Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.89/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2013 corked and caged bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. It pours out a rather dark, though light for the style, murky brownish-amber with a massive, rocky head that lasts and lasts (impressive bloom for a barrel-aged beer). The nose is woody and slightly fruity with notes of oak, cherries, figs, bread, and some fusel notes.
Medium-full bodied. Bready and fruity up front with a rich, sweet malt backbone and lots of balancing spiciness and fruitiness. Bourbon at mid-palate warms things up and enhances the richness of the flavor, but not enough to warrant comparison to top-shelf quads. Feel is a little on the thin side, but still firm enough to uphold the flavor.
This is the first Bourbon-barrel-aged quad I've had. I'm glad I bought it and enjoyed drinking it, but I though I'd like it a lot more than I did. It is definitely an interesting beer, but I'm not sure just how well the flavors work here on my palate. The characteristic dark, bready, fruity notes of the quad meld with the oaky, vanilla-like, boozy notes of the bourbon to produce a profile reminiscent of a Manhattan. It's a terrific beer that is definitely worth exploring, but I still prefer old-school quads.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 20:20:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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 1,409 ratings.