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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Chocolate AleChocolate Ale

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704 Ratings
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 50
Gots: 142 | 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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nuggetnectar01

California

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

It pours a nice amber color with a creamy white two finger head. Good retention with notes of lacing throughout my glass. Smell is like an expensive box of chocolates with milk and dark chocolate, toffe, vanilla, and dark fruits. Taste is just exactly like it smells with a slight bitter balance to it with hops. Medium body with nice carbonation. Very superb beer and excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 18:20:06 | More by nuggetnectar01
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CWhite

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-10-2012 17:46:34 | More by CWhite
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radicalruckus

Missouri

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-15-2011 00:13:01 | More by radicalruckus
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seth72104

Missouri

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-14-2011 20:36:17 | More by seth72104
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BastionShaw

Florida

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-15-2012 14:02:57 | More by BastionShaw
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CNOTEKC

Missouri

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No...This is not a duplicate entry.

I originally wrote a review of Chocolate Ale based upon my first taste from a 750ml bottle. A buddy of mine recommended I try the brew on tap...best advice I've had in a while. In the bottle, I stand by my rating as a generous 4.33....but on tap...beer snobbery in full effect....5 out of 5.

Look - Same as bottle. Burnt Orange / Pumpkin

Aroma - Completely different than bottle. Aroma is full on bitter - sweet chocolate with only a trace of the Strong American Ale flavor, remarkably balanced, not too sweet or overwhelming. Pure beer drinking bliss on the nose.

Taste - Also completely different than the bottled version. Slight bitter- sweet chocolate combined with the malted sweetness of an American Strong Ale. Perfectly balanced. Remarkable.

Feel / Mouth - Slightly different than bottle. Far less carbonated than bottled beer, smooth, light to medium bodied, alcohol warmth is more subdued.

Overall - This beer is only meant to be consumed at your local watering hole in Kansas City. You have not experienced this beer until you get a fresh, Kansas City pull from a tap. The bottle is good...on tap is perfection.

Thanks for the tip Alfie...

Cheers Kansas City...

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 21:42:08 | More by CNOTEKC
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kevincleary


5/5  rDev +34.8%

10-28-2012 14:12:49 | More by kevincleary
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kckclassic

Kansas

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-18-2011 15:24:41 | More by kckclassic
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6demonbag

Missouri

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-29-2012 02:26:02 | More by 6demonbag
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jjholt

Colorado

5/5  rDev +34.8%

02-17-2012 22:36:17 | More by jjholt
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cerveza2012

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +34.8%

02-23-2014 04:00:08 | More by cerveza2012
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bort11

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Smokestack tulip. Huge creamy head challenged the rim of the glass. I was sure I was going to have a spill over for a second. The head had great staying power and took many minutes for it to drop down to a drinking level. Body color is a dark amber with tight bubble formations. It gives the appearance of sediment.

As soon as the cork pops there is a rush of dry chocolate nibs. After the pour the chocolate becomes more malty and milk chocolatey. Taste follows as a dry bitter chocolate. What is interesting is that I do pick up a slight citrus note in the finish from the wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter compared to the flavor and aroma. Usually something with intense flavor is a lot heavier. There is a light powdery grit that intensifies the chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:26:35 | More by bort11
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jefe2

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Chocolate Ale (on draft)
9.1%
tasted on tap at whip in 2/11/2011
a - clear brown, dark copper, with thick creamy brownish white head
s - milk chocolate, pure and simple.
t - very nice, boozy rich milk chocolate with well calibrated sweetness that avoids being overpowering. This seems like closest thing the platonic ideal of a chocolate ale. It's like liquid milk chocolate that is boozy and has rich malt sweetness like a strong ale, and is dry enough to be drinkable. There is a dryness that reminds me of a dry belgian yeast between a tripel and a dubbel.
m - not too thick as one might expect, medium body, not cloying, creamy carbonation.
d - surprisingly drinkable. I only had a taster and took small sips, so it remains to be seen how it will stand up to a real quaffing. Update, after having bottle, the belgian ale yeast dryness builds and there is tannic sourness in the after taste that cuts the chocolate sweet and makes the drinkability hold up over course of a bottle.

in 750ml bottle, 2/18/2011, not different from tap

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 16:03:51 | More by jefe2
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bens0n

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear brownish-amber color with a very minimal amount of head.

