Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged BlendCollaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Strong Ale - American
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Nov 27, 2021
Nov 11, 2016
Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged BlendCollaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend
Notes: The Collaboration series is our way to bring shared beer ideas to life with some of our favorite brewery friends from around the world. This year, we bring you a specially blended, barrel-aged beer with the help of our sister brewery in California, Firestone Walker. With Collaboration No. 6, Brewmasters Steven Pauwels and Matt Brynildson have created a big, bold flavor combination by blending two Boulevard beers and two Firestone Walker Beers in the following percentages:

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad - 45%
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee - 35%
Boulevard Imperial Stout X - Tart Cherry (whiskey barrel-aged) - 10%
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin - 10%
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3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by tide from California

It’s dark brown in color, almost black. Foam is fine and rich, no lacing. It smells boozy and oaky, shows dried plum, caramel, vanilla, lilac floral, bourbon barrels, grape juice, banana split, molasses smells. That’s a solid and charming smell. The beer starts with a strong ester profile, which is like banana split with caramelized sugar, the it infused with bourbon and oaky barrel aromas, and then a cherry and plum aroma surface up. It’s not a heavy and dull stout, it’s shows a complex quadruple’s character infused with Cherry and bourbon whiskey aromas. There’s smoky, coffee and dark chocolate aromas from the Velvet Merkin. The ending is boozy and hoppy, it’s like Amarillo hops character to me. Aroma wise, it shows hint dried fig, dried dates, dried plum, real soybean sauce (with salty funky umami flavor), seaweed salad, smoked Gouda cheese, maple syrup, caramel, malt vinegar, chocolate coated cherry, sweet balsamic sauce, BBQ sauce, mango chutney sauce, cocoa nibs, vanilla extract, licorice candy (star anise) , pecan and clove, that’s really a orchestral sensation! I drink it pretty warm, and I love it this way, it’s really complex. The tart Cherry spears into the heart of this dark beer, and it definitely lights it up. I can feel the body red tart Cherry bumps in the vein of the beer. The boozy and oaky aroma added some wine character to the beer too. The omnibus experience combines Quad, Stout, sour fruit and complex barrel blending together. I think this bottle is at its peak, the aroma is vibrant and strong, ester, phenol and spices are clear, it has enough alcohol power to seduce you too.

Apr 10, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

750ml bottle. Caged and corked. Bottling date coded as '092116' (Best by '21SEP2018').
Amber brown colored body. One finger of tan head, which sticks around as a thin cap. Leaves behind scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of oak barrel, fig, and date. Some chocolate and woody notes.
Taste is blend rich. Chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, cherry and barrel. Slightly sweet.
Medium mouth feel, with some syrup qualities. Good carbonation.
Well crafted blend, with varying experiences that bring out the sweet, the woody, the chocolate, and the dark fruit. This is the first time drinking this, so I don't know what this would have tasted like two years ago.

Oct 10, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2018 vintage.

A: Very dark brown in color. Spotty and wispy lacing. Beige head settles shortly.

S: Tootsie rolls, fudge, and woody roast right up front. Repeated whiffs bring molasses, bread crust, baking spices, nuttiness, and taste cherry. Faint oak and whiskey too.

T: Hits in the opposite order of the nose. Belgian character up front. Extra crust bread, molasses, plenty of baking spices, and a spike of cloves/medicinal phenols. Sticky molasses and toffee on the mid palate. Woody and roasty flavors open up, then transition to fudge and tootsie rolls. Caramel. Faint cherry tartness buried deeply. Oak and whiskey are more assertive than expected, and close out a drying finish.

M: Medium-Full body. Rich and somewhat sticky malt textures are blasted away by very aggressive, fine-bubbled carbonation. Really gentle brush of wood tannin.

O: It’s ok. The quad accounts for the majority of the blend, and that’s very apparent. In texture it’s Belgian dominated, and in flavor the expressive Belgian yeast hogs the spotlight too. The phenols in particular come on a bit strong and the medicinal flavors are a bit too front and center. Personally I think they should’ve played up the merkin thread a bit more.

Aug 31, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Pours dark red maroon brown with a dense khaki colored foam head. Smells rich and malty, dark and roasty with some bright cherry, whiskey, bourbon barrel, oak, char, chocolate, dark caramel, maple, molasses, toffee, toasted bread, red grapes, figs, plum, dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal pine. Tastes like fresh tart cherry, char, fudgy dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild whiskey bourbon barrel, oak, dark caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted bread, maple, red grapes, fig, plum, dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal pine. Feels medium fuller bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice barrel-aged blend.

Apr 17, 2020
4.08 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 29, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours fairly dark and thin. Big aroma: cherries, boozy. Malty flavor, def taste the tart cherry. Medium bodied, carbonation adds to a creamy feel. Overall a very good beer, aged nicely.

Draft at Tommy’s
4.25 rating

Jan 28, 2020
4 by dukeufo from California on Nov 24, 2019
3.77 by dsshuck from Delaware on Oct 21, 2019
4.32 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Mar 26, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by socon67 from New York

Nice collab with FW, and awesome I had all 3 base beers. A bit of sweetness and acetyl initially, that gives way to a candied fruit finish. Nice to have tried.

