Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Buebie:
4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Managed to snag a couple of these corked and caged bottles for $12.99 a piece.
I did two pours on this...call it an experiment if you will. One went into a tulip, the other into a full pint UK style glass.
Off a medium pour plenty of snap crackle pop head comes rushing towards the top of the glass. Looks like a Belgian head. I was expecting a dark chocolate brown color, but its a murky orange, non filtered.
Head retention is superb, not thin and not thick, but a good coating cap of retention that has now sat for almost 10 minutes while I let the beer warm a bit.
Lace left on the walls from where the head once sat has continued to stick in place leaving a thick coating.
Aroma at first was more beer in smell, with some mild malts and sweetness.
Chocolate at the nose is increasingly impressive. Its not the harsh coffee/ bitter chocolate grain aroma that I was expecting. I thought it would be a combo of RIS-Porter. But this is something else entirely. Its a desert chocolate...Sweat, bit of nuttiness, like a sweat nibs with unfermented sugars mostly.
As it warms this aroma continues to pour through, almost becoming more strong.
Terrific chocolate aroma, better then any other chocolate beer that comes to mind.
With a strong swirl mild earthy hop aroma comes around as does more cereal grains and shelled peanuts.
Taste seems to contain mild Belgian like flavors as well. Mainly from its crisp well carbonated mouthfeel and largely bready flavors. Although its an ale, So I'm confused one the yeast here, as its very carb forward.
As it warmed to nearly room temp, the crisp carbed mouthfeel seemed to drop back quite a bit. Resembling a much more slick and fuller feeling brew. Lactose?
It does begin sweet though, accelerating to a dryer more bitter taste, quite the transition from sweet desert, to dry slightly puckering and almost tart flavors.
Chocolate throughout though, allot of great nib flavor. Its not dark chocolate and its not milk chocolate, its that fine line in between, although resembling a unsweetened bakers chocolate on the finish. No heat or alcohol detected at any point from cold out of the fridge, to warmed to room temp. Very impressive.
This is quite the brew. I'm very impressed and would highly advise in seeking this out before it is all gone until next year.
I am going to hang onto the 2nd bottle and see what some age can do.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2011 02:20:30 | More by Buebie
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2.63/5 rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
A: It's an interesting beer right off the bat. The body of the beer is a very hazy orange light brown color, with a fairly light eggshell white head.It has an enormous amount of carbonation, and I want to emphasize the importance of a careful pour with this one. The head is ridiculously huge. I had a bit of a gusher, but I eventually got it settled down. Aside from the foam fountain, the beer really is fantastic looking!
S: I get some spice on the nose. It's a bit hard to place, it is just very spicy. It's a bit of a conundrum, because the beer smells quite wonderful but I get absolutely no smell of chocolate! The beer says "Chocolate Ale" which leads me to believe there is chocolate in this. I get zero chocolate aroma. I suppose I will just go on to describe this wonderful spicy aroma. It's slightly peppery, and smells a bit like crushed salad greens. I am rating this beer as outstanding because it is quite wonderful, but I want to make a public declaration that this smells nothing of chocolate. As the beer warms up, the scent of alcohol begins to voyeur. This beer is leading a double life. It is quite good smelling but for all the wrong reasons! I feel that perhaps I have received a beer that was mislabeled or bottled incorrectly? In the grand scheme of things it still smells outstanding...just no chocolate...
T: Very uneventful in the taste department. I get some alcohol and a tad of caramel. Where is this mythological chocolate that the label claims?! For shame!
M: Admittedly it is hard to focus on something as simple as the mouthfeel when I am cheated at taste. It's fine. I'll rate it "okay" because I am quick to move on with this beer. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
O: No chocolate. That should be enough to deter any drinker with the literary aptitude to read a bottle. I can't say in good conscience that it is a horrible beer, but it is quite poor. I feel that my expectations have been ransacked; that I've been bamboozled! How could a beer boast the proclamation of chocolate and stand with nothing to offer? For those who live in the world of summation and "buzz-words," where is the chocolate???
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 00:08:06 | More by teromous
3.4/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750ml brown glass bottle with attractively understated label and branded red hood-and-silver-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local TX bottle shop many weeks ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some beers I really adore. 9.10% ABV per the label. "Batch Number/Best by Date: CH13354-1 09-2014." Cost was $10.99 USD. Reviewed as a flavored ale.
Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion and an even albeit slightly thin consistency. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is rather good for the high ABV - about 5-6 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent transparent gold of good vibrance and excellent clarity. Quite clean; no floating yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears well-carbonated.
Overall, it's looking pretty good, but admittedly isn't quite what I expected given it's a chocolate ale. I'm looking forward to the first sip.
Sm: Caramel, nutty notes, brown malts, and malty sweetness. Chocolate? Sure, but it's not quite what you'd expect. This isn't the dark chocolate or milk chocolate character you'd find in a stout. It's more like a natural raw cacao character, and evokes crumbly dusty bricks of chocolate. Truffle too. Hazelnut. Cream.
No hop charactr, alcohol, or yeast character is detectable.
I admit, at first I was a bit put off. There's something vaguely artificial about it and the chocolate aromatics are pretty arresting if you're expecting a stout-like chocolate character. But I find myself coming around to it the more I take it in.
It's a very soft approachable aroma, and I find it inviting. A pleasant mellow aroma of mild strength.
T/Mf: It's got a comforting, soft texture to it. Supple and giving. Smooth and wet. Comforting and refreshing, even soothing. Well-carbonated. Has a medium body and an apt thickness. Nicely creamy.
Not oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
The chocolate notes do evoke that crumbly dusty powdery feel of raw natural cacao. Brown malts fill out the body nicely. Caramel. Faint hazelnut. There is some vague fruitiness, but I lack the palate to place it. (Forgive me). I don't pick up on any yeasty character, hop character, or overt alcohol.
It's a well balanced flavour profile, and has a nice cohesion. Not quite gestalt. Nuanced, sure. I've never experienced this particular kind of of chocolate character in a beer (at least that I can remember). Not the most intricate or complex brew, but it boasts some nice subtlety. I do like it, but the one-two punch of brown malt and crumbly chocolate takes some adjusting to.
One could make the argument that it's a bit too sweet, but I find the sweetness to be kind of apt.
Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV nicely. I'll finish the bottle with relative ease, though I doubt I'd want more than one bottle in the same night. It's not Boulevard's finest work, but it's a near-unique brew with a lot of interesting atypical chocolate character to offer. Whether or not you like it, I think it's worth trying just to see one shade of what chocolate can be. I'm not sure I really like it, to be honest, but it does give me pause. It's certainly not what one imagines when they think of a chocolate ale, but boy is it interesting.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 08:15:09 | More by kojevergas
Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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