Plaid Habit
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #46
Ranked #3,744
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Mar 26, 2022
Mar 25, 2018
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Notes: Born a double-mashed imperial brown ale, then matured for 18 months in freshly emptied 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels, this sturdy ale features checkered notes of rich vanilla, charred oak, warming whisky and spicy rye. With a lingering, boozy sweetness and round, resonant flavor, Plaid Habit clearly earns its name.

*ABV varies by year.
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4.09 by loganburgh from Michigan on Mar 26, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark brown color ale with a small brown foamy head with light retention and minor lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with some vanilla notes, rye whiskey notes with some woody notes. Taste is also a nice mix of light chocolate and caramelized malt notes with some rye whiskey notes and some vanilla with a wody finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Nice barrel-aged brown ale with loads of character.

Mar 17, 2022
3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

12 oz bottle, born on 10/2/2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark caramel with a hazelnut head that lingered
S - whiskey, caramel, a bit of vanilla
T - very nuanced, whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel
F - thick mouthfeel with light carbonation
O - excellent beer, nice complex flavor profile

Jun 19, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Pretty good. Nice mix of flavors. Slightly boozy, pleasantly sweet.

Jun 10, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin head and light lacing.

Taste the rich malts up front with toffee, vanilla and bright stone fruit. Mildly sweet and mildly bitter with a medium/light body and mild carbonation. A very nice offering.

Apr 17, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by scotorum from Massachusetts


Bottle label says 12.4% rather than the 13.9 listed here. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory nonick

a: Clear dark copper with an inch thick tan head which receded quickly to wisps of surface foam.

s: Whiskey

t: Follows the nose with strength over caramel malt and moderate throat burn. Sweet finish.

m: Creamy medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: More substantial base brew than the average brown, strong whiskey notes dominate the caramel malt. Excellent!

Apr 01, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours brown in color with a bit of light creeping through, one-finger foamy off-white head reduces to a film and leaves a bit of lacing behind

S- peppery rye, oaky whiskey and Christmas spices to open up the aroma, followed by nutty brown malts, bread crust, brown sugar, hint of vanilla and stewed apple

T- cinnamon and peppery rye up front with plenty of whisky notes immediately noticed. Mid-palate gives some nutty and bready brown malts. The finish gives stewed apples, oak, peppery rye and whisky

M- medium-light bod with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- pretty one dimensional, I enjoyed it as a whisky fan but not much else going on

Feb 28, 2021
4.25 by Maillard from Ohio on Feb 14, 2021
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3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Sometimes you see a chincy review from your home state and you know its time to write your better review! Listed at 13.9% here, I think mine was like in the 12% range. Would look at the remaining 3 bottles in the cellar, but I'm at somewhere else (puttin in wuuuurk) when I write my reviews.

Pours a brown caramel like color. Substantial 5/6" light beige head and good retention. We're in impressive territory thus far. The aroma was mostly brown malt and sweet whiskey.

Taste followed much in the same vein, more of a sweeter brown ale finish and mouth feel to it, light sweet whiskey notes, brown malt without going into heavy territory malt and viscosity wise. Alcohol heat nor bitterness wasn't too high albeit present. Light hits of vanilla in the mouth feel. Wasn't really getting the char from it, methinks the commercial tug job delves into hyperbole a tad. Nor was there anything 'spicy' about the rye barrel (sweet, yes). You could definitely do a lot worse than a $14 four pack of this barrel aged offering. Its a good not great sipper.

Feb 09, 2021
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2.46/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5
by TheBeerWolf from Nevada

Not sure why this one was rated so highly. I enjoy bigger beers and this one was just ok I guess. I had high hopes for this one it sounded like all the things I like. I enjoy whiskey aged beers although usually they are stouts.

Look: the color is nice it’s a real deep brown not a lighter brown. However there is no real head and what does come out upon the pour leaves quickly.

Smell: The smell is pretty decent. Mostly the whiskey and alcohol. A lot of alcohol.

Taste: The taste is ok too like the smell mostly the whiskey and alcohol hits me. A bit of a cloying sweetness and I feel for a beer this big it comes off a bit thin and that does not help the other flavors meld well. At least in my opinion.

