Boulevard Brewing Company Chocolate Ale

Posted: May 22, 2015 in American Strong Ale, Boulevard Brewing Company, Reviews

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ABV: 9.1%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting masterpieces in chocolate for more than ten years. In that time the reputation of his artistic delicacies has spread around the globe. Elbow’s sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients; in that adventurous spirit we joined forces to bring you a very special Chocolate Ale. In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate – in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.”

Random: This beer is a spring seasonal for Boulevard.

This beer poured with a three finger, off white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on my Duvel glass. It did have a crown that was left on top of the cloudy, mahogany body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had white sugar and milk chocolate. The taste was nothing like the nose. I didn’t get much chocolate or any sweetness. It had light cocoa powder, significant booze, and then lots of pumpernickel bread. The flavors were such a miss for me, especially since it was named “chocolate ale.” The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with pumpernickel bread and really hot booze. For $12.99 a bomber ($.59 per ounce), this beer was an absolute rip off and one I would avoid.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0


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