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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,494 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 458
Gots: 537 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a darker shade of amber brown with a slight off white to tan head. Some spotty lacing. Nose brings a hefty dose of bourbon along with some nice vanilla, oak, dark fruit, spicy yeast, and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is mostly bourbon along with some nice sweet malt and some Belgian characteristics. Slight amounts of bourbon-based booze and a nice creaminess to it. Drinks really well. Quite unique and very enjoyable.

Thorpe429, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally broke this 750ml bottle out of the cellar to tick it. It's a rare one, according to the bottle! Bottle count was only like 12,000 or a million or something.

Pours a somewhat hazy reddish-amber color with a one finger white head and good lacing.

The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and sweet malts. Good aroma, if simple.

The flavor is pretty solid, sweet caramel malt, berries, slight bourbon. Not as good as I expected, a little tart even.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Actually worse than their regular quad overall, as crazy as that is considering that usually -bals = awesomeness.

nickd717, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my goblet and was immediately intrigued. BBQ has a deep red to brown foamy head that remains throughout the entire glass. When held to light it reveals a beautiful ruby haze. Smell is a combination of tart fruit and alcohol. Taste is what sets this apart. I know its not your typical Quad, but with a taste of tart fruit and yeast with a slight bourbon hint, I dont think I really want a "by the book" Quad. Mouthfeel is smooth when it first hits the palate, then sharp when the alcohol hits. I looked forward to each and every sip. Drinkability is high due to the flavor, but with and 11.8 abv, better make sure someone else is driving. Boulevard hit the nail on the head with BBQ. I firmly believe that before long Boulevard will be greatly sought after. This brewery will make a hell of a name for itself. BRAVO ZULU BOULEVARD, ON A JOB WELL DONE!!!

BigBlacke, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Oregon cherries on a Quad in a bourbon barrel: a perfect snapshot of American brewing.

Tan foam rises to the top of the glass without a problem; a hazed, brownish amber color. The aroma is a marriage of semi-tart cherries, vanilla beans and fusel alcohol, thick wad of caramel and a deep fruitiness. Smooth and creamy with a heavy malt body; feigns syrupy. Bam, there is that traditional Quad booze alcohol character that hits the palate with each sip. The maltiness settles things down with a heavy blanket of caramel, and within are layers of vanilla and hints of wood. The cherry flavor sits right smack in the middle, small but juicy. The wood flavor develops more when the beer warms; the cherry becomes juicier and the breath of alcohol becomes bigger toward the impressive ending. Sweet, juicy, boozy finish.

Spot-on for a Quad with some lovely extras, a beer of the ages ... with every sip, we heard an angel cry.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by normyk at Jackie O's Barrel Fest. Thanks again!

A. Pours a hazy orangish amber with a creamy off white head that leaves bits of residual lacing.

S. Sweet and spicy with a bit of sour.

T. Malty brown sourness with pepper spiciness and some cherry sour that comes out more as it warms. The bourbon barrel aging seems to be a bit overpowered by the cherry tartness - I'm getting some vanilla and a bit of oak, but not much.

M. Medium syrupy body with smooth creamy carbonation.

D. Delicious end to a great day of beer.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a kick ass extra from AleWatcher. This guy's altruism borders on the insane.

No. 7591 of the 11248 made. Batch Number/Best by date: 2-2009 10/12. I guess that means it was bottled in Feb '09 and its suggested that it be drank by October '12.

A- As always with these Smokestack beers it looks amazing. A really nice head with superb lacing. This beer's color may have been affected by the cherries. Its a deep, woody red, perfectly matching the color of the label. I love it when they do that.

S- Cherries, yeah cherries. Sour cherries, tart cherries. Cherries from the quad itself. Cherries from the cherries. The bourbon is nicely incorporated. Its giving lots of vanilla. Lots of nice Belgian spice. It smells great, but its unlike many standard quads.

T- The taste does a good job echoing the smells. Cherries, but Im happy to say they are toned back a bit as compared to the nose. We dont want this ending up being a bourbon barrel kriek now do we? Besides BBK isnt as catchy. The cherries add a tartness to the beer that Im not very fond of for this style. The bourbon aging gives this beer a nice smooth, mellow oakiness with lots of vanilla. There is lots of spiciness coming from bourbony alcohol as well as Belgian yeasts. There is something about the aftertaste and overall construction of the flavors that is slightly off putting to me.

