30th Anniversary Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - American
4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: This blend includes:

Imperial Stout in rye whiskey finished port casks – 34%
Belgian Dark Strong Ale in ruby and tawny port casks – 26%
Double Mashed Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels – 16%
Belgian Dark Strong Ale in California sherry casks – 9%
Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels – 5%
Imperial Stout in Spanish sherry puncheons – 5%
Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels followed by ruby/tawny port casks – 3%
Belgian Dark Strong Ale in bourbon barrels – 2%
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown and bubbly head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a nice bourbon like texture to it.

The smell is interesting. The stronger notes are blend of the different barrel aged beers with whiskey coming upfront and finishing with a port/sherry note. The beer notes consist of a toffee note and moderate chocolate note as well. Also, it finishes with a sharp alcohol note for a quick moment.

The taste is good. It's a fairly sweet and interesting beer with the blend of different liquors. Unlike the smell, they're better mixed in the taste so more of them come out. The rye whiskey and bourbon come it more in the beginning before transitioning to a toffee with wooden notes and finishing a mix of cherry and sweet grape port notes.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body with a lot of soft carbonation to it. The beer has a lot of burn to it and a slightly dry finish to it.

Overall, it's an indulgent beer with delicious notes. However, it really comes out when slowly sipped due to the intense heat but it really does pay off for those who drink it with patience.

Feb 02, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a half inch of creamy and densely packed brown on top. It faded within a few minutes to a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and tart port. I’m tasting port, vanilla, bourbon, sherry, plum, and dark malt. The mouth is very thick and chewy.

Jan 02, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 7/26/22

This sexy looking beer caught my attention last weekend at Total Wine, inside its cardboard tube. I’ve never had a blended beer that uses quite this many different beers, and I’m excited to see what each one brings to the final product

Pours a very dark, muddy brown with 3 fingers of tan head that slowly fades to a single finger that never disappears and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is quite nutty and malty, reminding me of a barleywine. I get almonds, molasses, dark chocolate, cherry, dates, coffee, and toast. The various barrels impart several oaky and vinous notes to create a compelling blend. A busy aroma for sure

The long and contemplative sip starts off with quite the decent alcohol heat, which is calmed by dark fruit and brown sugar. On the swallow, these are both dialed up to 11, but so much more comes into play. I get roasty coffee, earthy oak, lightly tart grape, and rich caramel. Complex as all hell

This is obviously full bodied and chewy, and when paired with very gentle carbonation and significant alcohol heat, it is a recipe for a slow sipping beer best enjoyed over a long session. The heaviness culminates throughout the sip but the sheer amount of alcohol comes in to make for a dry and sweet finish

Goddamn, this was good stuff. On paper, the idea of blending 8 different beers doesn’t exactly sound appealing, but the end product is just short of legendary. Incredible beer, nice job guys

Aug 25, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A big aroma of chocolate, booze, wood, dark fruit, malt, coffee, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a decent bit of dark fruit (raisins, in particular), a hint of coffee (a subtle presence), a bit of caramel (quite sweet), a good amount of chocolate (just enough), some malt (present throughout; overpowered by the other elements), and a good amount of bourbon (and its barrels). A solid, surprisingly subtle flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, warm finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly done beer. Worth a try.

Jun 26, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown pour with some ruby hues. Looks to be a little haze too, but it’s tough to tell as the room was rather dark. Billowy khaki-colored head retains like a dream. Wispy rings of lacing.

S: Fruity/nutty bouquet of sherry and port barrels right up front. Red fruit, black cherry, rose water, vinous. Booze-soaked golden raisins. Big pull of oak. Whiskey starts to pull through after repeated whiffs. Fat Chocolatey malt aromas. Tootsie rolls, bourbon ball candy, brownies, dark caramel. Slightly smokey. The Belgian side of it is readily apparent too. More of a brown bread and molasses malt character coming through from that, as well as some raisin and a heaping spoon of baking spices.

