Chocolate Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours a light, slightly hazy brownish amber with a thin white cap that leaves whore stocking lace. The nose is chocolate over light grains with some light sugars. It has a very intensely chocolate palate which is surprising for a beer this light colored. It actually starts a little thin and grows in body and character as it moves over the tongue and finishes with lingering chocolate tastes. The chocolate is semi-sweet to a little more. Medium body and medium levels of fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of gwguest
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch 2010-01 with a best before date of 09-2011

Initial pour yeilds a large cream-colored foam. Bubbles are tightly packed with a very smooth surface to the foam, very nice foam with excellent retention. Body is a murky amber that glows nicely when put up to the light. Pleasing to look at but the murkiness is slightly off-putting. However, its a reasonable appearance considering the brew.

Aroma is dominated by chocolate. It's not a toasty, dark chocolate like a stout. It is much more of a milk chocolate smell. Very surprising. Beneath the chocolate are hints of sweet malt and vanilla. Very nice and delicate. So far, it is on the mark for something billed as a chocolate ale.

Flavor is fantastic. A very creamy, slightly sweet chocolate treat. There is only a slightly roasted edge to it which only enhances the chocolate experience. There is a delicate sweetness to it along with a touch of vanilla as well. It tastes like it smells. Hop pre sense is minimal. As it warms, layers of fruits begin to reveal and slight floral aromas as well.

The mouthfeel is awesome. If you gently sip, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Maximum experience comes from taking a big pull and letting your entire mouth bathe in this beer. It is a creamy treat and rewards you with a lucious experience.

Drinkability is also quite high. It is a bigger beer with a very pleasant warming character that is only in the belly. The abv is hidden perfectly while in the mouth. I could easily finish this bottle and enjoy every drop.

I was worried about this one from boulevard, but it doesn't disappoint. This is a very unique brew, and I can see how some folks will not enjoy it as much. I found it to be a very good brew with little touches of luxury. It should be great with a creme brûlée or fruit desserts.

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Photo of gawnphishin
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a hazy copper with a creamy head the dissipates slowly. No lacing. Not what i was expecting at all.

S - chocolate, malt, and a little welcomed alcohol.

T - all chocolate! This beer nails what they were trying to do. A little alcohol again.

M - creamy, like a chocolate milkshake.

D - great taste, but very assertive.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JJFoodie (and Alcaponejunior)!

I opened this because I had been hearing that it's starting to become over the hill, and the chocolate is fading fast, so I wanted to give myself a better chance of enjoying it.

All previous Boulevard corks have been a test in frustration, but this time, I had a relatively easy time getting the cork to pop. Joy!

A - Pours a hazy, orange, amber color. Head was very light tan, 3 fingers, fluffy, and produces tons of lace.

S - Theres some citrus/fruits in there, which was a bit of a surprise, but a nice rich malt aroma, and an unmistakable rich chocolate aroma. Nice, sweet and luscious

T - Up front, theres a nice sweet maltiness, with a touch of booze. But that quickly moves to a big, rich, sweet delicate chocolate taste. That taste lingers a bit until the finish, until trailing off to finish with a subtle and rather complimentary citrus-sweet hop note.

M - The feel is definitely creamy, and luscious. The chocolate added was no doubt high quality, and it's retained some of that silkiness. I'd call it pretty much full in body, with a completely adequate carbonation level.

D/O - Drinkability is great. The alcohol is a minor player here, and the nice chocolate blends surprisingly well with rich malt notes and finishing citrus notes.

If this thing is falling off now, man I wish I'd have tried it months must have been stellar, because it's still wonderful, unique, and wonderfully unique!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Depp golden amber, with an abundance of sediment, a large dense white head, and thick, creamy glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate, sweet coffee, and toasted bread.

Taste: Sweet cocoa at the open and a little caramel, as the taste progresses, some mild roasted espresso notes follow, enhancing the chocolate flavor, there is a little sweetened milk as well, Finishes with a ghostly hop presence, and a long, lingering note of semisweet chocolate.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant and full, almost creamy.

Drinkability/notes: Simply exquisite, pairs very well with chocolate cake. A superb accomplishment of craft brewing.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml bomber with a cork and cage, served in a Chimay chalice.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into my snifter

Appearance is a deep and murky medium brown color/amber mix. Head is two and a half inches with the color being slight off-white. Decent amount of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla. Dark fruits like cherries, dates, plums. Some pears with scotch and toffee. Caramel and spicy hops finish out the aroma.

