First taste...Sixth Glass...
A Review of the Sixth Glass by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Posted on 10/18/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
During our wanderings of the World Beer Fest grounds recently, out of the corner of my eye a somewhat familiar name hanging in a booth caught my attention. Boulevard Brewing Company. Now I will be the first to admit that I don't have a lot of experience with them, but the couple of encounters I have had with their offerings have always impressed me. Their Single-Wide I.P.A. was a winner when I grabbed a bottle of it for a party once. I got their Seeyoulator Doppelbock for my co-founder as a gift, and based on his ravings about it, it seemed to be a winner as well. After it registered with me where I knew their name from, I gladly hopped in line to grab a sample. The sample that called my name and to which I answered? The Sixth Glass Quadruple Ale.

As soon as it was handed to me, I was instantly impressed. It had a look to it that would cause one to think they were holding a brown ale in their hand. The color was a reddish-brown, bordering on mahogany, and on top sat a nice, heavy looking tan head that thinned out after a while, but remained present for most of the pour. The more notable aromas that I noticed were general dark fruits, with plums popping into my mind more than anything else, along with some caramel malts, and even some notes of pepper. I will be the first to admit that this was one of the few offerings at the World Beer Fest that I had to actually had to tell myself ''Ok, stop smelling and looking at it and drink the freaking thing!''.

Once I finally got to that point, it was quite rewarding. There was an instant sweet blast upfront, as one would expect from any good quad. It came through more in a fruity sweetness, rather than a caramel or sugar one. Again, the plum flavor was present, but some dark raisins and even some fig notes came through in spots. Then about halfway through, the malty layer came into play. It started out as more of a toasted bread flavor, but then somehow turned back to a sweet side that fell into the light caramel category for me. And at the very end, there was just a bit of an alcohol taste that popped through to remind you that you were indeed drinking a 10.5% quad.

I could really go into some deep details about who I could or couldn't recommend The Sixth Glass to, but I'd rather not. Sometimes simple is better. To those who are new to the better beer world, stay away. This one is far too big and complex for you. You need to be far removed from your training wheel days before you try to ride this one. But for the more experienced drinkers out there, I say this is a ''seek and find'' offering. It is complex, balanced, delicious, and a real treat. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one from Boulevard Brewing Company. How glad? Let's just say there are now three bottles of The Sixth Glass at my home now. And one of those is about to get opened. Be jealous.

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