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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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of daledeee
4.36/5  rDev +9%
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 TychoNDC
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 GetTheYayo
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany amber with considerable off-white fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate. Not much in the way of lacing. The nose presents prominent maltiness, bready sweetness, caramel malt, and present but not overpowering coffee. Lacking body and viscosity expected for a 9.3% ABV stout, the taste coincides with the nose; muted caramel intertwined with stringent maltiness and underwhelming coffee. I wasn't wildly impressed with the Smokestack Series as a whole, and while this isn't a bad beer, it definitely doesn't hold up to the more exalted coffee stouts.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of scratch69
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Fresh brewed coffee aroma with a light hint of caramel malt.

Taste- Coffee and caramel malt flavor with faint hints of cocoa and herbal hops. There is no hint of alcohol from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good tasting beer and a nice change from the usual coffee stouts.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JEdmund
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BobCobb
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Sweasty
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Smokestack series. Plenty of great brews have come out of this series. I'm always looking for another good coffee brew. Coffee ale looks good. A dark mahogany brown is topped of by two and a half fingers of khaki head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

The aroma doesn't disappoint. Plenty of coffee aromas stand out. Fresh coffee grounds hit first. Some earthy notes round out the coffee. Some sweet malt shows up beneath the coffee. A bit of bitter sweet chocolate rounds out the nose.

Taste is no less impressive. Sweet coffee notes stand strong. Bitter sweet chocolate notes flow beneath the coffee. Earthy notes in the nose are a bit lighter on the palette. Some light herbal hops notes try to cut the malt and coffee. More coffee and chocolate notes in the sweetish finish.

Coffee ale has a somewhat strong carbonation, but doesn't lighten the beer too much.

This is definitely a coffee lovers beer. Its not an overpowering coffee quality, but clearly coffee dominates. The 9.3% alcohol is kept well in check. For its strength, this is quite the easy drinker. Another nice addition to the smokestack series.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Brewforia Meridian ID; served in a tulip.

A: Body is a clear, dark amber; head is off-white to the point of being nearly yellow, not very much of it though...a little lace as I swirl.

S: Smooth coffee component, grounds and fresh-smelling but not overpowering at all. Layers of malty & bready sweet complexity, caramel, a light fruitiness and even hints of an earthy spice in the hopping.

T: Follows the nose...smooth start to finish, which surprises me as coffee beers are usually more bitter. Bready caramelly notes again...sweetness is pretty moderate though, everything is balanced well. Hints of fruitiness (yeast?) and earthy hopping.

MF: Medium bodied, the high alcohol is really well hidden. Lower carbonation lends to a smooth, creamy body start-to-finish...not too dry or bitter at all.

O: Unique for sure, and definitely decent. Strikes me as a casual coffee-drinkers ale and definitely separates itself from roasty, bitter, in-your-face coffee stouts; I just happen to prefer those other stouts.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Batch Number/Best By Date: 2013-1 10-2013.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, opaque, mahogany body with a rather tall, lofty layer of browned suds.

Smell: Heavy coffee scent atop what seems to be a big, bolstered brown ale with dense notes of toasted bread crusts, packed brown sugar (dark, natch), cocoa powder. Some cutting alcohol tones noted, some estery kicks, too.

Taste: Dive into a thick pile of bread crusts layered in sweet-tasting dark brown sugar given a pinch of chocolate powder. Yeah, you've got a little caramel, too. Some raisiny fruitiness noted. Hops are present, yielding some bitterness and struggling citrus to adjoin the alcohol warmth. Plenty of coffee character throughout. The booze ratchets up, eventually overtaking the other tastes, and lasting until the dry, boozy, coffee-laced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, though it settles out within a reasonable timeframe.

Overall: Imperfect, but shows hopeful promise. I would revisit a later batch. No, really, I would!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 516 ratings