Boulevard Brewing Co. Smokestack Series Bourbon Barrel Quad – Abt / Quadrupel at 11.8% ABV | 26 IBU

Boulevard Brewing Co. Smokestack Series Bourbon Barrel Quad Abt / Quadrupel at 11.8% ABV | 26 IBU (C$18.99 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 750 ml, packaged on 27-Aug-2014, best before 1-Aug-2016, acquired 20-Apr-2015, reviewed 2-Oct-2018)

Appearance: clear brown with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim and ring, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel and toffee, cherries, nuts, bourbon, vanilla. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, medium duration mildly warming finish. (4/5)

This thing’s over four years old, so I figured it was either time to drink it, or enrol it in school. I understand it’s loosely based on _The Sixth Glass_, a slightly younger version of which I had a few months ago, and the similarities are definitely apparent. Like its progenitor, this has a tempered sweetness and low presence for its high ABV. There’s definitely some bourbon barrel notes added into the mix, but I’m also clearly getting the cherries they use to replace the angel’s share. All in all, a pleasantly complex sipper. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze

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