Chocolate Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
964 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Chocolate AleChocolate Ale

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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of GTB
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost completely opaque, deep, dark amber color with three fingers of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toasted malt, brown sugar and caramel and chocolate. There’s also notes of honey. Quite nice.

Taste: Wow! Very nice flavors! Lots of toasted malt up front, a little bready, but more like cake, birthday cake, actually. Next come flavors of caramel, honey and brown sugar-like sweetness. Finally, the beer finishes with lots of semi-sweet chocolate. Quite delicious. The chocolate is definitely pronounced, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, very creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.1%, there is a slight, pleasant, alcohol warmth on the palate, otherwise the alcohol is very well masked.

Overall: This is a very pleasant, very tasty, very unique beer. Malty and chocolaty, with some nicely balanced sweetness. I’m really, really, digging it! Another great beer from Boulevard!

 1,127 characters

Photo of dogfish7
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like chocolate this is the beer for you.
Literally tasted like a liquid tootsie roll.

The pour was a medium-golden brown, semi-transparent. The head didn't stick around too long but get a quick wiff of what it had to offer and sip away.

The mouthfeel was light, easy to move around the pallet if served around the right temperature.

The finish was pretty silky, I got a lot of tootsie roll out of it, which it made it very much like a desert beer.

I probably couldn't drink more than 8-10 oz at a time so I would recommend a bottle share if you get the 750.

 568 characters

Photo of Kcskeils
4.7/5  rDev +25%

Photo of brureview
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

I am a firm believer in the best glassware for the style of beer: in this case, the Boulevard tulip fit the bill. It is not as convex as the typical tulip, and this may be very important to savoring this beer.

The beer pours a small head with a dark amber tea coloring.

There is a smell of chocolate on the surface, which introduces light carbonation and tanginess.

The finish is solid milk chocolate.

There is a distinct character to this beer. It's a sipper. A lot of thought went into its brewing. My favorite Boulevard to date.

 608 characters

Photo of Phishyninja
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expected this one to be darker, initially thought she brought the wrong beer but one whiff set me straight. Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. And quite strong at 9.1%, which means I only get 1 tonight (I'll be back)... Delicious, would enjoy again!

PS: having left KS for CA 13 years ago, I am reminded (far too infrequently) how great a brewery Boulevard is, those guys are crushing it.

 396 characters

Photo of turamarth
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the moment that I heard about this beer I was super excited to drink it. Especially while i was on a tour, I saw a box of vanilla sitting out on the brewery floor, and pondered to my self, "this must be in their chocolate ale". And I was Correct in this assumption.

Right off on the pour it is a nice dark amber color. Not what one would expect for a chocolate ale. The head is a little off white, with tiny little bubbles and don't really lace too well (could be the glass).

The nose here is an interesting bouquet of smells. Right off, the chocolate isn't quite in the forefront. I get some interesting fruits, round fruity flavors. Next there is some nice grassy smelling hops. They add a nice level of brightness and spice. Then we get to the chocolate, which isn't quite as hidden as I may have made it seem. But, it is there, framed by the other notes.

The first sip that I had of this was really awesome. It literally melts on your tongue then proceeds to melt the rest of you. There is quite a bit on the tongue that is in the nose. The fruits are there. The grassiness is there. The alcohol plays a little bit on the taste here. Nothing detracting in my opinion. The chocolate here is really nice and intriguing. At first, I didn't see where everyone is coming with all the bitter darks. I kept getting the same flavor/smell of what the center of a tootsie pop. But, now on a proper drink there is indeed that bitter chocolate. Leave a finish that is, bitter sweet, dark, and dry.

This mouthfeel is nice, smooth. Silky. Lush in the start of the drink but leaves a nice dry feel. A nice carbonation adds its brightness to this.

All in all this is one damn unique and tasty beer. Perfect for a night, (there will only be one or two...or none..depending) where you can just sit down with a trashy novel and read you single sorrows away.

 1,855 characters

Photo of Powli
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BEWARE!!! I had this beer last week on release day and today on tap (in disbelief). It smelled of delicious chocolate somewhere between milk and dark. It tasted fantastic, somewhere between the two again. The look was the last thing I would expect to be a chocolate ale, but had a fantastic deep amber transparent color with a fair head. Mouthfeel was great.

