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
American Strong Ale
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Oct 20, 2022
Nov 11, 2016
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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Rated: 3.99 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by tide from California

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.08 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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

10/30/23 update - cracked open a bomber. Lots of cherry on the nose and palate, raisins, boozy bourbon barrel. Really good, aged nicely.
Jan 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by dukeufo from California

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by dsshuck from Delaware

Oct 21, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Mar 26, 2019
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.
Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by ctbeergeek from California

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.
Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -1%
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!
Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Ewhoa from Kansas

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.
Jul 15, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

May 11, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by crobinso from Colorado

May 07, 2018
Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 299 ratings