Chocolate Ale With Raspberry
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Chocolate Ale With RaspberryChocolate Ale With Raspberry
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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 12.18%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
90
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 13, 2019
Added:
Jan 02, 2016
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  37
SCORE
88
Very Good
Chocolate Ale With RaspberryChocolate Ale With Raspberry
Notes: We're always looking for playful new ways to approach the art of brewing, so we invited back celebrated chocolatier Christopher Elbow to reimagine our very popular collaboration, Chocolate Ale. Elbow has earned a worldwide reputation for his ability to harmonize all kinds of flavors with chocolate. For this exciting new version he has paired the bright flavors and aromas of raspberries for a fresh take on an old favorite.
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best By: 9/2016, consumed 1/12/19, so probably closed to 3 years old
Look: Semi-hazy ruby amber colored body with tan lacing, soft small carbonation
Smell: More of a raspberry-chocolate than a chocolate-raspberry. Smells like a delicious candy. Roasted brown sugar. Juicy fruit.
Taste: Much like the smell in that it is raspberry first. Don't get any of the 9.1% ABV. Fruity. Caramelly. Chocolately. Like something out of box of candies. Sweet. Proper amount of tartness.
Feel: Bottle was highly carbonated and foamy, but the beer is moderately lively. Foams up nicely on the palate. Clings to the mouth and tongue. Smooth going down. Enjoyable.
Overall: I want to drink this fast but it's so tasty that I ended up slowing down. Would get again if I ever found a bottle.
Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by Its_Dipset_Eyy from California

Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by roadrunner71 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer on Tap was awesome. It had a sour flavor at first with a chocolate after taste. I tried it and thought, wow, that is a lot of flavor! I had my friends try it and they loved it as well. I found a bottle at the store and it was not nearly as good, I would only give the bottle about 2.5/5. I have tried to find it on tap again but heard it was seasonal. I will keep my eyes out.
Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by TheBishopco from Tennessee

May 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Jul 30, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Batch Number L123015-2
Best By 09/2016
Consumed 06/24/17

A: Pours a mahogany color with 2 fingers if had that fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Lots of raspberry up front along with the chocolate and caramel maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the raspberry and some chocolate followed by some lighter malt notes and sweetness. On the sweeter side. Finishes with lingering raspberry and malted chocolate

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: The raspberry really asserts itself and takes the spotlight from the chocolate. Definitely a sipper due to the abv and sweetness. Considering this is about 9 months past its best by date, it clearly ages well. Definitely worth checking out if you're into the raspberry/chocolate combo
Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jun 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.1 by RickS95 from Indiana

Jun 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Pontzie from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Cage and cork bottle

L: pours a pretty dark brown especially for an ale. 1 finger head that left some thick lacing.

S: basically raspberries on top of chocolate or cocoa powder like chocolate. Good thing in a can of raspberries.

T: The raspberries are strong and cocoa powder taste is present. Overall I find it pretty tasty but something about the chocolate is more like cheap cocoa powder than a great dark chocolate.

F: good medium body carbonation. A forward creaminess with a back bite of sour raspberries leaves and interesting blend of stations in the mouth.

O: it's pretty drinkable. Nothing too challenging here but it is a bit flat on the character scale. In summation: its ok.
May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by jaketaz from Florida

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.91 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought On-Line

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee, vanilla, raspberries. The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of chocolate, toffee, raspberries, vanilla. Medium body, ABV is hidden really nice, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, would buy again.
Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.53 by Brob245 from Missouri

Feb 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Mitzvahman72 from California

1.27/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
This is a beer that is trying to be like the fantastic Chocolate Ale, but the overly medicinal raspberries completely overpowers everything in this beer. It tastes terrible and I would rather see the regular Chocolate Ale back, as it's beyond superior to the raspberry version.
Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color. It poured with a finger high off white (slightly pinkish) head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of raspberry purée are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of chocolate, the latter of which are most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel also seems to be a little light for the style.
O: As this beer is dominated by the raspberries, a better name would probably be Raspberry Ale with Chocolate. The balance gets a little better as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle
Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The color is hard to define as it is reddish, pinkish and brownish. The head is a slightly reddish tan that stays awhile and leaves a band or two of lacing. The aroma is like raspberry and cocoa with some faint sweetness. The taste is lightly sweet with a lot of raspberry up front with a nice coca aftertaste and some bitterness. This is a very tasty beer.
Jan 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle was poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson amber color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Powdered chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet and tart raspberry jam.

