Chocolate Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HOPPYKC on 02-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 966 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of GarrettB
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 25th, 2015 - The big surprise here occurs when a chocolate ale pours a more like an IPA in color, slightly hazy and light brown with very little head to speak of. The aroma is a little tangy, with raspberry and hazelnut notes, and a gentle floral layer that reminds me of Hawaii. The palate is quite foamy, starting bright with some graham cracker sweetness. This is also a curious extension of the mismatched expectations in appearance and color. The tanginess is bright but not fruity (mango, perhaps) with some almond and almond butter extensions. It's a weird but good beer, and pushes the envelope on flavors without using extreme methods like barrel aging.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a straight amber color, it has flavors of dried fruits and apricot along with midrange malts and caramel, along with a splash of starfruit added to the aroma. Along the way, there is a good amount of cocoa nibs and milk chocolate that mesh well with the beer. Overall, it is a sweet yet citrusy chocolate beer. It is also diary-free! That way, those who don’t mix meat and dairy together can have this beer with a meat meal. Other good chocolate options are the Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Trader Joe’s, Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing, the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing as well as the Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Other similar beers are the Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company, Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing and the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 6/12/15 on draft @ the Village Inn.

Murky orange rust appearance.

Khaki head; decent lace.

Mildly sour fruit in the nose. Odd.

Medium mouthfeel.

Faint chocolate flavor with a stale, sour garbage water finish. I hope the line was dirty or something; this was gross.

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Photo of zac16125
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle into a tulip
No bottling dates

A: Murky, browish copper, small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. 2.5

S: Aroma is interesting. There is chocolate there, but also something else that seems a bit off, malted wheat maybe. There an almost spicy character to it. There’s just not a long going on here. 3

T: Taste is ok. I’m not really sure what the base beer style is, in fact I have no clue which after closee to 950 full reviews doesn’t happen to me often anymore, my guess would be wheatwine (looking it up I see its an American Strong Ale). There is some chocolate, but its not particularly strong, or even good. Also some bitterness. Not much else. 2.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is well restrained, drinkability is average. 3

O: I’ve generally found the Boulevard Smokestack series to be really good, but honestly this is just a huge miss for me. I’m not really sure what they were trying to do, but regardless I think its pretty safe to say they did not succeed. My recommendation would be to pass on this one. 2.75

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of monty79_1997
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Great cap & cork top to start....nice fog that comes out of the bottle upon opening! The brew itself pours a toffee color with background notes of red and is partially hazy from yeast and chilling, plus has a solid looking head that is eggshell color. The head is two fingers thick and retains rather well, becoming more pillow like as time goes on. The carbonation appears to be robust and rather aggressive, with lots of big bubbles rising to the top. Lacing is modest at best....very small patchwork of foam clings to the side of the glass.

S- There is plenty of grainy sweet malt, hints of caramel/toffee, slight nuttiness, cocoa nibs, vanilla and there is a smooth alcoholic tone throughout on my nostrils....I guess at this alcohol level there should be right?!....not much else going on....perhaps some slight hop bitterness on the finish.

T- Ok, this is most interesting.....definitely there is chocolate flavors that are more along the lines of milk chocolate in terms of sweetness. Hints of caramel and nuts, and weirdly enough, I am picking up flavors of weak cherry, apple and apricot. There are moments of alcoholic presence but surprisingly it is rather smooth instead of bold as I was expecting. The finish is clean and with just enough of a lingering presence to remind me that I had a taste of something good!

M/O- Smooth character with plenty of velvety carbonation to provide flavor bursts at every moment. The alcohol warms up in the belly rather than on the palate. I find overall that this is rather drinkable and while I probably wouldn't dabble into a second in one sitting, I think the sweet balanced nature of this one can and will catch up with anyone rather quickly. I recommend this's rather nice!

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Photo of Nazzz
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish golden amber in color. Hazy in appearance. Not that chocolaty. Sweet amber malt and grain flavors. Still pretty good. Maybe the appearance and color are throwing me off here.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich copper look very deceiving smell of biscuits and hint of chocolate t:chocolate almost like Nutella like

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tsgooch79
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange amber color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Powdery milk chocolate, vanilla, bready malts, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Pretty much a chocolate forward brew. Not overpowering, but chocolately delicious. Some chewy notes and booze in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium to full bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: Will have to say that thus would be a great sharing or desert beer amongst friends and family. Good to get another Boulevard beer off the list.

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Photo of dental
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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