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Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra IncognitaSierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Terra Incognita’s third rendition features complex and earthy malt flavors enhanced by a masterful blend of character from barrel aging in both red wine and bourbon barrels that add notes of tart fruit, vanilla, and coconut.

The 2014 edition does not include the wild yeast Brettanomyces. It is a 55% blend of wine barrel ale, 32% bourbon barrel aged ale, and 13% fresh ale. The base beer is a hoppy, imperial brown ale.

Added by LambicPentameter on 09-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by RPH2327:
Photo of RPH2327
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A - deep mahogany/ruby with a fleeting, pale-tan head

S - cold, very boozy. As it warms, a fruity, jam-like aroma emerges

T - very similar to smell: jam, pepper, figs

M - medium/thin with just the right amount of carbonation

O - first of the series that I've tasted, and what a nice place to start! 55% aged in wine barrels, and 32% aged in bourbon barrels. Definitely more of the wine barrels apparent in smell and taste (and that's not a bad thing). Don't drink this beer at fridge temp - it's much better as it warms!

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Photo of cjgator3
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The description of the beer sounds really appealing so I have been looking forward to trying this. Overall, you can get notes of both barrels (particularly the wine barrels). I would have liked a little more of a malt backbone behind this with a little more sweetness. As it is, it is a little hot at this point from the alcohol. It may benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of aboyd87
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of far333
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

shared bomber bottle.
Well, sounds like a questionable idea: aging a beer in both bourbon and wine barrels. Can wine and bourbon mix? Yes! .. at least if we're talking about beer aged in the used barrels. Finely crafted, this beer takes on the influence of the red wine and bourbon barrels in equal measure. Both barrel types are clearly evident and mesh seamlessly, mixing some vanilla, toffee and other flavors from the BBL with grape must from the red wine barrels.
Appropriate low carbonation contributes to the soft feel of this light-medium bodied ale.

O: I didn't care for the previous Blvd/SN collaborative beer (a wild ale) but this one from Chico CA is great.

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Photo of Beer21
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slee196
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dirt brown with a dark khaki colored finger width head. Fair retention, then dies down to to a thin, consistent film across the top. Not much lacing. Just a few spots here and there.

Smell - Some vinous red fruit, but it's pretty light. Faint brown sugar and a touch of earth.

Taste - Mostly semi-sweet, with damp notes of red wine fruit, molasses, subtle leather and oak bourbon qualities, and a hint of chocolate. Fairly straight profile from start to finish, with faint blackberry tartness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Slick texture gives way to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Some might call this bland, but this beer finds its niche in its subtle qualities. You find all three levels of brown ale, wine and bourbon character at some point. That said, it certainly lacks a definitive quality; everything just seems to lay flat, and thus we've come full circle. This beer, despite its tame complexity flavors, is pretty bland.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark nut brown, settling into a very dark brew in the glass. Topped by a large, solid dark tan head with excellent retention. Leaves nice fields of lacing which slowly slide down the glass.

Smell is inviting and complex. First notes are of red grapes and wine, followed almost immediately by smooth bourbon, caramel, and nuts. Very subtle, understated hops, with touches of pine, citrus, and earth.

Flavor follows: it tastes like a smooth barleywine or old ale, toffee and caramel forward, with some nice barrel complexities. Bourbon is the most readily apparent (on first sip, and more strongly on the back-end), but there is a pleasant, sharp, lingering red wine feel throughout. Hops are mostly represented through an earthy bitterness vice any overt flavors.

Slick and lively mouthfeel, easy drinking for near 10% ABV, with a nice pleasant warmth that builds.