Feel: As mentioned to me a bit thin. Hard to describe. Whatever combination here comes off like whiskey mixed with seltzer water.

Overall an ok beer but wouldn’t buy again. Have had other boulevard beers I enjoyed more.

Feb 09, 2021
4.63 by Doubledown240 from Ohio on Jan 31, 2021
4.42 by arini10 from Oregon on Jan 29, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 10/2/20

This looks to be an interesting one. It started off as a brown ale, and interestingly enough aged in Canadian whiskey barrels. Seems like an odd choice, but I think it could end up working out. Strong ales are pretty hit or miss for me, but I think I’ll like this

Pours a murky dark brown with hints of red and a finger of tan head that fades to a thin ring and leaves patchy lacing, tons of particles floating in the liquid

The aroma is not exactly complex, but there’s a decent subtlety that I appreciate. I’m picking up on aromas of smoky rye, sugary maple, reddish malt, vanilla, dates, and a hint of sweet whiskey

The taste loses the subtlety in translation, but it is still flavorful. On the front end I’m tasting rye whiskey, smooth oak, a touch of white pepper, and subtle cacao. The swallow brings notes of sticky maple, sweet whiskey, dark caramel malt, and alcohol tibged oak

A full body pairs with very gentle carbonation resulting in a heavy slow sipper. Finishes quite dry for the strength

This was nice for a very sweet and large beer. Not necessarily a contemplative and ever evolving drinking experience, but great for what it is

Jan 29, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 12oz bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku. Best by 2 October 2021.

Appearance: slightly murky, rich brown hue. Head is only the thinnest hint of tan bubbles. It's rich and mysterious -- I like it.

Smell: nice whiskey aroma with a fairly high amount of sweetness. There's plenty of dark fruit present; dates and tobacco and dark bread. I like the character a lot, although the sweetness is perhaps a bit high.

Taste: sweet, like the aroma, but with a good level of dusty dates, tobacco, cherry, and figs. I really like it. The whiskey is subtle and it's not boozy; the overall effect is really very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation. To be honest, it feels just a little thin for this kind of beer.

Overall: very tasty indeed. This would make a wonderful dessert with some apple slices and a hard cheese.

Jan 16, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

bottle dated 10-2-20. 12.4% abv and only 4 months old. here we go!

pours murky dark dirt-shade-of-red brown with a lightly tanned foam head about half a finger high with moderate retention

aroma is sweet malt and spicy booze. rye. earthy oak and faintest of hop in the background, whispering.

taste follows the nose, coming on grainy sweet and boozy. wish I'd let it sit for another 6 mos at least, but this was probably the intended outcome given the "drink by oct 2021" mention. pushing past my whine (arguably explainable given the previous brew was a sweet and tart lambic), I notice the charred notes come more into focus, bringing whisky barrel clarity and toffee with vanilla. still feels like shaving against the grain, but never feels less than enjoyable.

feel is medium carbonation, medium-to-thick body. body thickens as it sits, as expected, as does the boozy graininess. otherwise relatively smooth in waves, with booze heat prickles. finishes without any punctuation and doesn't stick around.

interesting, though far from complex, brew. spicy boozy and malty. I won't go out of my way to find again myself but would certainly point any brown ale etc lovers in it's direction for an interesting time. does stand out, in a way...maybe I ought to have let it sit a bit longer...

Jan 09, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Please Enjoy By: 02OCT2021.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dark brown body with a thin, thinning, ivory-toned head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, sugary and malty nose, for the most part, though there is some black peppercorn, wet oak barrel and a rippling dark fruitiness.

Taste: Vanilla-infused, caramelized brown sugar glaze with touches of maple, molasses, chocolate powder and powderized toast. Fairly sugared throughout, flirts a bit with being a tad cloying, at times. A burst of raisiny fruitiness. Peppery, spicy rye and woodsy tannins as well as some piquant alcohol are welcome, balancing additions, though it still finishes decidedly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Subdued carbonation.

Overall: It's not out of this world, but it's pretty decent.

