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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2013
On the plus side, this beer lives up to its name with coffee. On the negative side it doesn’t much resemble beer to me. Pour reddish bronze with a large tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, more coffee, some nutty malt, a bit of toast and no noticeable hops. It has a medium body with sharp carbonation. The flavor predictably has a ton of coffee - there is also a bit of caramel and nuttiness in there. The finish has some spiciness and way way too much coffee presence for me. This lives up to the name, but unlike most beers with coffee there is not really anything here to balance with the coffee. Great for coffee drinkers I suppose.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3559) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Tap. Pours clear tawny brown with creamy, off-white head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, light toffee, ash, earthy hops, figs, and light nutty notes. Flavor is roast coffee forward with some sweetness from caramel and dark fruit esters, woody notes, and some mixed nuts; dry, roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdInSaltLake (639) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pepper (jalapeno) and sweet aroma. Sweet malt flavor; with caramel, roasted malt and coffee. roasted flavors are overpowered by sweetness. No alcohol flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Poured from 750ml bottle at the Beerhive. The coffee is clean, no jalapeno. Caramel, chocolate, coffee. There is nothing really off about this, but it is fairly one dimensional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1321) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2013-4, best by 10-2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Not surprisingly, the aroma is mostly coffee. There’s also roasted malt, nuts, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate noticeable. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and surprisingly a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a little creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this coffee brew, definitely worth a try. $12.99 a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Pours ruby mahogany with a large light brown head. Smells of coffee and caramel. Taste is strongly coffee, and not very bitter, with a touch of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Coffee Ale finishes with a silky sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Dark mahogany-amber with a beige head. Aroma of coffee, obviously, toasted rye, caramel, earth, and hazelnut. Taste is rich and sweet, like coffee and caramel flavored ice cream, a touch boozy, and quite bitter. Medium-full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Aroma brings nutty, wafer, chocolate, and coffee flavors. The beer pours thick, unlcear amber with a huge, creamy beige head. The flavor brings coffee and some amber malt flavors ending with a nutty profile.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours hazy light brown with a small head. The nose is coffee, licorice, wood and earth. The taste is medium bitter and low medium sweet. The texture is crisp and clean, the body is medium and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2013
(bottle) Pours a rust-water brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma smells cold-press esque, but does not suit me all that well as there are shades of green bell lurking in the background. It’s not in the forefront thankfully, but its presence is still felt. There are good parts here, and the roast profile sans the bell is pretty solid, and I get a scent that reminds me of roasted hazelnuts (or Philberts). Swirling this really dredges up that green bell and foists it into the nostrils. I recommend not swirling. Aside from the coffee I can definitely smell the rye and I think it does ok, but I do get romaine lettuce whiffs from time to time. The flavor is far superior to the aroma, with a nice even roast profile coming from the coffee. No char or ash present here. The malts do really well to accompany the coffee and the sweetness serves to evoke a coffee with sugar comparison, although the malts impart a grainy edge on the finish. Roasted nuts also make a presence here. The oats make this pretty smooth, but there is a touch too much carb, as it gets a little spritzy. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this coffee beer is better than most forays into this territory, but there are some flaws that can’t be overlooked (particularly at this price point). Think of this beer as an imperialized version of Furthermore’s Oscura.


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