Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good.
Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel.
Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. That’s ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. There’s again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupel’s fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity.
Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. It’s not the same, but there’s clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, it’s about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable!
Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!
It doesn’t take some anonymous online blogger to prove to you that Boulevard Smokestack beers are the Bomb. It take you trying them, and finding out these truths for yourself. I recommend this beer. Just don’t plan on going anywhere if you drink the whole bottle to yourself!