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Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
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:
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

(Beer added by: SavvyStudent on 03-21-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle someone brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Batch 2013-3. Best before 10/2013.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and jalapeno-like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the pepper smell I am getting from this one is odd.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:49:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-08-2013 01:27:24 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:39:44 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives ice tea brown with an impressive cap that leaves spots and dashes behind

Smell: Rich coffee aromatics

Taste: The coffee flavor is pronounced and blends with caramel and a hint of chocolate in the front end; after the swallow, the coffee builds and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not really what I was expecting and I was not in love with the result; different, for a coffee beer and it smelled a lot better than it tasted to my palate though it is still a good beer; too much coffee and not enough other flavors in the finish for me to like it more

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 21:49:14 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-01-2013 23:51:52 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a stout, simply a big-bodied Amber-type ale is the base from which the inquisitive Ethiopian coffee to layer upon. Its a remarkably drinkable beer with earthy and authentic coffee flavor and works extremely well with the caramelly base beer.

Its bronze-ish appearance brings about golden and brown hues. Its modest haze allows light to diffuse through it in glowing fashion. The ale is firmly topped with just off of white color and it laces with broken collars at every sip.

Toasty and sweetly scented- the foundation of the beer rests squarely on caramel malt. Its bold grain profile allows for a slight ester character of apple and peach to rise just before the full brunt of coffee locks into the nose.

Those caramel and graham cracker flavors also layer on the taste buds just before the full coffee flavors take hold. Lightly fruity and biscuity- its base taste seems quite British. But that bold coffee flavor turn nutty with pecans, lightly scorched toffee and roasted walnut-type bitterness. Earthen chicory, soil and stem all reinforce a rustic and genuine java taste with hints of pepper and aniseed.

Despite its boastful alcohol, the ale registers on the palate with only medium-full weight. Where the coffee is usually chauffeured by Imperial Stout underpinnings, this Strong Ale allows the beer to seem lightened and drinkable in comparison. Its bitter coffee taste causes mild astringency as if extracting wood tannin from the coffee seed. Warm and semi-sweet in its finish, the ale is curiously mild in body.

The real charming part of the beer is that there's no confussion about the origins of the coffee flavor- its not roasted malt, its not chocolate malt, its not smoked malt. Its actual coffee. Where I love the straight-forward taste it takes part of the fun out of it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 16:15:51 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-05-2013 01:20:03 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-27-2013 01:42:45 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Batch Number/Best By Date: 2013-1 10-2013.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, opaque, mahogany body with a rather tall, lofty layer of browned suds.

Smell: Heavy coffee scent atop what seems to be a big, bolstered brown ale with dense notes of toasted bread crusts, packed brown sugar (dark, natch), cocoa powder. Some cutting alcohol tones noted, some estery kicks, too.

Taste: Dive into a thick pile of bread crusts layered in sweet-tasting dark brown sugar given a pinch of chocolate powder. Yeah, you've got a little caramel, too. Some raisiny fruitiness noted. Hops are present, yielding some bitterness and struggling citrus to adjoin the alcohol warmth. Plenty of coffee character throughout. The booze ratchets up, eventually overtaking the other tastes, and lasting until the dry, boozy, coffee-laced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, though it settles out within a reasonable timeframe.

Overall: Imperfect, but shows hopeful promise. I would revisit a later batch. No, really, I would!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 19:52:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-11-2013 04:08:39 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-03-2013 20:57:34 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-20-2013 23:01:51 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

If nothing else, it's at least nice to see a coffee-forward beer that doesn't have a stout at its base. This stuff pours a dark garnet-topaz topped by over a finger of wan off-gray foam. The nose is unsurprisingly dominated by coffee, though it's not just the sweet and roasty stuff you sniff whilst meandering through the right aisle at the supermarket, but rather a combination of that with some slightly soapy and briny veins. It's slightly off-putting, especially considering there's nothing buttressing or contrasting it. The taste begins with a decidedly bitter strain of coffee, followed by, in turn, light tobacco, mild caramel, light wheat, and then those strains of soapy and briny coffee. Shit, I never thought I'd write those words about coffees in beer when they're so much more at home in the world of Scotch, but, hey, when the words fit... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, there's just too much off coffee in this coffee ale for my tastes. It'd have been one thing if it was strong with the usual brew, but the soap and the brine just kinda ruined things a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:18:09 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-08-2013 02:07:36 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:35:21 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-17-2013 16:20:20 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-10-2013 01:16:33 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:32:34 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

head starts small so I increased the pour then suddenly huge head that takes up 3/4 of the glass, foamy fluffy head, light lacing, hazy sediment laden cranberry red color.