T: Follows the nose. Big time port/sherry barrel flavor up front. A lot of vinous red fruit. Slightly nutty. Cherry. Stiff but gentle booze factor, with whiskey eventually being coaxed out and stepping into focus briefly. Sturdy oak impression. Chocolatey malt flavors ground things. Lots of cocoa, tootsie rolls and fudge, a bit of a smokey/jerky flavor. Fleeting hint of coffee. Brown bread and molasses too. Little bit clovey/medicinal, nutmeg and other vague baking spices. Toasty, oaky, cocoa-laden finish.

M: Full bodied and somewhat weighty. Round and chewy with great smoothness. Velvety malt textures press gently into the tongue and palate. Ample Belgian carbonation contributes to a whipped and airy feel and provides some lift. Warming alcohol and a bit of soft oak tannin.

O: There’s a lot to love here. Firstly, I love that the port and sherry barrels are embraced to the extent that they are. It’s something you see a lot in the whiskey world, but sadly not in the barrel aging programs of many breweries. It almost feels exotic in this context. I also love the Belgian dark/imperial stout blends that boulevard has been experimenting with lately. They’re nailing the balance to the extent that both contributions are equally apparent, rather than taking the “safe” approach and letting the stout dominate. The oxygen exchange in the barrel really does some wonderful things too, and I think it’s pretty noticeable in the mouthfeel. The one “knock” that I suppose I have is that, given the amount of barrels that went into this blend, it isn’t quite as complex as one might expect. I’d love to see them go the route of Firestone Walker and really get liberal with the blending of very different beer styles and barrels. This is a very minor quibble though, and more of a hope for the future I suppose. I’m really looking forward to more of these Anniversary blends.

Jun 15, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: A dark brown with an odd tone of green.
S: Caramel and other flavors?
T: 8 different beers combined in a not so good way.
F: A party ball of flavor.
O: Some things the world will never want to know.

May 24, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Literally "popped a top" on the 30th Anniversary. Never had a corked bottle hit the ceiling! !POW! Had foam coming out the bottle. First pour had a magnificent head on pure dark beer. Smells equally magnificent of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet molasses and a hint of alcohol. Tastes of licorice, sweet molasses, chocolate and some coffee. Very smooth and slightly alcoholic. I love it. There's no bitterness to me. A great chewing beer with a mouthfeel that's slightly thick but creamy smooth. I get the tawny port flavor too. Overall an amazing blend of magnificence. Way to go BOULEVARD!! Poured from a magnum bottle, 1 pint 9 ounce with a best by date of 26July2022. Should have gotten 2 bottles.

May 06, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/26/19, had 11/1/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one inch foamy head and slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of figs, malt, port, oak, bourbon, raisins, some tobacco. More or less, the same flavors- port, bourbon, malt, figs, chocolate, raisins, toffee, oak, light sherry. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated on the high side- it’s a bit fizzy.

Really hard to pick out the various barrels and casks, except overall port, bourbon and to a lesser extent, sherry. Does a good job of blending the various IS’s and BSDA’s. I enjoyed this, and I’m giving it a pretty high score, but really expected more out of this. Thought it would be a cornucopia of aromas and flavors and while what’s there is certainly good, it’s fairly focused. Worth a purchase, though.

Mar 31, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black with brown shining through the edges. Head is a two fingers of bubbly khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, raisins and figs adding sweetness. Malts are roasty, toasty and caramely with a concerted focus on balance. Just a little dash of whiskey/bourbon at the end. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate, raisins and fig with roasty, toasty, caramely malts. It's very sweet, with bourbon adding a little heat, which helps establish balance. Mouth feel is thick with a little silty, velvety texture. Overall, sugary and sweet with a little heat behind it.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Mar 15, 2020
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful anniversary packaging. Pours from the bottle a deep brown/black with massive, rocky tan head that fades to less than a finger in a few minutes.
A lot in the aroma. Port, oak, chocolate, berry, vanilla.
That is an amazing taste! Bubbly, rich, fruity, a bit sweet. A little chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, brown sugar, a hint of Belgian funk. Something new with each sip but still a cohesive, pleasant drink. A little boozy, too.
A rich and creamy mouthful.
A real treat and unique experience.

