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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 UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his birthday tasting.

Batch 2010-2. Best by 9/2011.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cocoa, and a nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with cocoa and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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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 Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice looking golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer was very nice, it had a chocolate aroma that was subtle but dominant at the same time, very interesting. The taste of the beer was very interesting also, the chocolate was in there for sure but yet it seemed natural and not overly sweet or artificial tasting. It's much more natural tasting that Southern Tier's Choklat. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and was medium bodied. Overall I was really impressed with this brew. I would enjoy having this one again someday.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chunky yeast (the kind of yeast you taste at the bottom of a large bottle) are present in the nose.
T: Unlike the smell, the taste has flavors of cocoa nibs.
M: It feels medium-bodied but a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer isn't that difficult to drink because it hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

Note: February 2010 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A inquisitive ale that's as drinkable as it is decadent. With medium-strength chocolate at the forefront, the beer never shys away or overwhelms the caramel-rich base beer.

The beer pours a copper-orange color that reminds me of caramel coloring. A light haze penetrates the liquid with particles of yeast and chocolate. Very well-headed, especially because the chocolate oils usually prohibit proper foam or lace. A very nice looking beer, even with the inconsistent haze.

Grainy-sweet aromas carry a lot of caramel aroma. A lightly tart grain character makes me think of tanins. Mildly fruity with peach and appricot, the beer's aromas go in a lot of different directions, albeit with medium intensity throughout.

Flavors start with a mildly chocolatey note, but moreso of caramel and peanut brittle. But as the beer crosses the middle of the tongue, a weighted flavor of true chocolate emerges. The balance of chocolate to English-like (toffee) malts is exquisite; not waxy milk chocolate, but not bitter cocoa either. Medium richness in chocolate taste is met with medium hop bitterness for balance and drinkability. The balance allows the hop bitterness to fade and allow a linger of chocolate to reside in aftertaste. A delicious and well balanced beer.

The body of this beer is tricky. Medium creaminess comes via carbonation, but the chocolate taste gives the impression of richness or more robust character. But as the carboation subsides, the beers chocolate and caramel sweetness becomes heavier while the warm alcohols bring in a lightly oily and semi-dry finish.

The most impressive part about the beer is how it retains its beery malt and hop profile. The chocolate additions are flamboyant decoration that command attetion throughout, but the base beer anchors the chocolate very well. It's nice to see chocolate represented in a beer other than a porter or stout.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Two fingers of rocky foam cover the clear copper liquid but leave just a few spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate spread, toast, peanut butter

Taste: The peanut flavor jumps forward though there is a nut skin astringency that follows into the middle; toast and a powdery chocolate element merge, in the middle; the aftertaste is very phenolic with a medicinal character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not quite sure what to make of this; I know this beer is eagerly anticipated in Kansas City each year when it is released but I find the aftertaste so off-putting that I can barely bring myself to have another sip now that I have finished my notes

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, another in the Smokestack Series to arrive on the lack of shores in Alberta of late. 'Christopher Elbow' sounds like something out of a children's bedtime story book.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some chunky approaching iceberg profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet, biscuity chocolate wafers, free-range brown sugar, floral honey, muddled Noel spices, equally indistinct, yet somehow sharp black orchard fruit, leafy, weedy hops, and a burgeoning metallic alcohol warming. The taste is grainy, doughy caramel/toffee malt, still fairly steady and understated cocoa nibs, further biscuity and chocolate powder coffee notes, a strange clammy yeastiness, hints of Mars Bar nougat, wan green vegetables (in the leafy, edible form), and a continuing sense of alcohol duly checked, but about to leap out and getcha.

The carbonation is nice and light in its gentle frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as none of the proclaimed guest ingredient seems to cause any trouble, and by the same token the well-hidden ABV keeps to itself. It finishes off-dry, a gamely persisting grainy caramel malt wondering where its sweet saviour has run away to - cocoa, can you hear me?

