Coffee Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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516 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): 9.30%

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
516
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
54
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of agreenman19
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

picked up in a recent trip to Chicago. enjoyed from a Boulevard tulip. Brew poured a soft brown with a massive foamy head that grew in the glass after the pour. Smalls of roasted chocolate malt with gourmet coffee. Taste follows the same path with a soft chocolate gourmet coffee vibe. Definitely as advertised and a kick ass almost coffee flavored milk stout. Really soft and easy drinking.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle someone brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Batch 2013-3. Best before 10/2013.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and jalapeno-like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the pepper smell I am getting from this one is odd.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy red color with a 2 finger off white head. Has nice retention and lacing. The aroma has coffee, cream. and nothing else. If I was blindfolded and somebody set this down in front of me, I would think they set down a cup of coffee with some cream.

The taste is more than just coffee and cream. There is also cocoa powder, caramel, and some dark chocolate. The taste becomes sweeter as it warms. I do not taste the rye that is listed on the bottle, but I can taste the smoothness of the oats.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer with 9.30 % abv. The aftertaste has coffee with cocoa and caramel. I like this beer well enough to buy it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BrewerB
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee. That wonderful black elixir with which I start every morning. I certainly consider myself a beer geek these days but was a certified coffee geek long before. In my kitchen you'll find an array of coffee preparation devices including a Chemex, porcelain single cup, espresso machine, and french press. And now that I've developed a passion for craft beer, I'm always interested in the next great coffee brew. So here goes...

Pouring into my Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass this is reddish brown capped by a 1-2 finger dense light tan foam. Lacing clings to the glass as the head retreats and there are noticeable legs as well. I didn't even have to bring this near my nose to pick up on the prevalent fresh brewed coffee aromas. As I dug in, I picked up some dried blueberry and a hint of sliced peaches along with bit of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor-wise this one's all about the coffee. Slight acidity on the finish but brewed coffee all the way through. Touch of sweetness here, too. Spicy, black-pepper notes pop up as the beer warms. The coffee flavor reminds me most of a medium roast, pour-over type preparation. No hop flavor to speak of. Medium/medium-light in body with some warmth from the alcohol.

No doubt that Boulevard nailed the name on this beer. It's all about the coffee. And some might think that's a bit of a detriment as it seems to skew a little one-dimensional. That said, I'd say they accomplished what they set out to do by marrying the two well-crafted beverages into one.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of weonfire
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL in a 10oz snifter.

A - Mahogany, opaque, small ring of mocha head around rim, small light lacing

S - Fresh ground coffee, toffee, carmel and chocolate

T - Fresh coffe, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, carmel, butterscotch. Initially it starts bitter - finish is quite sweet.

M - low/med body, coffee is very pleasant, not frothy or creamy, coffee does linger

O - Wow is the coffee flavor nice! Blends very nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate and butterscotch. If only the body was thicker. This does have potential to be Fantastic. ABV is hidden so well. Nose again, has that excellent coffee notes. But until things thicken up- it will stand as 'good'

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch Number/Best By Date: 2013-3/10-2013

A: Pours a ruby/mahogany color with a good 3 fingers worth of off-white head that retains forever and leaves huge patches of thick lacing down the entirety of the glass

S: Starts off with a good dose of coffee with a nice roasty and earthy background. Also get some very light spiciness from the rye

T: Follows the nose. Very coffee forward, backed up by a light fruity spiciness and roasted malts. Finishes with a light bitterness and caramel malt sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth from the oats

O: A very nice coffee beer with a clear emphasis on the coffee. Good price-point at $9.99 for a C&C 750 mL bottle. Wouldn't recommend aging this one because of the coffee, but that's personal preference

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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