Chocolate Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #123
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,870
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 15.9%
Ratings:
1,052
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 15, 2022
Added:
Feb 09, 2011
Wants:
  73
Gots:
  281
SCORE
84
Good
Chocolate AleChocolate Ale
Notes: One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting masterpieces in chocolate for more than ten years. In that time the reputation of his artistic delicacies has spread around the globe. Elbow’s sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients; in that adventurous spirit we joined forces to bring you a very special Chocolate Ale.

In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.

24 IBU
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3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on May 15, 2022
 
3.85 by sbuck from New Mexico on Mar 19, 2022
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dr_lager from Washington

For a chocolate beer, this was surprisingly un-chocolatey. But definitely sweet as it warms up, which makes it easy drinking with just a slight bite at the end. It's decent but maybe a bit bland for my taste.

Mar 12, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Iamaskier from Idaho

L: Reddish brown, silty, not much of a head.
S: Sweet. Lots of banana, a hint of milk chocolate.
T: Banana bread. Banana and esters at first, becoming milk chocolate and vanilla, and a hint of spicy hops.
F: Smooth, moderate carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable.
O: Pretty good, though it doesn’t have as much chocolate as I’d expect. It’s also a bit too sweet, and the chocolate that is there has a bit of an artificial flavor.

Mar 12, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jbolger from Connecticut

2/28/22 A surprising & unique brew. Expected a dark, sweet ale. Instead, it’s light, not sweet at all & very drinkable. Vanilla with chocolate overtones. Would not seek out but wouldn’t mind having another.

Mar 01, 2022
 
4.23 by LizT from Texas on Feb 25, 2022
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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CastleBravo

Drinking this from a bottle poured into a snifter.

This was not what I expected when I bought this beer. I expected a dark beer, maybe brown or black. It is dark, but instead of a chocolate color this is a reddish amber beer. There isn't a tremendous amount of nose - I get candy sugar and fruit, similar to Belgian-style Dubs that I have enjoyed in the past. It's also a bit cloudy with noticeable floaties that I assume are tumbled sediment.

Flavor-wise I was also in for a surprise. There seems to be quite a bit more vanilla than chocolate in this brew, or at least that is what I taste. Again, I get candy-sugar. It's a pleasant beer, but it seems odd to call this a chocolate ale.

Overall a good brew, but probably not one that I would pick up again at least if I am looking for a Chocolate Ale.

Feb 13, 2022
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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

color is light amber, very cloudy,

smell is cacao and bread

taste, cacao, ale, vanilla, banana, caramel,

feel: thin, watery, easily chugable,

overall: this beer surprised me. when you call it chocolate, you will think of black, bitter, stout, etc, however this beer is none of those. I missed the second word. it's "ale", which I'm actually not a big fan, but it get it's job done, it's chocolaty ale... however it is pricey.

Feb 10, 2022
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

I really enjoy this, the chocolate blends very well so it reminds me of say the organic chocolate stout from Samuel Smith. I'm sure some may want more but idk im very pleased with this as a chocoholic.

Jan 12, 2022
 
3.62 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Dec 22, 2021
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tom_Hoover from Texas

Like tge sweet smooth rasre

Nov 28, 2021
 
3.5 by Mikeking99 from Florida on Nov 01, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

12oz bottle pours a very cloudy, murky medium orange with a noticeable amount of floating sediment and virtually no head. Smell is overpowering as you stick your nose in the glass, with very pungent earthy odors. Taste is surprisingly light for the high alcohol, with no detectable alcohol. Flavor is complex and inviting, with notes of malt, cacao nib, vanilla, dried fruit, earth, and a small bite at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, very drinkable.

An interesting and very good beer.

Sep 26, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Surprisingly pale, dark coppery color - if one is expecting something more along the lines of a stout or porter. Hue fits with a dark amber/red ale. Tons of sediment out of suspension, although very few of the floaties are large or unattractive. Head production and retention are excellent.

Very pleasant nose, a soft blend of caramel, cola, pine, citrus, vanilla, and chocolate. The focus is on the malts, but the hops provide adequate balance. Doesn't overpower with chocolate notes.

Similar on the palate: fairly balanced and even. Nuts, banana, cola, and prune notes up front; Boulevard's Belgian-style approach is showing through, as it is quite reminiscent of a Dubbel, even with a slightly dry spicy finish. Chocolate flavors don't particularly stand out apart from the malt base and yeast expression; somewhere around mid-sip, you can notice a slightly dry and bitter cacao rise from the mix, but it quickly falls back into the mix - not unpleasantly, but perhaps a little bit disappointing. The vanilla is actually more expressive on the front half than the chocolate.

Drinks very easily, especially for the imperial-strength ABV. In terms of feel, thickness, and alcohol heat, it comes in somewhere between an amber or brown ale and a Dubbel. I don't quite want to sip and savor as slowly as I would for a Dubbel, but neither do I want to dive in with big, frequent sips like with a slightly more balanced red ale.

I would be very interested to try the chocolate Elbow selected for this beer on its own, to see just how much its unique flavor is imparted to the overall proceedings. Still, while I think this beer falls perhaps a touch shy of its potential, it's really solid overall. Setting proper expectations going into this one is key, but this is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to revisit or grab a four pack.

Jun 23, 2021
 
4.31 by Vylo from New Jersey on May 13, 2021
 
3.75 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Mar 16, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Boulevard Chocolate Ale has a medium, off-white head, a translucent, light tan appearance, with some bubbles and lots of light sediment chunks. There is some lacing. The aroma is of, maybe, a faint white bread crust, but there really isn't much smell. The taste features touches of cocoa, some harsh grain burn, vanilla, and oddly-high bitterness. Boulevard Chocolate Ale has a medium body and finishes mostly dry.