Not a particularly engaging chocolate ale, I gotta say - where the booze giveth, the cocoa taketh away, it would seem. Let's start with the appearance - ain't nothing 'chocolate' in bearing there, and the flavour just continues with its lack of follow-through. Everything else is just a reminder of how this whole thing disappoints - once again, the chocolate, and not the scarily integrated big ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate and nutty malt notes is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by really nice floral black chocolate notes without much bitterness. Nutty caramel malt notes are also easily discernible and really enjoyable. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable and nice integration of chocolates notes without going back to a stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with attractively understated label and branded red hood-and-silver-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local TX bottle shop many weeks ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some beers I really adore. 9.10% ABV per the label. "Batch Number/Best by Date: CH13354-1 09-2014." Cost was $10.99 USD. Reviewed as a flavored ale.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion and an even albeit slightly thin consistency. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is rather good for the high ABV - about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent gold of good vibrance and excellent clarity. Quite clean; no floating yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's looking pretty good, but admittedly isn't quite what I expected given it's a chocolate ale. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

Sm: Caramel, nutty notes, brown malts, and malty sweetness. Chocolate? Sure, but it's not quite what you'd expect. This isn't the dark chocolate or milk chocolate character you'd find in a stout. It's more like a natural raw cacao character, and evokes crumbly dusty bricks of chocolate. Truffle too. Hazelnut. Cream.

No hop charactr, alcohol, or yeast character is detectable.

I admit, at first I was a bit put off. There's something vaguely artificial about it and the chocolate aromatics are pretty arresting if you're expecting a stout-like chocolate character. But I find myself coming around to it the more I take it in.

It's a very soft approachable aroma, and I find it inviting. A pleasant mellow aroma of mild strength.

T/Mf: It's got a comforting, soft texture to it. Supple and giving. Smooth and wet. Comforting and refreshing, even soothing. Well-carbonated. Has a medium body and an apt thickness. Nicely creamy.

Not oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

The chocolate notes do evoke that crumbly dusty powdery feel of raw natural cacao. Brown malts fill out the body nicely. Caramel. Faint hazelnut. There is some vague fruitiness, but I lack the palate to place it. (Forgive me). I don't pick up on any yeasty character, hop character, or overt alcohol.

It's a well balanced flavour profile, and has a nice cohesion. Not quite gestalt. Nuanced, sure. I've never experienced this particular kind of of chocolate character in a beer (at least that I can remember). Not the most intricate or complex brew, but it boasts some nice subtlety. I do like it, but the one-two punch of brown malt and crumbly chocolate takes some adjusting to.

One could make the argument that it's a bit too sweet, but I find the sweetness to be kind of apt.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV nicely. I'll finish the bottle with relative ease, though I doubt I'd want more than one bottle in the same night. It's not Boulevard's finest work, but it's a near-unique brew with a lot of interesting atypical chocolate character to offer. Whether or not you like it, I think it's worth trying just to see one shade of what chocolate can be. I'm not sure I really like it, to be honest, but it does give me pause. It's certainly not what one imagines when they think of a chocolate ale, but boy is it interesting.


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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a slightly cloudy amber ale. It had a small, off-white head of soapy foam. It left very little lace.

S - It smelled of cocoa and a little cola. Some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of cocoa and cola with a nutty flavor. Vanilla presence gets stronger and stronger as it continues to warm.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky ABV.

D - This tastes good, but it must be shared. It is too much to handle as a 750ml beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to welosiped for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a copper-colored brew that is mostly clear. Off white head lasts for a good time and leaves an average amount of spotty lacing behind. The nose has a bit of caramel, but is overloaded with chocolate. However, it's more reminiscent of packaged chocolate milk or Hershey syrup rather than cocoa nibs. One dimensional and a bit fake. Not sure whether actual cocoa was used, but it doesn't really seem like it. The same can be said of the flavor. Body is medium with light carbonation, and the finish is slightly-astringent. Overall, not big on this one.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a finger and a half of creamy off white head that leaves a layer.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, lots of chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt, as in the smell, there is a lot of chocolate. The finish is quite bitter with a rather strong alcohol taste. Would have liked it to be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but I would have liked it to be a little smoother in the finish.

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

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Big fluffy head, lots of lacing, semi hazy ruby brown orange maple color.

