Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 22
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SavvyStudent on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Neighbors for nearly twenty years, Boulevard Brewing Company and The Roasterie share a passion for making extraordinary beverages. In Coffee Ale, our two celebrated brewing traditions come together in a long-awaited collaboration. Ethiopian Sidamo from Africa’s Great Rift Valley has been carefully blended with rye, oats, and malted barley, and spiced with Perle and Styrian Golding hops. The delightfully fragrant beer presents a glowing, tawny-amber hue. The clean, crisp acidity of the air-roasted coffee mingles with malt on the palate, lingering faintly in a subtly sweet finish.

26 IBU
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Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, batch 2013-3, best by 10-2013. Pours copper amber with a huge pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong roast coffee with some sweet lactic chocolate.

The flavor is some sweet malt with a lot of roast coffee and some acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, pretty one-dimensional, but a nice coffee beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 and a half inch head, medium carbonation, cloudy

Smell: coffee roast and toasted malt

Taste: deep roasted coffee, light cream, chocolate, and sugar

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet and rich with light bitterness

Overall: I have had a lot of great coffee beers lately. While this does not achieve greatness it is solid and very food. The coffee is prominent in this one, but reserved just enough from making it a coffee bomb. Glad I was able to have this.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Huge carbonation during pour. Chocolate brown in appearance. Coffee on the nose and nothing else. Velvety mouthfeel. Dark roasted coffee flavor, slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, but not as intense in flavor and aroma. Very good.

Photo of weonfire
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL in a 10oz snifter.

A - Mahogany, opaque, small ring of mocha head around rim, small light lacing

S - Fresh ground coffee, toffee, carmel and chocolate

T - Fresh coffe, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, carmel, butterscotch. Initially it starts bitter - finish is quite sweet.

M - low/med body, coffee is very pleasant, not frothy or creamy, coffee does linger

O - Wow is the coffee flavor nice! Blends very nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate and butterscotch. If only the body was thicker. This does have potential to be Fantastic. ABV is hidden so well. Nose again, has that excellent coffee notes. But until things thicken up- it will stand as 'good'

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine creation by the team at Boulevard. The coffee ale is a great after dinner apertiff. The beer poured a deep redish amber with off white head that left some lacing. The scent was espresso driven with sweet hints. The taste had dark chocolate mixed with coffee....a mochachinno. Honestly....mix some coffee with B's chocolate ale....and you have the coffee ale. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer.

Photo of sammygt
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Beer. Easy to drink, great Coffee presence with malt, chocolate, and some nuttiness. I can drink this beer all day, which is dangerous as a 9.2%, but i love coffee, and i love beer, and this is a beautiful union of the two. If this turns out to be a limited edition i will be sad, but i am buying it up now.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Slight reddish tint. Big khaki head. Nice collar and retention.

Smell - All coffee. Maybe a bit of milk chocolate. Creamy smell, if that makes sense.

Taste - Coffee, slightly fruity flavor. Milk chocolate again and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and a kick of booze. Medium body.

Overall - It's decent. Lots of coffee, but I'm not sure how much I really enjoy it.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #4 bottle opens with a resounding pop & the strong smell of coffee!

Pours an effervescent auburn with 3 fingers of tan head. Decent lacing, average head retention

S: Big-time coffee, a touch of cream & general roastyness, These aspects fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of booze tinged hazel nut. Some lactic/creamy flavors as this warms, coffee grinds, & a touch of vanilla, plus dryness & a whisper of oak. Finishes dry, roasty, with a bit of hazel nut,

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty warming

Super easy to drink, will probably improve with age, but is pretty good right now, This compared favorably to the draft version I had last week. This is not a great coffee beer, but would buy this again if in 4 packs or if I see it on draft again

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with a massive head that was slow to settle. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Coffee is not the strongest player in the aroma. Get a lot of malt aromas of caramel and cake batter. Then comes the coffee.

I find the flavor quite unusual for a coffee beer. Very sweet. It is like when you ask that coffee drinker, "You want some coffee with your sugar?" Cloying and distracting. There is some good coffee flavor to be found, but not enough. A little alcohol warmth in the finish.

Big body and nicely carbonated. Overall a good mouthfeel for a big beer.

Far too sweet for this drinker. More for those drinkers that put sugar in their cup of joe. Hard for me to drink. Boulevard claims subtly sweet, not in my opinion.

