Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RickS95:
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's a great looking pour. Immediately you see a murky brown beer and think of how rich it's going to taste. Not exceptionally dark, just a full brown, but it's so hazy you know it's full of flavor. The head is a couple fingers thick. It's a dingy, dirty white shade with great retention. It's thick and leaves a medium lace behind.
Even the smell has complexity with a layers of earthy grains, vanilla and cherries. The scents aren't extremely strong, just enough to let you know they're there. After those smells disperse, you're left with a boozy alcohol note.
I'd put the taste of this against anything from Belgium. The cherries are prevalent, but they're more of the sweet variety than tart or sour. The vanilla adds another level of sweetness. All along it's got an earthy quality from the hops and barrels. And, with crazy high ABV, it's got some alcohol to taste as you begin the finish.
Very prickly tongue with all the carbonation. But that helps out later. It's got sweetness, only a mild tartness feel, just enough to tease the taste buds. Not much hoppiness, but the high ABV provides balance. Full bodied, though just barely, due to that carbonation. Very dry finish with a lingering burn from the alcohol heat.
Overall, this was a treat. An American Belgian that tastes like a Belgian. No major faults, not even any minors faults for that matter, just nit picks that don't amount to much. Easy to drink in general, but especially for a quad. Very happy with this purchase.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 03:42:02 | More by RickS95
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3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle 2013, aged 1 year. Pours a light colored head, at least four-fingers, gone fast, medium lacing. Color of the beer is lighter than most quads, amber and medium dark Carmel tones..the smell is Carmel, and malt, with some fruity hints. Taste is Carmel, vanilla, and candied sugar, with hints of pecan. Light body for the style which makes the mouthfeel pleasant for such a strong abv. Overall really good, just not great. Simple profile for the style. Age on this bottle, and the way Otha's smoothed out, makes me think this one could go much longer and do well. Pair with dessert, sweeter-dishes, beef, venison, red-meat..cheese pairing would be Gouda, cow's milk cheeses.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:05:50 | More by Beerswag
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.