Feb 17, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Pours black with a khaki head. Smells of bourbon, red wine, and oak. Some cocoa powder. Tastes of brandy, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and then bubble gum. Lingering sweet red wine. Boozy aftertaste. Heavy, sweet, and alcoholic, but I admit that I enjoy its layers. I thought there was a weizenbock blended in here, but I guess not. All the wine barrels stand out, though.

Feb 01, 2020
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Stroso from Washington

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Proper stout. Pours out a thick caramel head that dissipates rather quickly, very low head retention, but who cares. When de-corked, actually has some fizz to it, much more than standard imp stouts.
Aroma: Brown sugar, vanilla from the multiple barrels, light cloves and some cinnamon. Smells sweet like candy. Has some alcohol sting.
Flavor: Gingerbread, caramel, dessert wine, light candied ginger, dark chocolate ( not super dark, like

Jan 22, 2020
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque coffee color with a moderate chocolated color head that remained fairly long. There was nice lacing throughout the drinking experience. The aroma is illusive, although pleasantly pungent. The taste is quite an experience; the flavor of bourbon and chocolate are most prominent, with a malty undertone. This beer is very creamy and hardy.

Jan 18, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a finger of tan foam that eventually settles. If I were to sum up this beer in one sentence it would be: there is a lot going on and it is beautiful. Smell and taste get different aspects of this complex whole more powerfully. Smell hits the wood, the various booze, roasted malts, dark fruit, char, and roasted nuts more. The taste sees all of that as more of the base, and expounds on them with toffee, belgian yeast, dried berries, vanilla, earth, even more dark fruit, and a kiss of hops. Score higher for taste because I thought it capture a bit more of the complexity. Feel was boozy, woody, malty, heavy, chewy, and decently dry. The wife liked it. Wish I had another bottle so it could age.

Jan 09, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Boulevard has always known how to create a "Belgian pour" and this beer exemplifies that skill, with a beige head rising to three fingers above the cola colored liquid; good retention and streaky lacing

Smell: Layers of malt and yeast with different barrel influences, with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses and dark fruit elements; a lot of barrel tones and I have vacillated between whether the Bourbon, Sherry or Port is most prominent with each of them taking center stage at various points

Taste: Chocolate, caramel and a touch of molasses forward with the dark fruit element impacting to a much lesser extent; through the middle, the barrels are a bit of a muddle - not sure what type of Sherry barrel was used but I would say the overall impact is more in the direction of a heavier Sherry, such as an Oloroso; I don't pick up much from either the Port or Bourbon barrels here

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a bit overcarbonated, at this point

Overall: This beer has development potential and it would be interesting to see what this looks like after a few years in the cellar; right now it is a bit inchoate

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity

Dec 30, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a dark brown color. Lively, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma of dark fruit, cola, and vanilla.
Cola and vanilla to lead the taste off, fig, a little bourbon.
Very sweet. Bourbon subtle, doesn't get in the way.

Dec 26, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut-hued mahogany with a thumb+ of tan head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, dark fruit, cola. some leafy hops as this warms. A lot of the initial scents fade as this warms

T: Bourbon notes, barrel dryness , vanilla & cola up front. Much barrel dryness, cola, a little figgyness, plus leafy hops as this warms, plus some stronger Bourbon flavor, some dark cherry notes, plus raisins. Finishes with a load of barrel dryness. dark cherry, Bourbon warmth, a hint of figs & leafy hops

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation , warming . Carbonation smooths out as this warms

A worthy milestone offering, more nose & little better look wouldn't hurt, but this is a very worthy pick up that didn't cost an arm & a leg

Dec 23, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Big pop when pulling the cork and clearly well carbonated. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a two finger, finer dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mildly toasted dark malt, Belgian yeast, dark dried fruit, bourbon, vague fortified wine and oak; unusual and interesting. Flavor is dark toasted malt, Belgian yeast, oak, sherry, port, dried plums, dates, figs and vanilla; bright fruity and oaky finish with even a little cherry evident. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A really different tasting strong dark ale. There is distinct Belgian influence mixed with lighter, but distinct dark stout malt. The lighter fruit notes dominate with very clear port and sherry character and a bit less bourbon. I expected the stout component to take over the taste, but Boulevard did a great job of melding the two distinct styles. Each has an influence during the taste, with the oaky Belgian flavors winning out into the finish. There is so much going on that this is almost a little busy, but I anticipated each taste to tease out the flavors. An idiosyncratic blended strong ale that is a excellent sipper on a cold winter evening. Nice change of pace from the more typical American heavy malt strong ale. A nice anniversary ale from a solid, always great brewery.