Feb 04, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ctbeergeek from California

This is an interesting beer with a lot going on. Pours a rich, dark brown with very little head that dissipated very quickly. A bit of boozy barrel with dark fruit sweetness and a bit of coffee roast in the aroma. The flavor really opens up as this warms (I recommend letting it come to room temp to get the most out of it). A lot of flavors come through with some boozy, sweet cherry followed by a bit of roast and molasses in there as well. Overall a good beer where the quad characters really dominate, but supported well by the other beers in the blend.

Dec 14, 2018
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 02, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Interesting sweet and tart together. How it was ever conceived is a wonderment to behold, but good job for being inventive! Caliente Pizza and draft house with Leah on date night!

Nov 24, 2018
4.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Oct 30, 2018
4.33 by Ewhoa from Kansas on Aug 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and cherries with a hint of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and vanilla
T: Taste is roasted malts and dark chocolate up front with dark fruits and cherries, slight spicy yeast notes, hint of coffee, oak, caramel and vanilla. the fruity notes are quite prominent throughout. Swallow is more dark fruits and cherries with some more chocolate and roasted malts with some spicy yeast and dry oak in the finish.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent and not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is pretty impressive. It has a ton of stuff going on and all the flavors are well integrated and play well together. This beer does seem to be greater than the sum of its parts. I'd like for this one to come back as it is very unique and interesting.

Jul 15, 2018
4.2 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on May 11, 2018
3.86 by crobinso from Colorado on May 07, 2018
4.24 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2018
3.81 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Apr 04, 2018
4.31 by Antyk from Belgium on Mar 28, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Poured a deep chestnut/ruby brown with about a pinky of head. The head broke slowly, leaving an island of wisp in its wake. Decent lacing.

Smell was quite interesting. I picked up barrel, cherry, coffee, chocolate and molasses. I found it a little confusing as you don't typically find some of these smells together in the same beer.

Taste was led by a decent amount of barrel, then I picked up some cherry in the mid palate, then coffee, chocolate and molasses on the tail end. Again, a very busy beer.

Feel is full with a decent backing carbonation. There is a slickness to the beer and the sweet finish is nice. ABV can be felt, though it is not overpowering.

This beer was quite nice, but very confusing at the same time. I found the flavor profile very busy, and it seems that the blends in this one did not help it find its identity. Still that being said, it was an enjoyable sipper that was full of flavor, albeit perhaps too many.

Mar 27, 2018
3.91 by paresis from Massachusetts on Mar 04, 2018
4.35 by GenoMcCoy from Texas on Feb 11, 2018
4.07 by TylerJ from Iowa on Feb 07, 2018
4.16 by TheWolf from Delaware on Jan 28, 2018
3.67 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jan 21, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Samlover55 from New York

.750ml bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 9/21/18
L- a dark auburn with thin off-white head
S- the aroma is amazing, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, of course dark fruit
T- very quad-like sweet dark fruits with hints of cherries and vanilla
F- medium-bodied, syrupy, highly carbonated
Overall the beer was good, posibly even great......However, i couldn't detect any notes from either stout, and it felt like a blended quad

Jan 21, 2018
3.85 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a BA glass.

Look is a dark brown with red highlights and little to no head.

Aroma is dark fruits and tart cherry with a light roast character.

Jan 01, 2018
4.19 by user785335 from Florida on Dec 21, 2017
3.92 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Dec 21, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: best by 10/7/18
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is dark brown, not letting any light through. There's also a surprising amount of carbonation, but not much head.

If a maple cola existed, this is about what it would smell like. There's some sweet rum in the background, but maple and cola are pretty strong.

The taste is far different, with the principals being charred barrel and molasses. It's still sweet, but that's dialed back. Slightly bitter. Moderate amount of anise. There's alcohol, but it's not via the usual burn. If I'd relate it to anything, I'll say cask-strength bourbon, but with scotch peat. So, if you like smokiness, this is for you. Concentrated cherry flavor as it warms up. I'm so-so on the taste for the type. The individual parts are greater than the sum.

Carbonation is a bit foamy, but not excessive. The sharpness in the charred barrel taste is less in the aftertaste. Anise hangs around, too. Weight is moderate.

Dec 10, 2017
3.93 by WheelsPSU from New Jersey on Dec 08, 2017
4.21 by Buck89 from Tennessee on Dec 03, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a deep-dark brown-black with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is dark, toasted, roasted, and nutted malts. Light notes of plum, dark fruits, and cherries. Flavor profile is toasted, roasted, and nutted malts with cherries, plum, and dark fruits. Almost like a dark imperial stout meets a dark fruit quadruple. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a creamy, but slightly grainy texture. Overall, a unique blend of a dark stout with a Belgian quadruple. Savory, and tangy with a dark and hearty core.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

Nov 25, 2017
4 by durlta from Iowa on Nov 04, 2017
4.5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Oct 20, 2017
4.16 by DrederickTatum from New Jersey on Oct 15, 2017
Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 298 ratings