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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,436 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 446
Gots: 512 | FT: 49
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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

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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

The beer pours a cloudy amber/orangish color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very nice malt scent that's simplistic; mostly pale, maybe some light crystal malts. The bourbon barrel aroma is outstanding! Wow, the wood really comes through and squashes any alcohol warmth. There are some light Belgian yeast esters in there as well. The taste is also very good. It has an excellent wood character that melds well with the alcohol warmth and the sweet malt flavor. It goes down slow and easy with some light esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine quad. It's complex, yet highly drinkable. Great job!

02-24-2010 17:35:23 | More by WesWes
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younger35

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Picked up a couple of these not so long ago from Princeton's Liquors in Maple Grove. I've had several bottles of this go through my hands but for some reason never drank any. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip white watching a movie with the little lady.

Bottle # 5296 of 11248

Appearance- Pours a pretty damned clear cherry red with a nice one finger bright white head. A nice cap and collar remained the entire with a few spots of random lacing.
Smell- The cherries are really pronounced and have a super fresh and fruity smell. A touch of tart hides amongst the cherries and I can't tell if it's from the fruit or maybe a bit of wild yeast. Some Belgium sugars give a bit of sweetness that are red licorice like as they mix with the fruity goodness. Some caramel mixes in amongst everything as does just a touch of slight spiciness from the yeast.
Taste- Quite a bit different from the smell. The cherries are light and almost nowhere to be found as the taste is earthy and fairly rich. A deep dark woodiness is apparent and the oak is really nice and balanced among the beer. A slightly sweet toasted caramel is hiding within as is a touch of chocolate amongst everything. Actually I get more of a dark fruitiness and spicy ester thing as the beer warms more than anything. Some raisin and plums amongst an almost brandy like aspect. I wish the beer was slightly less sweet but that's my only complaint. The finish is lightly sweet, lightly warming, a touch of vanilla and pretty delicious.
Mouthfeel- Very full and rich with an almost chewy like feel. The carbonation is pretty balls to the wall considering the beer and honestly is awesome. It doesn't quite get cloying but it gets damn close.
Drinkability- I really liked this and after my first sip, I didn't think I would as much as I did. The 11%+ is really well hidden and everything came together nicely. I would have liked the cherries to be a bit more pronounced but then again, I really love fruit. Glad I got to finally try one!

02-21-2010 16:25:29 | More by younger35
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

750 ml caged and corked bottle (#1967 of 11248), Batch 2-2009, best by 10/2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with about an inch cola-like tan head that didn't stay around for long. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bourbon, smoke, oak, vanilla, tart cherries and brown sugar. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some sweet cherries, figs and some spice. All of the flavors mesh well together, and none of them seem to overpower the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and a bit creamy and slick. Drinkability is very good, the soft carbonation makes this easy to drink considering the 11.8% ABV. I think this is a good brew, I definitely enjoyed it and I'm glad I picked this one up.

02-20-2010 22:53:27 | More by bluejacket74
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

I drank this from a bottle into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The color is very light for a quad, a light tan with a hint of amber. The head is light tan and rises several fingers and has amazing retention and lacing. The head lasts at least 5 minutes.

The aroma is super light, only a hint of hint in there to me.

The taste is really bland and not much flavor. There is a lot of alcohol noticeable and at the end only the slightest hint of cherries.

The feel is ok, very warm finish.

Overall, I was expecting some great stuff but disappointed by the blandness and lack of hiding the alcohol.

02-20-2010 02:38:52 | More by jrallen34
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riored4v

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Reviewed 2/11/10

Poured into a pint glass (oops). Thin 1/4 finger, tan head that faded into a thin ring quickly. Murky, dark amber body.

Smell had hints of oak and a good aroma of sweet cherries. Toffee and caramel malts were also present. Fruity and sweet with mild hints of bourbon.

Taste had a strong toffee taste accompanied by sticky caramel sweetness. Not cloyingly sweet at all. Great, mild balance of cherry and oak. Some mild hints of ABV and hints our bourbon as well.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability was good although there were hints of ABV along with some stickiness.

Overall a much better beer than I was expecting. Nice complexity of flavors but balanced as well.

02-16-2010 03:07:28 | More by riored4v
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mmva321

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a snifter.