N: Cocoa nibs, dark & med to light malts, very light dirty, musty earthy malts, light earthy hops, various chocolate aromas.

T: Chocolate! Baker's, cocoa nibs, tootsie rolls, creamy choc, some dark fruit, bit spicy, sweet malts, chewy malts, light bitter earthy hops, all that with light malts overall. Finishes creamy, semi sweet, bitter hops, light chocolate, long finish.

M: Med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

O: Good, nice choc, malts, light hops, not much for booze either, tasty.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear rosy amber, topped with a ½ finger of smooth off-white head. This leaves back a foamy cascade of light spotty lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of earthy hops, cocoa, light toffee and a gentle toasted nuttiness. This has an interesting mix of flavors going on with it.

The taste is green earthy hops, more of a softer fruitiness that pairs up well with the cocoa accents here, some tangier feeling caramel flavor and then finally dry and bitter on the finish with a light lingering nuttiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel up front that then lays a touch of sharpness on the tongue the rest of the way. Alcohol adds some spicy warmth to this, especially on the finish.

This wasn’t what I was initially thinking this was going to be (thought it was going to be darker) but that was OK! I liked how the chocolate here was more of a complimentary flavor to the others things that were going on with this, while the higher alcohol gives this a heft that made it more of a warming after dinner sipper. This was well crafted and interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Pours clear dark amber. Very good head.

Nose is mainly rousted chocolate nibs. Chocolate really comes out in this ale.\: Ii's actually the main flavor component. Still, not as tasty as fine chocolate on its own, but an impressive brewing achievement.

Medium light body medium carbonation.

O: exceptional and unusual.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Courses from the bottle a clouded, amber-hued body with a fizzy head that peters out fairly rapidly.

Smell: Not quite the straight-up chocolate candy bar scent of alot of chocolate-infused beers, as this one has a strong toasted bread component. Small, small hint of fruit.

Taste: My initial impression of a slice of well-toasted white bread brushed with Smucker's chocolate topping. Some sweet tastes of brown sugar and caramel follow. Low fruitiness lingering in there. Still, it's mostly toasty and that Smucker's taste, and, as a guy who'd eat that for breakfast as a kid (thanks, mom and dad), I'm down with that.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It definitely masks its alcohol content well, and, with a taste like Smucker's...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/17/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate along with some caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise is all chocolate up front and chocolate throughout which is surprising given the lighter color of the beer compared to other beers with the heavy chocolate flavor. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style in that this beer is exactly what the name implies, it’s not a stout, it’s a chocolate ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another new one for me, i decided to open this one after i finished off the fresh harvest and decanted it into a snifter.

A thick head of brown forms on the top and quickly starts to coalesce into a full on cloud that just will not drop away. Really nicely put together as always the rich dark chocolate aroma mixes with tons of coffee and burnt molasses to form a thick and foreboding aroma that really just does not cease to amaze. Decadent in every sense of the word it just seems to drip layer upon layer of thick dark chocolate onto the palate and hints of bourbon, coffee, licorice all follow suit. Light vanilla and molasses round out the finish

overall a really nice done beer. came across to me as more of a belgian ris.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The cork was very difficult to get out, but eventually it was freed. The beer pours an amber/copper color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: At first, this beer doesn't really smell like chocolate. As it warms up a bit, there is a bit of a cocoa powder aroma to it. Smells a bit salty, almost like soy sauce, though. Definitely a bit of vanilla.

T: This beer really just reminds me of drinking cream soda. A ton of sweet vanilla flavor throughout with a moderate chocolate character to it.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Not at all what I was expecting given the name of "Chocolate Ale".

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Fred at the Biergarten in Jenks for setting aside a bottle for me!

