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 GuyFawkes
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 3/26/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Murky brown poop color.

Khaki head; decent lace.

Mild chocolate & coffee nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Tasty, smooth coffee flavor; way better than most iced coffee. A nice sipper for spring or fall.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So a little backstory to this beer, I purchased it in early 2013, but it was firmly stashed in a part of the cellar that I rarely go into, yadda yadda, it wasn't found until the end of summer 2016.

I thought, oh no, conventional wisdom is that adjuncts like coffee fall apart quickly. This is just gonna be a mess of a beer, green bell pepper and all those other tired cliches people throw out because it says to say that if you want your BJCP cicerone homie stuff.

Anyways, it poured brown and red, small lighter brown head 1/2". Aroma still kicked a respectable amount of coffee. Sure enough, plenty of coffee in the taste as well, it wasn't hot, plenty smooth, minorly hopped to stay out of the way. Carbonation was spot on and oxidation was not really present. Anyways, long story short, this was a damn good beer unintentionally aged almost 3.5 years! Coffee was plenty strong and present!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale. Available in a limited-run 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. to a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden tan white head of a crisp frothy consistency over a maple brown body with lots of sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and streaked. 3.5

(Smell) Fruity and lightly roasted coffee bean up front, with notes of bready caramel malts and a moderate sweetness underneath. Some alcohol warmth and esters are difficult to glaze over. It's a nice presentation of the widespread aromatic qualities of coffee beans without coming off too heavily roasty or watered down. Potency is medium/high. 3.75

(Taste) Mainly a continuation of the aroma, soft caramel bread and cocoa powder with a pairing bold yeast fruitiness of raisin and date is topped off with a wave of sweetened coffee and caramel cream for a nearly dessert-like midsection. Finishes on an acidic coffee bean note with a soft alcohol graininess. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, oily and softly dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a mild crispness. Body is light/medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is equally earthy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) Pretty good all around. There's no mistaking that coffee is the main focus of this beer throughout the entire experience and I enjoy what seems to be a softly roasted bean choice with a lot of fruity and earthy character to impart unique flavor to the beer. The balance is enjoyable as well. I wish I had enjoyed this earlier as the flavors are potentially faded from where I imagine they could have been at fresh, but I hope Boulevard teams up with their neighbor again to do a beer like this. 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Coffee Ale

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Photo of mwilbur
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch 2013-4. Best by 10-2013.
A: Pours a fairly clear but dark amber-brown hue with 1-2 inch off white head with good retention. (4)
S: Caramel malt, brown sugar, mild coffee and cream, and a hint of toffee. (3.75)
T: Follows aroma nearly exactly...caramel malt, brown sugar, mild coffee and cream, and--with warming--spicy rye comes through. I'm guessing the coffee note has diminished with age, but it does get stronger with warming. (3.75)
M: Medium body. Sweet and sticky feel. The ABV is quite well hidden. Nice lingering spicy rye and sweet cream notes on the palate in the finish. (4.25)
D: Still a solid brew. This is a year past the best by date and it is holding up fairly well. Comes across as a nice old ale. Starts off with good drinkability, but the high ABV eventually turns this one into more of a sipper. (3.75)

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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 Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small creamy off-white head, short retention and no lace

S- day old dark roast coffee, slightly peppery, also picking up some smoked meat character

T- straight sidamo coffee up front followed by some smoky notes, almost a meat flavor of smoked sausage. Slightly spicy and peppery rye with a hint of oat, light hop kick on the finish with a coffee linger

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I liked the sidamo coffee flavor, the smoked meat flavors were a bit unexpected, definitely interesting for a change of pace

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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 taylor714914
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew here from Boulevard. Not quite what I was expecting, but it certainly hits the mark.

A lighter version of the coffee stout or coffee porter, this coffee ale has a lovely brown color when poured with a tight 2 finger head. Smells of coffee first and foremost, with hints of hops, some biscuity/toasty notes, and caramel.

Taste follows the nose, with the pronounced coffee and a surprisingly bracing and bitter finish. I like how this finishes as I think it pairs with the coffee nicely.

Mouthfeel was solid, great carbonation for the style.

Overall a well done coffee ale.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky mud brown. Not much carbonation to see, although even a smooth pour leads to a head that refuses to stop growing- it overflowed my glass twice now, even with sipping. I think I see some sediment at the bottom, which I never find appetizing. I'll focus on the comically large head instead.

S: Strong scent of semi-sweet coffee, some toasted malts in there too. A small platter of other dark smells, too- milk chocolate, hazelnut, a bit of smoke.