2009 batch. Numbered 3543 out of 11384.

Pours a rich and murky brown. The body resembles apple cider and is wonderfully consistent. I got about a finger of kakhi head that dissipates soon and laves some lacing along the side.

You get what it advertises. Immediately you can smell the woody bourbon of the beer along with a strong scent of cheeries, fresh and bold. Vanilla and toffee are faint and give the auroma a smoothness and sweetness which helps even out the boldness of the other scents.

An elixir, an ambrosa, a cure-all! I've been waiting for this beer to come back for over a year since I had some from the first batch for this taste and it doesn't dissappoint in any way. It tastes like a hearty bourbon with a strong kick of cherries. Strong right away so it becomes a sipping beer, but it is smoothed out very well during that initial taste. The is also a very satisfying aftertaste of smooth vanilla and toffee or caramel.

The feel is perfectly appropriate. Slightly carbonated and not watery but thin enough that allows this beer to go down well. A sipping beer through and through due to its bold flavors and high alcohol content, but one that is a delight to taste again and again.

02-13-2010 00:52:45 | More by mmva321
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jampics2

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

The sixth beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

Picked this up from Wine and Cheese Place. Thanks, guys, you have my business forever - such a great operation!!

Pours a reddish brown, huge head that subsides but never dissapears.

Smells like something I've never had before, very unique and pleasant. Bourbon and cherry (duh!) but a wonderful sweetness from the malt and some woody elements as well, but not a ton of barrel. Slight nilla and coconut.

Taste is really great but STRONG! A nice toffee and caramel base but not terribly malty. The star of the taste is the bourbon. The cherry is there as well, but the bourbon makes this beer shine with it's vanilla wood notes and nice sharp kick. Well done!

Syrupy mouthfeel to me, but some others disagreed. Carb was nice, this just felt heavy and I want a BA Belgian to still dance a bit.

Drinkability was amazing for such a strong beer. I accidentally drank 2 samples (apologies to my wonderful, understanding fiancee - sorry for the mix-up, we have another bottle with your name on it). Overall a really great, unique, well crafted beer. Highly recommended.

02-11-2010 19:42:56 | More by jampics2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Excellent beer, glad I finally had the opportunity to try this one. A more then generous 8 ounce sample lit me up pretty well afterwards.

The pour was a deep rustic orange, nearly brown in color with a huge beige head that just rippled and foamed up to an ungodly height before settling back down to earth and letting us all take a deep breath. Aroma immediatly smacks of that sweet vanilla, bourbon tone I was hoping to find, but letting it warm lets some nice notes of fig, apples, pears, and brown sugar rear their heads and let their prescence become quite known. Smooth, nearly perfect flavor here, and I swear there is no way this is 12 percent as I was downing it like a champ! Rich vanilla and bourbon give way to a brown sugar soaked apple and pear like flavor. Hints of raisins, light spices, nice notes of grass and a smooth, delicate and oak laden finish.

Overall a superb effort. This is an underrated beer as far as I am concerned. One of the better things I have had the pleasure of drinking in the last few months.

02-07-2010 19:37:17 | More by mikesgroove
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bought this one out on a trip to visit my brother and gradschools in Colorado. Heard it was a winner and finally cracked it open.

Appearance- Pours a burnt-orange with about a half a finger of beige head on top. Some mild beading and lacing left as I drink, with some beading carbonation throughout.

Smell- Very sweet. Lots of rich caramel and fruit primarily. A little bit of bourbon-vanilla coming through as well.

Taste- Surprising amount of fruit on the palate. Lots of candied dark fruit come through in addition to the very sweet caramel maltiness. The bourbon barrel is present again lending smoothing notes of vanilla and oak to round out the flavor. Really no alcohol showing despite the high ABV.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on with decent enough levels of carbonation and not too thin or too thick and syrupy. Drinkability is surprisingly good despite the sweetness, as the alcohol is covered quite well. Still a sipper however.

Overall, a fantastic take on a quad. Almost comes across like a very fruity barleywine rather than a quad, but the barrel-aging really smoothed out the beer and created an interesting take on the style. Give it a try.

