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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) by Boulevard Brewing Co.
11.80 % ABV

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Review by SAP on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
A solid but careful pour, still produces a four-finger thick, pale amber-cream colored head. The beer is a dark amber-brown color that shows a lightly hazed, bright cranberry red color. The aroma smells of fruit (berry, raisin, some prune, and a touch of cherry), clove notes, a touch of bubblegum esters, some caramelized grain and some toasted maltiness that reminds me of whole grain bread crust and biscuit malt. A deeper smell of the aroma yields a touch of coconut and maybe a hint of vanilla and a touch of spicy alcohol.

The taste has a certain sweetness to it, but is not overly sweet for the style. The chewy malt adds a certain savory character to the middle of the beer. The beer finishes with quite a bit of spiciness that seems to be a combination of higher alcohols, subtle oak, peppery carbonation, and spicy esters / phenols. These last seem to contribute notes of clove, a touch of pepper, fenugreek, and woody ginger. The finish has a touch of tartness to it that accentuates a touch of plum flavors; other fruit notes of berries and some notes of ripe raisin. As the beer warms it gets spicier (barrel influence here), and more hot from the alcohol in the finish. This has a nice browned / caramelized bread character to it as well as a flavor of brown sugar (without being sweet really) roasted biscuits. The lack of sweetness definitely contributes to the relatively "light" character that this beer achieves; definitely on the light side for the style, though still chewy enough to not be out of character and is actually quite nice.

Quite an interesting beer, the barrel character is very subtle all around, this actually isn't a bad thing; the flavor and aroma are definitely influenced by the barrel, but it is subtle enough that I might not have guessed it was here if I hadn't known before hand. This could perhaps use a bit more richness to the beer, but I do like the relatively dry quality that this beer has; it makes it a bit more savory than your typical Quad. When this doesn't get hot in the finish it tastes quite nice and tasty. Nice, but seems to lack something in both the flavor and aroma that would set it up to achieve the next level of flavor.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 01/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2008
Gorgeous dark crimson brown body capped tall with a billowing tannish yellow foam. The foam settles down nicely to a frothy, lofty amount of softly whipped cream always present. Lacing is hugely sheeted in a thick foamy casting across the goblet.

Aroma is twanged and tanged in a lambic-like loft of yeasty stuff that has black cherry, prunes, dates, and orange juice mixed with toffee and a pushy amount of oak barrel kick. Its tang mellows out as it warms and more of a dark toffee and vanilla seeps in and takes over.

Taste is quite tangy and twisted in fruity things; big orange peels, lemon rinds, then prunes and dark cherries make for a great mix. Twinged in well is a big oakyness followed by an enormously mellowing toffee and creamy finish that floats off into a mellowing warmth and some leftover tang of prune skins and dark orange pith. There's even a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, graham crackers, and chocolate floating around the corners. This has some pretty complex flavors going on and it's quite impressive.

Feel is lush and tangy with a favorable mellow mode thats easy to handle within its fairly full body and finish. The warmth is perfectly melded into the tang of itself and nothing seems overwhelming. This has all sorts of interesting complexities to it, especially as it warms.

This is one super fucking solid concoction by Boulevard! One healthy warming sipper for these cold weather days of Winter.

Price: $14.00 Served In: Goblet

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