Dec 31, 2020
4.09 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
4.14 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
4.33 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Dec 24, 2020
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Dec 22, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Vintage 2019. Looks almost like a fine liqueur in the glass: clear, deep caramel-colored body, with an aggressive pour yielding only a thin off-white head. Aromas and flavors are dominated by notes of whiskey and oak. Big flavors of light toffee as well, with a hint of apple cider on the finish. If you're looking for something in which the alcohol is well hidden, this ain't that. Tons of booziness that warms you all the way down. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, either. This would make a fine fireside dram. Enjoy responsibly! ;)

Dec 21, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

I aged this for over a year, I have no idea if it helped but it sure did taste good...

Visually appealing and with a mild whiskey scent, the mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Taste-wise the beer had a distantly sweet attribute but was balanced with the hops used to provide a minimal amount of bitterness. Overall, this was truly a delicious beer, one that I would not hesitate to try again...and again...

Dec 19, 2020
4.21 by dsshuck from Delaware on Dec 11, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

L: deep copper color, tan head, nice lacing
S: not a ton on the nose, a little malt and whiskey, but my sniffer ain’t great
T: nice blend of a whiskey taste and malts
F: great mouthfeel, booziness is balanced
O: great beer, recommend

Nov 26, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Stooven from Illinois

The fate of the brown ale is to look like crap; this could use a little more head retention. The nose has a lot of alcohol on it. The taste is brown sugar, roasted malt, booze, light vanilla, carmel and the carbonation is almost spicy.

Nov 26, 2020
4.2 by TomBanahan from Kentucky on Nov 18, 2020
3.68 by MattSn from Oregon on Nov 18, 2020
4.25 by LennyBound from Illinois on Oct 23, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Deep brown in color with a a very murky complexion including large pieces of sediment. No head. The aroma is of An abundance of sweet malt, vanilla, oak, and whisky. I’m tasting plenty of sweet whisky, a heavy wallop of light malt and light taste of oak. The mouth is thick, chewy, and dry.

Oct 18, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 09, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by artiefufkin from New Jersey

Visual: deep amber brown, yeast in suspension, no head
Aroma: raisins, rich caramel, bitter chocolate, fresh vanilla (almost smells like armagnac)
Taste: str vanilla throughout, sl burnt caramel but pleasant, brown sugar, molasses, baking spices, charred american oak, lower than expected CO2 but not offensive, shockingly not hot considering it's 12.5%
Overall: great strong ale, pretty dangerous with a well hidden high abv. world class strong ale.

Sep 25, 2020
4.19 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 11, 2020
3.58 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Jul 31, 2020
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

On-tap in Garden City, ID. Clear brown body with a small creamy off-tan head (small from abv no doubt), this is a very sweet brew with tons of barrel character; caramel, toffee, and booze.

Jul 06, 2020
4.25 by archero from Texas on Jun 21, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MattDecker from Texas

Look: brown pour, small head that quickly disappatss
Smell: I get some maple, boozy, oaky,
Taste: rich and mature, oak, slight vanilla,
Feel: full bodied, you can really chew on this
Overall: a full rich imperial brown ale. You really get hit by the abv, and that's saying something for me. So not an intensity of flavor that bourbon barrels tend to be, but an intensity of booziness. This didn't hit the mark

May 17, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

This is an "imperial brown ale" aged in Canadian rye whiskey barrels - the result is a thinner smooth beer that has notes of rich caramel malts, tobacco, spicy rye whiskey, oak, a bit of musty oakiness and a spicy heat coming through on the back end. The rye whiskey is noticeable present, but not overpowering. Its really a very nice delicious beer.

May 01, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Opaque dark brown, some cloudiness, no head. Smell capture both the whiskey and rye from the barrel vibrantly, with brown sugar, toffee, and molasses, though admittedly the nose is light for style. Taste is also lighter in complexion, same flavors with date, wood, and tobacco joining the party. Feel is light for style, but warm with rye and barrel textures, booze verges on hot. An easy drinking strong ale, terrifyingly so given the abv. The wife liked it

Apr 13, 2020
4.36 by 10Crumra from Texas on Mar 29, 2020
Plaid Habit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 211 ratings