02-07-2010 15:48:09 | More by boatshoes
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

750ml bottle received in trade with Scoobydank. Thanks a ton for this one Bill! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a murky dark amber brown, with a full three fingers of cream colored foam. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves 1/2 a finger of foam behind that just stays there forever and some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sugary, just a hint of cherries, a bit boozy in smell...not getting bourbon in the nose - just sweet and alcohol. A bit fruity overall.

T - Yikes...this is boozy! Lots of belgian yeast character in here. Bubble gum and some cloves mixed in with bourbon. Quite a bit of malty sweetness too. This is hot!!! A little bit of aging will do this one wonders, I think. Overall, good flavors and enjoyable, but a little rough with its intensity.

M - Medium bodied...carbonation is on the lower side. Alcohol fills the mouth...leaves behind a tingle and a bit of a burn.

D - This is very much a sipper. Having this as a third beer of the night (shared the bottles before - and this one) might be a bit of a mistake. Every sip is taking a toll on me. Enjoyable flavors, but it is a bit rough in its young stage. Thinking about aging a bottle and seeing how it is after a bit of time.

02-07-2010 01:36:14 | More by portia99
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

What a strange and impressive beast: Quad aged in bourbon barrels with cherries... And it works great!

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Dark and light brown design label highlighting the limited release nature with a seal with a handwritten looking like notes, and showing the number of the bottle (8665). Back label notes limited release, main brewing intent and ingredients, cellaring notes, and serving recommendation. Notes batch number 1-2009, and Alc. by Vol. (11.8%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep ruby pour with a short head, with medium retention but a nice surface memory and a bit of lacing.

S - Yeasty nose, sugary quad notes with a fruity range that is followed by a bourbon sense with a sweet caramel and boozy hint.

T - Great range of flavors with a very nice rhythm to them. Sugary and yeasty quad notes with a fruity sense are evident and quickly coated by a bourbon layer with hints of vanilla. Caramel and toffee hints gently pointing to a cherry note emerge. Noticeable alcohol range, that when it is about to be a bit too assertive picks up a sour touch from the cherries and weaves back itself to notes of bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a yeasty and sugary quad character. Towards the end of the bottle, in particular the last pour being more yeast driven, the cherry coating the quad takes over more prominently, whereas the bourbon was the lead in the early part of the bottle.

M - Medium to full body with generous but delicate carbonation, a touch of creamy smoothness broken by a warm boozy touch.

D - It´s a great sipper with a good swing of flavors. Very stimulating in particular as it touches the range of one flavor seeming to be about to cross the boundary and then switches back to other nuances with an equally deep range.

Notes: Second try of a Boulevard big bottle and I´m really impressed. Nice try at something different, which works rather well with a nice range. Quite remarkable... Great rarity to keep around and enjoy with some time and-or entice other beer aficionados with.

02-06-2010 13:59:11 | More by Daniellobo
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THORN

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

1 Pt. 9.4 Fl Oz poured into DT snifter. Served 45-50 F.
A: Dark purple brown. Half-inch of thick sticky head. The beer is cloudy and has many CO2 trails on bottom of snifter.
S: Plums, caramel, and raisins. Whiskey alcohol noticeable.
T: Heavy malts, honey, and plums. Raisins and figs round out into sweet bitter linger. Whiskey flavor.
M: Warming and syrupy. Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Full body matches strong alcohol. Bourbon barrel is noticeable and in good portion.

02-04-2010 05:17:49 | More by THORN
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a golden rusty brown with a huge thick bubbly head.

The smell is of fermented cherries with slight bourbon notes.

Taste is of cherries, malts and bourbon. Very tasty, I was looking forward to it very much due to the hype and it definitely holds up. Very unique for a quad, I love it.

Mouthfeel is great. Bubbly, smooth and terrific. High carbonation great finish.

Very drinkable beer, one of my favorite quads.

01-30-2010 00:56:48 | More by pmccallum86
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mentor

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a finger of tan head over a clear brown liquid. Some orange color when held to light. Smells nice. Tame intensity, but aromas that pull you in. Alot of alcohol, some of it like isopropanol. Marachino cherry, vanilla, and coconut with a smooth bourbon that draws you in.

