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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
516
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
54
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of StubFaceJoe
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Barbie
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Techichi
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beardown2489
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big roasted coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, oats, brown bread, spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with big presence of the coffee with well balanced malt/hop complexity. Taste of roasted coffee beans, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, oats, light spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oats, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee with malt flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee ale. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, amber brown while pouring. Two finger off white head.

S-Lots of wonderful coffee, tad bit of roasted malt and caramel but coffee is at the center.

T-Coffee is strong and upfront, does not fully balance with the other flavors though. Caramel, grass some though.

M-Light, highly carbonated but a tad watery.

O-A well made coffee beer, balance could use some work but the coffee flavors were good.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #4 bottle opens with a resounding pop & the strong smell of coffee!

Pours an effervescent auburn with 3 fingers of tan head. Decent lacing, average head retention

S: Big-time coffee, a touch of cream & general roastyness, These aspects fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of booze tinged hazel nut. Some lactic/creamy flavors as this warms, coffee grinds, & a touch of vanilla, plus dryness & a whisper of oak. Finishes dry, roasty, with a bit of hazel nut,

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty warming

Super easy to drink, will probably improve with age, but is pretty good right now, This compared favorably to the draft version I had last week. This is not a great coffee beer, but would buy this again if in 4 packs or if I see it on draft again

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml. Batch # 2013-3. Best by date: 10-2013.

A; Pours a caramel brown with a solid 2-finger thick, light tan head with good retention leaving chunky lace.

N: Cocoa powder, cream, roasted coffee, nutty and grainy.

T: Roasty coffee, slightly burnt wood, dark chocolate, earthy and fruity.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, rich, sweet and mellow coffee finish.

O: Basic coffee ale. No bitterness, perhaps a bit too sweet. At 9.3% this one is semi-strong.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Bottled 03/2013, best by 10/2013
Glass: US pint glass

Ultimately, a good, but forgettable coffee with beer: who hasn't had a strongly coffee-forward malt beverage before, where the bean trumps the grain and flower in aroma and flavor? Boulevard shows technical competence here, but doesn't really produce something that's more than a one character beer, which is at once expected and disappointing at the same time. Then again, I suppose the name doesn't lie, either: this is a coffee ale, nothing else. If you like sweetened coffee, you'll enjoy this.

Pours a 1.5cm tall cap of foam, beige to tan in color, made up of small bubbles. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes, fading gradually to a thin layer of foam atop the body. Lacing is modest, a few spots and lines scattered around the inside of the glass. The body is a dark mahogany-caramel color, with light bringing out brighter shades of brown to the transparent base. Carbonation is visible, fairly active and numerous.

Aroma is primarily of coffee, like smelling inside an empty can of coffee grounds. At times, there's a slight sensation of caramel or roasted malt, but this presence is fleeting and ghostly. Would you expect a coffee ale to smell differently? What is exceptional about this?

The flavor is, primarily, of sweetened coffee, in this case sweetened by residual sugars and yeast byproducts. Tasting open with moderate roast, slightly sweetened coffee, leading to a mid-palate of largely the same, tempered by dark caramel and lightly roasted barleys. Back of palate finds slight astringency from coffee, bitterness from coffee/malt/hops, and continued sweet coffee. Aftertaste is of lingering coffee. I don't detect any characters of the hops that were used to "spice" this beer, other than their bittering properties, nor does it seem possible to detect the variety of grains that went into the mash. I know the beer would be different without them, but it's difficult to imagine what the difference would taste like.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a pleasantly foamy mouthfeel, perhaps a bit fizzy, yet with time smooth enough to glide across the palate rather effortlessly. No trace of ethanol burn in the nostrils or back of throat, surprising for a 9% ABV beer. Closes rather dry, but with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into snifter at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a creamy brown with a 3 finger head. As it settles down, tons of little bubbles in the head, that cling to the sides of the glass and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Nice chocolate coffee aroma, though not over powering or super noticeable like some Imperial Stouts on the market. More subtle. Slight sweetness on the aroma and perhaps even some cinnamon.

T: I went in thinking this was a Stout, it is not. Much closer to a creamy porter. BA has it as a strong ale, I would disagree with that. It's a spiced porter brewed with coffee IMO. Creamy, slight coffee, esp on the after taste. Caramel is also present. Getting some fig ntoes which I think is odd.

M: Medium bodied, though over carbonated. This makes it a bit harsh to drink, which I'm trying to remove by agitating the beer through out the drinking. Nice coffee bitter finish.

O: This is a alright beer, though not what I expected. I was expecting a stout, it's a porter brewed with coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd like, and got some fig notes which I didn't care for. Glad to have tried it, though its nothing special. Glad I only picked up one bottle.

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Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky brown with three fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Sweet, creamy coffee dominates the nose with some cocoa and chocolate aromas as well. There are also notes of sweet cream and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet and creamy coffee is prominent with semi-sweet chocolate flavors underneath. There are notes of vanilla throughout and the finish is lightly roasted.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is well carbonated, though I would almost prefer a creamier body to go with the creamy coffee flavors.

O: A solid beer overall, though lacking a bit of depth and a bit on the sweet side for me. I love coffee beers, but I think coffee goes best with more bitter flavors like roasted malts, cacao, hops, etc. It needs something more to offset the sweetness.

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Photo of Dhamma73
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with a massive head that was slow to settle. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Coffee is not the strongest player in the aroma. Get a lot of malt aromas of caramel and cake batter. Then comes the coffee.

I find the flavor quite unusual for a coffee beer. Very sweet. It is like when you ask that coffee drinker, "You want some coffee with your sugar?" Cloying and distracting. There is some good coffee flavor to be found, but not enough. A little alcohol warmth in the finish.

Big body and nicely carbonated. Overall a good mouthfeel for a big beer.

Far too sweet for this drinker. More for those drinkers that put sugar in their cup of joe. Hard for me to drink. Boulevard claims subtly sweet, not in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BarrelAgedBrian
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 516 ratings
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