Bourbon Beer…OM NOM NOM

Watching Top Gear, drinking beer, and mulling over the next homebrew with my brewing buddy. Things don’t get a whole lot better than that.

 

I don’t understand bottle counts when the numbers go above 10,000. Or for those who are nerdier, “IT’S OVER 9000!!!!!”

Description: Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases, as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting ale retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

Beer: Bourbon Barrel Quad

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 11.8%

Location: Kansas City, MO

Appearance: Cloudy brown with some red highlights. Varying amounts of head, but I would say 1.5 fingers with a normal pour.

Aroma: Smells a little tart, with huge notes of bourbon and oak coming through afterwards. Also dark cherries and raisins, but you really need to look for those ones.

Taste: Much less tart than the smell would make you think, with cherries, some sweet malts, and huge wood presence with a fair dose of bourbon. This is a great flavor profile for a winter beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a little sticky, but I can only expect so much out of such a thick and alcoholic beer.

Drinkability: I could definitely finish a growler in an hour and change. The only issue would be that I would be in no condition to drink another beer afterwards.

Beer Advocate Grade: A (93)

My Grade: A

 

Note: the homebrew that has been decided is a wheat session beer. Loosely based on Three Floyds Gumballhead.

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