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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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a thick sudsy tan cap.

Dusty cocoa powder nose that is a bit light. A touch of hops at the end, but mostly the cocoa comes through.

The taste starts out almost pilsner-like from the malt and then develops into a healthy dose of cocoa powder and chocolate taste. A bit of earthy hops at the end. Not as good as it was on-tap, but still a nice chocolate taste.

Medium bodied and goes down really easy. Drinks lighter than nine percent. Good carbonation and dry.

This is a nice and unique chocolate beer that drinks way easier than a big heavy stout or porter. Very unique, but not as good as it was on tap. I would not recommend aging this as the chocolate seems to be falling off already. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite mellow for a chocolate ale, but the color is indicative that this is definitely an ale and not a stout or porter; don't think I have ever had a chocolate ALE, anyway... I get vanilla, caramel, Butterfinger chocolate bar, nougat, light nuttiness and some toasted pale maltiness. Quite different, in a good way, than anything I can remember.
The taste begins with layers of caramel maltiness and sweet butterscotch candy. Then I get that Butterfinger chocolate bar and nougat that I mentioned in the aroma. There is a solid bitter baker's cocoa powder flavor throughout and a yeastiness which I wasn't expecting. This is really a treat because if the light body yet complex flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is quite full and yet still finishes dry with ample carbonation. I wonder what kind of yeast they used because I am getting the nice dry Belgian finish and that would make sense as well because I got some Belgian yeast flavors earlier. I will have to investigate at a later date. Overall this is delicious. I can best describe it as a desert beer for the warmer seasons like Spring and Summer. Most chocolate beers are stouts and porters which are too much in the warmer months but this can be enjoyed any time of the year. Boulevard continues to impress and please me with each beer of theirs I sample.

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by me at a little tasting at our house. I bought this in Seattle at Bottleworks for around $12 and flew back to Cleveland with it!

The beer looks nice enough in the bottle (once I got the wretched cork to pop, seriously, Boulevard, what's up with the impossible corks?). It's a copper color with touches of gold around the edges and a nice steady stream of carbonation. The off-white, bright head quickly dissipates and fades back into the glass, leaving nice lace behind.

The smell is subdued, but very pleasant. There are notes of cocoa powder, vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of toast and even some earthy hops. This is very appealing, but could use a kick in the pants.

The taste, however, is almost perfectly dialed-in. Seriously, this beer makes other attempts at a lighter chocolate ale (like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock) fall flat on their face. There are dominating notes of cocoa powder, then almost equally powerful vanilla notes. Some toffee and a minor touch of sweet caramel or butterscotch lurk in the background. No real peaks of sweetness or bitterness, and no noticeable booze. This is just perfect cocoa focused beer - not something I'd drink every day but a really neat take on the style.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but the carbonation was ample and moved the tastes around nicely. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was a great way to break up a stout-focused tasting without totally switching up flavors!

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

Poured from 750ml into Tulip.

A. Like most Smokestack series beers, this one pours with a lot of carbonation. 4 finger off white head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Colr is a cloudy dark orange. Kind of suprised by the appearance. I was expecting a dark beer.

S. Hops, Yeast, alcohol. white chocolate. Not very chocolatey smelling. Smells sweet, yeasty, and hoppy. Some almond and more chocolate come out as it warms.

T. Vanilla, white chocolate, nutty. Interesting. Some sweet malt. Has a something of a hop bitterness. Get a lot more vanilla and white chocolate as it warms. Has a nutty malt flavor.

M. Medium/full bodied. Has a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O. Overall I have to say I am somewhat surprised at what this beer turned out to be. I was expecting a dark beer with lots of dark chocolate flavors. Instead it was a strong ale with some white choclate and vanilla flavors. This beer needs to be served room temp. It gained quite a bit as it warmed. Overall a pretty uniques beer. I personally would have went for a darker more chocolate fouces beer if I was making a Chocolate Ale. Probably my least favorite of all of the Smokestack Series beers.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 shared by whiterascal into a snifter.

According to the bottle, Boulevard teamed up with chocolatier Christopher Elbow for this one, incorporating a rare chocolate from the Dominican Republic in the form of nibs.

Pours a burnt orange, heavily hazed with suspended yeast. What an unexpected color. A half-finger head of furry off-white foam recedes to a soapy top layer and large-bubbled ring that hangs out forever. Crazy jagged threads of thick lace decorate the glass.

The nose isn’t too deep: just earthy, fruity cocoa, white chocolate and light hints of earthy hops.

The flavor is a bit more complex. I get a bit of dark chocolate along with hints of caramel, vanilla, nutty peanut and almond. Some fruity wheat is in there as well, but mostly it’s white chocolate. A light yet complex flavor. The hops are more prevalent than I expected, but they balance well with the bitter chocolate.

