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:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
297
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  50
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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: 88 | Ratings: 297 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by petermethot:
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petermethot from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 20, 2016
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CHickman from New York

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chestnut brown color with large yeast sediment chunks floating around as it produces a 2 finger thick foamy tan colored head that was packed with bubbled that popped as the head dissipated on the quick side, leaving minimal spotty lacing and a layer on top.

Smells sweet up front like cherries and dark fruit such as plum, raisins and dates. After that I get red wine, bread pudding, maple syrup, toffee, brown sugar, faint bourbon, oaky notes and more sweet dark fruit. It seems too blended and muted or watered down, and not as robust as expected. I bought this figuring it would be like a Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale, but the sweetness overtakes the barrel influences.

Tastes nearly as sweet as the nose, but thankfully there is some booze, woody notes and heat to dial it down and make it more enjoyable. The sweetness is a tad bit too much for me, but is closer to what I expected this would be like with brown sugar, faint bourbon, dark fruit including cherries, plum, raisins and dates, red wine like a merlot, oaky notes, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla extract, tart green apple, rye or some other peppery spice and then more sweet dark fruit. No stout notes or roasted accents, which I think could have cut down the sweetness. This does mask the ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel is slick and an odd mix in that it seems watery as it goes down but coated my tongue and felt thick while in my mouth. Minimal carbonation lets this slide down quick so the booze heat doesn't sting, bringing earthy notes and a rum bourbon essence before the sweetness kicks in again as it fades away on the dry side.

Overall I was disappointed because this has the foundation to be a great blended strong ale but just didn't get past the cloying sweetness. The sum was not better than all of the parts here, because I loved Velvet Merkin and Stickee Monkee and thought Bourbon Barrel Quad was really good, but this just didn't work out as well as I'd hoped for. A for effort here but it was not worth the price of this bottle.

Feb 04, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Jul 23, 2017
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BWood from California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Pours deep brown. Smell has the cherry there but not a ton of barrel. Flavor profile consists of tart cherry, slight chocolate, and some dark fruit. The finish is clean. Overall good collaboration. The quad from stickee monkey shines through but without the barrel.

Jan 29, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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fx20736 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

chocolate cherries

Jan 01, 2017
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 03, 2017
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tons of cherry elements and pours black but there is no roast or elements of stout character. Most of the barrel elements don't carry over either. Tasty, but an odd disappointment for the price point.

Feb 22, 2017
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seedyone from New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at Home. Deep amber to rust color topped with tan tight bubble head that leaves a sparse lacing as it recedes. The aroma is malty, oaky, w/cherries & some char.

The taste is a real mixture of flavors that come forward at different times. The one constant is the smooth texture. Zero burn at 12.5 ABV is noteworthy.

When I read the blurb on this, I thought Firestone Walker would be all over it as the Monkee & Merkin are such monsters, but the collaboration is true to it's name. The Boulevard Quad pushes the oak & char & the stout delivers just the right amount of sweet/tart cherry.

For some this might be an overkill of influences, but for me the attenuation homes in on the mark. My sweet spot.

This is a not as big as it reads, but it's pretty damn special.

Nov 20, 2016
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2016
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2017
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2016
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice bubbly brown head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown that actually appears black in the wrong light. The texture is a bit thin looking but that's probably expected since it's a blend of very different beers.

The smell has a fairly nice bourbon note that dominates the nose. There is a slight booze note but it gets quickly covered. The whiskey is also there but only as a faint spiceness. There is also a nice caramel sweetness with a little bit of faint cherry.

The taste is pretty good. It has a nice blend of the different beer notes and barrel notes. However, it seems that the Firestone Walker beers slightly edge out the Boulevard notes. The barrel notes come out with a nice sweet bourbon and a light whiskey underneath it. The beer notes are also pretty good. The main ones are a nice caramel malt note with some light sweet dark chocolate and a moderate cherry tart note that lingers in the finish.

