Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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94
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2,462 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

19 IBU

Added by jdubjacket on 07-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,462
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
557
Gots:
982
For Trade:
77
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Photo of beerguy04
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a white head. Lacing stays for a while. Smell is of carmel and bourbon. Taste starts out with sweet carmel, coffee, and vanilla, and ends with a bourbon aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for it's abv. Overall, great beer. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect! I love the ruddy, murky brown color in the glass, even without much head or lacing. Smell is very enticing. Cherries and dark fruit - and bourbon. But the flavor is outstanding. An immediate rush of pleasure to the taste buds and brain. Nothing strange or off-putting. No "maybe I'll get used to it" after a few more sips. No, if only it weren't a bit flat, or so watery, or so sweet, or too hoppy.

This ale is a huge home run - it breaks the scoreboard. I would eagerly buy a case or two of these if I came across any.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gained a solid respect for Boulevard Brewing while stationed at Fort Leavenworth.
Another solid beer.
Pours a deep dark amber with copious off white head and well retained lacing. The smell is cloves, bourbon, biscuit and some sweet caramel like notes. A subtle twang on first sip – perhaps from the cherries? Though this becomes less detectable on further sips.
Taste is malty, sweet dark fruits up front – prune/plum, vanilla and bourbon notes mid taste and a fairly dry, clean end note. Texture is medium with just enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy.
Overall, pretty tasty and complex sipper – a little boozy, but with a pleasant, dry astringency that leaves the palate cleans. Holds up well to strong cheeses and sausages.

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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jswalker51
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dubnation
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeardHK
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid ale, great color, cherries give it a little sour, but not overpowering.

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Photo of bplabernie
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nace4
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Big robust malty, smooth, rich spiced, complex, dark bread, big bourbon boozy notes that warm the pallet . Bold woody barrel bourbon, barley malt nose. Dark Amber, unfiltered, delicate ring lace that dissipate quickly. Full body. This is to be sipped and enjoyed. 26 IBUs

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Photo of rsquared59
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass bottled 04/16/17. Pours a very attractive deep amber with a 2 inch white head, that leaves plenty of thin wisps of lace.

Smell is fig, caramel, toffee, clove, candid sugar,and bourbon.

Taste follows dark fruit, toffee, caramel apple, peacan, Clove, candid sugar, and bourbon soked raisins.

Mouthfeel a big medium, moderate life, maybe a tad dry, and drinks pretty easy considering.

Overall this is a great and very balanced brew, that needs to sipped and savored at room temperature.

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Photo of dcotom
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured at cellar temperature from a 12-ounce bottle into a chalice. Color is reminiscent of light caramel sauce, cloudy, with lots of white flecks. Tentative pour yielded a one-finger off-white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled into a thin ring. Bourbon forward on the nose and palate, but not overpoweringly so. Notes of toffee, raisins, and prunes, surprisingly not overly boozy for the high ABV. Silky mouthfeel, with a touch of sour oakiness on the finish. Delicious, satisfying, and dangerously drinkable, a world-class beer all around.

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Photo of AGoodStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muchos
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L. Hazy brown to amber with a massive slightly off-white fluffy head which laces the glass.
S. Boozy, spicy raisin, nutty caramel, bread, bourbon, sweet holiday spices.
T. Oh man. Sweet raisin, caramel, peppery booze, spicy bourbon. With each sip I experience a bit more dryness and a bit more fruitiness like pear and tart apple. Aftertaste is oak with sweet fruit.
F. Medium body, smooth. More boozy heat and slightly drying as it warms.
O. I would buy this again. Cheers!!

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevotex
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jbourke33
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cruzgator
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buckthehog
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go-to, fairly easy to get barrel-aged offerings. Brown sugar, vanilla, wood, caramel, light bourbon flavors. Almost buttery and creamy! Hides the 11%+ alcohol effortlessly. Well carbonated. A tightly constructed brew, but not totally discernible as a quad - but who cares? It's awesome! I'm having one in my bathtub right now. Cheers!

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,462 ratings.
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