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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Chocolate AleChocolate Ale

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623 Ratings
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 17.16%


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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Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-16-2012 23:21:05 | More by Optifron
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors; poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot snifter glass unknown brewing/kegging date but best by 09-2014; drank over about an hour

A: 1/3 - amber-brown coloration; crystal clear (can both read and see through); received with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; no visible bubble but large chunky stuff (cocoa) floating around that settled on the bottom of the glass during the pour

S: 7/12 - predominately cocoa/chocolate notes with balancing malt backbone; some mild alcohol; no hops; no perceivable flaws to my palate

T: 13/20 - the flavors match the nose on first pour - again, cocoa, candied sugar and caramel expand the flavor profile; there is some mild roasted malts and alcohol on the backend but subdued relative to the other notes; no predominant yeast or hop flavor profile; finishes moderately sweet but definitely not cloying/difficult to swallow

M: 3/5 - higher carbonation than expected; moderate body but thicker mouthfeel than body belies; moderate drinkability

O: 6/10 - I must admit that this is not what I was expecting at all - anticipating a chocolate stout and truly got a(n) (albeit flawed) chocolate ale; the cocoa/chocolate notes taste aYooHoo artificial to me and why are there hunks of stuff floating around; for an ~$20 price point in D.C., I surely won't be purchasing this again, especially when there are so many better Smokestack Series beers floating around the DMV - bring on the Saison Brett!

TOTAL - 30/50

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 05:28:53 | More by MNishCT77
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teromous

Virginia

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

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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