Taste upfront consist of milk chocolate with bitterness ensuing. Brown sugar with toffee, vanilla, and caramel midway. Dates and spicy hops in the finish give it a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this is exactly what Boulevard wanted this beer to be and it was another solid smokestack release. Must try for anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 3rd rev. Boulevard smokestack series tulip glass. Accompanied by triple ginger cookies, suggested by Christopher Elbow himself! Huge thanks to gwguest for sending me a couple bottles of this!

A: Pours a very hazy golden/amber color with a huge three finger foamy tan head. Head dissipates slowly and settles to a thin sticky layer that leaves moderate lacing, showing its slow decent down the side of the glass. Very nice looking!

S: Very malty, slightly bready, and a nice subtle chocolate aromatic backbone that supports the three dimensions well. The chocolate smells of sweet milk chocolate and is accompanied by a bit of caramel. There is also a bit of earthy and floral funkiness, reminiscent of a saison. The chocolate was a little less pronounced that I was expecting, however, this smells wonderful, if not as expected.

T: Wow, this is exceptional! Very, very creamy, with much more chocolate than in the nose. Wonderful chocolate malt and sweet milk chocolate are dominant, however, this is nowhere near overly sweet. Caramel and vanilla follow the more dominant chocolate, but only briefly, before transitioning to a slightly hoppy, roasty, and earthy finish. The chocolate lingers throughout, but is extremely well balanced, making this delicious from front to back. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced at the finish, leaving a very appealing finish that mixes even better with the hops and roastiness than it did when it was cooler.

M: Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Great texture on the palate that is coating but not sticky. Moderate carbonation makes it velvety and smooth and is very pleasant to roll around in the mouth. There is a tiny bit of booze at the finish, but it creates a nice warming sensation that does more to help the beer than to hurt it.

D: Between the full body and the moderate sweetness, this isn't particularly drinkable. One glass, possibly two (we'll see :) is enough to satisfy. That one glass, though, is very unique and tasty. I'd love to have this a time or two a week, and would enjoy it thoroughly, but any more than that might be a bit much.

Overall, this was better than I was expecting. The nose was just a little disappointing, but anything that it lacks there it makes up for in the taste and mouthfeel. The ginger cookies were a great suggestion and complement the chocolate, vanilla, and caramel very well. This is highly recommended!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle made a sissy out of me trying to open it. Seriously, holy crap, I almost gave up on getting the cork out. After I finally got the cork out, I was surprised with what I saw. Chocolate beer to me = black in color? This poured a transparent amber color, with nice head that has good retention. Almost looks like an IPA, minus the lacing!

Smell- chocolate, pepper flakes, tobacco.

Taste- big chocolate flavor up front! Wow. Tobacco flavor, with some spicy alcohol notes on the end. Nice warming.

Mouthfeel- creamy, smooth, but could use more carbonation.

Drinkability- pretty easy, the chocolate flavor is a little dominating, so I see this one as an occasional drinker.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy burnt umber color. With a name like 'Chocolate Ale' you expect a dark colored beer. Not so. It's a murky orange instead. Barely brown. Two plus fingers of creamy, off-white head sit up in typical Smokestack Series fashion. Lacing is predictably wonderful.

By the way, I'm scoring this as an herbed/spiced beer. With such a reliance on chocolate flavor, that's what style it should be. Anyway, you first notice the chocolate aroma. It isn't like candy, it isn't syrupy. This beer smells like essential chocolate, like smooth, dark, fruity cocoa. This is the most fully-realized cocoa nibs aroma that I've ever smelled in a beer. I could smell this for days. In addition to the chocolate is a nutty, wheat malt aroma. A small dash of leafy character from the hops. I should be doing a better job of conveying to you how good this beer smells. This smells like the best chocolate you've ever had, and it still smells like beer. If that isn't enticing enough for you then I don't know what would be.

The flavor of Chocolate Ale is a lot like the aroma, only more subtle. The zippy lemon of the wheat is apparent, as is a small bit of hop astringency. The chocolate character is pretty subtle. Don't expect something like Southern Tier Choklat, people. The beer tastes like distilled chocolate, like essential chocolate, but if you didn't know what that means you'd think it was very intense. This beer calmly and quietly delivers smooth dark cocoa flavor from initial attack to the lingering finish. It's subtle, but pretty damn delicious.

