light bourbon notes. The boubon itself is subtle. Detectable but is soft compared to the nose. Some lighter vanilla notes but no really woody notes. The esters back off versus the nose. Some plums, figs and a light cherry. Some noticeable yeasty notes on the back end that is a bit of a deterrent. Very tasty though.

The body is big with a sweet finish. Would like to see a quad a bit drier. I think that this is also what makes it taste/feel like a barleywine. Some heat from the beer, but not over the top. Carbonation is light to none. Overall a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 19:09:13 | More by Oxymoron
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.