Tastes chocolate, cherry, dark fruits (fig and tomato paste), with a nice barley grain finish. The wood is a nice drying component that counters a belgian candy-sugar flavor and sweetness (the candy-sugar has a dash of lemony flavor to it). Alcohol works in the finish to keep the beer from ending too sweet. Flavors are not particularly intense, which is good, and they are melded fairly well. The bourbon character is the common thread to which everything else seems to relate.

Peaty aftertaste with some scorch and a resurgence of the cherry flavor.

While the flavors are not subtle, they are not extreme. This is a nice example of how a well crafted beer can easily beat the "more more more" mentality of extreme beers. Moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel that disappears in the end due to the alcohol. Very nice.

01-29-2010 02:36:35 | More by mentor
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morimech

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle No. 5341 of 11248

A quadrupel fermented on cherries then aged in bourbon barrels. How is this going to work? It turns out it works quite well. Pours a reddish brown, or mahogany color, with a large beige head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Unique aroma for a quadrupel. It is a combination of Abbey ale with yeast esters, pale malt, and sugar, part fruit beer with the cherries very much evident in the aroma, and barrel aged with bourbon and vanilla notes. The flavor somehow works with all these elements in play. Unfortunately the Belgian aspect looses the most. All that is left is some sweet malt and yeasty fruitiness. But the cherries and bourbon makes up for the loss. A cherrie-vanilla bourbon infused drink. Just slightly boozy but I would not guess it is up at 11.80%. The mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer but it still pretty good. Just a little light and overcarbonated. The fizzy carbonation seems inappropriate for the style. I had critized Boulevard for not being the most creative, that was before I enjoyed this beer. Guess I need to eat my words.

01-27-2010 23:02:41 | More by morimech
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.58/5  rDev +8%

if you look up fun in the dictionary there's a picture of me holding a glass of this. this is the beer you're supposed to share with friends right before you watch beerfest right?
like a late autumn afternoon with red and orange leaves falling through the clear sky and a little kick in your step. there is some heat but the bourbon feels subdued, giving way to a tart fig dusted by the vanilla fairy. sassy and way too easy, like your sister, she dances all over my tongue before it's too late. and i'm spent.

01-27-2010 07:00:42 | More by olympuszymurgus
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

750mL caged corked bottle, 1796 of 11248, poured into a Brother Thelonious North Coast goblet.

A - Deep dark orangish-brown, though mildly clear with reddish highlights. Full fizzy head dies down to frothy patches and some hanging lace.

N - Very interesting smells of mild background sour notes over-run by sweetened spice and sandalwood. Light caramel and toffee with just the faintest hint of bourbon, though barely so. Oh, and alcohol.

T - Interesting flavor, a fascinating result of many different tastes blended together. Initial taste came on with some detracting flavors that were a bit tinny and sharp, but these fade some into a more pleasant overall palette. In its most raw sense, it is rather what's expected of the base beer having been aged, a full quad with mild doughy hints and fullness, cut with some sharper alcohol notes and mild sour flavor, all softened again and wrapped up with some warm caramelly bourbon notes. Additional hints of tea leaves, bright fruit (the cherry may well still be in there), nicely balanced exotic spices, and sourness over full grains. A pleasant taste, with a lot going for it, but somehow remaining slightly out of balance, with no true flavor showing through and the rest in mild conflict with each other, though I do notice a very nicely constructed sour and wood exhibition. The alcohol (biggest detraction) seems to give the bitterness a burnt and acrid flavor, even interfering some with the aroma.

F - Fizzy, seeming clean, then thickening to an oilier finish. Medium in body, though sitting a little heavier on the palate, with carbonation that cuts and brightens it a bit. Decent, but not overly pleasant. Filling without being full.

D - I've had this before, with mixed emotions on the overall quality. For this bottle, I'm finding it much too strong in alcohol and bitter in flavor, capped off with a mildly cutting carbonation that seems to interfere with my greater enjoyment of the full rich and nicely orchestrated tastes beneath. A beer crafted from some of my favorite styles and character, done up with an amazing spice display and balance of feel /to overall flavors, but I'm finding this one much less drinkable than I'd hoped, and one I'll gladly sip, but not craving.

Unfortunately, the strong alcohol in this beer is overly present in every perceivable way, and takes away from the otherwise artistry of balance beneath.