M- At first the carbonation is too high. As the beer breathes it gets better but its still a bit much. The beer is quite dry.

MbpBugeye, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing this one on the shelf got me excited. I had heard about this one, and was very excited to try it. Poured a someone murky brown color, with a little bit of off-white head. Good aromas of brown sugar, bourbon and cherries. On the palate, I got more of the same, plus tart apple, oak and vanilla. Not as great as I'd hoped, but still very good.

emmasdad, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch number two best by date of october 2012. really excited to try this one as all of the smokestack series has been a homerun in my book.

pours out a surpisingly light somewhat translucent brown color with an amazing full three fingers of off white head. really excellent initial appearance, but the head disappears quickly leaving behind little lacing.

the smell is very much cherry forward, giving way to vanilla and some nuttiness. smell reminds me of a red flanders more than a quad.

taste is cherry forward as well. much complexity here. some char from the barrel aging after the cherry, then some vanilla and brown sugar, surprisingly not a huge amount of malt or candi sugar, but a lot going on and the excellent mix of flavors really opens up as it warms.

mouthfeel is thin for a quad. no way around it very nice high carbonation that is very pleasing with the flavor profile.

shocking that this is a 12% barrel aged quad. this beer is amazingly refreshing and drinkable. really shocking at how smoothly this beer goes down. another excellent boulevard smokestack series beer.

pdoran10, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2-2009, Bottle 6001 out of 11248
Acquired from beerbeagle in Nobody Wants to See A Beer Geek Naked BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a murky, ruddy reddish brown color with a 3 finger of khaki colored fluffy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving minor spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of slight bourbon, tart apple sourness, mild vanilla and brown sugar.

T: Taste starts with bit of a bourbon flavoring, light and not overpowering. Middle has some apple tartness to it with a bit of oaked flavoring. Finish has a dark fruit - cherry and date notes mingled with almost a whiskey flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a bit of a creamy finish.

D: Goes down with a bit of easy, definite kick, nice representation of style. There is a bit of heat in the initial taste but it isn't too overpowering. Not one to sit with for the evening, but definitely a nice after dinner beer.

Jayli, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to monsterfat for sending this my way (quite some time ago) - was aging it for a while, but couldn't wait any longer. Batch 1-2009; bottle 7667 of 11384. Poured from a 750mL caged-and corked bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled.

Clear, rust colored body with faint amber highlights. A thin amorphous slick buttresses a delicate beige collar. Rich viscous tears and fast running (and rather meager) lacing.

Dark cherry pits hide behind fragrant bourbon barrel notes suggesting everything from vanilla to creosote.

Brown sugar, chestnuts, plums, sherried bing cherries, along with a variety of bourbon notes on the palate. Sweet, tart, yeasty, and complex. Tobacco, spice, and light char comes forward in the finish.

Smooth, moderately carbonated, warm but not solventy or hot.

Terrific on its own, but would pair even better with good barbecue or a decent cigar...

augustgarage, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Born on Date: 2-2009 Best By: 10/12

A - this brew pours a dark red/ruddy color with a thick,rocky, light-tan head

S - some roasted malts, deep sweetness of the caramel/vanilla variety, dark fruit aromas as well especially cherries and raspberries

T - a dichotomy in cherry, this beer excels in both cherry realms, sweet and tart, this is well blended with dark sweetness resembling what the aroma hinted at, the bourbon barrel lends its flavor as well

M&D - smooth and easy to drink, superbly blended and balanced, an expert example of the Smokestack Series, well done Boulevard

sinstaineddemon, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a Reidel Stemless Red Wine Glass

Pours a rich deep brown color wiht a soft fluffy brownish white 1" head on top.

fairly boozy bourbony smell with a slight funky sourness to it. I was kind of worried about this beer on the initial smell.

very complex bourbon funky taste with a hint of dried cherries, raisins. this beer is big but the taste isn't overwhelmed by that it simply has a ton of depth of flavor with the oak, bourbon, funk and richness of malts in the flavor profile.

smooth mouthfeel with just enough of a bourbony sourey bite at the end.

very easy to drink for the 12% abv but not something i could just sit back and drink everyday all day.

psiweaver, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of GbVDave, poured into my Chimay goblet after letting it warm out out of the fridge for a few minutes.

