Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I have been rather anxious to try this beer again as the last bottle I had was sitting in my mom's fridge when she passed away, so I drank this beer while I was going through her estate without any intention of reviewing it...I was just coping with reality. Well, it has been a couple years, so let's give this beer a proper review. I remember it being nice, let's see how nice. This is the 2011 batch and it is bottle number 25578.
Appearance: The beer is a pretty cloudy dark deep red color that looks like raspberry juice. There is a small 1/4" head on top after a careful pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they get to the top, so the head falls within about 45 seconds or so to a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is very little lacing left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: The aroma was very strong with some sweet toffee malt in there along with a strong cherry presence and some dry wood character, which gives the beer the aroma of a very fine Belgian Red beer. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick up the tannins in the cherries rather than the ester derived aromatic influence that you get in the Flanders, but this is still a very inviting and nicely aromatic beer.
Taste: The flavor falls in line with the aroma pretty well. It is pretty sweet with some caramel and toffee from the malt, but there is a very strong dry wood character giving some vanilla notes and some paper/sherry notes as well. The alcohol is present, but doesn't get hot and adds peppery complexity the whole time. The carbonation is ample for the medium to light bodied beer that this is. It is pretty balanced in the finish with malt being the predominant player along with the alcohol. The cherry notes that linger into the finish are quite nice, and again remind me of some of the finer Belgian Sour beers.
Opinion: Overall this is a really good beer. I am very happy with it. It has the elements of the most world class beers that I enjoy so much, but I know that they are just artfully blended rather than fermentation induced, which is again, testament to the skill of the brewers at Boulevard. I would definitely recommend this beer. I will probably be picking a couple more up, but I am not sure how well they will age since they are already showing strong signs of age due to the barrel aging. If you like quality beer, this one is such and I would recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2012 04:06:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottle generously gifted by dirtinabottle, brough to share at the Ithaca Luminous release.
Pours a murky red brown color, clear in some spots. Not much head, only a little bit of lacing.
Aromas include brown sugar, alcohol, cherries, green apple, and caramel.
Pretty similar flavor. Nice subtle cherry overtones here, with some Belgian fruity yeast esters as well. Toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and a subtle hint of bourbon. The alcohol is somewhat present near the end but is not fatiguing. Very sweet.
Medium bodied, slightly thin, expected a little more from the body. The alcohol creeps up on you a bit. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, very low carbonation.
First beer tried from Boulevard, this was quite nice. Some more time aging would make this one flawless.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 00:42:17 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.04/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Opaque tan color. One inch head stuck around for a few minutes before disappearing completely.
Smell: The smell is somewhere between a fruity red wine and stout.
Taste: Very strong tastes. Initial wave is ale (malt, a touch of bitterness), followed by cherries (sour, red wine-like), capped by bourbon and an alcohol bite which fades after a few seconds. The taste is complex but not overwhelming, as the distinct aspects come one after another rather than all at once.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick, medium carbonation.
Overall: Good complex beer for sipping, but like wine you do not drink a lot of this at a time.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 18:15:22 | More by SensorySupernova
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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