Sugarwood Baklava
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #14
ABV:
14.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,904
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
38
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 23, 2022
Added:
Nov 07, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  5
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Sugarwood BaklavaSugarwood Baklava
Notes: “Northeast meets middle east by way of Kentucky."

We recently discovered a recipe for Maple Bourbon Baklava, and after countless attempts at buttering phyllo, we decided to scrap the pastry and make it a beer instead. Big maple and bourbon aroma support the rich powerhouse combination of pecan, whiskey, and sweet honey malt flavors. All of the sensory experience of decadent baklava, minus the sticky fingers.
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Rated: 4.19 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Dec 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with the faintest penetration when held up to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around three quarters of the rim. The aroma is of maple syrup and pecans. I’m tasting maple syrup, pecans, vanilla, and bourbon. The mouth is thick, sticky, and chewy.
Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle marked Enjoy By 18OCT2023.
Poured down the middle of a pair of Firestone Walker taster snifters. It’s deep dark brown, offers no head, just an oily ring on the top.
Smells like Aunt Jemimah’s apron. In a good way. Or maybe Vermont. I get pecan pie memories too. Jack Daniel is trying to make his way in.,. he’s there, barely.
Taste is almost overwhelmingly sweet - assertive maple syrup, big booze blast, praline pecans, some distant chocolate something or another, and quite delicious.
Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. The sweetness lingers almost too long. No carbonation.
Overall - a dessert monster that deserves to be shared, sipped and savored.
Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Antnego from North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This one pours an opaque brown with no lacing or head. The smell is that of maple syrup, honey and candied pecans. Absolutely one of the best-smelling beers I’ve tried. On the palate, there’s an explosion of honey, vanilla, maple and booziness, it’s heavenly. The mouthfeel is silky and syrupy. Overall, a bucket-list beer.
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
I got a 4pck of this beer from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had maple sugar and pastry flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to sip. There was maple syrup, hints of chocolate and vanilla and some booze. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by sicilian from Florida

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
OK, moving along from the stout now staining my waste pipes, we hope here is something better in a 12 oz. bottle.

Suitably dark with a touch of crimson around the edges, the beer offers up aromas of sweet syrup, nuts, & a breath of bourbon from six feet.

Sugarwood Baklava reminds me of a friend from my youth whose mom always used to make baklava & in my foolishness, I always refused it. Ah, memories. Big maple hit up front mixed with a slurry of acorn paste before the beer slides into brown sugar, sly bourbon, & alcohol that shows only in the brain pan & scarce at all on the palate. The finish is all sweet & sugary. This limits the drinkability but supports my serious sugar-junkie-palate.

Gimme some blood sugar drugs & hook me up to this bad boy. Boulevard rarely misses; this isn’t the pinnacle of their accomplishments but it’s a very good beer.
Apr 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
well i saw this and thought it looked delicious. i love baklava, i wonder if i'll like this beer. purchased for under $10 from my favorite singles store. this says to enjoy by 2023, but this brown ale is getting drunk now. poured it out into a snifter and oh boy it looked like golden maple syrup pouring out into the glass. moderate head of dark tan bubbles up for about a half minute before dissipating into a ring. the artwork on the bottle is not very artistic, but perhaps there's some flavor locked inside. let's see now. oh my freaking god this smells like the thickest darkest maple syrup soaking into some crispy golden waffles. i love it. top marks for scent. and oh my god! this taste is awesome! it tastes just like the nose, like my waffle has been soaking in the syrup and i bite into it for a sweet thick rich maple flavor explosion. heavy on the maple. notes of toffee, butterscotch, nuts, and molasses in there too but it's a blend of the best baklava sticky sweetness. i've had another beer like this - hoppin frog "morning after den haag" which was pretty similar. i'm not sure which is my favorite, as this one is pretty damn tasty. mouthfeel is bubblier than i would expect, and rather thick as i would expect. overall, i think this is a perfect dessert beer, drink it instead of dessert, or it could easily be a breakfast beer. at 14.2% abv it's got some muscle to it so let's get gussied up and take this one to our favorite waitress marge at the best diner in town, who will serve you up the best hot griddle delights with the most authentic thick syrup you'll have this side of vermont.
Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by archero from Texas

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2022-02-24
12oz bottle served in a plastic hotel cup. "Enjoy By 18OCT2023"

Pours a murky dark brown. Small to no head, little to no visible carbonation. Smell is boozy, buttery, nuts, and sweetness.

Taste is sweet and very boozy, nutmeg, nutty, cacao.

Mouthfeel is thickish, a little gritty. Overall, it's interesting and pretty good.
Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 18, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Satan_Presides from New York

2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
This was in the top 3 best SMELLING beers I've ever had. It had a nice mouthfeel as well and poured nicely with a decent head. You could smell it from halfway across the room. The taste was horrendous, with way too much whiskey coming through, followed by a thick, cloyingly sweet brown-sugar-maple-syrup flavor that nearly made me choke. The flavor was POWERFUL but not enjoyable. The high alcohol content could be considered a redeeming quality, but I defy you to drink more than one of these and not immediately be put into hibernation like a bear. Overall, I thought it tasted gross and it wasn't at all enjoyable to drink.
Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a single 12oz bottle $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
622 days before best by date
Smell of cookie butter
Dark black color
Heavy, thick coating mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste is sweet, maple, brown sugar, pecan pie flavor, alcohol is there but not overwhelming especially for the high ABV, bourbon aftertaste but the sweetness hides much of t he bourbon flavors.
Overall it is good dessert beer, but not balanced enough as the bourbon is buried under all that sweetness.
Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Dedoc0001

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
A very interesting beer. It smells absolutely amazing. The taste and feel was just not for me. Extremely syrupy and just not a flavor that I found myself fond of. I can definitely see why people like it, but its just not for me.
Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour with thin tan colored lacing and very little carbonation.