T: Lightly roasted coffee, some sweet cream, and dark malts. Even a bit of bitter hops contributing some resin flavors, which throws me a bit. Some alcohol in the burps. It's a coffee ale for sure, but the flavors just aren't harmonious. Finish is short.

M: Too fluid and too much carbonation for such heavy flavors. I like a thicker body for such strong dark flavors.

O: It provides the coffee, but winds up just not working very well. The flavors seem a bit thin and a bit disjointed, and the body definitely is. A noble attempt to mesh such wonderful drinks, but not a brew I'll consider again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a FW tulip. bottled 3/2013 BB 10/2013

Pours a dark amber color with a moderate bubbly beige head. The smell is very full with coffee, even 7 months old! The flavor is coffee, caramel and a big amount of coffee. Reminiscent of an espresso with a nice liqueur added. ABV undetectable. Medium bodied, Medium to high carbonation.

Overall exceptional if you like a sweet treat. More like a dessert beer...but fans of coffee will enjoy at any time of day!

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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 Dope
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 2013-3. Best by 10-2013.

A: A dark brown pour with a fizzy and effervescent light brown head. Quite good retention with a slow head fade. Zero lacing.

S: Lots and lots of roasted coffee, of course. Very intense and aromatic with some sweet graininess backing it up.

T: Sweet grains mixing with a bunch of roasted coffee. Coffee has almost no acridness or bitterness to it with all of the sweet malt backing it up. Lots of sweet grains from start to finish in this one. Definitely get a bit of spicy rye but just a little to add some complexity. Otherwise it's pure sweet graininess.

M: Medium-heavy and very smooth.

O: A nice simple brew; it does what it says it does. Nice meld of sweet grainy malts and big roasted coffee flavor. Balances nicely. Very smooth too, adding to the drinkability.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance:Slightly hazed brick reddish brown. Starts with a massive tan head. Creamy with ok retention. Leaves a small cap and small bubbly collar. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Tons of coffee. Roasted beans with some fresh mildly acidic coffee base. Some cocoa and a mildly sweet malt base. Slightly roasted well. Cocoa and some chocolate. Coffee dominates. Roasted toffee, almost caramel corn type thing. Nice.

Taste: Some citrus laced coffee beans. Deeply roasted malts with even more fresh roasted coffee beans. Some mild acidic coffee as well. Bright and clean up front. Pushes chocolate and cocoa as well. Slight push of caramel malt along with some bready notes. Coffee everywhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. A touch dry.

Overall: What should we call it...Coffee Ale. Brilliant.

It is exactly what it says. Nice fusion of coffee at all levels.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Medium to dark brown, with some light brown around the edges - pours with a light tan head, big if poured aggressively, fades to a solid, creamy cap - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Yup, that's coffee - iced coffee with some sweetness - the base kind of smells like a brown ale (or maybe this just reminds me of Surly Coffee Bender) - caramel, cooked malts, caramelized malts, and some crystal malts - lightly toasty, and definitely roasty - touch of alcohol

Taste: The vague "coffee strong ale" label is rather accurate - some nice, but not particularly exceptional, coffee flavor - nice coffee bean flavor, roasty and lightly burnt - caramel and brown ale malts - touch of molasses and malty sweetness - some brown bread toast - some dark fruit - alcohol is somewhat obvious, borderline unnecessarily obvious

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, finishes with some acidity, not unlike coffee

Overall: Coffee? Yes! Ale? Yes!

This is a tasty coffee beer. There are some nice coffee aromas and flavors here with a nice malt base. The alcohol is a bit more obvious that I would have expected, but whatever. I wasn't plan on drinking this for breakfast anyway.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Boulevard signature glass. Batch 2013-3. Best before October 2013.

A: Voluminous head that tastes amazing. Dark, opaque chestnut. Very beautiful.

S: Sweet coffee. Quite sweet. But still, I like it.

T/O: Unsurprisingly, it tastes like coffee. Bitterish, but balanced. It's hard to say very much interesting, but I still recommend it. A bit of spicy yeast and a much lighter body than the usual stouts and porters infused with coffee makes me very happy.

M: Thinnish and unremarkable, though it is a bit warm.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a stout, simply a big-bodied Amber-type ale is the base from which the inquisitive Ethiopian coffee to layer upon. Its a remarkably drinkable beer with earthy and authentic coffee flavor and works extremely well with the caramelly base beer.