Chocolate Ale is on the fuller-end of medium-bodied. For a beer whose malt base is primarily wheat, this is intriguingly thick. It doesn't have a lot of perceptible carbonation, which works wonders with smooth chocolate flavors that this beer achieves. It drinks so smoothly too, as a result. The subtle, complex flavors invite further sipping. The only thing holding the drinkability back is the beer's massive ABV of 9.1%

No beer in Kansas City had ever achieved the amounts of hype and hysteria that this beer achieved. It's a collaboration between Boulevard and Christopher Elbow, KC's own nationally-renowned master chocolatier. Kansas City went crazy for this collaboration. My verdict? The craziness is kind of justified. As a yearly release, this is going to be a favorite in KC for years to come. If you like chocolate, and/or you like subtle, refined beer, please seek this out. Just don't pay eBay prices for it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

really interesting beer. a chocolate brew that isnt black or brown. pours a beige to dark tan color with a one inch lasting off white head. smells entirely different. cocoa powder in its bittersweet glory is the dominant smell and flavor, but it also as a jovial belgian like yeast thats extremely active and complimentary, as well as a unique malt profile that gives a lot of dimension to the chocolate flavor, which is not overpowering in the slightest. alcohol is well concealed and this is amazingly drinkable with very bright carbonation and a medium body. i was quite impressed with this one, well worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver. Poured into an oversized snifter glass.

A - A deep amber color that is translucent with a 1/2 finger head, that surely would have been larger if not for the size of the glass, good retention and lacing.

S - A variety of character in the nose: milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of alcohol, roast. Very good.

T/M - I was surprised at the balance in this beer. It starts out with a pleasant blend of milk chocolate and vanillas flavors which fill the palette. The beer transitions to a blend of mild hops, milk chocolate, and roasted grains. The full bodied beer hides the alcohol very well but does have a warming nature to it. The beer finishes smooth and crisp and leaves a pleasant chocolate flavor on the tongue for a long while.

D - Extremely drinkable.

Overall, this is the first beer I've had from Boulevard worthy of any hype whatsoever. It delivered. It would be nice to put a few more down before it's gone. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 19:57:42

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a 4 finger light tan / off white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma has cocoa nibs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and nuts. There is also a small amount of hops.

This tastes is much like the aroma. Cocoa nibs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nuts, and hops. It tastes almost like a piece of candy has been added to a beer. I mean that in a good way.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Smooth, easy to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden. The sweetness is balanced somewhat by hop bitterness. Another nice beer from the Boulevard Smokestack Series. I am glad I picked up additional bottles of this beer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Managed to snag a couple of these corked and caged bottles for $12.99 a piece.
I did two pours on it an experiment if you will. One went into a tulip, the other into a full pint UK style glass.

Off a medium pour plenty of snap crackle pop head comes rushing towards the top of the glass. Looks like a Belgian head. I was expecting a dark chocolate brown color, but its a murky orange, non filtered.
Head retention is superb, not thin and not thick, but a good coating cap of retention that has now sat for almost 10 minutes while I let the beer warm a bit.
Lace left on the walls from where the head once sat has continued to stick in place leaving a thick coating.

Aroma at first was more beer in smell, with some mild malts and sweetness.
Chocolate at the nose is increasingly impressive. Its not the harsh coffee/ bitter chocolate grain aroma that I was expecting. I thought it would be a combo of RIS-Porter. But this is something else entirely. Its a desert chocolate...Sweat, bit of nuttiness, like a sweat nibs with unfermented sugars mostly.
As it warms this aroma continues to pour through, almost becoming more strong.
Terrific chocolate aroma, better then any other chocolate beer that comes to mind.
With a strong swirl mild earthy hop aroma comes around as does more cereal grains and shelled peanuts.

Taste seems to contain mild Belgian like flavors as well. Mainly from its crisp well carbonated mouthfeel and largely bready flavors. Although its an ale, So I'm confused one the yeast here, as its very carb forward.
As it warmed to nearly room temp, the crisp carbed mouthfeel seemed to drop back quite a bit. Resembling a much more slick and fuller feeling brew. Lactose?
It does begin sweet though, accelerating to a dryer more bitter taste, quite the transition from sweet desert, to dry slightly puckering and almost tart flavors.
Chocolate throughout though, allot of great nib flavor. Its not dark chocolate and its not milk chocolate, its that fine line in between, although resembling a unsweetened bakers chocolate on the finish. No heat or alcohol detected at any point from cold out of the fridge, to warmed to room temp. Very impressive.

