Coffee Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Neighbors for nearly twenty years, Boulevard Brewing Company and The Roasterie share a passion for making extraordinary beverages. In Coffee Ale, our two celebrated brewing traditions come together in a long-awaited collaboration. Ethiopian Sidamo from Africa’s Great Rift Valley has been carefully blended with rye, oats, and malted barley, and spiced with Perle and Styrian Golding hops. The delightfully fragrant beer presents a glowing, tawny-amber hue. The clean, crisp acidity of the air-roasted coffee mingles with malt on the palate, lingering faintly in a subtly sweet finish.

26 IBU

Added by SavvyStudent on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 750ml bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark with a slight red hue when held to the light, single stream of bubbles racing to the thick foamy head that was about 2.5 finger tall. Good lacing as I finish the glass.

Smell: definite coffee smell, dark and rich and sweet. Chocolate and caramel nut come through nicely.
Taste: a good blend of coffee and malted barley and rye. Slight taste of chocolate comes through.

Mouth feel: crisp with a solid feel. Not overly heavy or creamy. In my opinion it could have been a little creamy but that is about the only thing it’s missing.

Overall: love the beer. A really nice dark roasted caramel taste compliments the rich and aromatic coffee taste. An Ethiopian Sidamo coffee is used according to the bottle. Boulevard has really got a great beer this time. I think it is a special release and might not be available again so I must go out and stock up.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.96/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In a league of its own. Poured into my trusty pint glass. Dark brown pouring . Thick head which isn't bad in this casei 1 1/2 to 2 fingers head. Coffee and malts of course sets it apart from others. World class in my opinion. Best beer i have from this company as my workplace carries this beer in 750 ml. bottles. Well done

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Photo of sammygt
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Beer. Easy to drink, great Coffee presence with malt, chocolate, and some nuttiness. I can drink this beer all day, which is dangerous as a 9.2%, but i love coffee, and i love beer, and this is a beautiful union of the two. If this turns out to be a limited edition i will be sad, but i am buying it up now.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany. A cream colored head takes forever to recede. Lines and spots of foamy lacing stay on the glass.

Aroma: Dry coffee grounds, flaked oats, malts, chalky cocoa.

Taste: Cold coffee, leading into a dry bitter chocolate. A hearty oat component adds depth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium.

Overall: A delicious brew where the high ABV is completely hidden. Awesome coffee component.

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Photo of Titans77
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter. 2013 edition

A - Dark brown with a finger and a half of khaki head that dissipates rather quickly. Solid looking.

S - Big coffee grounds and malts. Some slight dark fruits and caramel/toffee in the background.

T - Huge coffee up front. Wow, this is a coffee bomb. Some slight fruit and and caramel malt in the background. I love the coffee forwardness of this brew.

M - Mild to light carbonation with a sweet coffee finish. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very refreshing for a coffee beer that isn't a stout.

O - Wow, this is a coffee lovers beer! Not a stout, but a very good, integrated beer with coffee and caramel malts. I think this beer is a hidden gem. If this could make it in 6 packs, i would be so happy!

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Photo of enjayvee
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into glass

A - Initial pour gives a healthy looking inch deep beige head. It dissipates rather quickly but stays with you 'til the end.

S - Smells of light roasted coffee, delightful. Also, some hidden toffee/ caramel notes.

T - A heavenly combination of toffee undertones with a caramel backbone, very robust light roasted coffee but not overpowering. The 9.3% is not noticeable whatsoever, it tastes as light as a 5% but has the full-flavors of a beer of just under 10%.

M - Very light mouthfeel for nearly 10%. It's delightful for a coffee ale to have this type of mouthfeel. It doesn't feel heavy but has a nice lingering malty sweetness that tingles your tongue/ back of throat when it goes down.

O - An awesome beer by an awesome brewery. Boulevard has never managed to disappoint me and very commonly makes me quite the opposite; very pleased. It says in giant letters "COFFEE ALE," and that's what this beer delivers. A tasty, light, well-balanced, good-looking coffee ale. Very pleased!

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Photo of darthhamby
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a smoky, burnt sienna in color with almost a three inch khaki head.

S - Fresh roasted coffee beans, like opening up a the best coffee on a cold Spring morning while camping.

T - The coffee notes rush to the limelight, with brown sugar and toffee notes in their supporting roles following. A hint of dark chocolate rounded off the sensory overload. I think Perle hops are there to add a little spice to the party.

M - I would say a light to medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - I didn't pick up on the 9.3% ABV but it's there. A nice sweet finish, and a delightful beer. I look forward to next year's batch.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard partnered up with the roasterie coffee And created this malt mixture. Really amazing nose to it with the strong coffee source. Good legs and slight head with pour. Overall a great little coffee ale that is comparable to the limited Chocolate Ale produced in years past

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Photo of daledeee
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle. I thought this was a stout when I bought it. Anyway...

Poured an almost opaque dark brown. Head was medium and went away.