S - Bourbon/whiskey, sweet malt,sweet maple pecan, and alcohol presence. Overall aroma has a dry, boozy sweetness.

T - Toasted brown sugar, pecans, maple, Bourbon/whiskey, pecans, maple, oak, and finishes with a lingering sweet pecan maple flavor with a pronounced alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied that's silky with warming in the back of the throat from the alcohol. Dry on the back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth waters.

O - This really is a fantastic barrel aged beer and recommended.
Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by 10/18/23

I’m all in on Boulevard lately since I tried Magic Drip. That’s one hell of a bang for your buck. This one sounds very interesting, a pastry brown ale inspired by baklava. I have genuinely no idea how those flavors will translate to a beer, but I’m excited to find out

Pours an opaque chestnut brown with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Oh wow, there’s a decent amount of different notes going on in the aroma, but it remains quite balanced. I’m picking up on aromas of pie crust, sweet maple, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, graham cracker, candied pecan, bourbon, light honey, and toasted oak

This is very sweet in taste, but it saves itself from being cloying due to sheer uniqueness. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting sweet honey, toasted oak, pecan, baklava crust, brown sugar, black cherry, and sweeter bourbon. The swallow brings notes of dark roast coffee, sticky maple, bourbon, brown sugar, toasted coconut, candied pecan, and caramel

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a hot yet slick beer. Finishes off dry with a slight spice and alcoholic heat, which actually works nicely in this case

Well it's not the lightning in a bottle that Magic Drip is, but this is one hell of a fun beer. Unique for sure, and quite tasty at that. Maybe I'll pick up another to see how it ages, might be interesting given the adjuncts used
Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one had a very smooth and almost creamy taste to it. The alcohol was there but for being 14.2 ABV it was not overpowering or dominate. It was however too sweet and I'm not sure I could have had more than one.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Enjoy by 10/18/23. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown; small light khaki head that fades quickly leaving okay retention and little lacing.

The aromas have a decent amount of pie crust and flaky pastry. Lots of vanilla and caramel along with some hazelnut. The bourbon is subtle but noticeable in the aroma department. Malts are there.

The flavors are incredible. They follow the nose perfectly. More pie crust. Lots of sticky caramel along with some pecans. More vanilla. Lots of maple syrup as well. Some chocolate and cocoa. Some coconut. More hazelnut. Some buttered popcorn in the mix. The bourbon isn't shy while blending well and accentuating everything. Low bitterness. It's sweet, but it's definitely cloyingly sweet or over the top. Strong malt backbone. Finishes slightly warm, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden considering the ABV. Even though it drinks like an obvious big brew, I'd still consider this one dangerously drinkable since it's so tasty.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with low carbonation. It's fluffy, slick, sticky and smooth.

I'm honestly blown away by this beer. I absolutely love the aromas and flavors. It has a really nice baklava vibe going on. It's pretty unique as well. Boulevard has always made some great barrel-aged beers, but this one is easily my favorite. This truly might be one of the best barrel-aged beers that I've ever had, flavor wise. Awesome stuff. Highly recommended. I really love this. This is a MUST try!
Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.63 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Bandi from New York

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of honey and nuts are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a bit sweet with additional notes of maple.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job at showcasing the different flavors in the taste. It also does an exceptional job at hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can
Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.18 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a very dark, almost blackish, ruby red with a very thin head.

Tasted the sweet malts and pecans up front followed by the maple syrup and barrel influences. Has a nice dryness to it and was very enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden, be careful.
Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Jan 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
BOULEVARD SUGARWOOD BAKLAVA BA IMPERIAL BROWN ALE 1/6/22

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip.

a: Opaque black with clear ruby in the bottom. With a finger thick offwhite head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and no lacing.

s: Alcohol and maple-vanilla..

t: A sort of toffee flavor from the maple/pecan combo, with moderate to heavy alcohol bite and a semi-sweet finish.

m: hefty medium with great body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A wonderfully tasty barrel-aged imperial brown with an ABV similar to the now discontinued heavy-hitting Founders DKML. A new favorite among several from Boulevard!
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottled October 18th 2021 with a 2 year enjoy by date.

It pours a black cola colour with a steady finger of tan foam.

Smell is cocoa sweet, some spice, roasted malt, no detectable bitterness. Fairly large aromas of Bourbon.

The taste is super sweet, cocoa, milk chocolate, some vanilla, no bitterness, little spice if any. Good amount of heat from the abv, Bourbon grows on me.

Fullish body.

Nice beer after sipping on hop bombs, for sure.
Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2022
Sugarwood Baklava from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 72 ratings