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Coffee Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Coffee AleCoffee Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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458 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%


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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portia99

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (batch 2013-2) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a milk chocolate brown in color, moderately hazy, two fingers of whipped creamy pale tan head with excellent staying power. Several minutes go by before it recedes to leave behind lots of foamy lacing.

S - Not surprisingly, this has a rather intense coffee aroma to it...medium roast with a bit of a peppery aspect to it. A touch of fruitiness, hints of light caramel, mild hop bitterness, a bit of yeast.

T - Didn't really detect the alcohol in the aroma but there is some noticeable booziness in the flavors...even overpowers the other flavors a bit. Coffee remains up front in the flavors. Some light astringency and plenty of estery fruitiness give way to some sugary sweetnesss towards the finish.

M - Medium body with a mid-level foamy/creamy carbonation to it. Fair amount of alcohol is present along with an astringency that fades to a lingering alcohol warmth and somewhat sweet finish.

O - Overall, good coffee beer - plenty of coffee flavor although the alcohol takes over a bit too much for me. Would definitely have this again if I come across it in the store.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:20:24 | More by portia99
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:33:19 | More by bluejacket74
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13; best by 10/13

A non-stout coffe ale? Gimme!

A: This sucker was all head and carbonation, however perhaps I should have let it breathe for a bit. Pretty much dark brown, caramel in color, with suspect cloudiness, and a super-duper mocha head.

S: Had pretty much a sort of caramel coffee, or toffee flair overall, with an over nose of steeped grains. Strong malt presence. Good.

T : A bit lighter in body that I expect, but still good. The word of the day on this one is most definitely "toffee." Nothing is really wrong here, but nothing mind-blowing either.

M: Ridiculous carbonation for sure... bordering on whipped topping in a bottle even. I've gotta admit though that that kinda worked in a strange way. I liked the dialed down bitterness.

O: Lots of great reviews on this one on here. To each his or her own, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:14:47 | More by Chaney
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DovaliHops

California

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/2013. So happy to see this and other Boulevard beers popping up in California. Pours a purple-brown color with quite a bit of deep red. You can slightly see through it when held up to light. Very large, light-tan head with a hint of yellow that goes down very slowly. Scent is quite interesting...very heavy on the coffee, but not what you normally expect from Coffee Stouts/Porters...which is what I'm used to. Slightly acidic nose with some green apple and orange...some citrus. As it warms, there is a lot of citrus. Mellow hoppiness with a hint of booze. The coffee is the main aroma here, but there is a lot more going on. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and highly carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is in a league of its own. Most coffee beers are in the form of stouts and porters...not this one. This one has somewhat of a Belgian strong ale characteristic to it...along the lines of a Dubbel (hence the green apple and whatnot), yet maintaing a heavy coffee profile. Very unique beer, and delicious to boot. High ABV is well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 08:09:10 | More by DovaliHops
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours dark cloudy brown, a lot like coffee with cream, go figure. Moderate surface layer with light lacing.

Aroma is all about dark roasted coffee.

Flavors are much more complex than the nose would suggest. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted peanuts with hint of smoky ash.

Medium bodied with a sweet creamy finish. Light to moderate carbonation with mild aftertaste.

Another winner from Boulevard. Simple but just complex enough to make it interesting. Excellent when paired with a chocolaty dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:18:35 | More by srhoadsy
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a small snifter style glass. One-time brew from early 2013.

Appearance - Black-brown in the glass, but has more of a cola/hazelnut appearance once the depth of the liquid is less and the head clears up. Foam is toasted marshmallow color with two fingers of head that retains for a bit before dissipating.

Smell - Fantastic. The aroma is all coffee notes. Roasty, rich, espresso and earthy smells.

Taste - More roasted coffee bean with some notes of caramel and spicy rye and malty sweetness. Some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly carbonated and lingering taste, but less intense than actual coffee.

Overall, an interesting beer. I can imagine it's fantastic to have along with dessert, and it's more of a sipping beer than something I'm going to tilt my head back and go to town on.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:09:55 | More by LambicPentameter
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big roasted coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, oats, brown bread, spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with big presence of the coffee with well balanced malt/hop complexity. Taste of roasted coffee beans, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, oats, light spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oats, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee with malt flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee ale. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:12:39 | More by superspak
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 19:21:31 | More by rlee1390
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:25:49 | More by wethorseblanket
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Bottled 03/2013, best by 10/2013
Glass: US pint glass

Ultimately, a good, but forgettable coffee with beer: who hasn't had a strongly coffee-forward malt beverage before, where the bean trumps the grain and flower in aroma and flavor? Boulevard shows technical competence here, but doesn't really produce something that's more than a one character beer, which is at once expected and disappointing at the same time. Then again, I suppose the name doesn't lie, either: this is a coffee ale, nothing else. If you like sweetened coffee, you'll enjoy this.