Nose is roasted malt, charred wood and coffee.

Taste is roasted coffee bean, malt but not very bitter at all. Fairly sweet too. I like it.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is one satisfying brew. Alcohol is not "hot". I hope they keep this one in their rotation. It is a keeper.

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Photo of tut2528
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours very dark amber in color, almost dark brown. with a solid 2 fingers worth of khaki colored head formation. the lacing is quite nice and after 2-3 minutes there is still about 1/2 fingers worth of "filmy"head remaining

S: as expected, huge coffee grounds and come forward, heavy oats, there is also a sweet caramel backbone, and dark chocolate presence.

T: not as much coffee as i was expecting. don't get me wrong, it is still present, but this brew has a huge sweet toffee character and a big vanilla wafer finish. i also pick up some light rye notes

M: solid medium bodied brew. and this is where the coffee really sticks out as it lingers on the palate.i don't pick up any alcohol notes whatsoever either.

O: I find this one similar to Rye-on-Rye, just with a perfect amount of coffee. The coffee sits in very nicely with the strong sweet toffee, and quite honestly its a terrific balance. definitely worth a try/purchase

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's been a lot of build up here in KC, with people looking forward to this meeting of two local companies, but without the overzealousness that accompanied the Chocolate Ale.

While it doesn't look like anything Boulevard has brewed before, it does resemble a dark brown ale or two that I've enjoyed. The head is huge on pour, with it receding to a steady lip afterwards.

Good nose - kind of like the old downtown Folgers plant here in KC used to be, magically filling the night air with the scent of roasted beans.

That's a pretty unique take on coffee - big-time roasted, malty, oats, like what you would expect from an exceptional stout, but with the notable difference of the mouthfeel. I'm not getting any hoppiness until the coffee fades away and even then it's muted and subtley piney. The ABV is really well hidden.

Quite demonstrably an ale, without the creaminess that would accompany a stout, but with aromatics that bubble and percolate, letting the coffee really come through.

Oh goodness - while it doesn't bring forth any flavors that haven't been previously revealed in coffee, it brings them to this beer in a big way. Just great.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Twig for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep black with dark brown hues around the edges. There is a good amount of head that takes awhile to settle. There is only minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is coffee, caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. This beer smells great.

T: It starts off sweet with mild caramel and vanilla, but the coffee kick into high gear right after. Damn. It's like a cup of coffee. Fantastic. Sweet and bitter in the middle, malt and coffee flavors mingle well. The finish is coffee and toffee.

M: Full bodied beer. It is sweet and coating to start, coats the palate, and the flavors linger long after the beer is gone.

O: I was not expecting such coffee forwardness. This beer is awesome. If the ABV weren't so damn high, I'd drink this regular. Fantastic.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a medium/dark brown with a nice inch of head, zero lace.

The smell starts with rich coffee and chocolate, some earth in the background.

Dark roast coffee, rich chocolate, earthy hops, smooth oats and spicy rye start this off. Slight grassy hop notes in the middle with some caramel and vanilla. Slight boozy warmth noticed. Goes down thick and smooth.

Very nice coffee brew. Would love to grab one to cellar! I know coffee really drops off after a year, but this has such a good backing brew, I wouldn't be surprised if you could get a year and a half or two on it!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, shared at a tasting.

A: Clear red-brown body under two inches of frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Huge coffee absolutely dominates, with spicy, chocolate, and faint fruit in the background. A little smoke, too, as it warms. Wow.

T: Coffee up front, chocolate behind. Spice and smoke on the finish. Very nice.

M: Creamy, supple medium body. Excellent.

O: Great beer. It manages to focus exclusively on the coffee without being an absolute one-trick-pony. Reminds me of what I imagine Imperial Coffee Bender would be like, which is a very good thing indeed.


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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, strong coffee, alcohol, hops, sweet malt, and a hint of toffee. The coffee is strong and fresh tasting, but not over-powering in mouth feel; very well done.

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Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 3 finger head in a tulip glass. The color is darker- not opaque: a lighter coffee color.

Dark roasted coffee wafting from the head. This is Ethiopian Sidamo- a collaboration with the Roasterie in Kansas City. Heavy roasted aroma, with chocolate and vanilla.

Mouth feel is very smooth with limited carbonation.

The beer should be served warmer: 50-55F. The taste is a balanced coffee( not as pronounced as the aroma), chocolate, and lemon.

A wonderful malt presence. Complex, easy drinking beer.

One of the best coffee beers I have tasted.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany with nice ruby highlights. Large frothy light tan head that lasts a very long time. Very carbonated. Stick lacing.

The aroma is earthy and chocolatey coffee. Roast and some dark fruits. Spice, cinnamon, maybe a small amount of noble hop character. Warming alcohol becomes more present over time.

Again coffee in the flavor. More fruit forward, but dominated by roasted coffee. A mild amount of bitterness balanced with sweet caramel malts. Some spiciness as well.

