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

Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged BlendCollaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend
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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
291
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
90
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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%
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 291 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ctbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

.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

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of me wishes I had this one fresher, but I worried that it might have been too hot at the time, and I heard it was a muddled mess. It still kind of is, but it's a rather easy sipping beer. Pours a mid level brown with tannish edging, plenty of foam with some lacing. Sweet toasty notes on the smell, minimal barrel presence. Taste is toasty, bourbony, sweet with a mild cherry flavor. Feel is fun-starts with a punch but then slides down, may I say it, velvetly. Bit of an alcohol burn, but it's milder than I would expect for close to 13%. Could have been an amazing beer, but I wouldn't say it isn't pretty good.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle from 2016. Collaboration with Firestone, which sounds good to me. Poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: Shiny jet black (no other way to describe). 2F off-white head, leaving a little bit of lacing and a ring.

S: Caramel malts, roasted malts, bourbon barrel, cherry. Everything except the Velvet Merkin has a place in the nose. I'll bet you can find it in the taste.

T: Caramel malts, roasted malts, flaked oats (there it is!), a bit of chocolate, cherry, bourbon and bourbon barrel. A lot going on and it tastes quite good. A little bit of alcohol heat on finish. Sweetness does not run away at all.

F: Surprisingly medium-bodied and drinkable, but does pack a huge punch. Little carbonation to speak of. Very solid construction and balance. Only a little bit of alcohol heat.

O: With great respect, you guys are grading this too low. This is good, good stuff. Doesn't need aging (in fact, says drink by 9/18), but I do wonder if that extra year might make it even better.

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Photo of Mdaniel723
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pour from a 750ml bottle. Pours a thick brown with a 2 finger head. The nose is some smoke and caramel malt. Taste is great with roasted malt and some boozy barrel character. Great beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has fruity quad notes, caramel, burnt sugar and light tart balsamic vinegar. Taste is quite "belgian", like a slightly tart quad. There are some caramel and butterscotch notes in the background with a lingering bourbon aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, quite well carbonated. Overall it's a nice, quad style blend with a smooth bourbon flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown with one-finger creamy khaki head that has great retention

S- plum, fig and raisin up front, caramel and toffee, oaky barrel, undertones of chocolate

T- sweet and malty up front with tons of fig, raisin & prune, followed by toffee and caramel. Mid-palate brings out some barrel notes of oak and vanilla, the finish gives more dark fruit with chocolate, sweet linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- sweet and malty throughout, delicious

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown with a foamy tan head that leaves sheets of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, roast with some tart notes and some dark cherry.
Flavor is dark chocolate, roast, cherry, boozy, slightly funky and some sweet milk chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy.
Really good but I'm not sure it's greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like alcohol, with some tart cherry and a little dark chocolate and earthy toffee and nutty malt and fig.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and nutty toffee, with some tart cherry and dark chocolate and fig. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a complex brew with decent scent and taste, but not as delicious as I hoped. The body was great, but the finish was really hot, so it must be sipped. Age would really help this mellow and gel. Fresh is a bit of a hot mess.

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Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled 10/7/16, had 12/30/16.

The appearance is an opaque, darker amber, a little garnet in the light, with a one inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Smells of malt, dates, figs, sour cherries, maple, light bourbon, light whiskey, some chocolate, toffee. The flavor leans toward malt forward, then more cherries than the nose, dates, figs, oak, bourbon- more as it warms, caramel, some whiskey, a little chocolate. Smooth, well carbonated, the body could be a little fuller, but it's certainly not thin.

Okay, as of this writing, I'm rating this well above the average, but I still have to ask: shouldn't this have turned out better? The Stickee Monkee doesn't seem to have the presence it could have. But, it's still pretty darn good, and maybe I should have grabbed another bottle to age. If you still see it around, it's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy ecru head; average retention with considerable, leggy lacing left behind

Smell: Vanilla, fig, plum and Bourbon-infused bread pudding; hint of tart cherry

Taste: The Bourbon tones dominate, with vanilla, oak and Bourbon forward; underneath, there is chocolate, fig, plum and tart cherry developing; after the swallow, heat from the high ABV arrives and the tart cherry becomes more pronounced and the Bourbon and tart cherry flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; considerable heat in the gullet

Overall: Sometimes the sum of the parts is less than the parts and that, unfortunately, is the case here; too much Bourbon overwhelms the other elements

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Photo of shleepy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big head, quite dark. Surprisingly dry, almost sour. Very chocolatey, a little fruity (lots of plum). Oak is noticeable but not overwhelming. Good stuff!

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from BevMo Happy Valley on 11-30-16 for $14.99. Best before 07OCT2018.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a very nice off white head upon initial pour.

Nose is very sweet up front, cherry forward with a very light trace of whiskey.

Taste is alcohol warming with the first sip; very sweet with cherry very prevalent. Light roasted malts play in with a very light trace of whiskey in the finish. Been waiting for a hop balancing act but am not getting it. Would have loved to have Parabola in the mix instead of Stickee Monkee and Boulevard regular imperial stout instead of the Tart Cherry variant.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer that left me wanting more in that the two breweries left their best brews out of the mix. It is spendy but give it a shot if you can afford the splurge!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boulevard Collaboration #6 Barrel Aged Blend, 12.5% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a 3 finger tan head. Nose is slight bourbon, and a hint of chocolate. Taste follows, almost no bitterness. Very complex, and changed as it warms. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a brown black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Complex and interesting. Pulling aromas from all the beers. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, spicy, booze, caramel, cherry, tobacco, banana, and dark fruits.

Taste: Picking up a little more on the palate as the beer was drank.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, tart, some bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This blend of beers from two awesome breweries is interesting and delicious. Would be cool to sit on dome bottles and see how they develop over time.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing for the most part.

S: A powerful aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, malt, and a lot of bourbon.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of bourbon (booze is definitely noticeable in this beer), a good shot of vanilla, cherries, some dark fruit (raisins, figs, especially), a roasted malt quality, and a hint of yeast as well. An intense flavor to say the least. It's quite boozy and aggressive. Doesn't quite endear itself to you, but it's definitely interesting.

F: A well carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in many ways. That being said, it's certainly worth a look.

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Photo of rockaroo
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dense amber color plenty of head and lacing.
Strong aroma of vanilla and nuts.
Complex taste. Astringent at first, cherry and wood in the middle, prunes and fruitcake to finish.
After 4 of these over the recent weeks this beer makes me have to think about what doesn't work and what I don't like about the beers in the blend. Still a decent night cap though kind of watery. Think I have 2 more buried away in case there is something I can learn from aging this, done buying it though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice dark fruits (cherries, raisins, plums, figs), bourbon, oak, vanilla. The taste is really nice, malty, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. a nice complex brew. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 291 ratings