Dec 21, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown color, thin tan head, nice lacing
S: not much nose. I get bourbon
T: very complex, bourbon, dark fruits
F: full bodied, huge mouthfeel
O: very nice sipper

Dec 15, 2019
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a fancy canister that was impressive with pictures of wheat and hops on it. A canister I would expect from a more expensive beer (this ran me about $20). Poured out into a snifter opaque brown with a small and fast dissolving tan head. Smell really bites my nose with a deep leathery bourbon and cherry scent. Taste is similar, dark fruits, cherries, smokiness. But there is a lot going on here given that it’s a blend of eight different beers In varying amounts. I think it’s too many layers, like playing several dissonant jazz chords at the same time. Perhaps I just like my beer simpler. Not a bad experiment, but it seems like an experiment, rather than a perfected recipe.

Dec 02, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, blood-red mahogany body with a one-finger thick head, creamy and lasting. Spicy rye aroma blended with some red wine notes; raw white oak. Subdued notes of chocolate, rye, and sherry; some bitter char; vanilla. Soft and velvety mouthfeel; heavy in one regard, light and airy in another; warm and vinous.

This is an incredible blended ale, bringing some nice surprises as the beer opens up in the glass. This is one fine anniversary offering, big yet very approachable, very flavorful with many unique and complementary character elements. A true delight.

Nov 29, 2019
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BKotch from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very reminiscent of their Grand Cru. The GC scored a little higher on aroma but otherwise almost identical. The barrel character paradoxically because it's fairly subtle, my personal preference.

Nov 21, 2019
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Danieljm from Missouri

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

Pours like a dark stout, almost thick, with surprising level of carbonation leading to a head which stays consistent but as the beer rests and the head leaves, the beer takes on a reddish hue with nice lacing in the glass.

The aroma is very complex with chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wine, sweetness. The mouthfeel does not seem as thick as the pour, but similar to other aged barrel aged beers.

The taste is as complex as the label, and the aroma. As the beer moves around the tongue picking up malts, bourbon, oak, wine, ports with some definite sherry notes. Chill this beer a bit and as it warms it warms other smells, and taste emerge. Even with the high APV, no real alchol taste.

This is a fun beer which leads to great conversations. Overall a very good to excellent beer. Going to put a bottle in my cellar (maybe 2). This is a beer which can get better with age.

Nov 10, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Boulevard is a synonym for ‘underrated’ in the beer world. Their tap room is awesome, too. 750ML C&C bottle split with the wife.

The pour is very dark & very spritzy with a nose that’s fruity, oaky, & overwhelmingly sweet.

Boulevard 30th Anniversary is an impressive milestone, but the beer doesn’t hold up to the event. It’s sweet. It’s muddled; I love port & couldn’t have told you port barrels were involved. Maltish. Little bourbon. Terrifically overcarbonated, which seems odd in a blend, & chunks up the experience further. Four ounces would have been plenty.

Disappointed. Not a good effort from a great brewery for a big anniversary. Not very good.

Nov 09, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16 oz mason jar draft from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 10-29-19 for $8.00.

Beer poured a burgundy brown with a pretty good off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has notes of plums and currants, vanilla and bourbon - very nice.

Taste is similar to the sibling Firestone Walker anniversary ales over the years with the stouts and barrel aging. Mild roasted malts meld with the figs and currants. Vanilla and Bourbon join the party and combine nicely. Finish is a tad sweet but the bourbon offsets a lot of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very nicely blended brew, very tasty. Glad i got to try it!

Nov 05, 2019
30th Anniversary Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 73 ratings