This is by far one of the best smelling beers I have ever had... It smells like extremely rich sweet milk chocolate. I spent a good 5-10 minutes just smelling this beer before I even felt like taking a sip it smelled so good. It has a sweet chocolatey smell I have never experienced before among countless chocolate stouts and imperial stouts.

Flavor wise that rich, sweet milk chocolate carries over into the rest of the beer. Its as close to a pure chocolate tasting beer as I think you can get. The flavor isn't as overpowering as the delightful aroma but its still a very flavor packed brew. It has a nice thickness and it goes down smooth, very little carbonation. Would love to try this again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 18:20:09 | More by bens0n
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy red-orange amber. Massive off white head that lasts a long time and leaves abundant lacing. Very attractive. Delicious chocolate and light malt aroma. Taste is very different, mild light and dark fruits, sweet malt, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Mild hops in the finish. Very tasty and well integrated. I really enjoyed this ale. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:26:02 | More by LiquidAmber
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amalficoast


4.75/5  rDev +28%

04-01-2012 12:56:34 | More by amalficoast
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Neog

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +28%

04-27-2012 17:55:35 | More by Neog
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +28%

11-14-2011 21:04:57 | More by AndyAvalanche
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dcarr

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +28%

06-28-2012 19:56:06 | More by dcarr
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +28%

02-16-2014 01:00:00 | More by Ristaccia
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ECalebrews449

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +28%

12-23-2012 04:08:20 | More by ECalebrews449
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GTB

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +28%

03-22-2014 11:13:19 | More by GTB
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

I am a firm believer in the best glassware for the style of beer: in this case, the Boulevard tulip fit the bill. It is not as convex as the typical tulip, and this may be very important to savoring this beer.

The beer pours a small head with a dark amber tea coloring.

There is a smell of chocolate on the surface, which introduces light carbonation and tanginess.

The finish is solid milk chocolate.

There is a distinct character to this beer. It's a sipper. A lot of thought went into its brewing. My favorite Boulevard to date.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 23:03:19 | More by brureview
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dogfish7

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like chocolate this is the beer for you.
Literally tasted like a liquid tootsie roll.

The pour was a medium-golden brown, semi-transparent. The head didn't stick around too long but get a quick wiff of what it had to offer and sip away.

The mouthfeel was light, easy to move around the pallet if served around the right temperature.

The finish was pretty silky, I got a lot of tootsie roll out of it, which it made it very much like a desert beer.

I probably couldn't drink more than 8-10 oz at a time so I would recommend a bottle share if you get the 750.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 03:15:02 | More by dogfish7
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turamarth

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the moment that I heard about this beer I was super excited to drink it. Especially while i was on a tour, I saw a box of vanilla sitting out on the brewery floor, and pondered to my self, "this must be in their chocolate ale". And I was Correct in this assumption.

Right off on the pour it is a nice dark amber color. Not what one would expect for a chocolate ale. The head is a little off white, with tiny little bubbles and don't really lace too well (could be the glass).

The nose here is an interesting bouquet of smells. Right off, the chocolate isn't quite in the forefront. I get some interesting fruits, round fruity flavors. Next there is some nice grassy smelling hops. They add a nice level of brightness and spice. Then we get to the chocolate, which isn't quite as hidden as I may have made it seem. But, it is there, framed by the other notes.

The first sip that I had of this was really awesome. It literally melts on your tongue then proceeds to melt the rest of you. There is quite a bit on the tongue that is in the nose. The fruits are there. The grassiness is there. The alcohol plays a little bit on the taste here. Nothing detracting in my opinion. The chocolate here is really nice and intriguing. At first, I didn't see where everyone is coming with all the bitter darks. I kept getting the same flavor/smell of what the center of a tootsie pop. But, now on a proper drink there is indeed that bitter chocolate. Leave a finish that is, bitter sweet, dark, and dry.

This mouthfeel is nice, smooth. Silky. Lush in the start of the drink but leaves a nice dry feel. A nice carbonation adds its brightness to this.

All in all this is one damn unique and tasty beer. Perfect for a night, (there will only be one or two...or none..depending) where you can just sit down with a trashy novel and read you single sorrows away.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:47:27 | More by turamarth
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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.