Chocolate Ale With Raspberry | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Ale With RaspberryChocolate Ale With Raspberry

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 128
Photo of erk0607
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.

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Photo of roadrunner71
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
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

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Photo of Pontzie
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line


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.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of FriedSlug
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of wyattgene
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.

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Photo of Prefabu
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of Burt
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,

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of ccg
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Way too much carbonation, so it fills the glass with foam, but when it starts to settle, it leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. It's a dark orange color in the body. It's definitely an interesting look.
There is a ton of raspberry on the nose. It's quite a clear note, but it's so strong and dominant that it seems unbalanced and almost artificial.
The flavor is better balanced. The chocolate comes through in the flavor, and the raspberry is more subtle. There's a bit of tartness to keep it from being too sweet.
Feel is surprisingly good despite the excessive foam when first poured.

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Photo of gibgink
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brown with small head. Initially I was going to give this beer a little lower rating, but the old adage of "let it warm up" came into play. Starts off as a raspberry ale, and I thought the chocolate was overpowered, but as it warmed up, the same slight chocolate taste started to show itself. Would drink again. I did notice that this beer does have a best by date of 9/16.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Batch number L123015-2, best by 09-2016. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with a couple inch off-white head with a reddish tinge to it. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like raspberries and raspberry candy along with some chocolate. It tastes like raspberry candies, fresh raspberries, chocolate and Tootsie Rolls. I think the raspberry flavor is a lot stronger than the chocolate is. It's more sweet than tart, but for the most part it's balanced pretty well. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable brew, I think it's definitely worth a try especially if you like raspberry beers. $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Rocketbird
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

strong raspberry smell, almost no chocolate smell. No head to speak of, appears cloudy orange and minimally carbonated. Thick bodied, strong raspberry flavor. Pretty good actually. Odd aftertaste. Never got any chocolate at all, maybe on the aftertaste after having a second taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate Ale with Raspberries pours a hazy reddish brown color, with a nice lacing head. Aroma is a fresh raspberry aroma. Taste is creamy, very little chocolate, with big fresh real raspberry flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, a less sweet but natural flavored beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a deep, opaque, raspberry coloring with a ton of small bubbled carbonation feeding a tall, frothy, foamy, off-white head. Nose of tart raspberry sweetness, hints of milk chocolate, and subtle roasted notes. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, cherry and raspberry, blending with a roasted and sweet milk chocolate backbone. Light, slick, and crisp bodied, with a very tart raspberry and chocolate aftertaste. Slick, light, and cloying finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $4.00 (special price for Wednesday night)
Purchased: April 6, 2016
Consumed: April 6, 2016
Misc.: N/A

I’m a sucker for raspberry beers and this one really piqued my interest. Wasn’t a fan of Boulevard’s Chocolate Ale, but I’ll throw all of that out of the window when raspberry is involved. Let’s go!

Poured a caramel, auburn, murky color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki frothy head when I got it. Good, circular, foamy lacing all the way down. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled raspberry, cherry, that raspberry puree inside a Danish and light hints of chocolate late. Kind of reminding me of one of those chocolate, raspberry pillow candies. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was much better than the nose. Wow. Getting a real nice mix of chocolate and raspberry. Nicely balanced, still reminding me of that hotel pillow candy. Could drink this all day. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation, Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this and would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color, head, look and everything was very nice but what stood out the most was the fresh raspberry flavor and the nice balance of milky chocolate that balanced it very well. This was an awesome beer and the 9.1% abv was hidden quite well..

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Photo of dmnota
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky red-brown with a luxurious, thick tanned head. Smells slightly sour but is dominated by chocolate cake covered in syrupy raspberries. Slightly over-carbonated. Tart raspberries and cherry with lasting dark chocolate. Not overly rich or filling like you'd expect from stout with a similar profile. The richness and medium body hides the booze very well.

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Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 128 ratings