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Chocolate Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.71/5
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964 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
964
pDev:
16.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of gibgink
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will_Edgar
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B33rcules
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewsBr0ther
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pug
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Austin32
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnyb
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VTR
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chocolate ale? I was highly anticipating this one. I caught maybe a hint of chocolate in the nose. But I did not get any in the taste. Not sure what they were going for on this, but if I set aside my expectations for chocolate it was not a bad beer otherwise. I do not plan on getting this one again.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean ale with a nice chocolate presence.

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Photo of Dusty6467
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mediocre taste, but very cool that a chocolate ale is so visibly light

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Photo of Beerma
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not very good and I like chocolate beers but not this one!

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diamondlie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bartos
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this from the big bottle in a Rhinegeist snifter. Ale pours a lightly hazy orange with a firm white head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of sweet chocolates, sweet sugary malts, and light herbal hops. Flavors are sweet up front with caramel malts giving way to a smooth chocolate note that is far from over done. Balance is a theme here. Chocolate on the middle and sides gives way to light bittering from herbal hop notes and then a lightly sweet chocolate finish that lingers. Strong ABV is obscured until warmed. The warmer this gets the better the flavors pronounce themselves. Smooth, and lightly slick mouth feel has a decent amount of carbonation that sears the high abv and light herbal hops into the aftertaste.

Of note----Many would balk at a chocolate ale not being black or dark brown like a stout or porter. Set preconceptions aside and enjoy this. It is a pretty good example of the equal of the sum of your parts mantra. Nothing is overpowering. A solid brew from a superb brewery who is excellent on the emphasis of balance.

Cheers

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Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JsBeers
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 964 ratings
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