RJT

Mar 11, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by backblast from Alaska

This is an interesting one. It reminds me of a Hersey's chocolate bar w/almonds - just a hint but neither chocolate nor almonds but the slight flavor of both mixed. There's also a bread presence along with malt and caramel. It is rather light in mouthfeel and flavors. It leaves you wondering what it really is.

Feb 22, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Label is marked for best by date of 02DEC2021.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Tight egg shell white head. Some lacing follows down the glass.
Aroma is toasted malts with a slight addition of chocolate and vanilla.
Taste goes through a progression of flavors - more malt and vanilla at the beginning and then more chocolate at the end. Very little aftertaste. All in all a lighter tasting ale.
Medium mouth feel with some smooth coating. Numbs the tongue. Good carbonation.
Expresses as a delicate ale with balanced touches of cacao and vanilla, along with the malts. Better savored in small sips that allow the beer to warm in the mouth. Far from overly sweet.

Feb 20, 2021
 
3.8 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Feb 18, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

Pours amber with a flimsy off-white froth. Doesn't scream hearty chocolate ale, but then again, it's not advertised as a "hearty" chocolate ale, and just because that is what I was assuming it would be just makes an ass of me I suppose.

Smells nice with burnt sugar, caramel and medium fruits such as plum and persimmon.

More ripened, sweet medium fruits on the tongue with copious amounts of burnt sugar, sweet chocolate and some herb in the finish.

Medium in body with a well-concealed alcohol heat.

Not a bad beer by any means, just no the beer I was looking for.

Feb 15, 2021
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2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by rickw12 from Texas

I'm not enough of a beer connoisseur to know how all the above items should be rated. The beer looked fine, except that chocolate ales I've had before have been dark. I was surprised when this poured out light. I was even more surprised when I detected no chocolate whatsoever in the taste. This a light ale; it certainly isn't strong. I gave it a 3 on the taste because it was okay for a light ale; if I rate the taste according to the expected chocolate taste, it would get less than 1. If I spend $14 for four beers, I think it's reasonable to expect they will match the label. This will make me suspicious of any Boulevard label.

Feb 08, 2021
 
3.71 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Sep 18, 2020
 
3.64 by bplabernie from Michigan on Aug 02, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a hazy light coppery brown with a modest head, soon diminishing to a ring. In the nose, it is alcohol forward, with some chocolate and vanilla notes. In the mouth, vanilla comes out strongly, with cocoa and malt behind.

Jul 31, 2020
 
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
 
3.75 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Jul 07, 2020
 
3.54 by prototypic from Ohio on May 30, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by H-TownMcBuck from Texas

Nut brown, copper, and slight orange color, very appealing. Smell of chocolate, caramel, and bready. Malty flavor as expected, nice subtle chocolate undertones, not overwhelming. Poured from tap and not much carbonation. Overall a another solid beer from Boulevard. Good for after dinner.

May 26, 2020
 
4.19 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on May 22, 2020
 
3.94 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on May 08, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; very little acing;

S: chocolate and brown sugar;

T: chocolate, brown sugar and caramel from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end; chocolate lingers through the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: I was concerned that this would be cloyingly sweet; instead, it was a beer with some chocolate in the flavor/aroma profile;

Apr 29, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

Pours a nice clear amber color with lots of foam that subsides quickly. Aroma I get an amber malt with just hints of the chocolate. Taste is similar in you get a lot of the flavor from the malt with a hint of cocoa and a nice boozy finish. Pretty smooth overall and a nice brew for a rainy day. Not entirely what I was expecting but thats the fun in trying something different. Cheers

Apr 23, 2020
 
3.73 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Apr 16, 2020
 
3.66 by beerrat from Virginia on Mar 22, 2020
 
3.94 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 18, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

Collaboration with Christopher Elbow. Enjoy by 12/15/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; small light khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas have some caramel and toffee along with some mild hints of vanilla. I'm not really picking up on the chocolate, although you can pick up some hints of it if you dig deep. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way. More hints of toffee and vanilla. Some banana in the mix. Some raisins and dark fruits. The chocolate is mild and subtle in the flavor department as well. Some bread and toast. Low bitterness, but it's not really sweet. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part although there's a subtle warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid brew. This isn't exactly what I'd expect from a "Chocolate Ale", but it's still nice and enjoyable nonetheless.

Feb 17, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, resulting in a bit of head that quickly faded to nothing. The color appeared golden brown while pouring, but was closer to a red Amber when looking through a full glass. Smell is a slightly fruity malt, very pleasant and refreshing. Taste is light biscuit malt first, a bit of fruit, followed by a subtle chocolate flavor. Light body with light carbonation. Very interesting ale with nice chocolate hints.

Feb 10, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Gajo74 from New York

On tap at George Keeley, NYC.

Pours a dark mahogany color, with a wisp of a head that quickly dissipates. A thin ring of lacing retains throughout the drink.

Soft and subtle aromas of cacao nibs, chocolate and toffee. As the nose opens up further, there are hints of dark fruit and a biscuity and toasty malt profile.

The taste opens with robust and biscuity malts complimented by flavors of cacao nibs, dark chocolate and caramel. However, I find it interesting how developing flavors of dark fruit, red grape and plum, evoke a Belgian Dubbel or strong dark ale like taste. It is even more apparent in the dry finish, which prevents this drink from being too sweet. The bitterness is low with a touch of earthy hops presence. Medium bodied, perhaps a little thin, with a smooth mouthfeel.

A decent, well crafted and balanced brew, albeit, not the most interesting thing I’ve ever drank.

Feb 07, 2020
Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1052 ratings