This is quite the brew. I'm very impressed and would highly advise in seeking this out before it is all gone until next year.
I am going to hang onto the 2nd bottle and see what some age can do.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for the chance to try this. I'm quite enamored with the Smokestack series, and always excited to try Blvd's new releases. Batch 2010-2; best before September, 2011.

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Turbid raw sienna liquid with a teeming upthrust of micro bubbles feeding the finger high layer of deep beige foam. Superior retention. Thick pasty lacing leaves unusual petroglyphs in its wake, suspended in delicate pools of viscous tears.

Soft but rich bready malt, lightly phenolic and tart yeast, and spicy/fruity cocoa notes in the nose.

Malt and yeast up front on the palate give way rapidly to a long complex array of chocolate flavors. The lush bittersweet ganache-like tones meld well with a touch of spicy hops mid-palate - though the chocolate flavors continue to evolve well into the finish. Beeswax, coffee, dried bananas, orchid, cinnamon, cherry pits, and more come forward - you can tell the source is a good quality chocolate. Finishes bittersweet and peppery.

Effervescent, medium-bodied, and surprisingly crisp/buoyant.

This serves as a wonderful contrast to other top-tier chocolate beers, distinguishing itself by allowing the complexity of the chocolate to speak through the ale, the base of which is closer to Belgian or Italian styles than a rich dark stout (the more traditional vehicle for chocolate in beer). Smart, daring, and enjoyable concoction, this.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split into three water glasses (I'm at my Dad's)

Pours viscous and cloudy with a huge tan head. It actually looks like there's some cocoa powder visible on the head. Color is dark amber. Lots of sediment (I did nothing to try to keep the sediment in the bottle). Smell is mild and malty with a strong chocolate presence. I'm giving points for chocolatey-ness since it is clearly intended to be chocolatey.

Taste is dominated by chocolate, but it's surprisingly creamy. I am strongly reminded of a chocolate shake. Dry, slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, a little chalky, pretty nice. Good beer. Much better than I was expecting.

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Photo of bbeane
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from last year, so not sure if the chocolate will have faded...

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a soft off white almost two finger thick head that lingers for a bit before disappearing and leaving behind some moderate lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Little notes of lots of of things... sweet malts, bittering hops, chocolate, phenols, and booze

T- Wow... not sure if any flavors have dulled in the aging process, but this stuff is delicious. Very sweet malts from start to finish with light notes of chocolate, maybe some banana

M- Light/medium body with pretty mild carbonation

O- Loved it. Might have to try little harder to get one next year to give it a try fresh


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Photo of GbVDave
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our trade! Special thanks to Justin, Wil, Joe, Chris, Chris, Margaret, Matt, Aaron, Alex, and Jay for the assist!

Batch Number 2010-2
Best By Date 09-2011

A: After wrestling the cork out of this one, it poured a slightly hazy orange(?) color. This messed with my minds eye because being that it is called "Chocolate Ale", I was expecting something darker...or at least brown. Head was thin yet dense with a few specks of lace scattered in the glass.

S: Killer nose. Bakers chocolate, caramel,and cocoa mix it up with pinches of roast, leafy hops, and fudge.

T: Very much as above.

M: Great balance provided in equal parts by sweet caramel and milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and dry/herbal hops. Alcohol is there, but just barely.

O: Another excellent beer in the Smokestack Series. Can't wait 'til next month when I can just go to my local and pick up their bottles!

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Photo of csiewert
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a red amber color with little head and no lacing. The aroma is strong with semi-sweet chocolate, which is something I have never experienced in a beer before. The taste is very similar to a chocolate liquor with little hops and little malt flavor. Is like drinking a chocolate milk, but the color does not lead you to think that the taste is the way it is. The
Mouthfeel is probably the largest detractor with a slight burning sensation while you are taking a sip. Overall an amazing beer that everyone should try.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a special release from Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series. It is a collaboration between their brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Kansas City chocolate maker Christopher Elbow.

Poured this 750 Ml. bottle into a pint glass. The champagne style glass compliments the special release of this collaborative brew. There is no bottled on date but says the brew is best by 09-2011.