The feel is good. It's certainly a heavy bodied beer but since the beers used to make this blend were barrel aged, it has a thinness to it. There is a slick smoothness to the beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good and very interesting beer blend. It's a good beer to sip during a cold night and the different beers used make a very good combination that complement each other but retain enough of their initial selves that it can still be noticed. The taste and smell tends to change as it warms up and that makes it incredible interesting in and of itself. The notes gravitate from malty to barrel notes to sticky sweet, which makes it an interesting beer to sip over a period of time.

Dec 04, 2016
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gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 26, 2017
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Apr 15, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 30, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the back label: "BATCH NUMBER/BEST BY DATE: L100716-2 07OCT2018"

Appearance: The body of the beer has a very interesting color. In the glass it is not quite black and not quite dark brown but rather a bit similar to a brown tigers eye stone depending on how light strikes its opaque surface. It isn't striped or anything but the color reminds me of the darker shade of that stone. The head is very short with a light khaki appearance. It fades out quickly leaving no lacing and a flat surface.

Aroma: There is a light bit of burnt caramel aroma and just a light bit of tobacco. Very faint aromas.

Taste: As soon as the beer hits the mouth it is just loaded with flavors. Up front I get this mix of coffee and burnt caramel flavor followed shortly by a bit of chocolate and then this strong toffee flavor. There are light notes of bourbon and a soft earthy tea flavor towards the finish. The earthy, mossy, woody flavor lingers in the background with a strong presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel has this nice full body with a light bit of coating which is immediately noticed upon taking the first sip. It has a good palate presence. The alcohol gives just a bit of burn but overall it is a very enjoyable and easy beer to drink.

Overall: I really enjoyed the mix of toffee sweetness and the earthy woodiness. The flavors that conjure coffee, chocolate, and bourbon just add to the overall beer. It is just a well made beer and they did an outstanding job blending this. It might seem strange rating a beer, overall, higher than each individual category but this is one of those rare occasions where the quality of the beer is simply greater than the sum of its parts. I absolutely recommend it and I would buy it again.

Jan 01, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Boulevard and Firestone Walker's Collaboration No. 6 Barrel Aged Blend for $12.49 at The Lager Mill. I haven't got to try many beers from this brewery and I jumped at the chance to try a collaboration with the two of them, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look, plus it's just a little eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of mahogany color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that will stay till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a barrel aged aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice mixture of bourbon oak and vanilla aroma that goes into some fruit aromas which impart some dark fruit and cherry like aromas with a little more fruitiness in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into a noticeable alcohol aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a complex mixture of toasted malts, caramel malts, bread crust, slight butterscotch, dark roasted malt, caramel and slight bit of chocolate with a little bit of brown sugar sweetness showing up right at the end. This beer has a very nice aroma, the barrel aging comes through well and it has good complexity.

T- The taste seems to be similar, but with a different balance and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up this time and they stick out more than they did in the aroma with more dark fruits showing up with some noticeable cherry flavors. Up next comes the bourbon barrels which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart all the same aspects. Up next comes a little bit of an English Ale yeast like flavor with some noticeable alcohol which is a little warming. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspects sticking out the most and it makes for a pretty complex malt profile. On the finish there's just the lightest amount of bitterness with some sweetness and a little bit of alcohol taking it's place and it had a cherry, dark fruit, slight bourbon barrel, caramel and butterscotch like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's pretty complex and all the flavors work well together.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, a little creamy, slightly cloying on the lighter side of being full bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was hoping this beer would have and I can tell by the complexity just how expertly blended this beer is. This beer had good drinkability, one full glass might be the right amount for me, but I think I could take out that whole bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the complexity, it's very good and it sets this beer apart. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it's not bad, but I wish it had a little lower carbonation. I would buy this beer again when looking for a strong and complex beer and I would would recommend it to anyone looking for the same and I think it would be a nice beet to see how it ages. All in all I was happy with this beer and just a little impressed with how complex and well blended this beer is. It's now one of my favorite beers from this brewery and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty and complex beer.

Jan 09, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 24, 2017
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sendbeer from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 04, 2016
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 14, 2017
Collaboration No. 6 - Barrel Aged Blend from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 297 ratings