Light, massaging carbonation. The creamy body is somewhere between medium and medium-light. The alcohol burn is pretty burly, with some tongue numbing heat matching the fire in my nose and in throat.

I like my chocolate dark, and I think I prefer my chocolate ales to be the same. The chocolate used here is definitely interesting, but not a favorite.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into wine glass

Pours a clear auburn with golden hues, light frothy white head fades to retained film, nice collar of lacing on the glass.

Strong scent of milk chocolate, soft hop flair, a bit of caramel with toasted malts.

Milk chocolate swirled with caramel, nice edge of hoppy bitterness. Toasted malt base with sweetness, fairly warm roastyness. More chocolately flavors with lingering hops, faint notion of booze.

Creamy, fluffy body, very smooth and easy on the tongue. This is pretty different from what I expected - definitely a nice change of pace from syrupy huge stouts and the alcohol is masked nicely.

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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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Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty interesting take on a chocolate beer, which is something becoming more and more common.
Pours a dusty khaki color. It's definitely unfiltered, but lighter in color than I expected. Head develops from a pour of any kind with lots of lingering lace.
The nose is definitely strong on the sweet chocolate character. Hints of of sour fermentation creep up more as it warms (ensure you know it's definitely a beer), but chocolate dominates.
Chocolate is the dominant flavor characteristic as well, especially when cooler. It's a milk chocolate flavor, akin to a lighter mousse. It's less sweet than I expected, which keeps this from being cloying or limiting drinkability. The malt character provides the sweetness, and there are even some earthy hop notes that keep things in control. Unlike the dark chocolate flavors that are common with beers, this one is definitely lighter and sweeter. I think the yeast is even adding some character. It's not Belgian (at least I don't think so), but there's definitely a spicy character to it.
There's a bit of heat ensuring this isn't something you drink too quickly, and it puts this in a nice after dinner or dessert role as a result.
Not an everyday drinker, but a nice use of chocolate, and probably one of the best dessert beers you could ever want.
For what it is - this is pretty much ideal.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a hazy copper color with a voluminous tan head that stays around a good while and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose is sort of a mix of zesty cocoa and bready yeast. A fair amount of hop leafyness seems to make its way to my brain as well.

Whoa, the taste is way different than the nose would indicate, just a totally unique blast of artisanal chocolate and sweet vanilla. I like how it is not really 'milky' in the chocolatyness. Lots of cocoa, little bit of bittering hops. This beer really gets mad props for the uniqueness of the beer, very original. And for the most part it works well, I might have gone with a little less alcohol and maybe some more caramel maltiness.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a cream-colored head.

The aroma is a nice mix of chocolate, bready malt and some grassy hops. The hops, chocolate and malt all mix very well together.

The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate. Overall, the beer is very sweet. There are a lot of creamy, milk notes in the beer. There is also some nice biscuit and caramel malt as well as some grassy hops. The hops contribute more flavor than bitterness, but there is a tad bit of bitterness to keep the beer from being overly sweet.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I would like to apologize to the person who (attempted to) stashed this bottle in the back cooler of the Windsor Heights Hy-Vee. Sorry, if you really wanted to hide something you should have put it behind the cases of Miller instead of on a shelf in plain sight.

Being an ale it's a lot lighter than other chocolate bocks I've had. Being a strong ale the body is good. The aroma is of light cocoa with noticeable hops and maybe a hint of caramel thrown in. The aroma is a bit odd. The cocoa flavor comes on very faint at first, then is has a sudden crescendo for a few seconds, then becomes lighter than the initial taste. It ends up being very light cocoa with an odd tartness from the hops. The malts don't make much of an appearance. Overall it's a bit of a letdown. The alcohol is felt but the flavor doesn't really ad much character to the beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear reddish brown color with a solid 1" head of tight antique white foam. The head was there forever and was still 1/4" even 15 minutes after the pour. There was a pretty decent amount of lacing on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The chocolate is absolutely unmistakable in this beer. Along with that there are some toasty malts, some light caramel notes, and no hops to speak of. There is also a bit more sweetness coming out as the beer warms up some more, and the hops take a back seat.

Taste: The flavor is also owned by the Chocolate as it should be to be called a Chocolate Ale. The malty aspects of the flavor are the other big player in the flavor along with some reserved alcoholic presence. As the beer is starting to warm up, the alcohol is starting to come out and is adding a defined spicy complexity to the flavor and finish. The alcohol wasn't nearly as noticeable when the beer was cold. The body is medium with ample to high carbonation which serves this beer well. As you make it through the beer, it starts to present itself more as an Old Ale with some Chocolate notes, so this is a good thing.

