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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Chocolate Ale



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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been hand-crafting 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. Chocolate Ale is full of surprises, beginning with a glowing amber hue. The aroma is given over to earthy, fruity cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of dark chocolate intertwine with threads of caramel, vanilla, and nutty malt as the flavor warms and rounds to a bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Type: 750-ml glass (25.9 oz.) Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $9.99 Purchased: Aug. 20, 2014 Consumed: Aug. 23, 2014 Misc.: No. 14 in Boulevard Smokestack Series; Batch No: CH13365-1; Best by Sept. 2014; Twist off cap and cork Poured a brownish, caramel, murky color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy off-white head. Thought the color would be darker. Average amount of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.94) Smell surprised me a bit. I was expecting straight chocolate, kind of like the imperial stout I had from Boulevard’s a few months ago. Got caramel, toffee, butterscotch, popcorn and creamy vanilla before I even reached the chocolate. Then got dark, rich chocolate, but still had to work for it. Overall this wasn’t too appealing on the nose. (Smell - 3.40) First taste was like the smell, but it got slightly better. Got caramel, toffee, butterscotch, peas (I know), chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup, buttery malts and more green veggies (I know). (Taste - 3.53) Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, somewhat smooth finish. (Feel - 3.63) This beer just wasn’t really for me, which is something I rarely would say with Boulevard. Just an OK ASA. (Overall - 3.50) 3.53 80 B

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (115) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
It?s unusual to have an ale with chocolate flavours rather than a darker beer but this pulls it off great. Big cocoa flavours. Very nice. on tap in Savannah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours a pale brown color with a lot of frothy head. Mild and easy going. Surprising pale color for a chocolate beer. Mild cocoa flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (536) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours amber, with ample white head. The aroma is lightly of malts, cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of chocolate with vanilla. Sweet and very drinkable. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle at jackl’s tasting courtesy of a person or persons, thanks! Hazy deep golden amber color, white edge head. Aroma of grass, straw, light chocolate milk. Taste is cream, vanilla, hay; chocolate comes in at the finish, subtle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steverus0 (177) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
A chocolate ale that's amber? The hue threw me, but comes in a lovely copper with pale and diminishing head. Aromatics are some malt and spice, with sadly nothing else to lure the nose. Surprisingly caramels and chocolate burst on the palate with full body and medium effervescence that finishes spicy and clean. W00t. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1890) - USA - AUG 15, 2014
Reddish bronze in color... Aroma of cocoa powder, light nutty malts... Flavor is sweet malts, chocolate, lots of nuts... Much different than expected ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, caged and corked. Impressive pour, visually. Much lighter shade of brown than I’d anticipated. The head is simply towering, pock marked with bubbly foam. The aroma is simply "beery" IMHO, interestingly lacking of any hints at chocolate. This drinks with a very unique flavor, but again doesn’t come across as chocolate to my simple palate. Instead I get a little more of a fruity sweetness, and the rest of the attributes the brewer advertises ... very subtle caramel, and little vanilla. (#5605, 8/4/2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a moderate, foamy tan head. Aroma is cocoa, thin chocolate, sweet malt, toasted grains, candy bars and soft fruit. Taste is cocoa, thin chocolate, candied fruit, chocolate covered fruit, sweet malt, grains, earthy notes and soft alcohol. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more chocolate, cocoa, earthy notes, sweet malt, toasted grains, dark bread and soft fruit notes. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
(backlog) Bottle at a tasting at maxxdaddy’s. Brown pour with tan head. Chocolate, cocoa, sweet malt aromas. Lighter body than expected, chocolate and sweet tones.

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