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Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 19
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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Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-05-2013 14:19:56 | More by tswater
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-05-2013 00:50:54 | More by chanokokoro
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tut2528

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours very dark amber in color, almost dark brown. with a solid 2 fingers worth of khaki colored head formation. the lacing is quite nice and after 2-3 minutes there is still about 1/2 fingers worth of "filmy"head remaining

S: as expected, huge coffee grounds and come forward, heavy oats, there is also a sweet caramel backbone, and dark chocolate presence.

T: not as much coffee as i was expecting. don't get me wrong, it is still present, but this brew has a huge sweet toffee character and a big vanilla wafer finish. i also pick up some light rye notes

M: solid medium bodied brew. and this is where the coffee really sticks out as it lingers on the palate.i don't pick up any alcohol notes whatsoever either.

O: I find this one similar to Rye-on-Rye, just with a perfect amount of coffee. The coffee sits in very nicely with the strong sweet toffee, and quite honestly its a terrific balance. definitely worth a try/purchase

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:25:20 | More by tut2528
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-03-2013 08:31:47 | More by rfbenavi80
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Duffmanohyeah02

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-02-2013 23:41:17 | More by Duffmanohyeah02
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-02-2013 18:44:38 | More by theminutemen
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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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jmccullough108

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-02-2013 04:00:27 | More by jmccullough108
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North Carolina

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Iowa

5/5  rDev +24.7%

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wmountz

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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ggourde

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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taez555

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19%

04-28-2013 21:59:07 | More by taez555
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stortore

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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cschepers

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-28-2013 02:15:52 | More by cschepers
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark golden brown. There is a nice huge light cream colored head that is about 2 inches tall. Head retention is ridiculous. This 2 inch dense pillowy head stays up for a while.

Aroma starts off with some nice freshly brewed coffee notes. Some mild espresso roast is present. There is then a nice slightly sweet and nutty grain note. The aroma is similar to a Brow Ale. Nutty notes and slight cocoa notes mingle pretty well together.

The flavor starts off with nice roasted coffee. Slight espresso notes. Flavorful but no too intense or overpowering. There is some nice coffee acidity to the brew as well. The malt backbone of the brew adds nice nutty notes such as some almonds and hazelnuts mixed in with slight cocoa notes and some mild caramel. The back end and middle of the brew has some nice coffee spice and acidity and there is some nice hop spice and bitterness that can be perceived as well. As the brew warms, the flavors really pop and work together well. Mouthfeel is nice and medium with smooth body and a nice carbonation that gives a crispy finish and compliments the grassy hop and bitter finish.

Pretty interesting brew. Definitely well crafted. I personally enjoy a bit more sweetness with coffee flavored brews but this is a great brew for what it is; a Coffee Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:40:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
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hardrock

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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tito42

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an Boulevard tulip. Batch 2013-1.

A: Deep mahogany with ruby hues, thick foamy copper head with great retention, lots of particulate and lively carbonation.

S: Dark roasted coffee, oats, malt, rye, earthy hops.

T: Strong malt presence, The Roasterie's Ethiopian Sidamo coffee, rye, earthy hops, and sugary finish.

M: Full-bodied, a bit chunky, with a sickly sweet finish. Not as sickly as the Chocolate Ale, but still a tad on the sweet side for my tastes. Minimal hops bitterness. The 9.3% ABV is masked well.

O: Nicely done. Everyone and their brother has done a coffee stout, so I like Boulevard's tack in collaborating with a local roasterie on an ale. This is my second bottle, I had my first immediately after the release, and I think the flavors profile has evened out the beer is a bit better overall after a couple months on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:53:22 | More by tito42
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-27-2013 01:46:20 | More by bbadger
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-27-2013 01:42:45 | More by kjkinsey
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champ103

Texas

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

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston

A: Pours a slightly hazed light brown/hazelnut color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute and eventually recedes. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Coffee grounds right up front and center. Coffee creamer, and lightly sweet in the nose. That is about it.
T: Again, big on the coffee and creamer. Maybe some toasted and sweet malt, though hard to tell. Pretty much everything is covered up by coffee grounds.
M/D: A medium body and a bit light on the carbonation. Silky smooth, but also a bit on the thin side for me. The alcohol is not very apparent, but with the huge coffee grounds character, this is more of a one and done for me.

Like everything from the Smokestack series, this is worth a try. Though not nearly as good as some of the other beers in series. More of a novelty, and something to try once for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 00:30:06 | More by champ103
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ButterflyBethie

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-26-2013 02:43:05 | More by ButterflyBethie
Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.