The beer pours a rich dark amber, and a 2.5 finger caramel cap on a beer of this strength in a glass that's not usually friendly for head formation is damn impressive. I was hoping for a little bit of lacing and BBQ didn't really deliver, just keeping it from earning a 5 for looks. Smell is of a typical quad, along with a heavy bourbon barrel aroma, but the cherries are imperceptible. The nose has me a little worried, I'm hoping this isn't an overly boozy mess like some barrel aged beers can become. The first sip makes me feel terrible for being a non believer, this beer tastes incredible. The expected dark fruit quad flavor is upfront, along with some vanilla from the barrels. Oak and a subtly tart cherry flavor do battle for attention in the background. There's also a slight warming alcohol sensation, but it's not harsh and melds in well with the other flavors. The only thing keeping this beer from being world class is the mouthfeel. The body is a little thin for such a big beer, it could stand to be more rich, and the carbonation is just a tad too fizzy. Despite that, the great flavor and seamless integration of alcohol make this eminently quaffable. This is my first beer from Boulevard, consider me extremely impressed.

axeman9182, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Sure I eat what I advertise. Sure I eat Wheaties for breakfast. A good bowl of Wheaties with bourbon can't be beat."

--Dizzy Dean

Batch 1-2008. Murky caramel in the center and blurry apricot nearer the edges. The firm ecru colored crown reached three fingers on the pour, something that is almost unheard of with barrel-aged beer of this ABV. It looks pretty good during descent, but doesn't deposit much sudsy residue on the glass.

The nose is sweetish and earthy and brown malty, with a modest bourbon presence and no cherries. Not the powerhouse that was expected, though time and warming could change that. Looks like the last chance for craft beer immortality is on the palate.

Bourbon Barrel Quad is a wonderful big beer that has taken more than two years in the cellar in stride. It seems that the body/mouthfeel has broken down a bit (which wasn't unexpected), but the flavor definitely delivers. It helps if you love bourbon whiskey, because it's much more apparent on the taste buds than in the nose.

Mouth, tongue, esophageal and belly warming are more suited to December or January cold than August heat. Then again, good beer knows no season. Flavors include brown bread covered with orange marmalade and cherry jam, English toffee, vanilla bean and several staves worth of oak. What an outstanding sipper.

The only (teensy weensy) fly in the ointment is a mouthfeel that has seen better days. Wait just a minute... by the midway point of the bottle it gains a little chewiness to go along with the glassy smoothness of perfect carbonation.

Bourbon Barrel Quad is yet another outstanding Smokestack Series Ale from the talented folks at Boulevard. Hey guys, if you're listening, please bring back a few of your greatest hits... like Imperial Stout and BBQ. As regular releases if possible.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via Brodie.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and tart cherries, in that order. As the beer warms the tart cherry flavors increase slightly.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more refined. Sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by good amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums with hints of raisins. Midway through the ship good amounts of bourbon come in with a vanilla and slightly boozy kick. Finally, near the end of the sip hints of tart cherry flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a crisp and lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more with no problems.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but I would like to see it without the addition of cherries. The fruit aromas and flavors from the yeast don't really have a chance to shine because the cherry flavors take over. Still, it's a very good beer and well worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JosephLondon for sending me this bottle quite a while back.

Batch 2008-2

Bourbon Barrel Quad pours a darker shade of copper or amber. It's a little hazy, and has a reddish tint when held to light. A healthy vanilla colored stands tall up top. It rises to over two fingers in depth, and takes quite a while to completely dissipate. A moderate web of sticky lace was left behind.

The nose is sweet and full of caramel initially. A little bourbon is appreciated, but it's only mid-range in terms of strength. Personally, I think that's the right formula. It allows plenty of the other Quad nuances to shine. Subtle notes of cherry, oak, and vanilla are all present. Unfortunately, I'm not getting much Belgian yeast. That's the sole missing component. Alcohol is blended well for this beast. Good stuff overall.

