Sugarwood Baklava
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #17
Ranked #3,956
4.22 | pDev: 9.48%
Sunday at 09:29 PM
Nov 07, 2021
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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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Sunday at 09:29 PM
4.22 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Sunday at 06:47 PM
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4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

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

Saturday at 05:54 AM
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

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.

Friday at 08:55 PM
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

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
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 16, 2022
4.63 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Jan 11, 2022
4.21 by Bandi from New York on Jan 10, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by metter98 from New York

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
3.18 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 09, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by backblast from Alaska

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
4.24 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 08, 2022
4.45 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2022
3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Jan 07, 2022
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4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by scotorum from Massachusetts


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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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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
4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2022
4.06 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2022
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2.51/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Irish_Lush

Pours like molasses, an incredibly thick medium-light brown. Smells like a desert. It's 14.2%, and you can taste it. This is personal preference, but I don't want to sip beer. I want to drink it. The sweet baklava flavor doesn't mesh well with the natural bitterness of the high ABV. I can taste it was made with quality ingredients, but I found the taste revolting.

Jan 02, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

It pours very dark brown like root beer syrup with a scant, pale khaki head that hangs out. It appears almost still.

Strong maple on the nose and quite sweet. Behind the maple there a bit of pecan pie nuttiness along with some caramel, molasses, pretty faint bourbon. It all kinda comes together as a sweet pastry smell that is quite pleasing.

The taste is an onslaught, nothing subtle here. Sweet maple syrup, the whole pecan pie suite of flavors, just a hint of bourbon under it all. There's some dark fruit maybe dried cherries. The sweetness heads toward brown sugar and what's reminding me of butterscotch, so it kinda lands on honeylike, but not quite there in my opinion.

Thick and rich, kind of creamy feeling, not highly carbonated, the sweetness is a bit sticky but not cloying. Eventually that 14% starts bringing some warmth.

I do like the overall effect. Nit picking, it misses the baklava target by a smidge. This a very good dessert style beer, heavy on the dessert. The flavor is absolutely huge and the alcohol is simply covered up. Definitely one to have as a rare treat when you don't care about calories.

Dec 31, 2021
4.39 by Avitra from Switzerland on Dec 31, 2021
3.9 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 27, 2021
4.6 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2021
4.4 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TBoneJones from Texas

Looks a deep brown with a small creamy head.
Aroma is wine/like to me, with some nutty and whisky notes.
Taste is terrific dessert beer with a kick well-done: molasses, candied maple syrup/ malts, sweet pecan notes, even some cherry/ pleasantly medicinal fruit hints in the finish. Delicious.
Feel is medium to lighter-bodied with very little carbonation, but with a more smooth and chewy finish.
I believe this bottle was under 5 dollars which makes this a great value given the contents. Sweet and complex.

Dec 24, 2021
4.33 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Dec 24, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Definitely like this better than Stuff of Legend the brown ale base is perfect full of slight caramel soaked bourbon, some butterscotch candies and a smooth woody and nutty flavored finish. A sure fire sipper meant to be sipped slowly but its one of the better 14% beers I have had as of late. Try it!

Dec 23, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Built around the Greek pastry, Boulevard puts a unique twist on the recipe with the use of maple and bourbon barrels. Its a delicious flavor experience and the brown ale underneath never saw this coming.

Deep brown and unleashing a frothy light tan cap, Sugarwood Baklava grabs the senses of smell with a toasty, roasty-sweet aroma of honey, pastry, caramel, maple, pecan and praline. Nutty, savory and robust, the scent soon translates to a sticky-sweet taste of honey, caramel, toffee and maple in a deep praline savory sweetness to start.

As the flavors open up on the middle palate, the sweetness is persistent while the candied nuttiness of pecan, walnut and the softness of cashew offer a nutty and savory taste. With a spicy balance, the maple wraps around the bourbon nuances of caramel, coconut, vanilla and charred oak for a roastier finish. Firm bitterness rises in the late palate for an offset of sweetness that helps with drinkability.

Full, robust and rounded, the beer is off-cloying and spicy with alcohol vapor. Tingling the tongue and numbing to the throat, the strong ale finishes on the sweeter side of bittersweet with a linger of butterscotch and coffee.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by mattpressley

I am a HUGE fan of Boulevard Brewing. My favorite beer of all time is The Sixth Glass easily. I went to Total Wine tonight and bought this and Magic Drip immediately because I was so excited to see Seasonals in my area (Durham, NC). I preferred this smell as well as the syrupy mouthfeel to Magic Drip undoubtedly. It's quite a bit sugary but I can't think of another IPA, Belgian, Stout, or Bourbon Barrel that would easily beat it. This beer has to be in the top 1% of beers that exist at the moment, so I'm giving it a 5 overall. Unless you hate pancakes and syrup, you should try this.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

... was going to refrain from reviewing (member below me nailed it so much better than i could)... .but dag, this one's starting to grow on me, as i finish the final pour of the introductory vessel into my gentleman's snifter...

