From The Cellar: Boulevard The Sixth Glass

In Cellared Beer Reviews by Ryan

Boulevard The Sixth Glass: it’s really good fresh but it’s even better after a few years in the cellar.

IMAG4897We’ve had a well-established relationship with the Boulevard Smokestack Series, having been wowed in the past by both fresh and aged bottles of the Bourbon Barrel Quad and Rye-On-Rye and a fresh bottle of this very beer, The Sixth Glass. We’ve had some hiccups too, most notably the Saison Brett. But for the most part the Smokestack Series hasn’t disappointed — and a four-year old pour of The Sixth Glass would prove to be no different.

Pouring out a reflective ruby-red in color with a creamy, pillow-y egg white head a four-year old pour of Boulevard The Sixth glass gives off a nose of alcohol, rum soaked raisins and cinnamon. In fact, the aromas remind me a lot of Glögg, a mulled wine made with the likes of red wine, port, brandy, fruit, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves — at least that’s how I make it.

A mix of cocoa powder, plums, red cherries, dates and red pepper flake strike the palate creating a blend of rich, sweet and spicy flavors. Surprisingly the nearly five years in the cellar hasn’t made the alcohol back off much. It’s still abrasive with a warming burn hunkering down in your chest, building with each sip.

The best by date on this bottle was 3/13 but clearly it held up well beyond that and could certainly be cellared for even longer.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.