30th Anniversary Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

30th Anniversary Ale30th Anniversary Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #61
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,098
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
34
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
One-off
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Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
30th Anniversary Ale30th Anniversary Ale
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: 14 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Korbynlehr:
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Superb beer. Boulevard hit the mark with their 30th anniversary beer. The ABV is hardly evident, but could hit at any point. Caramel hints over the chocolate overtones. GREAT beer.

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Photo of dubnation
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you turn thirty, you've earned the right to be particular, to be selective, to be downright picky. So to celebrate their thirty year anniversary, the brewers of Boulevard select careful proportions of eight different barrel aged beers for their blended celebratory elixir.

Simply but aptly called 30th Anniversary Ale the very dark and tawny brown, seeming black beer builds a dainty whipped mouse while its scent swoons the nose with a host of dark sugars, coffee, nuttiness, earth, dark fruit and spice much like their classic stouts. But its the sweetness that seduces the tastebuds first with the savory maltiness of caramel, brown sugar and light molasses.

The sweetness is stews on the middle palate while an overcast of charred grains threaten to steal the show. Dark roasted coffee, walnut and bittersweet chocolate coat the tastebuds and saturate them with a plethora of savory maltiness. As the sweetness extends toward finish, the nuances of date, fig and red grape bring a vinous fruitiness to the palate with a follow of light fennel. Nuttiness, caramel, vanilla and peppery spice come from the blended whisky, fortified wine and bourbon barrels with its own spirited peppery, bitter and woodsy balance.

Full bodied and pleasantly chewy, the nougat-like textures of the beer is tempered by the barrel spices and a sharp and woodsy char of grain. A mild campfire linger of grilled fruit and coffee extend long and lean on the after palate. There's something about the spice of off-bourbon whiskies and wine that offer an agressive offset to residual sweetness that works perfectly in this after dinner digestive of a beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of WilliamD
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Priper 67678717-1187

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/26/19; drank 10/28/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a HUGE tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Red wine, cream, fresh earth, clove & root beer notes in the nose. An odd amalgam.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Red wine, root beer, dry oak, clove & booze heat flavors; this is a mess.

The different beers don't meld at all; it tastes more like a careless cuvee at the end of a beer share. Permanent pass for me!

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of MJSFS
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Niiice... Brilliant hybrid of a dark ale and stout, shit-ton of barrel influences legitimately add tons of character, with shifting notes of the various impressions... Body is medium-full, leaving a light shellac on the tongue; sweet with chocolaty flavors... Deeper dark fruit and molasses-notes weave throughout, with tannic notes keeping it from being too heavy... Moderate carbonation, lots of boozy barrel notes hovering over rich stout aromas... A classy brew, and a catch at $20...

7/26/19 bottling...

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard 30th Anniversary Ale, 12.5% ABV. Pours black, with a 3+ finger tan head that left no lacing. Nose is wine, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste follows, plus rye, slight to moderate bitterness. Coffee in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly over-carbonated and dry. Overall very good to excellent. Presumably they carefully selected the eight beers that went into this, but in the end I found it too complex - like taking your eight favorite foods - including deserts - mixing them together and expecting a miracle.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danieljm
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AGoodStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of kkarimi
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lures Bar & Grille. I love blended barrel-aged beers and this one delivers a big hit of bourbon with sweet warming rum. (Side note: I'm going to stick with my impression of rum even though I just read the full description and the barrels used include rye, bourbon, sherry, and port, but no rum.) The base beers (various versions of imperial stout and Belgian strong dark ale) deliver dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a trace of Belgian yeast esters. Complex, highly drinkable for 12.5% abv, and delicious.

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30th Anniversary Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 34 ratings