Nose big amber reddish malts, sweet little syrupy, toasty, brown sugar and toffee, coffee grinds mild coffee lighter roast, waft of booze, light alcohol esters and fruity, caramel coffee, quite syrupy like aroma.

Taste starts with a cold extracted coffee, mild roast with a light earthy nutty coffee flavor, light coffee syrup, toasted grinds but without any acrid burnt flavors or tannins, very smooth. Light caramel and toffee, amber malts, little toasty, brown sugar, etc, and a nutty Jamaican like coffee flavor. Faint booze warmth and taste, mild sweetness, chewy, rich. Some bitterness from light grassy earthy hops, little floral too. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, light booze, more smooth coffee, syrupy brown sugar toffee, and light earthy hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, very smooth coffee without tannins or bitter acrid flavors so must be cold extraction, nice flavors, sweets, and nice light hop infusion. Pretty tasty and surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 12:49:14 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another gem from the smokestack series, I always like these local coffee roaster/local brewer combinations, and this one does not disappoint. it pours a deep amber color, radiant, but not super thick. the head is short and tan in color, and it fades out in a few minutes. the nose is wonderful, possibly this beers beast feature. its really fresh dark roasted coffee beans, with some interesting blueberry type fruit notes, and a lot of sweeter caramel malt that provides some bitterness to the taste. subtle but also bitter hints of dark chocolate come into play in the taste, which has a particular damp soil sort of earthen quality to it with the sweetness. the coffee is the dominant flavor, as it should be, and the alcohol starts to creep in toward the finish, especially as the beer warms up a little. thinner in body may be a detractor to some, but I like it in this context of such deep dark complexity, its almost refreshing in that way. it could use a little more carbonation to perk it up a little, but overall this is a really nice beer that offers a great coffee and booze buzz for the price of one. a little too much acidity for mass consumption though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 21:44:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.2%

09-12-2013 04:54:24 | More by oline73
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-31-2013 19:47:58 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-16-2013 23:05:39 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-16-2013 00:19:49 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

9.3% ABV. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap/cage over a cork acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $8.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Boulevard is really growing on me. Smokestack Series. Brewed with rye, oats, malted barley, Perle hops, and Styrian Golding hops. Batch Number 2013-3. Best by 10/2013.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of fair cream, pretty decent thickness, and pretty good (~4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body colour is a dark amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Glowing, but not vibrant. Nontransparent; opaque. It's in that indistinct strong ale zone all right; there's nothing telling about the appearance. I don't often see amber hued beers brewed with coffee, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lovely delightful coffee notes - including the rich roasty backbone I always look for in a good coffee stout or porter. No coffee bitterness, just lovely aromatic java. Some caramel and biscuit malt fill out the body nicely. I do pick up the oats - and to a lesser extent the rye - which adds just a touch of nearly imperceptible spice. Hops are floral and un-emphasized; they're here as preservatives and hopefully for a subtle hop flavour. Hints of espresso. Some light hazelnut coffee. Lightly earthy. Hints of unrefined brown sugar. A lovely aroma with a unique spin on the use of coffee; this isn't just another stout - it comes off like a brown ale with heavy wondrous coffee and a touch of oatmeal stout. Very inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Lovely coffee roast is great up front but gets a bit too earthy as it goes into the second act. Some hazelnut, caramel, and brown malts comprise the bulk of the body with sprinklings of light minimized floral hop character on the fringes. Some biscuit malt. Lightly creamy; I could use a bit more of that to suit the coffee. What I like about the coffee notes is their lack of perceptible bitterness - which is often a problem in coffee beers. The oats smooth it out somewhat but not too much; there's still a bit of coarseness to bring out the flavours and keep the coffee texture enjoyable. It's nicely thick - a good thickness for the high ABV, actually. Not too filling or overwhelming. Nice presence on the palate. Wet but short of refreshing. Pretty good depth of flavour; though the coffee is the only truly refined note it really fills out on the palate. I like the interplay between the subtle hazelnut and the dominant coffee, but I could use more complexity here. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Balanced if overly simple. Well built.

Dr: Not an easy one to categorize. It's quite drinkable for the ABV, but I don't feel comfortable calling it a Strong Ale. Judging it as a "Coffee Ale" per Boulevard's descriptor, it's pretty good but far from great. The price point could be better. I might get it again on-draught, but it's not blowing me away. Still, it'll be rather easy to finish the whole bottle by meself. Well executed for its aims, Boulevard Coffee Ale is worth a try for those coffee stout fans who are in the mood for something a little more approachable and a bit less intricate.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:14:37 | More by kojevergas
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Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.