The flavor is actually a notch above the nose. This is really impressive stuff. A bit of sweet caramel greets the palate first. It's short lived and isn't overly sweet. A distinct cherry flavor follows. It's not sour at all, and is actually quite tasty. A blend of bourbon, oak, and vanilla follows. Ahhhh...what a beautiful flavor the barrel aging process imparted on this one! It is indeed a moderate amount of bourbon, and it works perfectly here. Belgian yeast is noted. While it's not exactly strong, it's enough to get the job done. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't suggest 12% territory. It finishes with a nice shot of bourbon and vanilla. Delicious!

Bourbon Barrel Quad has a medium body. Carbonation is a little active and buzzy. Somehow it still retains a smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is one tasty beer that goes down far too fast and easy for a beer of its stature. Yeah, this 750 won't last too much longer. But, it is damn strong!

Boulevard whipped up a dandy in Bourbon Barrel Quad. This is one of the finer moments of the Smokestack Series. Truth be told, I recall enjoying every one of beers I've tried from the series. I can't complain about much here. Perhaps the nose would benefit from a Belgian yeast presence. That's about it. I've thoroughly enjoyed this one. Highly recommended.

prototypic, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a large goblet

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a big three-finger fluffy head. Head dies fast, leaving a thin clumpy layer and only a little lacing. Carbonation is active. Smells very fruity -- apricots and plums, tartness of a sour plum.

Has a mild sour taste to it, with a mild wheaty sweetness, and just a hint of hops bitterness. Sourness is again the sour plum. A little smokey background. A little astringent bitterness, but not very much.

Mouthfeel is light and airy but solid (hard to explain, but it's pleasant and surprising for this style and this strength). Not too sweet, not too sour, not too bitter, nice mouthfeel -- nice drinkable beer.

snaotheus, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Batch 2-2009, Bottle # 4499 of 11248.

4.0 A: Hazy medium brown color. Two plus fingers of creamy beige head with pretty good retention and moderate lacing.

4.0 S: Dark fruits with fig, raisin, cherries and currant. Light toastiness. Belgian yeast clove spiciness. Bourbon show up about as strong as everything else and competes with it. Still, not bad.

3.5 T: After sipping this, I've found that I wish the bourbon barrel aging isn't there. The bourbon masks a lot of the subtleties that the quad beneath holds. Cherries come through big time and is very noticeable, but only hints of raisin, fig, and tobacco are penetrating the bourbon shield. Don't get me wrong, the bourbon itself is a nice taste, but the quad flavors aren't big enough like in an imperial stout to override the bourbon.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation in moderate amount. No problems here.

4.0 D: Seems like I want to keep the bourbon out of my Belgians. In stouts and barleywines it works great. Hell, even my boubon weizenbock is good, but the beauty of a quad is the great things the yeast does. The yeast can't shine in a hostile bourbon environment.

DavoleBomb, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of blakereik
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy bourbon undertone keeps it from being a daily drinker for me, but great for special occasions along with a grilled NY Strip on a cool evening.

A- Caramel/red coloring nice lacing
S- Strong bourbon smell along with caramel and smoke
T- Much like the smell,it is delicious if you enjoy bourbon and good beer
M- Slightly creamy, served at cellar temp
D- Not a daily drinker but good to the palate and especially good matched with a rare piece of grilled beef.

blakereik, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.8% ABV, No. 7709 of 11248, "store upright, serve in proper glass", Batch #2-2009, Best By 10/12.

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this awesome brew today!

A - Pours a very hazy bronzed amber color with a sturdy cream head. Great retention and constant carbonation streaming up from the etched center. Little clumps of lace adorn the glass randomly.

S - Wow. That's an awesome nose! Lots of complexities with dark Belgian candi sugar and dark fruits. Dark cherry, plum, and fig blends well with dark caramel malts. Very little bourbon comes through in the aroma but the wood and earthiness aromas are definitely prevalent. No hops whatsoever. A tiny bit of alcohol comes through.

