Boulevard Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
My bottle of Boulevard Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) (11.8% alcohol by volume, 26 International Bittering Units) was bottled six months ago and is good for another year and a half. Boulevard ages their Quad - The Sixth Glass - in a series of bourbon barrels and then blends together beers of different ages with some aged up to three years. They add cherries to make up for the amount of beer lost through evaporation through the wood barrel. Removing the cap releases smells of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, spice, dried fruit, some dark brown bread, raisins, plum, pitted fruit, and fig. It pours bright, dark dense tea brown under a 1/2" cream to light tan collar with a very fine bead and fair retention. Small bubbles slowly rise to the top in continuous streams. The flavors start with bourbon, vanilla, dark sugar, spice, pitted fruit, and dark dried fruit. The sweetness is medium to medium high. The bitterness is medium low, The malt is medium, the yeast flavors are medium high and the barrel flavors are medium high. There is a little oak in the finish and some drying from the oak tannins. The beer is very creamy and mousse-like. The body is medium to a little above but it is light for the amount of flavor and alcohol in the beer. The beer produces pleasant alcohol warming but the alcohol is not hot or harsh. I rate this big, boozy beer 95.
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