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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 51
Gots: 145 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting masterpieces in chocolate for more than ten years. In that time the reputation of his artistic delicacies has spread around the globe. Elbow’s sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients; in that adventurous spirit we joined forces to bring you a very special Chocolate Ale.

In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: HOPPYKC on 02-09-2011)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station after a day of Chocolate Ale frenzy in Kansas City. Seriously, the combo of Christopher Elbow fans and craft beer fanatics in this city make the hunt for this beer insane. Seems like Boulevard could easily do some kind of event along the lines of Dark Lord Day and turn it into a full-blown spectacle. But I digress--served in a 16 oz Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a rusty-orange body with a nice amount of haze to it and some twinges of russet bown. Reminiscent of a nut brown ale. Atop the body sits a one finger sudsy head that is a light tan, somewhat like cocoa powder. Retention is fleeting, with the head soon retracting to a rim of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing that I can see.

Smell - I honestly expected more of a chocolatey note, sort of like what you might get from a nice rich stout, but instead there is a faint hint of cocoa powder, along with more dominant notes of hazelnut and bready malt and a faint bit of vanilla and creme caramel.

Taste - Now that's more like it. In my opinion, the taste must be why people rave about this beer, because it's a wonderfully succulent yet delicate wafting of cocoa and blonde brownies, but not quite as rich. Completely different than the kind of ganache and baker's chocolate bittersweet notes you get from stouts, this one is a more of a milk chocolate kind of taste, but the inherent nature of the beverage--fermented malt grain--is still very much present. Not overpowering with booze, but there is a pleasant grainy presence to provide a backbone for the decadent chocolatey notes. The hazelnut that I detected in the aroma is also present to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low carbonation. Fairly smooth and low bitterness, with just enough bite from the CO2 to give the beer a bit of texture. Quite drinkable, especially for a 9% ale.

Overall, I can't really say that the beer lives up to the crazytown hysterics that people go through to get it, but that is no fault of the beer. The way people hunt this one down is simply unreasonable for ANY beer, even one as delicious as this one. It certainly shows just how creative Boulevard can get with their brews, demonstrating that you can infuse chocolate into a beer without making a stout or porter. I can't help but wonder how ridiculous getting hands on a bottle would be if this was just Boulevard Chocolate Ale instead of Chocolate Ale by Boulevard in Collaboration With Christopher Elbow.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 04:10:30 | More by LambicPentameter
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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.