This is a very interesting and tasty brew. The brown ale base is a nice choice, providing for a very smooth base brew, yet allowing the barrels to really come through cleanly.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My neighbor and I found a bottle of this down in Champaign IL. It poured an opaque brown with ecru head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of dark fruit and bourbon. The taste is very complex there is hints of plum, anise and bourbon. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schwegler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Sierra Nevada Brewing X Boulevard Brewing - Terra Incognita [Ale Brewed In Whiskey Barrels] (750 ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.5% ABV)

When uncorking this beer, the loud "pop" that accompanied it had me wondering if it was going to slowly bubble itself out of the top of the beer without any agitation - Didn't happen... It did however pour an ENORMOUS, light brown, rocky head above a very dark brown brew... As it settled, the lacing left behind was decent, but the retentive cap it left was one of the better ones that I've ever seen sit atop a brew... The whiskey barrel aroma is immediately present with some earthy, spicy hop notes mingling amongst it... There is also a malty sweetness that contributes some brown sugar on the nose& First taste I got was of some black cherry, which was both highly unexpected and extremely pleasant& That was followed by the whiskey and oak highlights that seem to blend quite nicely with the dark fruits... The spicy hop notes were present on the mid-palate as buttered biscuit and nuts rounded out the flavors with it's full bodied finish... The finish was also somewhat similar to an oaked chardonnay, in that the oak helped soften it's profile... The mouthfeel on this brew was fuckin' world class, as each flavor element was accompanied by or contributed to the overall balance and complexity of this brew in an amazing fashion!! Overall, the beer was awesome, but the alcohol heat was something that hindered it on the whole as I feel it shouldn't have been so prevalent... I understand it's a decent percentage, but the complexity of this beer simply couldn't hold back the heat, and I must fault it slightly because of that... But after all that being said, it was still another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of BKotch
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little better than I expected, based on the commercial description, which is actually quite accurate. Glad I cellared it for about 6 months. I'm guessing that smoothed it out a bit.

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Photo of Jjski
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This years version is great. I liked the Brett last year, but this is better.

Sorta Weizenbock aroma of banana and cloves, taffy and brown sugar

To me it's a mix of two flavor profiles dear to my heart:
1/2 Backwoods Bastard, bourbony malty, brown sugar notes
1/2 Hibernation, by Great Divide. Oaky, smoky , malts roasted to have cocoa notes. Perhaps: A Dubbel with vinous sweet/tart hints that dart by by but are not shy.
German style bock flavors creep in from the side.

It's a little too light on the mouthfeel for the ABV IMHO, but it's definitely not heavy as the night wears on.

A dash of earth, a hint of funk, wine barrel is clearly present. Totally unique and real good with @ 6 months on it. Hoping to age more. My go to beer is a barrel aged scotch ale, yet I keep reaching for this out of the cellar and buying more when I find it. If u appreciate malty beers, it's worth a try. I have not noted any infection as referenced below. This is my 6th bottle. ( edit 12/16/15). It's clear that I like beer with unusual attributes, and this is an example.

Old Ale? Strong Ale? Scotch Ale? Weizenbock? Warming and breathing of the bottle brings forth much more flavor, mostly in the wine barrel component.

Note: perhaps the below noted" infection" was the 2013 which had Brett and I still see for sale on internet and in store. The 2013 is for serious funk lovers at this point. The 2014 has no Brett

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This fine Christmas gift (Thanks Tony!) was enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. Ale pours a dark dense brown with a nice tan tight beaded head that slowly dissipates to a thin pool and thick ring with moderate lacing. Nose of bourbon, red wine, dark fruits of plum and cherry, brown sugar, and strong alcohol. Flavors are big in this one. Brown sugar and bourbon to the fore, dark red wine and dark fruits to the sides and rear, with a moderately strong alcohol burn of bourbon and light spicy hops and a light oak aftertaste. Great carbonation and smooth wet mouth feel makes this one of the most interesting beers I have had in quite awhile. Outstanding. Flavors are very much reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel that has been aged in oak and bourbon casks.
Most excellent

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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Photo of waddellc2
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tarheels4life23
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Horrible... worst beer of the year

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Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 198 ratings