Chocolate Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
964
Reviews:
275
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
263
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Nomis
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: bittersweet chocolate, roasted bean, vanilla,nutty, hint of sour yeast.
Dark Brown and mostly clear.
toasted malt and coffee with hint of hop to nose.
Medium/lite body.
Delicate tan head.
Taste a little like German Chocolate.
24 IBUs

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Photo of gregy55902
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today Andy's Marketplace in Rochester, MN was selling all Boulevard Smokestack Series beers for $3. I didn't have much time to decide which one I wanted to try, but I chose this one. Pretty average strong ale but there were nice subtle chocolate undertones that made it worth it. Not a super complex beer, but yeah, good for $3. Would definitely not pay the regular price of $13 for this.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhillyJ
1.7/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Unique. Just not my taste.

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobhits
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'd like to write a lot on this one, but I'm just not feeling it.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some fruity mix at the very end. The beer is orange with some red hints. Carbonated like a sour, fades fast.

The feel on this is really bad. Medium body with this crappy poor fizzy body that would be nice on a sour where a dry finish is nice. That isn't what is called for here. It tastes pretty good, but the mouth feel and poor finish just ruin it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: caramel and chocolate are detectable by the nose.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish,

Overall: a nice ale that has a decent chocolate flavor but it is not overpowering. Easy to drink.

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Photo of bnes09
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, and a booziness.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, some grain, a breadiness, booze and chocolate. This last item pops up in the finish, but is somewhat muted. A forceful flavor, for better or worse.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a powerful, alcohol-heavy finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a very bold and generally well done beer. It has its flaws, but worth a shot.

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Photo of willic
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A- This beer has a beautiful copper, golden color with NICE small carbonation bubbles... FUN!
S- Alcohol is a little overpowering in smell. Clean and alcoholic...
T- Very different from what I expected! Malty, grainy, crisp...
M- The mouthfeel was not what I would desire, over carbonation in my opinion, makes for a frothy texture
O- This is a fun in interesting beer, a little less alcohol and it might rate a little higher with me.

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Photo of Tertullian007
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GaBengal
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jobin_24
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mta11c
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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