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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

1,619 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 459
Gots: 603 | FT: 56
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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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Bigheadwilson, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

dlino11, Nov 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kyvolunteer, Nov 19, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

maljay26, Nov 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Trashcat, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Reddish with fresh white head, bottled in 12/2013

S: We got it too cold and it wreaked of a pilsner, when it warmed down, much more booze.

T: Absolutely horrible at 40-50 degrees, this beer is supposed to be enjoyed at 55-70 degrees to feel the heat.

M: Smooth

O: Do not get this beer too cold, it will ruin the entire effect. Besides that, pretty damn good but not overly boozey like I like.

floridadrift, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

brpendergast85, Nov 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

millertime416, Nov 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Justin8mypants, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jmryan8, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Techichi, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

2013 Version.

Read an interview with Boulevard's head brewmaster in the current (December) issue of DRAFT Magazine, and he suggested this beer should not be aged longer than nine months (which has already passed). I had three bottles (one, I opened immediately last year), and stored two others.

Fearing I may have missed the sweet spot, I opened one last night. Definitely drinking wonderfully still. The bourbon flavor no longer dominates the entire palate, cherry and brown sugar/bourbon flavors are strong.

Super balanced. Despite being 11.5% it was super easy drinking, almost lofty/light tasting. I'm going to save the other bottle (despite the brewmaster's suggestion) for a few more months, as I think this one will only benefit from a little more time.

MtnSoup, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gpblackgt, Nov 17, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Seabass1964, Nov 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Yeti1979, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

EvanWilliams, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013, sampled 11/2014, best by 08/2015

Appearance: Very murky brown glass hold a very thin head and halo of off white foam. Edges only go to translucent, the center is a murky opaque brown.

Smell: Boozy, charred barrel, not much else. It's strong, maybe a hint of sweetness backing it up, but it's a full slap to the face.

Taste: Boozy as the nose, maybe more so. I've aged this out a year and some of the heat has mellowed to allow bits of a toffee sweet malt to come through to smooth things out a bit, but it still comes at you like a junkie with a knife. Bourbon is full flavored and soaked all other flavors and smells going on.

Feel: Medium heavy body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: After the bourbon beats you down a bit, you start to notice a few more subtle things going on. A touch of tobacco, a bit of plum, a junkie with a broken bourbon bottle. I didn't note the cherry taste until reading the description, it's there and a bit maraschino.
All in all a good beer. A real experience, I'll watch for other rare bottles.

HardTarget, Nov 15, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

SteveCarrozza, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

The_Beer_Shark, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Ri0, Nov 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Dpeel, Nov 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Thirstygoat, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Ruzzdabuzz, Nov 15, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -58.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 14, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.