Its bronze-ish appearance brings about golden and brown hues. Its modest haze allows light to diffuse through it in glowing fashion. The ale is firmly topped with just off of white color and it laces with broken collars at every sip.

Toasty and sweetly scented- the foundation of the beer rests squarely on caramel malt. Its bold grain profile allows for a slight ester character of apple and peach to rise just before the full brunt of coffee locks into the nose.

Those caramel and graham cracker flavors also layer on the taste buds just before the full coffee flavors take hold. Lightly fruity and biscuity- its base taste seems quite British. But that bold coffee flavor turn nutty with pecans, lightly scorched toffee and roasted walnut-type bitterness. Earthen chicory, soil and stem all reinforce a rustic and genuine java taste with hints of pepper and aniseed.

Despite its boastful alcohol, the ale registers on the palate with only medium-full weight. Where the coffee is usually chauffeured by Imperial Stout underpinnings, this Strong Ale allows the beer to seem lightened and drinkable in comparison. Its bitter coffee taste causes mild astringency as if extracting wood tannin from the coffee seed. Warm and semi-sweet in its finish, the ale is curiously mild in body.

The real charming part of the beer is that there's no confussion about the origins of the coffee flavor- its not roasted malt, its not chocolate malt, its not smoked malt. Its actual coffee. Where I love the straight-forward taste it takes part of the fun out of it for me.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Strong Ale has a nice brown coloring reminiscent of a tea. Was it not for the bubbly film that laid atop I may have confused it with tea.

The scent was sweet coffee, almost like a latte, with a nutty background. The nutty aroma seemed to push in the direction of pistachios.

The taste is very earthy, natural and real with coffee bean and vegetative plant flavors. There is then a Smokey, peppery and spicy tone that supports the earth tones and makes this very interesting.

The feel brings me back to the tea as it is easy , with no carbonative bite, and much like a cold tea.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 and a half inch head, medium carbonation, cloudy

Smell: coffee roast and toasted malt

Taste: deep roasted coffee, light cream, chocolate, and sugar

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet and rich with light bitterness

Overall: I have had a lot of great coffee beers lately. While this does not achieve greatness it is solid and very food. The coffee is prominent in this one, but reserved just enough from making it a coffee bomb. Glad I was able to have this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine creation by the team at Boulevard. The coffee ale is a great after dinner apertiff. The beer poured a deep redish amber with off white head that left some lacing. The scent was espresso driven with sweet hints. The taste had dark chocolate mixed with coffee....a mochachinno. Honestly....mix some coffee with B's chocolate ale....and you have the coffee ale. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark red, and the off-white colored head sits two fingers high and is tight and foamy. A stream of bubbles parade from bottom up to top.
Smells like a dark fruit, oatmeal, some rye, coffee. Nice.
Already i can tell this is a different brew. Unique to my taste is the marriage of rye and coffee, which i pick up right away. But the balance is a good one. Coffee does not dominate. Hops are muted. There is a sweetness to it all, and then there is a prickly burn in the mouth. But still this is chewy. The body is fairly thick and there is plenty of carbonation. A different category for me. Not a new favorite, but certainly unique, very well done for what it presents itself as. I love coffee, and as far as all other coffee-involved brews ive tried (thus far), this one lends itself the most natural coffee taste in the mouth.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a hazy, ruddy brown amber with tiny suspended dark particles and a thick light tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet coffee, honey, vanilla and light malt; more like a blended coffee drink than a fresh ground cup. Unusual but pleasant aroma. Flavor quite unlike the aroma, with a blended nuttiness, vanila and creamy coffee. Only hints of bready and maybe slightly toasted malt. An exceptionally creamy, full body that built on the blended coffee flavor of the aroma, almost approaching a coffee milk shake character. One of the best coffee ales I've had the opportunity to try. I have found coffee porters and stouts to be well balanced in flavor, but some of the coffee ales to be a bit to stark and "next morning coffee" bitter. The rich nutty body of this supports and compliments the coffee very nicely. I hope Boulevard makes this again.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a foamy off-white head and some lacing. The aroma is a slight coffee and hop earthiness and a lot of coffee roast notes. The flavor is coffee throughout, with more roast coffee notes and a fewer chocolate notes over a fairly carbonated medium body.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Slight reddish tint. Big khaki head. Nice collar and retention.

Smell - All coffee. Maybe a bit of milk chocolate. Creamy smell, if that makes sense.

Taste - Coffee, slightly fruity flavor. Milk chocolate again and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and a kick of booze. Medium body.

Overall - It's decent. Lots of coffee, but I'm not sure how much I really enjoy it.

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