01-26-2010 21:37:35 | More by lightindarkness
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Brent

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

One of those beers first sip "wow" beers. Beautiful dark roasted malts, some oaky, well-moderated bourbon notes and a distinct, fresh cherry juice finish. ETOH burns quite a bit at the finish. This was sampled pretty fresh, and the question would be whether a bit of time would tame the heat or mute the bright cherry flavor, which I found very pleasant. A question I hope to answer someday.

01-25-2010 14:28:25 | More by Brent
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Sampled this courtesy of barleywinefiend at the central coast BA gathering last night. Thanks Josh!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Wow! Tons of head on this one, especially for a barrel-aged beer. A full inch on loose, khaki foam sits on top and retains great! Body is hazy and auburn in color; kind of dull. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Watered down bourbon and cocoa. I was having trouble getting much of the smell (had Cuvee de Tomme in the same glass just before), but I'm sure there is a lot to be had in there.

Taste: Chocolate, dark currants, raisins, and bourbon. Great combo of bourbon and quad! Very balanced, very complex. I had to go through this beer kind of quick, but it was lovely. Wish I had more time to break it down...

Mouthfeel: Creamy, kind of oily, dry and peppery. Not too dry or thin from the barrel aging. Mouth coating is excellent. I find no faults. Fantastic!

Drinkability: This is such a unique and beautifully crafted beer. I've already added it to my 'Wants" list. The barrel-aging was done beautifully. A great, great experience! Thanks again, Josh!

01-24-2010 23:58:17 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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barleywinefiend

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.9%

A: Poured a deep brownish color with excellent carbonation, dirty white head.

S: Nose is BIG! Booze, dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins.

T: Bourbon and dark, sour and red cherries in there for sure. Taste is BIG and COMPLEX. All of the things I mentioned above plus grapes, vanilla.

M: Big body, well carbonated, a bit sticky and sweet, loads of flavor!

O: The true beauty of this beer is the ability for Boulevard to pull such a big, complex beer together in unison and not have a big, sloppy booze filled mess. This beer was balanced the flavors were not over run or overdone by the bourbon or dark fruits. Well meshed, crafted brew. Very drinkable and tasty mouthfeel. Bravo!

01-24-2010 16:02:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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ccrida

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle (2-2009) pured into my Delirium snifter, BBQ is a chill hazed garnet with a creamy light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is big sweet bourbon barrel notes, vanilla and coconut, a hint of cherry and very nice richness, that has a clean lightness to it, wow - loving it!

Taste is similar, very sweet, a whisper of cherry and light bourbon flavor without being overly boozy, although the fusels are there, more phenolic though, a sharp plastic note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, slick alcohol, which hurts the creaminess of the alcohol and light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, I'm enjoying this beer, it's just not as smooth as would b ideal. A nice balance of big flavor without being overblown and undrinkable. Could stand to be a touch cleaner, but I'm cutting it slack from the bourbon barrel more so then the fermentation.

01-23-2010 07:38:29 | More by ccrida
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

Been excited to try this one for a while--ever since I saw the Smokestack lineup.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with sand-colored head. Nice lacing, not too much head, good retention. So far so good, I've been excited to try this one for quite a while.

The aroma on this one is kind of a let-down for me. There's definitely a lot going on, and I occasionally get really nice notes in there. The problem is that, taken as a whole, I don't really like it--it's not super appealing to me. Good notes--cherries, oak, yeast, dark fruit, hints of smoke, rich maltiness. Not-so-good notes--must, fusel/solvent, cheese, and some sour notes. I am almost 100% sure that this is not an infected bottle (tastes fine), so I think I just am not that impressed with the nose.

Taste, however, is tremendous. I had no idea really what to expect from this brew--there are so many different things going on. Hints of bourbon, with some alcohol bite, nice cherries (slightly tart), rich maltiness, heavy oak notes. All-in-all a great tasting quad. Definitely not something I could drink regularly, splitting a bomber with a buddy was plenty. Almost suffers from its complexity--there may be TOO much going on here to wrap my head around. Definitely an experience brew, though not necessarily one I would buy again. I am curious as to what a few years could do to this.

