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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 51
Gots: 148 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

optimator705, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jmc986, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bkeller04, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

thufflife, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Samsonite, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Abe_Froman, Jun 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

travy82, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

snarygare, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Hohnbaum, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with best by 09/2014 printed on the back label. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store, No. 14 in Boulevard's Smokestack Series. Not quite sure what to expect with this one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours a murky burnt orange color with about four plus fingers of frothy off-white head with nice staying power for the high abv. Leaves some spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice. The body color turns more of a bronze as the bottle goes on, with lots of big dark chunks of sediment lurking at the bottom of the glass.

S - The smell is strange, and not entirely pleasant. Some pungent alcohol fumes, musty yeast, and notes of powdery cocoa, vanilla, caramel, cookie dough. It's an okay aroma, but it has poor depth and intensity.

T - The taste is definitely dry chalky cocoa forward, but not in the normal sense. Definitely very earthy & yeasty. Notes of chocolate / cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, caramel / toffee. The chocolate tastes very natural and authentic, I will give it that, and for that I will give it the 4 for taste.

M - The feel is moderately dry and clean. Bitter & creamy, with some mild lingering alcohol fumes. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Lightly sticky & chalky on the finish.

Overall, a unique and interesting take on a chocolate beer from Boulevard, but it is not what you expect at all really. Interesting for sure, but not what I have come to love and expect from a chocolate beer. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want this again.

Boulevard Chocolate Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

HoppySeb, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

tommyguz, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tdm168, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Herky21, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

dradair, Jun 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

appetiteforparis, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

reizorc, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish copper color. Produced a big 3 finger beige head. didn't leave any lacing.

Smell was nice. It was of dark chocolate, leather/woody like aroma.

Taste is similar, but with a slight vanilla, and orange taste. Light hop bitterness.

Really like this one. It's a sipper.

TCMike, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

rspauldi, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mendvicdog, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

thereal_adam, May 31, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of peanut butter, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of roasted malt. Sadly, chocolate is lacking in the aroma, but strangely peanut butter present. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dark chocolate, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of yeast, slight peanut butter, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, more peanut butter than chocolate, but otherwise weak appearance, and blend. This beer does not live up to the hype.

Tone, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rlee1390, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JakerLou, May 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.