Pours a 1.5cm tall cap of foam, beige to tan in color, made up of small bubbles. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes, fading gradually to a thin layer of foam atop the body. Lacing is modest, a few spots and lines scattered around the inside of the glass. The body is a dark mahogany-caramel color, with light bringing out brighter shades of brown to the transparent base. Carbonation is visible, fairly active and numerous.

Aroma is primarily of coffee, like smelling inside an empty can of coffee grounds. At times, there's a slight sensation of caramel or roasted malt, but this presence is fleeting and ghostly. Would you expect a coffee ale to smell differently? What is exceptional about this?

The flavor is, primarily, of sweetened coffee, in this case sweetened by residual sugars and yeast byproducts. Tasting open with moderate roast, slightly sweetened coffee, leading to a mid-palate of largely the same, tempered by dark caramel and lightly roasted barleys. Back of palate finds slight astringency from coffee, bitterness from coffee/malt/hops, and continued sweet coffee. Aftertaste is of lingering coffee. I don't detect any characters of the hops that were used to "spice" this beer, other than their bittering properties, nor does it seem possible to detect the variety of grains that went into the mash. I know the beer would be different without them, but it's difficult to imagine what the difference would taste like.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a pleasantly foamy mouthfeel, perhaps a bit fizzy, yet with time smooth enough to glide across the palate rather effortlessly. No trace of ethanol burn in the nostrils or back of throat, surprising for a 9% ABV beer. Closes rather dry, but with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 05:21:53 | More by falloutsnow
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into snifter at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a creamy brown with a 3 finger head. As it settles down, tons of little bubbles in the head, that cling to the sides of the glass and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Nice chocolate coffee aroma, though not over powering or super noticeable like some Imperial Stouts on the market. More subtle. Slight sweetness on the aroma and perhaps even some cinnamon.

T: I went in thinking this was a Stout, it is not. Much closer to a creamy porter. BA has it as a strong ale, I would disagree with that. It's a spiced porter brewed with coffee IMO. Creamy, slight coffee, esp on the after taste. Caramel is also present. Getting some fig ntoes which I think is odd.

M: Medium bodied, though over carbonated. This makes it a bit harsh to drink, which I'm trying to remove by agitating the beer through out the drinking. Nice coffee bitter finish.

O: This is a alright beer, though not what I expected. I was expecting a stout, it's a porter brewed with coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd like, and got some fig notes which I didn't care for. Glad to have tried it, though its nothing special. Glad I only picked up one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 06:03:16 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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n2185

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:29:41 | More by n2185
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morimech

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 15:36:08 | More by morimech
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml served in a snifter
2013-4-10-2013

A - Dark brown with orange/red highlights. 2 fingers of fizzy tan head vanishes, leaving no trace behind.

S - Powerful nose of roasted coffee grinds and brown bread, spicy rye, amaretto, spicy hops, grain husk, alcohol brings notions of hazelnuts.

T - Cold coffee melded with heavy dose of bakers chocolate, roasted grains, toasted rye bread, tobacco, spicy hops show up mid palate along with amaretto, and some nuttiness. There's a tangyness toward the finish, alcohol sneaks in on the finish.

M - Light side of medium smooth carbonation, light to medium feel, thins out as it sets.

It's nice to see coffee in something other than a stout. Plenty of coffee with a spicy chocolate/rye backdrop. The alcohol pushes in a little but is expected. I don't see this aging very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 01:38:43 | More by StaveHooks
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 03:57:49 | More by Beaver13
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ksimons

New York

3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a chestnut brown with an overflowing head that slowly disappears

S-roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate

T-more coffee in the taste with bread like malt, and light dark chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden, very easy to drink.

M-medium body, light carbonation, slight roasted taste

Overall not as much coffee as I was hoping for, but a decent beer overall

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:15:30 | More by ksimons
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tut2528

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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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kojevergas

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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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tito42

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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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champ103

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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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chugalug06

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A bombastic hazelnutty foamy head on top of a folgers colored brew, nice clarity. Where's the lacing, Mr. Coffee?

EEkk. Tons of hazelnut, not my favorite. Caramel, toffee, milky, peppery,.

Light, airy, no bite, heavy carbonation with lots of milky hazelnut. Slight sweet funkyness goes unappreciated by me. Spicy, peppery, chocolate, toffee, messy. A miss.

This beer is a mess and is only considered a "coffee" brew due to it's over indulgence of hazelnut... After a slew of bad brews from Boulevard recently, they need to pull it together. Rye on rye is the only reason I bought this brew. Can't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:39:00 | More by chugalug06
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.