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

Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
BA SCORE
92.9%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 2,478 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
Ranking:
#718
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
2,478
Liked:
2,302
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
10.56%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
559
Gots:
991
Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color, large head for style. Easily 1.5 finger head with a semi gentle pour.

S: Figs, brown sugar, bourbon, oak. The bourbon comes through more harshly than some BB beers I am used to. All around fairly pleasant aroma.

T: Same as smell, as previously stated by another poster I would prefer a little more dark fruit aroma and flavor. This is dominated by the barrel aging. Not necessarily that the barrel aging is bad, but that the base beer could have been a stronger component to balance the blend.

M: Highly carbonated. Given some time to rest the beer relaxes and is much more enjoyable.

O: A slightly above average Quad enhanced by a slighlty above average barrel treatment. I feel like a little more residual sweetness would help the BB aspect and more dark fruity esters might help the overall beer. I like it, but wasn't blown away.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thebigredone
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to matthewpakula for sending me this as an extra.

Poured from a 2013 over the course of several hours.

Pours a much lighter color than expected, a golden amber color with a two-finger plus head.

Smell is of cherries and oak, with some booze and sweetness coming through.

On the palate, I feel like the taste is dominated by a mixture of non-complimentary flavors: tannic oak, bitter cherry cough syrup, and heavy belgian candy sweetness. Over the course of time, these flavors seem to meld together slightly better, however I still get absolutely zero dark fruit in this, which tends to be my favorite aspect of a quad.

The mouthfeel is heavily over-carbonated at first. It took several hours for the carbonation to settle down and become a bit more manageable.

Overall, this was a disappointment for me. For my palate, neither the cherries nor the barrel aging worked. Not something I would want to try again.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a clear brownish-red color with a big foamy and creamy off white head that has good retention, leaving some nice lacing behind upon settling

S- lots of oaky barrel notes with some vanilla and cherry up front, barrel juice and some sweet bread malt are complimented by toffee, with a bit of tart funk on the finish

T- sweet and bready with notes of toffee and caramel, toasted bread, sweet-yet-tart cherry juice, nutty oak flavor on the finish with lingers of vanilla and tart cherry, BIG alcohol burn on the finish

M- medium body with lively carbonation leads to a big bubbly mouthfeel and a foamy finish, lots of alcohol continues to the finish

O- the barrel notes mixes nicely with the light cherry tartness, the only downside is it's really boozy when fresh. I usually like strong tasting beers, but this seemed to detect from the malty sweetness of the base quad. A year of aging in the bottle may have made this one a true winner

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 2,478 ratings
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