Opinion: I think that Ommegang has something to learn from this beer as the Chocolate is absolutely unmistakable. The supporting beer is really good as well. I personally make Chocolate beers as well, and I have found a Bock to be a nice base for this style, but the Old Ale suits it well too. This beer is well blended and represents what it is supposed to be. I also think that it would age pretty well, so I may pick up a few more to cellar. This might be REALLY good (better than it already is) in a couple years...as long as the Chocolate holds up and doesn't go bitter. I will pick up a couple and see. Either way, I would definitely recommend that you give this beer a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shipped to us for review courtesy of Bill - thanks!

A - For a "chocolate" American Strong Ale, this looks a bit...odd. Cloudy orange-copper body with a one finger beige head. Not what I was expecting, at all.

S - Rich, bittersweet chocolate morsel notes that only enhance as the beer warms. Some hints of vanilla beans, pecans, powdery cocoa and some smokey ash.

T - A bit of a let down. No where near what I was expecting. Anyway, chocolate is the dominant taste but it's sort of, once again...odd. It's kind of artificial tasting and has some weird straw-like quality to it. Subtle hints of vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel malt peak through but it just doesn't help the flavor profile.

M - Really thin, overly carbonated, wow.... this is a bit messy.

Nothing about this beer screams Chocolate Ale or American Strong Ale. It's a wacky blend of styles that just seems to miss on most levels, except the aroma. I'm glad they're only brewing this once....

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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml poured into tulip. 2010-2

This beer pours a reddish coppery yellow with all kinds of sediment/floaties. Light tan head that didn't amount to too much. The smell is pleasant, with some hot chocolate qualities mixed in with dry pine hops. I also pick up a bit of vanilla, pepper and distinct almond. Unfortunately, the smell was deceiving. I am very confused by this beer. It is almost as if they took an amber or even a pale ale and tried to dissolve a bunch of powdered cocoa in it, and were unsuccessful. It doesn't taste terrible, just not very good. The chocolate tasted like a bittersweet powder and wasn't integrated with the rest of the beer. You tasted the cocoa on one hand then you get some nice vanilla, almond/hazelnut and pepper on the other. Mouthfeel was gritty and unbalanced. I didn't finish the whole 750, not that I couldn't, I'd just had enough. This won't deter me from Boulevard or the Smokestack series, as the rest of them are basically all home runs.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a hazed mahagony reddish brown color with a large 3 finger tan head that slowly recedes, leaving lace as it does. Milk chocolate notes in the nose like a hot cocoa you get on a cold day. Medium mouthfeel. The chocolate is there but this is a very odd chocolate beer, as I'm used to chocolate stouts or porters, but this is much lighter and a more subtle chocolate flavor. Overall, it's ok, if I am in the mood for a chocolate beer, I'd much rather hit a Southern Tier or something like that.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter. Batch number 2010-2. Best by 09-2011.
A: Pours a dark yellowish-orange with huge 3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention and lacing. To be honest was expecting something darker. Looks very nice with backlighting.
S: Citrus fruit, melon, cinnamon, and belgian spice. Nice, but... ?Chocolate?
T: Ahhh...here's the chocolate. Fairly muted, but present. A hint of quality cocoa powder. Candi sugar, raisin, bready yeast, and other fruit and spice. A bit overly sweet. The chocolate turns more toward toffee with warming.
M: Medium body. Fairly smooth and light on the palate. Bittersweet finish.
D: I enjoy the experimentation of the Smokestack series. This is a good beer, but no all-star. Lacking in chocolate influences and overly sweet. I'm sure Christopher Elbow is wonderful with chocolate, but his gifts don't translate well in the beer. Glad I tried it, but won't go back for more.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a pint glass. This easily was the hardest cork to get out that I've ever experienced. Took forever and my hand is raw in couple spots! Batch 2010-02 and best by 09-2012 on back label. Was a very hazy orange amber color with good carbonation. It had a large foamy head that settled into a thin foam cap. Good quick sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on chocolate and cocoa nibs obviously but also had some vanilla and big dose of booze. Taste follows the aroma and is hurt by the heavy booze flavor. Needs some more chocolate especially considering the name. Mouthfeel was full with crisp carbonation.

Overall, I was a little disappointed especially as I had this on tap a couple weeks ago and the flavor and aroma where amazing. Very chocolaty with great taste. The wife even loved it. No sign of booze in that one. The bottle however is a different story. Worth trying but not up to the hype level. Maybe after some lengthy aging. Avail here in TX. Rotation - on-tap for sure and maybe a bottle for aging if I can find another. [R;Y]

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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 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 FreshHawk
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber redish color with a large, light, foamy, bubbly, slightly sticky, off-white head. Decent retention leaving a nice foamy lace.

