Boulevard Chocolate Ale 2019

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by dcotom, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,054) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    This sounds awesome. I'm in for a multi-pack the moment it lands here.
    https://www.boulevard.com/2019/01/18/chocolate-ale-2019/

    @JeremyDanner
     
  2. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,011) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I remember having this back in like 2010-ish when Boulevard first started hitting Massachsetts. Too damn sweet/cloying for my liking back then, even for a dessert beer. Maybe I'll revisit if I see it on-tap.
     
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  3. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    This beer used to be the epitome of truck chasers for the Kansas City market. I'm curious if it'll still receive this sort of reception for this release. Despite lots of beer trading locals talking crap on Boulevard, we've seen some of their fastest release sale outs lately. I won't be surprised if the truck chasers return for this one.

    I want it, but it may end up being easier for me to trade someone not local to the brewery to get this release. Time will tell.
     
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  4. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,922) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Had it back in Oct 2012, pretty tasty, I liked it, would buy again. From my review, "Do not expect a Stone Arrogant Bastard here folks, this is more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale."

    Cheers!
     
  5. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,490) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    My notes from 2015 are “nestle raisnettes” indicating it was sweet, chocolatey and raisiny. Sounds good to me today still.
     
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  6. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,221) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I'm a sucker for pastry beers, so I'll be watching for it. Bomber only?
     
  7. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (346) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    4 packs for around $15-$16
     
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  8. KCUnited

    KCUnited Initiate (172) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois
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    You're probably right. I remember chasing this down in KC only to see it sitting on Chicago shelves after I moved. That said, it's a fun beer and I'll definitely pick up a 4pk if I see it.
     
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  9. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    It's hard to say what the market will do. Last time we saw Boulevard truck chasers was for the last two Crown Town releases. Chocolate Ale isn't associated with a major sports team championship run, but it is associated with a luxury local coffee brand.

    Hope to find it for myself. I have never tried the standard Chocolate Ale, only having had the Raspberry Chocolate release.
     
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  10. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,025) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Picked up a 4 pack today...cracking one tomorrow
     
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  11. ichorNet

    ichorNet Savant (973) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    Do you remember the infected batch from around that time? God, that was bad. Good times in the beer world. *nostalgia*
     
  12. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,011) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Hahaha yeah I do actually remember that. My bottle definitely wasn’t infected but I recall the horror stories quite well.
     
  13. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Zealot (569) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Nailed it with this comment, especially with the latest "vintage." It's like a "light" BSDA. Yeast, yeast, and more yeast, with dark/dried fruits all over the place, and the "chocolate" as a side-note. "Sixth Glass" light.

    SJM
     
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  14. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (241) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    I had one last night. It was really good. It's nice that it isn't overly sweet and cloying. It is basically exactly what it says it is, and there are no other beers that I have had that are remotely like it. I thought it was as good as the first time I had it 7-8 years ago (didn't taste like green pea soup like the one off year). Boulevard is really nailing it with four packs. That is much appreciated.
     
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  15. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,922) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Been to a couple of stores in the last couple of days, and none to be found. Gonna go over to another place and see what they have.

    Cheers!
     
  16. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (222) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I'll buy a couple. I really liked it when I had it in 2014/2015, and I prefer the Chocolate Ale over the Chocolate Ale w/ Raspberries (2016) by a wide margin. Now if only they would bring back Coffee Ale (even as a bi-yearly release) because I remember liking it, but the last time I had it (2013) may have been the last year they made it.
     
  17. waltari

    waltari Initiate (63) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    Finally had one. It's way too thin for the ABV. It's a big step down from the previous limited releases (Plaid Habit & Grand Cru).
     
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  18. ICTguy21

    ICTguy21 Aspirant (217) Jul 18, 2017 Kansas

    Tried one a couple days ago and it left much to be desired. Wasn’t expecting something that thin or light for the abv. It wasn’t a bad beer by any means just disappointing for $4.50/single
     
  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,221) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Same here. Based on other's comments and the name I expected a life changing chocolate experience, but was severely underwhelmed. It vaguely smelled and tasted of chocolate. Granted - it's a beer, not a hot chocolate, but something called Chocolate Ale should taste more like chocolate.
     
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  20. Mikecd234

    Mikecd234 Initiate (156) Jun 24, 2015 Michigan

    This was my experience as well, I was completely underwhelmed
     
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