T - Again, no bourbon actually comes through but a tiny touch of smoky wood compliments the toasted caramel and amber malts with the dark candi sugar and cherry, plum, and fig. A bit of tartness from the cherries blends exotically with Belgian yeast. Very awesome!

M - Rich and smooth mouthfeel that's creamy and soft with a nicely balanced sweet and tart finish. Mellow Belgian yeast imparts a nice little spice hint on the finish along with a smooth warm alcohol sensation.

D - This one is a sipper to be sure, but it gets even more complex as it warms. Even at room temperature it goes down nicely. A fantastic quad right here, BBQ is highly recommended.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle split and poured into a tulip. Best by 10/12. Huge thanks to kstrickler and heliosphann for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark reddish mahogany color that produced a good tan to yellow-ish colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A rich earthy dark fruit profile with bits of figs. A light old banana and yeast. Bits of cherries here and there.

(T)- A rich body with some dark cherries and light banana at the end. Finishes earthy and dry with a touch of boozy warmth.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level and balance. Sweet and rich with a light warmth as it goes down, yet earthy with some nice fruits here and there.

(D)- An interesting variation on the style with bourbon aging and cherries. Sweet and rich, but fitting for the style. I enjoyed this one, but I feel like some of the initial Quad characteristics are hidden due to the barrel aging. Still a solid beer in a style that I love.

sweemzander, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this delicious brew. Shared with Bobby8405 on the way to a Rays game.

A - It pours a ruby-mahogany hue; a nice white head reduces to a small cap with a lil splattered lace.

S - Wow. There is a whole lot of pickled barrel in the nose, some tartness and vague cherry. The general aspects of a Quad are still apparent, but it is as if they are artificially enhanced. Still, I like it.

T - Rich flavors abound. It just tastes great; it shows some whiskey, a decent impression of cherries, earthy-woody tones and the base of the Quad is so well-executed.

M - Medium bodied, certainly not overly viscous, syrupy or sticky-slick, good carbonation level.

D - Awesome stuff, BBQ1, I hope BBQ2 is as good.

ktrillionaire, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of oak, cherries, and dark fruit. Maybe a hint of sourness?

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and fruity malts. A tiny bit hot but not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An interesting beer that I was glad to try, but was slightly disappointed in. I didn't think there was much bourbon in the smell but enjoyed it in the taste. Would give another shot.

mdfb79, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2-- best before 10.13. Bottle 7690/11248
poured into duvel tulip.

This dark, murky beer is brown with bourbon and red hues throughout. Big 4 finger head is caramel color and last quite a while and leaves thick ameoba-shaped lace clumps all along the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge bourbon/whiskey with cherry and toffee in a big way too. Some other nondescript sweet smell blends with everything else to create a really enjoyable bouquet.

The huuuge bourbon of the nose just attacks my nostrils. This is the bourbon bomb that you whiskey fans need to seek out! The booze is bigger than most barrel aged stouts-- in a really good way! The addition of the cherries really adds quite a bit in terms of making this easy to drink. Some oaky, vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits all mix it up with the booze with positive results.

The beer is pretty smooth, with lots of warmth-- a tasty and complex beer with enough flavor to impress the hardest critics. Plenty of carbonation make this an easy drinker though the body is pretty full. I will have no problem finishing the bottle myself.

EDIT: upon letting this warm up, I am greatly reminded of a dr pepper or cherry cola. Even more impressively delicious!

AleWatcher, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 - 2009
Bottle 8709 of 11384

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for this nice beer.

Even with an aggressive pour there is little head on this beer. Just some slight tan foam. The beer has excellent clarity while being a deep amber color. No lacing.

Aroma is of Bourbon, some sweetness and lots dark fruit with just a sense of tartness

The flavor is full of dark fruits with both figs and dates present. There is definitely a slight tart flavor as well. Bourbon, vanilla and a faint cherry flavor all meld nicely in the complex flavor. Also something slightly metallic in the taste. You get a sense of the wood too.

Mouth feel is medium in body. Fizzy carbonation and a warming feeling from the ABV.

This is a beer that grew on me as it warmed and I warmed to it. Decent beer. Not great, but decent.

Reagan1984, Jun 24, 2010
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.