S - Definitely chocolate forward. Dark and milk chocolate as well as cocoa nibs. Vanilla and earthy aroma is also strong. Slight ripe banana aroma as well and a slight tartness.

T - Big mix of chocolate/cocoa and nutty flavors. Similar chocolate aspects as the nose with a good amount of pecan and walnut. A touch of that ripe banana. Vanilla also has a strong presence (not overpowering though) throughout. Mid sip has a fairly strong bittersweet chocolate taste. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - Light to medium body with average carbonation. A bit too thin but slightly smooth.

D - I enjoyed this beer, but the cocoa/chocolate would be a bit much to drink it on a regular basis. Nice dessert beer though. Not overly sweet but nice chocolate flavor.

Notes: Definitely a chocolate beer, but luckily it is not overly sweet. Lots of nutty flavors as well. I enjoyed drinking it, but it is definitely not an everyday type of beer. Something like Valentine's Day is great for this since it isn't an amazing beer, but it isn't something I want regularly.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lookie there, another want ticked off with the help of Boatshoes. At this point it will be easier for me to denote which beers were NOT provided by Fletcher.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Normally I'd probably go for a snifter for a beer like this but I'm dying to use my new glass!

Lookie parts
Strange, and not at all what I expected. This beer is a bruised and battered shade of rust. A deep, earthy orange shows on the edges when held to the light. Its thoroughly hazed, almost muddy. The head isn't as "boulevard smokestack-ish" as I was expecting. Sure, it rose up pretty quickly, and reached a respectable size, but faded quickly and struggled to leave any lacing.

Smells and stenches
Lots of chocolate. Its sweet and decadent, but its a very candy-like chocolate aroma. Very similar to a chocolate syrup or icing. Swirling brings out a nuttiness that brings forth thoughts of cocoa nibs and nut shells. Some light citrus hops come along with equal parts grassiness.

Tasty bits
Already I've realized that this is a rather unconventional chocolate beer. Its miles from what I expected. I thought this might bare resemblance to a stout, but that notion was nixed as soon as the first drop made its way into my glass. It starts out with an under-ripe fruit tartness. This tartness is pretty discrete but its there and it does it's thing across the whole palate. A strong nuttiness moves in, brings notes of walnut and almond. A few splinters of cherry wood bring an earthy fruitness. Then the chocolate kicks in. The chocolate really doesnt even manifest until the finish, building into the aftertaste. Its rich, sweet and dark tasting. Its also VERY powdery and granular, but I'll touch on that more in my next category.

Mouthy feels
Carbonation is dialed back nicely, but this beer is slick until the finish. The chocolate parts of this beer are very powdery and granular. It brings a chunky dryness to the finish. The bodies weight is bolstered by the low carbonation, but I'd say its realistically somewhere between medium and full.

This is good, but weird. I guess not really "weird" as compared to beers that a TRUELY weird. Its just not what springs to mind when you see the label. I'm not exactly flying through this glass, but I'm no where near drain pouring either. I guess I could say that this one occupies the meaty middle ground.

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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 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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy amber to copper in color with about two fingers of head that dissipates moderately and leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - For me this aroma is just too muddied up and all over the place. The earthiness vs. the chocolate just seems like a battle to my senses, fruity hops, sweet vanilla and caramel malts are all present.

T - The taste on the other hand is full of redemption. Roasted cocoa nibs, it's chocolaty sweet, but not too sweet at all. Nice vanilla and caramel notes, hops are barely present and provide the earthiness to eliminate too much sweetness, finish is nutty, bitter chocolate goodness.

M - Per usual with Boulevard I just feel the carbonation is simply too high. Other than that good body and coats the mouth well.

D - I thought I was going to hate this beer when I first smelled it, however the taste and aroma are not one in the same. Overall rather enjoyable unique offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another ridiculously hard to open bottle from Boulevard.

Pours slightly murky amber, with a thick frothy head. The beer fizzed quite aggressively during the pour. Lots of sticky lacing.

Sweet chocolate in the aroma combines with citrus and maybe some banana? The smell starts off pretty mild, but as the beer warms, it begins to come out quite nicely.

Because the aroma was so mild initially, the taste came as a very pleasant surprise. Roasty and chocolatey without being all that sweet. It's quite interesting. If I couldn't see the beer I wonder if I would think it was much darker. The beer is rich and decadent without being cloying in the slightest. Hints of sweet citrus. Finishes with nice dark chocolate bitterness.

The carbonation is high, but the body of the beer is full and silky. It coats the mouth with dark chocolate awesomeness.

This is a very interesting beer. The chocolate provides tons of roasted flavors, but it remains relatively light on the palate. The idea to make it a lighter beer to really feature the chocolate was a good way to go in my opinion.

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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 961 ratings.
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