Highly carbonated but still with a silky character. The finish leaves the earthy character of the coffee.

Very nice coffee aroma and flavor. Despite the high ABV, this is very drinkable. I'm a fan of the concept as well. Why not really let the coffee shine without being muddled by roasted malts with a very similar character?

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep brown with a 2 finger tan head. Head sticks around nicely. Slightly translucent on the bottom.

S: Heavy on the coffee. Brightness from hops balances out the beer. Distinct smell from more "traditional" coffee porter and stouts that I have had.

T: Sweet and bitter. Great dessert beer. Coffee hits you first with a bit of citrusy sweet notes at the end from the hops. Taste like a coffee cake.

F: Light body and low level of carbonation.

O: From the opening "pop" when opening the bottle to the closing sips, this was well worth the wait. Wish I had a bottle earlier to compare how the coffee to ale balanced changed over the last 6 months. Very good beer, one I wish they would make again. It is a great beer for coffee lovers that is not nearly as heavy as your typical coffee beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I knew not to expect a black beer, but I was still surprised at the lightness in color—more light bronze than dark brown. Really good head formation, retention, and lacing.

Smell also surprised me in that I expected more but what I got was still very nice. The coffee really does shine through, whereas normally I get so much roasted malt added to the mix, which results in a larger overall aroma. But this one is more subtle though no less noticeable and enjoyable. Not exactly fresh coffee grounds, more freshly brewed coffee.

Taste is straight forward, allowing for the coffee to shine through. It’s actually pretty amazing how overall light in flavor and weight it is considering the ABV. Very drinkable though not especially wowing. It reminds me a lot of their Chocolate Ale in its base.

I enjoyed this beer and am happy to have tried it; however, I wish I could have just gotten a glass at a bar and not bought a whole bottle. I don’t think it was quite worth the $13 or so I spent to try it.

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into snifter

A - Mahogany with flecks of ruby in the light. Massive mocha 4 finger head on the pour. I didn't expect this type of beer to have so much carbonation. Fades very slowly and maintains a thin cap the entire session. Splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Big roasted coffee and malts. Faint amounts of bitter, chocolate, and even some smoke. Maybe a bit of earthiness and a touch of toffee to round it off.

T - Big bad coffee and roasted malt dominates the flavor. A nice light bitterness with some chocolate, smoke, and earthy flavors comes in at the end. I don't taste any alcohol.

M - For a strong ale this is a medium body that is very creamy and rich. Very nice feel when drinking.

O - This is an ale that has intense coffee flavor and a touch of smoke. It is really an outstanding beer. I think I may like this more than Surly Bender, but that is a Brown Ale and always available. If you like coffee and don't need it to be a stout, get a hold of this one. Really enjoyed this beer, thanks to Nick.

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Photo of Roger55
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Coffee with cream, some spices like bread or rye, sweet vanilla.

Taste: COFFEE, vanilla, sweetness, COFFEE, also did I mention the coffe flavor which works exceptionally well?!

OVERALL: Pretty damn good, Boulevard has not disappointed me so far. This Ale is something anyone should try.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a brown hue with a frothy tan head that leaves a good trail and lace.

S: Wonderful coffee and caramel aroma

T: Similar to the smell there mild astringent coffee flavor with a big caramel background.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: This is an excellent coffee stout!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Coffee ale pours a dark brown color with a nice large lacing head. There is a mellow toasted malty aroma, with mellow coffee notes. The taste has a toasty flavor, with some noticeable coffee flavors, and there is a warm finish, and a sweet vanilla like aftertaste. Nice body, nicely melded flavors. Overall its very drinkable, and very nice and smooth to drink.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big 2 finger tan head that has great retention.

there are bold really dark roasted coffee note forward in the nose. Rich lightly toasted caramel malt is also present along with a very light herbal hop note.

Big dark roasted coffee notes are forward in the taste along with a bold acidic yeasty tang. This is balanced out with a rich caramel like malty sweetness. Hops are very light and slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium body and velvety carbonation gives this a silly feel.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/2013. So happy to see this and other Boulevard beers popping up in California. Pours a purple-brown color with quite a bit of deep red. You can slightly see through it when held up to light. Very large, light-tan head with a hint of yellow that goes down very slowly. Scent is quite interesting...very heavy on the coffee, but not what you normally expect from Coffee Stouts/Porters...which is what I'm used to. Slightly acidic nose with some green apple and orange...some citrus. As it warms, there is a lot of citrus. Mellow hoppiness with a hint of booze. The coffee is the main aroma here, but there is a lot more going on. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and highly carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is in a league of its own. Most coffee beers are in the form of stouts and porters...not this one. This one has somewhat of a Belgian strong ale characteristic to it...along the lines of a Dubbel (hence the green apple and whatnot), yet maintaing a heavy coffee profile. Very unique beer, and delicious to boot. High ABV is well-hidden.

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