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Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 20
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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kustard

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-19-2013 00:41:56 | More by kustard
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-18-2013 23:59:30 | More by Sparky44
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-17-2013 21:22:54 | More by SalukiAlum
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan, creamy head into a snifter that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - strong roasted coffee and chocolate.
t - big coffee flavors with some chocolate sweetness to balance it out. a little boozy.
m - creamy but a little thin for the style.
o - good beer but my least favorite of the smokestacks. i was underwhelmed and was left feeling something was missing.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 20:41:51 | More by GPHarris
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Titans77

Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter. 2013 edition

A - Dark brown with a finger and a half of khaki head that dissipates rather quickly. Solid looking.

S - Big coffee grounds and malts. Some slight dark fruits and caramel/toffee in the background.

T - Huge coffee up front. Wow, this is a coffee bomb. Some slight fruit and and caramel malt in the background. I love the coffee forwardness of this brew.

M - Mild to light carbonation with a sweet coffee finish. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very refreshing for a coffee beer that isn't a stout.

O - Wow, this is a coffee lovers beer! Not a stout, but a very good, integrated beer with coffee and caramel malts. I think this beer is a hidden gem. If this could make it in 6 packs, i would be so happy!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 20:00:22 | More by Titans77
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-16-2013 15:01:49 | More by lunarbrew
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Old Spot in Salem, MA 4/15/13 -

A - Lightest coffee beer I've seen, way more of an ale than a stout or a porter as far as darkness. Golden brown hue with coffee tone. A thin head with almost no retention except for a thin lacing surrounding the top of the beer as it descends.

S - Smells like rich delicious dark roasted drip coffee with a bit of alcohol.

T - Tastes like good quality Arabica coffee with a sweet and sour hop body. Pleasant coffee notes follow through upon exhalation.

M - True coffee mouthfeel with light carbonation.

O - Overall a strong beer with a gourmet coffee scent and taste. It's like a dark dry-roasted coffee. The hops offset the coffee taste nicely and don't conflict. Lighter body than most coffee beers with a pleasant wallop of alcohol

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 13:28:59 | More by JordanPhraczek
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-16-2013 06:32:27 | More by pixieskid
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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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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2013 03:00:43 | More by Dactrius
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NSK79

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-16-2013 02:42:29 | More by NSK79
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daledeee

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle. I thought this was a stout when I bought it. Anyway...

Poured an almost opaque dark brown. Head was medium and went away.

Nose is roasted malt, charred wood and coffee.

Taste is roasted coffee bean, malt but not very bitter at all. Fairly sweet too. I like it.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is one satisfying brew. Alcohol is not "hot". I hope they keep this one in their rotation. It is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 22:31:36 | More by daledeee
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TychoNDC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-15-2013 17:41:07 | More by TychoNDC
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-15-2013 14:40:10 | More by capnamerica
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-15-2013 00:54:04 | More by steve8robin
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Tone

Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, strong coffee, alcohol, hops, sweet malt, and a hint of toffee. The coffee is strong and fresh tasting, but not over-powering in mouth feel; very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 13:10:16 | More by Tone
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany amber with considerable off-white fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate. Not much in the way of lacing. The nose presents prominent maltiness, bready sweetness, caramel malt, and present but not overpowering coffee. Lacking body and viscosity expected for a 9.3% ABV stout, the taste coincides with the nose; muted caramel intertwined with stringent maltiness and underwhelming coffee. I wasn't wildly impressed with the Smokestack Series as a whole, and while this isn't a bad beer, it definitely doesn't hold up to the more exalted coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:36:21 | More by GetTheYayo
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-13-2013 17:27:26 | More by Haybeerman
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-13-2013 16:17:21 | More by wdarcy77
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2013 01:39:27 | More by arniepnminne
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scratch69

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Fresh brewed coffee aroma with a light hint of caramel malt.

Taste- Coffee and caramel malt flavor with faint hints of cocoa and herbal hops. There is no hint of alcohol from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good tasting beer and a nice change from the usual coffee stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 23:10:52 | More by scratch69
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-12-2013 20:44:57 | More by bsuedekum
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-11-2013 19:39:07 | More by pirmannt1
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I knew not to expect a black beer, but I was still surprised at the lightness in color—more light bronze than dark brown. Really good head formation, retention, and lacing.

Smell also surprised me in that I expected more but what I got was still very nice. The coffee really does shine through, whereas normally I get so much roasted malt added to the mix, which results in a larger overall aroma. But this one is more subtle though no less noticeable and enjoyable. Not exactly fresh coffee grounds, more freshly brewed coffee.

Taste is straight forward, allowing for the coffee to shine through. It’s actually pretty amazing how overall light in flavor and weight it is considering the ABV. Very drinkable though not especially wowing. It reminds me a lot of their Chocolate Ale in its base.

I enjoyed this beer and am happy to have tried it; however, I wish I could have just gotten a glass at a bar and not bought a whole bottle. I don’t think it was quite worth the $13 or so I spent to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 13:49:05 | More by JEdmund
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-09-2013 21:23:37 | More by Whiskeydeez
Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.