A- Pours a nice honey golden brow to almost amber color. Slightly to fully opaque. A nice 2" light tan colored head foams up quickly and sticks for quite some time. Beautiful lacing is left on the glass. The block of foam is all tightly compact bubbles that retain their form. Shows a slight amount of carbonation, but this bottle is brand spankin' new; Ok now 10 minutes after pouring this glass its showing a lot more carbonation.

S- Right our of the gate i get hit with a robust aroma of chocolate. Not a coffee type, but strait chocolate. It is amazing. Sweet and full. A earthy, and spiced aroma sticks to the nose. Vanilla bean and a slight hop note are present in the brew as well.

T- This is extremely different from any other brew i have tasted. It is so chocolaty and sweet on the tongue. I get vanilla and and really earthy flavor as well; maybe like a like a nutmeg or allspice flavor. Hops play a nice small note in the brew that really seem to even the whole brew out a lot. Chocolate..

M&D- A fairly light brew. Not at all what i expected to get when i bought the bottle and saw Chocolate ale. Tastes a bit more carbonated than it looks. Tickles the tongue and throat on the way down and sit really well. Great warming feeling that comes with the taste. A 9.1% ABV is great on a cold night. This is really a great brew from Boulevard. I am glad to see that they are reaching out in new directions and collaborating with new ideas and people.

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Photo of Snow81
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very cloudy, hazy rusted copper,
small sand pit on the bottom of my glass

Smell: Malty coco, earthy off the nose

Head: Dirty yellow

Taste: A bit chock coco, little hops and medium maltyness, almost as if it was a McDonalds watered down chocolate milk shake

Weight: Medium to light body

Finish: Malty and a little heat, all the chocolate left my palate

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My excellent neighbor once again provides a wonderful delight from Boulevard. The Chocolate Ale deom the smoke stack series hits a home run! The color was a complete surprise to me....I was expecting a dark rich color, but instead it was a cloudy amber beer with thin white head. The aroma screammed dark choclate. The tast starts as a normal ale, then the finish is a sweet hersey chocolate bar. The mouthfeel is quite nice, the abv is nicely balanced.

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Photo of kkrez
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

The beer pours a dark cloudy amber color with good head retention.

The nose smells of cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, some caramely, nutty malt notes, and a faint hint of citrus hops.

The taste starts out with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs then blends into more of a milk chocolaty flavor, balanced by slightly roasty and honey sweet malt and finished by a slightly citrus hop note. It is quite the interesting chocolate beer. It is different from the chocolate notes you get from roasted chocolate malt but it doesn’t taste gimmicky, fake or cheap. The chocolate is not overpowering in either its taste or sweetness and the finish is more beer tasting than chocolate tasting; very artfully done.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Pair this beer with your dessert or have it as your dessert on its own!

I’m continually impressed with Boulevard’s smokestack series and this is another gem in the line-up.

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Photo of vande
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super cloudy-murky amber with a thick, dirty layer of foam....appears to be somewhat thick while its sitting there begging to be sipped...

S: Sweet milk chocolate! Hidden fruit notes with no boozey odor that I can detect....which, for 9.1%abv is pretty impressive.

T: While not as chocolate dosed as ST CHOKOLAT, this is pretty damn amazing... Coco powdered created chocolate milk shake with some subtle "beer flavor"... wow. This is something a scoop of vanilla ice cream just might go well with.. Beer a-la-mode?

M: Creamy, yet light.

O: If you can get your hands on one, DO! This is a very delicious treat!

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange/amber with some sediment settling on the bottom. Off white head.

Smells of Mexican chocolate cake from Open Harvest Grocery in Lincoln. Some fig aromas in there too.

Fig newtons and unsweetened cocoa on the palate. Light hops balance the back end.

Weird to have something chocolatey be in a lighter ale after some many great chocolate stouts but Boulevard makes it work. This is a complex beer that manages to be complex.

I opened this up too cold. Once it warmed a bit the beer really opened up.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Corked caged bottle into tulip. Nice amber brown color with fluffy head. Fantastic chocolate Belgian aromas. Flavor of chocolate, Belgian style trappist yeast, tobacco, really well balanced and unique. A bit of an ommegang style going on here which is fine by me, The chocolate is obvious but not over done. Really perfect balance of flavors. Great brew.

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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