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RATINGS: 227   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1230) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours quite hazy amber with a lasting small frothy beige head. Aroma is mild coffee, caramel, bread, herbs and toasted malt. Taste is moderate sweet and light+ bitter. Body is medium, texture is light syrupy, carbonation is is moderate+, Finishes sweet with caramel and mild coffee, The coffee is nicely downplayed but I’d prefer less carbonation and sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1228) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Clear, color of cream soda, off-white head and ok lace. Strong coffee aroma, with hints of caramel and roastiness. Flavor is similar, with big coffee flavor up front, some cashew, oak and vanilla. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy yet thin mouthfeel, and the coffee lingers in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1198) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Batch 2 bottle. Poured into a goblet. Surprisingly light brown pour with a huge head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Worried about possible infection here. Slightly lactic all around. But lots of vanilla, creamy coffee, light chocolate. Sweet but dry. Won’t be surprised to see reports of these gushing given a little more time on the shelf.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1164) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2013
A nice nose of coffee, maple, caramel, and a hint of tartness. Attractive brown body with a sufficient creamy head, lacing is plentiful. No doubt, coffee is the main player here, but nicely balanced. In some sense, this seems like an amped up Coffee Bender, which is very nice beer in its own right. Palate is smooth. I like this beer, not as some where the coffee overtakes everything else.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1163) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1143) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2013
Murky brown color after a frothy pour. Really nice coffee notes in aroma, carrying to the flavor. Interestingly sweet, and a nice malt base. Coffee flavor is quite fresh and lingers beautifully. This is good, but unfortunately does not hide its ABV well, and indeed what also lingers is a bit of alcohol burn. If they ratcheted this from from 9.3 to 7.5 or so, this would be a coffee ale to beat! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1092) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Poured a very dark murky brown with an off-white head. Aroma has lots of cocoa with espresso and rye and cereals. Very interesting aroma. Taste is sweet with chocolate and oatmeal. Coffee flavors are very good too. Not too acidic, mostly very smooth and malty. Finish has a slight touch of hops. Overall this is very good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1065) - Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2013
Thick head. Strong coffee flavor. Peppery. Medium head. Light brown. Strong lacing. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1048) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured reddish brown with cream head. Pleasant aroma of ground coffee. Similar smooth coffee taste. I dig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1034) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2013
Clear brown pour with a big beige head that takes forever to fade. Huge coffee aroma with some nuttiness and toffee. Taste is a beer version of an awesome cup of coffee with cream and caramel. It’s got a nice roasty nutty character to it with little bitterness on the back end. Velvety texture. Very good.


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