It's not as full and creamy as I might want from a quad, and it's a bit thin too. Definitely not that bad though, dry finish. As far as drinkability goes, this one is a tough guy. The aroma really makes the process go slowly for me, and the complexity makes it hard for me to figure this one out. Interesting, I'm glad I had it, although I think that the only way I would want it again would be with some age on it.

01-23-2010 04:20:13 | More by LordAdmNelson
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dauss

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Bottle No. 1240 of 11384. Batch Number/Best By Date: I-2009 10/12. Cork was rather difficult to remove and had a very unimpressive slow escape of pressure, as opposed to the enthusiastic "pop".

Appearance: Even with a hard pour, a head does not form. A small amount of foam gathers near the edge of the glass. A dark and slightly cloudy mahogany beer.

Smell: Upfront with light notes of bourbon and cherries with oak wood undertones. Tart cherries are the predominant aroma here.

Taste: Bourbon has definitely left it's influence on this beer. A huge hit of bourbon upfront with the huge sweet malty body, finishing with cherries and a nice alcohol warmth. The beer has an odd bitterness near the end, not sure if it is from the bourbon or the wood.

Mouthfeel: Nice full malt body. Even at 11.8% ABV, it is not a thin beer. The carbonation is low, almost bordering on being flat.

Notes: The beer definitely shocked me at first. It had a lot of bourbon upfront, but wasn't overpowering. The balance between the oak, bourbon, cherries, is very good, however, there is a lot going on in this beer and the Quadrupel base is slightly lost. Overall, it is a good beer. The high ABV is hidden well and I'm enjoying it more as I drink and as the beer warms. The carbonation is my biggest issue. I would like for it to be slightly more carbonated.

01-23-2010 04:01:25 | More by dauss
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

A= One of the hardest corks I've ever had to get off. Pours a hazy sort of golden amber color with a nice big three finger head on it that is an off white almost light brown color. The head has some pretty nice retention and really great lacing on it. Looks tasty to me only not quite quad like.

S= I smell a lot of things in this beer with none overpowering the other. There is a small tart cherry presence that reminds me of a sour. I get a little bourbon that seems to have faded a little more since my initial smells. i get a lot of belgian yeast sort of phenol and ester smells. green apple and pear are typical. The bourbon becomes more and more muted the more I smell and the more defined the yeasty smells are yet none is the predominate smell in it. There's a little vanilla and oak coming from it as well but those do take the back seat.

T= Weird. Unlike any quad I've ever tasted that's for sure. There's the cherries that wanna push a sour but never really get to what I would call sour. There is a small bourbon presence that make this is weakest bourbon barrel beer I've had as far as bourbon flavor goes. The belgian yeast comes through in the taste after the sip and sort of rests in the back of your tongue. There's a little dark fruit taste I would typically associate with a quad but not much. This is the weirdest quad I've ever had that's for sure.

M= Dry and puckering like there are some tannins in this beer. One of the dryest beers I've had.

D= Rating this as a quad does it injustice I think. Sure it's highly rated on the site and it's very delicious so I will adjust the score a little but this isn't what I think of when I think quad. Good beer prolly not as great as people make it seem but worth a shot.

01-21-2010 04:10:33 | More by jjanega08
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Missed out on this beer the first time it was released, but I snagged a couple bottles this time around. Drinking this one fresh, corked and caged bottle nummber 0659 of 11248.

A: Rich, hazy amber color. A full head races up the glass, and almost overflows the globlet. Recedes quickly, leaves just a scant layer on top.

S: Sour cherries, just a touch of vanilla, and notes of wood/oak. The alcohol becomes more predominant as it warms.

T: First sip gives me a good quad taste. Bready, malty, delicious! As it goes down, cherries and more spices come to the front. The finish gives me the first real bourbon taste, as it sits in my throat and give just a little of the burn you'd expect from drinking an 11.8% quad with bourbon aging.

M: Medium bodied, and medium-high carbonation. Drinks thin, not quite what I expected. Still works very well, however.

D: This to me is a great beer to be enjoyed, not guzzled. Would be great with a cigar and sitting by the fire on a cool winter night.

As much as I enjoyed it this time, I can only imagine what it will be like next winter opening one of these with some age on it. A real treat from Boulevard, I would highly recommend!

01-20-2010 04:03:04 | More by kylejohnson03
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.