Taste: Dark chocolate raspberry jam, powdered confectioners chocolate, bready malts, and slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, decadent, sweet, a little chewy, desert like, light bodied, slight alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Got to admit that the raspberries compliment this beer more than previous versions of this beer.
Jan 02, 2017
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a murky brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of raspberries, chocolate, malt, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of a small amount of dark chocolate (not quite as much as I expected), some light malt notes, a good shot of raspberries, and the aforementioned sugary quality (caramel?). Not a bad flavor, but it's overly focused on the raspberries, and slightly ignores the chocolate. Uneven.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I won't say that this is my favorite Boulevard offering, but it is worth a look. It has its flaws, but is still drinkable.
Dec 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by SheaDawg from Oklahoma

Dec 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by ckollias from Maryland

Dec 05, 2016
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Reviewed by wyattgene from Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I am a local KC Boulevard die hard. I love most or their beers but the chocolate must be a love it or hate it kind of thing. My wife bought like 10 of these raspberry's and I just decided tonight to give it another try. I love heavy ales and I love dark chocolate but I just need to keep them separate I guess. Kind of like George Costanza on Seinfeld when he tries to combine sex and eating food simultaneously. It is a great concept but an ultimate failure. I would have to agree that the raspberry flavor is just fake tasting with a bitterness that just does not do it for me. Anyone interested in about 8 bottles?? I am donating these to the needy this holiday season. Sorry, gotta go, I need a stout after this debacle.
Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Prefabu from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I bought four bottles shortly after release. Availability was good, unlike in years past. At first taste I thought there was too little chocolate and far too much raspberry, and maybe that's accurate, but I grew to like this one quite a bit. It's incredibly easy drinking for 9+ ABV, and the raspberry flavor was quite good. Typically I've like fruit flavored beers only if it was fairly subtle, but the raspberry here had a nice tang. Definitely looking forward to this year's release, and I'll be buying more than four bottles this time.
Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by halo913 from Connecticut

Nov 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana

Nov 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a tall 750 with a cork: Reddish amber in color...mostly clear, with just a bit of haze...the head is huge, puffy, and white. Lots of raspberry in the aroma. It reminds me of a berry pie, mixed with a bit of malt. The taste is semi-dry, with loads of fruit notes. Raspberry, a little bitterness, some pale malt. I really had to look for the chocolate, but after the search, I do get a little roasted cocoa underneath the initial flavor...just very faint. Full in body, warming. Nice.
Oct 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by AMCPhD from Virginia

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by Jacob17 from Maine

Sep 25, 2016
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
9/17/16 bottle
Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Sep 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: This poured an opaque copper with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like raspberry jam and copper hops, with some bitter dark chocolate and biscuit malt.
T: It tasted like tart raspberries and sweet candy, with some bitter dark chocolate and copper hops and biscuit malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was an interesting brew, with nice balance of sweet and tart and bitter. The scent and taste were fairly complex and enjoyable, but not super delicious. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging. If this had been a stout but otherwise the same, it would have been good but forgettable. But since it was a lighter brew, it was more memorable.
Sep 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Burt from Rhode Island

2.13/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
This brew reminded me of the Land o Lakes raspberry hot chocolate the you added too much water to it. Then cooled down and carbonated. Couldn't finish this one. The each his own,
Sep 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Sep 14, 2016
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On-tap 9/11/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raspberries, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of raspberry flavor. Then some chocolate flavor follows along with a hearty malt character breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty if you like the raspberry & chocolate flavors, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while.
Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 27, 2016
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