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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 50
Gots: 161 | FT: 8
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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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice redish-brown, a translucent light ruby color with one full finger of bone white head that settles nicely over time. There is a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sour cherry, raspberry, and lemon. There is a slight bit of earth, but it's very minor.

T: The taste is big sour. It's super tart. There are huge flavors of cherry and lemon mixed with a bit of vinegar. It's astringent, that is for sure.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's light on the palate, but very tart. It's stinging.

O: I understand that this is one of the infected bottles (2011-1), but I've had infected Boulevard beers before and they still deliver. This may not be what the Chocolate Ale is supposed to taste like, but it's still delicious. Labeled under any different name, and this is a delicious sour. It's super tart, super fruity, and surprisingly drinkable. In a month or so, this might change. I'm glad I opened it when I did. This beer could easily turn into an infection time-bomb in the near future. If you have a bottle... drink it now.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trinity while waiting for Younger.

Pours much lighter than I was expecting, looks more like a light tan soda than a beer, very clear with minimal head. Whoa, the smell is pure chocolate. Like taking a container of unsweetened cocoa powder and snorting a line. Very bitter and complex without the usual sweetness I associate with chocolate, even dark chocolate is sweeter smelling than this. Very unique aroma. The taste is good but not quite as good as the aroma. Definitely still get a heavy chocolate taste with just enough malt backbone to remind you this is a beer. Hard to discern any hop presence behind the the bitterness of the cocoa. The mouthfeel was good, very easy to drink especially for 9%. Overall this is a very unique beer. Most chocolate beers I have tried have been beers flavored with chocolate, this is more like chocolate in beer form.

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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Town Hall Tap.

Quite the brewing oddity here. Don't think I've ever seen so much cocoa packed into a beer so pale! The nut brown pour was quite a shock, me having been conditioned to expect chocolate beers to be dark, dark, dark. The smell is melted Hershey's bittersweet chocolate all the time. Interesting. But I can't say it's a great experience, simply because it isn't delicious. A bit overpoweringly bitter for me, but I think it's quite an accomplishment in brewing engineering.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

really interesting beer. a chocolate brew that isnt black or brown. pours a beige to dark tan color with a one inch lasting off white head. smells entirely different. cocoa powder in its bittersweet glory is the dominant smell and flavor, but it also as a jovial belgian like yeast thats extremely active and complimentary, as well as a unique malt profile that gives a lot of dimension to the chocolate flavor, which is not overpowering in the slightest. alcohol is well concealed and this is amazingly drinkable with very bright carbonation and a medium body. i was quite impressed with this one, well worth a try if you can find it.

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2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited for this one, now I am stuck with a second bottle.

A: 2+ fingered, frothy, off-white head that displayed good retention. The body itself is semi-cloudy and burnt orange.

S: Hints of chocolate, tootsie roll-ish, fruits, some spicy notes.

T: Not at all what I expected, not much chocolate at first, but it builds throughout. Unfortunately, the spices and chocolate taste somewhat artificial.

M: High carbonation witha medium body.

O: Was pretty disappointed with this beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2011-3, Best by 08/2012
Word on street is some bottles got the infect....

Pours a diaphanous copper ale with just a sheet of fine, light latte foam. No lace. Smells of chocolate, a hint of pepper and some english malts. Flavor is of cocoa, butter, some sugar and sweetness. No infection tasted here. Body is smooth and rich with low carb an a syrupy finish. Interesting beer, don't know if the beer is infected, but I find it to be pretty decent.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.