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Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

We finally got in our shipment of this years Bourbon Barrel Quad from Boulevard. You probably missed it the last time it arrived since we might have drank most of it ourselves. Sorry but it was that good. Well, this year we ordered a bit more and a few of you might be lucky enough to get some before we drink it all.

Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

Deschutes Abyss

Deschutes Abyss 2011

The Denver Westward lists Deschutes Abyss as one of ten beer that "Will make you a man...If they don't kill you first."  Well our mostly female staff would argue about whether that actually makes you tougher or not but the fact remains that this stout is big, bold and amazing.

A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

This beer would keep for years but I don't think that it will last that long at The Bayou


New(ish) Lagunitas Beers

Ok, it's confession time. We actually received these beers several weeks ago but it was right when we received all our holiday beers as well. They have been available to those in the know (aka those watching the website) and we have been secretly drinking quite a few ourselves. Well, it's time to let the cat out of the bag and share these fine beers with everyone.

Lagunitas Doppel Weizen

A very limited beer which has only been brewed this one time. At 9% ABV this classic German-Style Doppel Weizen has a classic spicy and banana flavor filled with big malt and alcohol.

Currently scoring 96 points on

It doesn't look like they are brewing it again this upcoming season so this is your one chance to try this beer for the foreseeable future.


Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild

Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale.... Lots of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Complexity & and Fermented with A Belgian Yeast strain leaving it Huge in Flavor and Satisfaction.

Despite the name, this is actually not a wild fermented beer. That said, it is a fantastic belgian golden ale very similar to duvel or westmalle tripel.

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