Enter the bottle. Nothing similar. Nothing even close. Shocked at the difference and sincerely disappointed at the lack of consistency between bottle and tap. The bottle tasted and smelled much more like a spicy saison. Luckily I got 2. I will be placing the second in bottle conditioning temperatures for a few months to see how well it develops.

Overall. I'm not sure I could even pick out the fact that these came from the same brewery between tasting both mediums.

On tap: 4.75/5

Bottle: 2.5/5

Severely frustrated with these results!

 901 characters

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look-Almost amber in color. Very light light brown if even that.
Smell-Nothing too strong, possible a little chocolate but nothing overwhelming
Taste-Taste is more sweet chocolate than anything else. It really isn't very good.
Feel-Stays with you mouth a little bit.
Overall-Glad i tried it because I was so curious. But I really don't think I'll be buying anymore.

 367 characters

Photo of RexlySnipes
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearence on this beer was very good very dark with a good head on it .
The smell was awesome, and the taste was very good with suttle hints of dark chocolate. Very smooth on the tongue and kinda heavy overall was a great beer one of the best chocolate stouts that ive had and one of the best in the smoke stack series.

 324 characters

Photo of 2xTwice
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a touch drunky a bit right now, but it's been a good night, Boulevard Chocolate Ale followed by Smithwicks, Duvel, and Schlitz.

A: Looks like an amberish red ale? Kinda? Not what I expected from a "Chocolate" beer. At this point, I was all like, hmm.

S: Smells like approx. 75% cacao chocolate. Hmmmm.

T: What the hell, it's like drinking a dark chocolate bar, it doesn't make any sense. Swallow and exhale through the nose, it's bizzarro. The beer taste shows up for a cameo and then exits, after that it's Choco Villa.

I could picture this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. Really. It is very delicious, but the best example I have ever found of a "dessert beer"

Good job, Boulevard, as usual.

 713 characters

Photo of kudos200
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply golden honey amber tone, solid glowing body of hazeyness. Poured vigourly to a towering waft of fluffy eggshell hued foam that sinks slowly down to one impressive thickly set crown always seated. Lots of drippy, spotty lacing coats the goblet well.

Liking the aroma here, very softly present yet appetizingly set with a heavy fluffy cocoa dusted effervescence, mixing with some Belgian caramel, graham cracker crust, dried fruits(banana, mango), a bit of vanilla cream and a dash of coconut milk. Dessert in a glass!

Taste is a subtle array of finely crafted creamy tones of tempered milk chocolate, caramel, super soft Belgian candied fruit that brings in a tender display of banana cream pie drizzled with a warm mango sauce, vanilla, and pistachio pudding. This is layered very well with one absolutley lovely, dreamy, creamy texture of warmed melted ice cream and pie filling all blended together with a tiny warmth of peach schnapps at the finish. Delightful dessert in a glass!

Love the body of this beer! Decadently soft and smooth. Silken, creamy, fillingly rich, yet nothing overbearing in anyway, shape, or form. Just a tiny touch of peachy, dried fruity warmth seeps in as you enjoy each sip as well as a gradual crescendo of desserty dryness of cocoa, vanilla, and doughy pie crusts peak perfectly into the finish.

Fanatastic brew! A gem in the Smokestack series from Boulevard. Yum!

 1,406 characters

Photo of Poloplaya
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't judge a book by its cover

31 characters

Photo of mtatel29
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Extreme Beer Fest This Weekend after having it in a 750ml last week...and the Draft version was great

Beautiful rich color...mohagany

Nice coco nose hinting for that chocolate flavor that is about to appear

Slight chocolate flavor but still rich enough to fufill the style

Medium body almost a little syrupy

Overall a nice beer that I would partake in again...perfect for the season and not overpowering like some chocolate beers out there

 466 characters

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Rooster286
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of wmobley
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of yank918
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of MooSully
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Reknirt
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of dradair
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of schoun
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of kw_pip
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa nose. Dark chocolate palate. Light color. Long finish. Medium heavy body.

79 characters

Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.