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small creamy off-white head, short retention and no lace

S- day old dark roast coffee, slightly peppery, also picking up some smoked meat character

T- straight sidamo coffee up front followed by some smoky notes, almost a meat flavor of smoked sausage. Slightly spicy and peppery rye with a hint of oat, light hop kick on the finish with a coffee linger

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I liked the sidamo coffee flavor, the smoked meat flavors were a bit unexpected, definitely interesting for a change of pace

Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Strong Ale has a nice brown coloring reminiscent of a tea. Was it not for the bubbly film that laid atop I may have confused it with tea.

The scent was sweet coffee, almost like a latte, with a nutty background. The nutty aroma seemed to push in the direction of pistachios.

The taste is very earthy, natural and real with coffee bean and vegetative plant flavors. There is then a Smokey, peppery and spicy tone that supports the earth tones and makes this very interesting.

The feel brings me back to the tea as it is easy , with no carbonative bite, and much like a cold tea.

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml picked up yesterday in Asheville. A dark amber/rusty red pour, solid finger of fine foamy head.

Aroma, a nice coffee with some malty caramel accents. A little bit of cocoa.

Taste, nice toffee maltyness. Coffee is really integrated well with this. Hazelnut and some cocoa. One of the better straight coffee and not coffee porter or stout brews I've tasted.

Extreamely smooth. Fine creamy carbonation. Coating but not sticky. Really nice drinking. Taste and body are this brew's strong points.

Would buy more of this for sure.

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD: 10 - 2013

Tawny reddish brown, murky with sediment and some tan foam on the surface. Softly acidic coffee in the nose, roasty and slightly sweet with woody notes of nutmeg and bakers chocolate. Very coffee forward, medium bodied, dry and roasty, light bitterness in the finish. The coffee flavor has a nice complexity to it, and the abv is well hidden. Recommended.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2013-4, best by 10-2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Not surprisingly, the aroma is mostly coffee. There's also roasted malt, nuts, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate noticeable. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and surprisingly a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this coffee brew, definitely worth a try. $12.99 a bottle.

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky brown with three fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Sweet, creamy coffee dominates the nose with some cocoa and chocolate aromas as well. There are also notes of sweet cream and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet and creamy coffee is prominent with semi-sweet chocolate flavors underneath. There are notes of vanilla throughout and the finish is lightly roasted.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is well carbonated, though I would almost prefer a creamier body to go with the creamy coffee flavors.

O: A solid beer overall, though lacking a bit of depth and a bit on the sweet side for me. I love coffee beers, but I think coffee goes best with more bitter flavors like roasted malts, cacao, hops, etc. It needs something more to offset the sweetness.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brownish, tawny, murky, yellowish head.

Aroma: coffee, malt sweetness, mild bitterness, bit of dark fruitiness

Taste: coffee up front, roasted notes, fruits, yeast esters, malt sweetness, hint of booziness.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, mild carbonation

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Huge head. Massive. Very swiss cheese and foamy on appearance, but no matter how you slice it, it just comes up large and dominating. Ochre light brown, with lots of retention it will just not go away. Body is a nice muted reddish brown, kind of dull slightly. Opaque. Aggressive but way too much head, still waiting to smell and drink this thing.

Nose though is pretty solid, if a little muted. Muted coffee with some fruit like strawberry esters it seems. Some light cream and vanilla, just very downplayed though. Pretty solid though and also nicely balanced. A little bit of cola sweetness and flatness though.

Mouthfeel is a little wet, and just moderately carbonated in feel it seems, it's the first thing I notice and it's not the palate. The palate does come out with some light roast, more like a brown ale, and slightly toasty and nutty. Muted coffee but only on the swallow and hardly detectable. Nice fruity ester quality on the finish and some chewy character a bit.