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of sand colored head into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Opened with a big pop! Above average head retention & some lacing

S: Cocoa nibs & vanilla, faded over time

T: Follows the nose, slight cakeyness, reminds me of slightly boozey cake batter to be more specific. Booze & cocoa dance as this warms along with dryness, a slight hazel nuttyness & woody hop bitterness, piney notes too. Finishes with cocoa powder dryness, slight apricot fruitiness from the yeast fights through at the end along with a bit more hazel nut

MF: Medium bodied fairly assertive carbonation, nice warming sensation, working for me on a cool damp winter's eve

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV. Tasty, but not mind blowing, I would be just as happy with another bottle of Ommegang's Chocolate offering. This one actually could age into something better, I'm thinking. Since I only got the 1 bottle, I may never know...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very hazy medium amber-ish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate orange + cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cacao nibs and cocoa powder with moderate aromas of cereal grain malts and brown sugar sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light to moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of nuttiness. Moderate to strong flavors of cacao nibs and cocoa powder as well as some light notes of dark chocolate. No perceptible hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with the alcohol very well hidden though I might have liked a little more body in the mouthfeel on this one. Nice complex chocolate flavors and aromas with much stronger flavors than aromas.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Kinda wish I had this handy whilst taking down the Box o' Chocolates those times. Oh, well... Regardless, it pours a clear sunrise russet topped by a healthy finger of khaki froth. Honestly, I expected something darker. Not that this looks bad, just unexpected. The nose is pretty much straight dark chocolate, with a hint of fudge in the background. This ain't no sweet chocolate, either: It's brash, slap-you-in-your-sad-little-sweet-expecting-face bitter cooking chocolate, baby. Dizzamn. The taste doesn't change things up very much, though the chocolate's bitterness seems cut a bit. It's still quite a bit of some black-hole-style dark chocolate, don't get me wrong. I think some dark greens and some rich toffee are mixed in there as well, but it's hard to tell with all of this chocolate hangin' 'round here. Not bad, really. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chewy. Overall, a tasty brew that definitely lives up to its name. Sure, it's a one-trick pony, but it's a pretty decent trick...

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Photo of billab914
2.44/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for sharing this one the other night. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured reddish copper in color with a thin white lacing. Color was nice looking but not at all what I expected for a chocolate beer.

The aroma has a very strange green bean flavor to it. Some Belgian yeast spice is there and a hint of chocolate but the combination just comes off so vegetal like. I can't stop thinking of green beans every time I take a whiff.

The taste shows a little more chocolate to it with some cocoa lasting into the finish. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a earthy, spicy flavor. A little too much cocoa powder like though. It doesn't come together well at all for me.

The mouthfeel is thin with carbonation being high. Overall I didn't think this was a good beer at all and most of it got dumped in the sink. The green bean aroma was probably the strangest aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. It didn't taste as bad as it smelled, but it wasn't that great either.

* I didn't write down the batch number on the bottle but we looked it up before we opened it and it was not one of the reportedly infected batches they are offering refunds for.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Bottled shared by nimbleprop at a recent tasting; thanks Mac. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, wood, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Chocolate obviously dominates the nose, and it's really nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, wood, and slightly bitter chocolate/hops. Good but a slight step down from the nose due to the light bitterness.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

o - Overall a good beer, though I think this is one to share with some friends. I think it would be tough to tackle a whole bottle of this by yourself. Would have it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leon for the chance to try this brew. From a 750ml bottle into a mini snifter. This brew appears a golden brow color that is hazed. A white head forms with decent retention that recedes and hangs close to the edges leaving a pattern of lace on the glass that is both spotty and leggy. A light swirl revives the cap with a yellowish stained coloration.

The smell of this brew is quite chocolate filled leaving little room for much other characteristics. The chocolate is rich and familiar in a raw cacao sort of way with a lightly fruity sweet scent coupled with a fresh grainy sweetness.

The taste of the brew is sweet with grain and lots of chocolate flavoring. The chocolate is bold enough to be noticed upfront and lingers into the aftertaste with a flavor that again is reminding me of cacao nib with a light baking cocoa aspect. Through the body is a bit of young yeastiness and a minor contrasting herbal bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It's easy drinking and a unique experience that's worth giving a shot. Im only now seeing this listed as a strong ale with 9+% that is shocking to me, the abv is well hidden. It's not something I would want to drink on a regular basis but it makes for an interesting offering to pair with food. A word of caution, at the time of this beer being shared, a non-beer drinking person in the room tried a sample and chugged the rest of the bottle... This beer does appeal to those who "don't like beer."

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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