Plaid Habit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 03-25-2018

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Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
74
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
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Photo of zbooks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, very small tan head, recedes quickly, very little lacing. Clear brownish amber in the glass, light passes thru. Smells of whiskey, caramel and vanilla. Taste is initially whisky up front, as it sits on the tongue, caramel, raisin, vanilla and a slight tart cherry come out. Finishes really smooth. After taste is lingering whiskey and slightly burnt sugar, in a good way. I am getting hardly any heat from this. It is a real smooth drinker and they simply nailed the base on this beer. When I poured this in the glass my first thought was "I am about to drink half a bottle of wine here".

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep amber color. Fairly light in aroma but something sweet like and alcoholic. Taste follows the nose and improves as it goes down. Rather exceptional. Great mouthfeel if you like whiskey. Super smooth without the bite of whiskey. Excellent concoction from Boulevard Brewers. Don’t pass this up when you find it. On tap at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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Photo of 1971bernat
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aszatk01
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8oz pour at acupressure in Atlanta for $7.5. Lots of booze in the nose, flavor is along the lines of the FW barrel program with a distinct toastiness along with caramel, golden raisin and fig - big improvement from a lot of the earlier Blvd BA offerings. Really good but the ethanol really detracts - would be in the 4.3-4.4 range otherwise.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Tulip
Bottled on 10/5/18
Pours brown with no head
Aroma is toffee, cherry, banana cake
Toffee, caramel, booze, oak, fruit pudding on the finish
Feel is syrupy and boozy, with a medium body
Overall this is a solid beer, that is malt forward,  with some whiskey notes

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not great in any category, but more than the sum of its parts. Careful, it's a sipper!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Barley’s Greenville Draught 010419

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Photo of ian_graf
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into North Coast Snifter. 13.9%, "Canadian Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale"

Pours a deep cedar color and forms into a darker reddish-brown with a nice glow up the sides. The head is gray and bubbly and 1/2 finger tall.

Aroma is hot whiskey, caramel, molasses, toffee, black licorice, and sugared plums.

Oh yeah. This is the stuff. Werther's candy soaked in hot whiskey with notes of hard toffee, cinnamon, molasses, caramel, red grape, and spiced chai. Wow.

Feel is on the thinner side but not too thin, manages a nice medium bodied feel with slight creaminess and a lot of pleasant stinging alcohol burn.

Overall, an impressive beer and probably my favorite Boulevard limited release in the past year. A+

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronniebruner
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10/5/18 (3 months ago) bb 10/5/19 poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 13.9% ABV 9 IBU. The beer pours bright medium brown with ruby highlights and cola-like fizzy light brown head. No head or lacing 90 seconds after the pour. The aroma is mixed sweet malt, vanilla and mild whiskey. The taste is more whiskey (Canadian) forward with some malt, vanilla and wood coming out in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Very little bitterness with the barrel and high ABV countering the sweetness to create a sweet, but not cloying, balance. Overall, very good. This is a nicely put together high ABV sipper. Everything works. I would have preferred some lasting head and lacing, but that's just my preference.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. snifter glass
From: Total Wine Preston Village in Plano, Texas
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 17, 2018
Consumed: Dec. 28, 2018
Reviewed as: American Brown Ale
Misc.: Best by Oct. 5, 2019

Picked this up with a bunch of other beer (mainly barrel-aged stouts) while on a work trip in Frisco, Texas. Was a sucker for Boulevard beers (4.055 average rating - No. 14 rated brewery for me (out of 62 (min. 10 reviews)), especially their barrel-aged ones. Online description called it, “Born a double-mashed imperial brown ale, then matured for 18 months in freshly drained 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels, the beer 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.” Can vaguely remembering trying Canadian whiskey before and don’t remember being a fan, but still excited to try it.

Poured a dark amber-to-copper semi-murky color with one finger of khaki white fizzy head. Lots of slow moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Excellent spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Initially smelled big whiffs of Canadian whiskey, no hiding that 13.9 percent. Settled down after a few minutes though. Got oaky whiskey barrel, leathery tobacco, toffee, caramel, pecan, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, spicy rye, red apple, plum, raisin, dates, dark fruit, milk chocolate, herbal and broccoli (?, yes broccoli). Big sticky maple and toffee from the bottle. Really grew on me as it went down. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose. No hiding that 13.9 pct. ABV. Got boozy whiskey barrel, leathery oak, spicy rye, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, hints of butterscotch, brown sugar, candied pecan, vanilla, red apple, plum, raisin, dates, milk chocolate, brown bread and herbal notes. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Woody, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Just an outstanding beer for what it was. Very complex and a couple of the categories could’ve gone either way. (Overall - 4.00)

4.01 | 90 | A-

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrc1093
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/5/18

Pours a murky, deep amber-brown with a slight head of off-white foam; head recedes rather quickly, but leaves a good bit of thicker, sporadic lacing stringing alongside the glass.

Aromas show plenty of oak, vanilla, and barrel to start; I’m catching hints of caramel, chocolate, fig, and raisin, with sweet whiskey notes tying things together nicely. The bouquet doesn’t feel particularly deep for a BA beer, but what presents is compact and nicely presented.

Taste brings plenty of booze balanced against spiced whiskey tones which gradually develop to a sweeter barrel profile, fusing oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bits of fig.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lighter carbonation, and is slightly sticky with a crisp, malty balance on the palate; consistent and well-tempered throughout; pleasantly warming.

Very warming, well-done BA brown ale; boozy and warming, but smooth chocolate and caramel malts came through nicely to influence the drinkability. This was a good, well-executed use use of the barrel that brought the most out of a compact flavor profile.

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Photo of chris826
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Plaid Habit, 13.9% ABV. Pours dark brown, with a slight beige head. Nose is malty, bourbon, and caramel/toffee. Taste is a bit of sweet caramel, oak, bourbon, belt (not shoe) leather, and a slight to moderate bitter close. Dry mouthfeel is decent, overall excellent to near outstanding.

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Plaid Habit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 74 ratings