Not so much a billowy head on the pour, but it does form some lingering gurgles around the rim of the fill line. Color a muddy brown.

First thing that hit me in the sniffers is, graham crackers! (previous reviewer more astutely affirmed butterscotch.) Deep, sweet, you know this is gonna be a slow sipper.

And the taste corroborates that - sweet maple fudge, graham crackers, yes that butterscotch, but just enough of a hoppy/coffee bitterness to keep it complex. Any barrel notes are subtle.

And as usual, Blvd product in these series packs a wallop to the vital signs. Moderation in all things. I can't fathom having another right now. Uno, and dune-o.

Now.... if i had a cabin in the woods... this baby would be in the stash!

... now i'm cradling the snifter in my hand, warming it like a cognac...

Dec 20, 2021
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Dec 18, 2021
4.42 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Dec 18, 2021
4.36 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Dec 17, 2021
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 12, 2021
3.98 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Dec 06, 2021
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the rear label: "PLEASE ENJOY BY: 18OCT2023 B L101821 09:10"

Appearance: It has a dark brown body that appears mostly black except for the edges. There is a short creamy textured head that is a light tan color. It has pretty good head retention but no lacing.

Aroma: An interesting mixture of butterscotch and caramel hits the nose first. This is followed by the aroma of high-proof alcohol. There are notes of toffee in there as well. The alcohol aroma is strong and drowns out a lot of the other aromas that are fighting to peek through.

Taste: Up front there is a strong mixture of caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. Towards the middle it tastes a lot like a Werther's Original. The beer has the flavor quality of a liqueur. There is a sugary sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied with a nice chewy quality. The mouthfeel holds up extraordinarily well considering the label advertised "14.2% ALC/VOL." There is a very slight stickiness to the beer but it seems to help cling to the palate.

Overall: The beer is called "SUGARWOOD BAKLAVA" indicating that it is attempting to replicate the flavor profiles of a baklava. It doesn't really accomplish this, although the flavors are nice. The label also states that it is a "BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL BROWN ALE WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND PECAN FLAVOR." The barrel character doesn't come through on this beer and that could be due to the strong flavor components. The beer doesn't have a maple syrup or pecan flavor either, which is strange, because it has a very strong mixture of toffee, caramel, and butterscotch. The beer definitely tastes good but it doesn't seem to reflect what the brewer intended. I would definitely drink it again and I would recommend it as well, but only if you are looking for something that tastes like a Werther's Original. This would make a great dessert beer.

Dec 04, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid ale pours a muddy mahogany
with a nice head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer,
and shows off some nice light lacing. Nose of roasted pecans, cocoa,
vanilla, mellow whiskey, and dark roasted malts with rich maple notes.
Flavors nail it with dark brown sugar, bourbon, rich pecan, subtle dark
fruit notes, vanilla, rich but not overly cloying maple, and roasted malt
goodness. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, rich, coating, warm,
medium light carbonation, and a lightly dry sweet finish.

Overall---a great brown done right!


Dec 03, 2021
4.53 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Nov 30, 2021
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 28, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Dark and clear brown body; one-finger thick head, tan and lasting. Big brown sugar sweetness to the nose; caramel and tobacco. Huge earthy sweetness to the taste; maple syrup and brown sugar; roasted grains well-hidden in the background; subliminal nuttiness; bourbon presence rounds things out and lasts long into the finish. Heavy body; dense and velvety; big residual sugar presence; moderate to heavy alcohol warmth permeates the mouthfeel.

I've recently knocked a brown ale for being a bit too sweet, yet this one also has a strong sweetness to it. The difference, in my view, is the offsetting qualities of the roasted malts and barrel-aging (I'm assuming bourbon, or at least some sort of whiskey) and the pecan presence. This is done rightly because the flavors are more layered and notable as opposed to just a simple overall sweetness. Yipper, this one is a fine one...

Poured at 46.4 ℉; PLEASE ENJOY BY 18OCT2023

Nov 27, 2021
Sugarwood Baklava from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 49 ratings