Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by UTCengOwl:
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Valentine's Day! Time to bust out the Chocolate... Ale, that is. Popped and poured into my Great Divide balloon glass.
This beer is... reddish-orange? I thought this was a chocolate beer? Interesting. Have to say that I'm intrigued. The head is initially ok, but dies out pretty quickly. Otherwise, I'd give it a great score.
The nose is... also interesting. Dry cocoa power. Comes across as somewhat smoky. Almost feels like there's a bit of pepper in there. Unfortunately, I feel like there's a sweetness that doesn't quite match with the rest of the interesting aroma.
The taste is similarly dry. Powdery, spicy cocoa. Surprisingly flavored and I'll always be up for that. Ends with a bittersweet finish driven by the mild hoppiness, but still calling forth chocolate. There's still a spiciness there, though I'm not sure where from. Very interesting, but not necessarily spectacular.
This is a good beer. A very interesting beer. However, it's by no means a great beer. A bittersweet Valentine's Day? Geez, that sounds depressing.
EDIT: As I keep going, the vanilla and caramel pick up in flavor. Interestingly candy-driven for a beer that comes across as powdery and not overly sweet. Score going up!
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 03:28:03 | More by UTCengOwl
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4.09/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out of a 750mL bottle into a tulip.
A: Others were surprised by the color...but this is not a stout. Dark coppery color, slightly hazy, active carbonation. Off white, foamy head, almost no retention, receded quickly to a decent ring at the glade edge, almost no lacing.
S: Chocolate and malt. The chocolate is a complementary aroma to the malts. Seems there is some happiness, but not distinct. Slightly boozy.
T: Chocolate stands out. Starts malty, but quickly turns over to chocolate, which builds into the finish and through the aftertaste. This is all about chocolate. No happiness at all in the flavors.
M: Medium to robust body. Carbonation on the palate is not as much as expected form the visible carbonation. Seems very balanced to the body. Slightly dry.
O: Unique and interesting. Wasn't sure if I'd like this, but the manager had 6 bottles, would only let me buy one, so i figured I was up for it. Glad I did. This is an ale, feels like it, drinks like it, but it's chocoaltey. Not like a milk shake, or a chocolate stout. It is an ale infused with chocolate flavor through and through. Very funky, in a really good way.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 21:53:35 | More by Badger6
3.79/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Pours clear dark amber. Very good head.
Nose is mainly rousted chocolate nibs. Chocolate really comes out in this ale.\: Ii's actually the main flavor component. Still, not as tasty as fine chocolate on its own, but an impressive brewing achievement.
Medium light body medium carbonation.
O: exceptional and unusual.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 23:55:22 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The color caught me off guard, I was expecting a dark brown or black body... What I got was a hazy rust colored body, that is topped with a fantastic, porous off-white head. The retention is poor though as the head was almost entirely gone in about a minute. No lacing and minimal carbonation.
When I close my eyes, I don't have to stretch the imagination much.. what I get is rich, sweet fondue chocolate. Heavy cocoa laced with fruit notes, mostly orange and strawberry. A bit of caramel is noticeable.
Unfortunately, the flavor profile isn't as well received as the aroma. Sweet notes of milk chocolate notes hit upfront, until darker chocolate hit bringing along with it some bitter notes. I get some fruit notes, but they aren't pronounced like they were in the aroma. For being 9%, the alcohol isn't detectable at all - unfortunately, this is the highlight. The chocolate notes mentioned are just not enjoyable and the aftertaste is that of cocoa powder with an almost chalky quality.
Smooth and easy to drink and surprisingly light-bodied. Light carbonation and semi-dry finish.
I was really looking forward to this, as I do all of Boulevard's Smokestack beers. To say I'm a fan of Boulevard is an understatement. Sadly, as I glared at the empty bottle, I wish I hadn't purchased it - a first for a BLVD beer. It's worth sampling, as it's unique enough to warrant the addition to your palette... BUT(!) I'd recommend going in on a bottle with a bunch of friends - finishing a bottle by yourself might prove a challenge otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 22:41:51 | More by alphagnome
Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.