Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
Another beer from the Smokestack series. Plenty of great brews have come out of this series. I'm always looking for another good coffee brew. Coffee ale looks good. A dark mahogany brown is topped of by two and a half fingers of khaki head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.
The aroma doesn't disappoint. Plenty of coffee aromas stand out. Fresh coffee grounds hit first. Some earthy notes round out the coffee. Some sweet malt shows up beneath the coffee. A bit of bitter sweet chocolate rounds out the nose.
Taste is no less impressive. Sweet coffee notes stand strong. Bitter sweet chocolate notes flow beneath the coffee. Earthy notes in the nose are a bit lighter on the palette. Some light herbal hops notes try to cut the malt and coffee. More coffee and chocolate notes in the sweetish finish.
Coffee ale has a somewhat strong carbonation, but doesn't lighten the beer too much.
This is definitely a coffee lovers beer. Its not an overpowering coffee quality, but clearly coffee dominates. The 9.3% alcohol is kept well in check. For its strength, this is quite the easy drinker. Another nice addition to the smokestack series.
04-07-2013 04:21:21 | More by Sweasty
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
There's been a lot of build up here in KC, with people looking forward to this meeting of two local companies, but without the overzealousness that accompanied the Chocolate Ale.
While it doesn't look like anything Boulevard has brewed before, it does resemble a dark brown ale or two that I've enjoyed. The head is huge on pour, with it receding to a steady lip afterwards.
Good nose - kind of like the old downtown Folgers plant here in KC used to be, magically filling the night air with the scent of roasted beans.
That's a pretty unique take on coffee - big-time roasted, malty, oats, like what you would expect from an exceptional stout, but with the notable difference of the mouthfeel. I'm not getting any hoppiness until the coffee fades away and even then it's muted and subtley piney. The ABV is really well hidden.
Quite demonstrably an ale, without the creaminess that would accompany a stout, but with aromatics that bubble and percolate, letting the coffee really come through.
Oh goodness - while it doesn't bring forth any flavors that haven't been previously revealed in coffee, it brings them to this beer in a big way. Just great.
04-07-2013 02:58:44 | More by mdcrouser
3.93/5 rDev -2%
On-tap @ Brewforia Meridian ID; served in a tulip.
A: Body is a clear, dark amber; head is off-white to the point of being nearly yellow, not very much of it though...a little lace as I swirl.
S: Smooth coffee component, grounds and fresh-smelling but not overpowering at all. Layers of malty & bready sweet complexity, caramel, a light fruitiness and even hints of an earthy spice in the hopping.
T: Follows the nose...smooth start to finish, which surprises me as coffee beers are usually more bitter. Bready caramelly notes again...sweetness is pretty moderate though, everything is balanced well. Hints of fruitiness (yeast?) and earthy hopping.
MF: Medium bodied, the high alcohol is really well hidden. Lower carbonation lends to a smooth, creamy body start-to-finish...not too dry or bitter at all.
O: Unique for sure, and definitely decent. Strikes me as a casual coffee-drinkers ale and definitely separates itself from roasty, bitter, in-your-face coffee stouts; I just happen to prefer those other stouts.
04-04-2013 19:34:24 | More by Scotchboy
3.71/5 rDev -7.5%
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!
04-02-2013 19:52:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.59/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is a deep ruby mahogany. A cream colored head takes forever to recede. Lines and spots of foamy lacing stay on the glass.
Aroma: Dry coffee grounds, flaked oats, malts, chalky cocoa.
Taste: Cold coffee, leading into a dry bitter chocolate. A hearty oat component adds depth.
Mouthfeel: Dry and medium.
Overall: A delicious brew where the high ABV is completely hidden. Awesome coffee component.
03-30-2013 01:48:05 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.61/5 rDev +15%
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.
03-28-2013 16:51:35 | More by sammygt
4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Very dark brown walnut color, first pour had a two inch head(!) that slowly rose to 2 1/2 inches (which overflowed from glass). Average dissipation of head over 30 secs.
S: An airy, coffee smell; not overpowering but certainly there. Imagine walking down the coffee aisle at your local grocery store with a stopped up nose; you can tell it's coffee and you're also not overwhelmed by it; pleasant toffee smell as well.
T: It's just good, solid. Can barely taste the 9.2% in this guy. Really a good sipping beer, even a little sip will produce the full on flavor. I think i taste some hazelnut too... guy at liquor store said over the course of a day they sold two (2) crates worth (approx 50-75 bottles total)
M: Minimal carbonation, longer than typical aftertaste.
O: Overall, a solid beer with a punch (flavor-wise and ABV-wise) that doesn't get old after one glass. A great partnership between The Roasterie and Boulevard Brewing! A must try!
03-27-2013 04:02:40 | More by CBrotherton
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours deep mahogany with nice ruby highlights. Large frothy light tan head that lasts a very long time. Very carbonated. Stick lacing.
The aroma is earthy and chocolatey coffee. Roast and some dark fruits. Spice, cinnamon, maybe a small amount of noble hop character. Warming alcohol becomes more present over time.
Again coffee in the flavor. More fruit forward, but dominated by roasted coffee. A mild amount of bitterness balanced with sweet caramel malts. Some spiciness as well.
Highly carbonated but still with a silky character. The finish leaves the earthy character of the coffee.
Very nice coffee aroma and flavor. Despite the high ABV, this is very drinkable. I'm a fan of the concept as well. Why not really let the coffee shine without being muddled by roasted malts with a very similar character?
03-22-2013 14:50:46 | More by sjccmd
Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.