Overall though I am just not feeling this one from a brewery that I really enjoy a good portion of their lineup from. It has very little coffee presence and just feels a little lifeless.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a hazy, ruddy brown amber with tiny suspended dark particles and a thick light tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet coffee, honey, vanilla and light malt; more like a blended coffee drink than a fresh ground cup. Unusual but pleasant aroma. Flavor quite unlike the aroma, with a blended nuttiness, vanila and creamy coffee. Only hints of bready and maybe slightly toasted malt. An exceptionally creamy, full body that built on the blended coffee flavor of the aroma, almost approaching a coffee milk shake character. One of the best coffee ales I've had the opportunity to try. I have found coffee porters and stouts to be well balanced in flavor, but some of the coffee ales to be a bit to stark and "next morning coffee" bitter. The rich nutty body of this supports and compliments the coffee very nicely. I hope Boulevard makes this again.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Medium to dark brown, with some light brown around the edges - pours with a light tan head, big if poured aggressively, fades to a solid, creamy cap - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Yup, that's coffee - iced coffee with some sweetness - the base kind of smells like a brown ale (or maybe this just reminds me of Surly Coffee Bender) - caramel, cooked malts, caramelized malts, and some crystal malts - lightly toasty, and definitely roasty - touch of alcohol

Taste: The vague "coffee strong ale" label is rather accurate - some nice, but not particularly exceptional, coffee flavor - nice coffee bean flavor, roasty and lightly burnt - caramel and brown ale malts - touch of molasses and malty sweetness - some brown bread toast - some dark fruit - alcohol is somewhat obvious, borderline unnecessarily obvious

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, finishes with some acidity, not unlike coffee

Overall: Coffee? Yes! Ale? Yes!

This is a tasty coffee beer. There are some nice coffee aromas and flavors here with a nice malt base. The alcohol is a bit more obvious that I would have expected, but whatever. I wasn't plan on drinking this for breakfast anyway.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to smell and has lots of coffee flavors along with some hints of brown sugar and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is exactly as it is advertised and has lots of coffee and flavors. It's not too difficult to drink because most of the alcohol is hidden from the taste.

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, amber brown while pouring. Two finger off white head.

S-Lots of wonderful coffee, tad bit of roasted malt and caramel but coffee is at the center.

T-Coffee is strong and upfront, does not fully balance with the other flavors though. Caramel, grass some though.

M-Light, highly carbonated but a tad watery.

O-A well made coffee beer, balance could use some work but the coffee flavors were good.

Photo of mwilbur
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch 2013-4. Best by 10-2013.
A: Pours a fairly clear but dark amber-brown hue with 1-2 inch off white head with good retention. (4)
S: Caramel malt, brown sugar, mild coffee and cream, and a hint of toffee. (3.75)
T: Follows aroma nearly exactly...caramel malt, brown sugar, mild coffee and cream, and--with warming--spicy rye comes through. I'm guessing the coffee note has diminished with age, but it does get stronger with warming. (3.75)
M: Medium body. Sweet and sticky feel. The ABV is quite well hidden. Nice lingering spicy rye and sweet cream notes on the palate in the finish. (4.25)
D: Still a solid brew. This is a year past the best by date and it is holding up fairly well. Comes across as a nice old ale. Starts off with good drinkability, but the high ABV eventually turns this one into more of a sipper. (3.75)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark red, and the off-white colored head sits two fingers high and is tight and foamy. A stream of bubbles parade from bottom up to top.
Smells like a dark fruit, oatmeal, some rye, coffee. Nice.
Already i can tell this is a different brew. Unique to my taste is the marriage of rye and coffee, which i pick up right away. But the balance is a good one. Coffee does not dominate. Hops are muted. There is a sweetness to it all, and then there is a prickly burn in the mouth. But still this is chewy. The body is fairly thick and there is plenty of carbonation. A different category for me. Not a new favorite, but certainly unique, very well done for what it presents itself as. I love coffee, and as far as all other coffee-involved brews ive tried (thus far), this one lends itself the most natural coffee taste in the mouth.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL pours a dark amber color with a huge cap of tan head. Retention and lace are both modest.

Nose is vegetal coffee beans, that is pretty much all. Big time coffee aroma without much else.

Its not a coffee stout, per se...more like a cup of joe with some beer on the side. Amber ale? Thats more likely. Maybe a bit too much coffee oriented for me...not bad though.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml. Batch # 2013-3. Best by date: 10-2013.

A; Pours a caramel brown with a solid 2-finger thick, light tan head with good retention leaving chunky lace.

N: Cocoa powder, cream, roasted coffee, nutty and grainy.

T: Roasty coffee, slightly burnt wood, dark chocolate, earthy and fruity.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, rich, sweet and mellow coffee finish.

O: Basic coffee ale. No bitterness, perhaps a bit too sweet. At 9.3% this one is semi-strong.

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Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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