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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Chocolate Ale

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RATINGS: 392   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4808) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
750ml corked bottle pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel and light chocolate with some hints of vanilla. Taste is light chocolate and caramel malty sweetness with a grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not one of my favorites from this series, disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1533) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle pour copper with moderate ecru head. Nose initially earthy and mineral, then trace dry coco, followed by some caramel and sweet fruit. Taste caramel, sweet malt, fruit like apple. Chocolate seems to be faint in the aftertaste. Not what I was expecting. Tastes more like a Belgian ale with just faint chocolate overtones.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4128) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Tap. Deep amber with one finger head. Fruity caramel with cocoa. Medium body. Really well made beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (116) - - JUL 10, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2015 Tart green apple, honey, and wheat bread are the major aroma notes. Taste is green apple, bread, and very light cocoa. I like this beer, but it tastes like a Belgian triple with a very very light cocoa.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (942) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bomber. Hazy caramel with a small, beige head that lasts in a ring. Aromas of caramel, coco, nuts, light spice and earthy notes. Flavor is coco, caramel, toasted malt, nuts, spice, light vanilla and dark fruit. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, warm end.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (823) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Interesting. Pours hazy brown. Aroma is primarily chocolate. Smooth in the mouth, with a weird sour chocolate finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (816) - - JUN 2, 2015
on tap somewhere in Washington DC; cloudy, deep amber color; malty aroma with chocolate notes; malty with chocolate notes; fruity character; fairly bitter wit a chocolate finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Light and airy. Nice chocolate mix. A bit artificial, but like a Three Musketeers bar, you know its not real, yet you enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (518) - - MAY 23, 2015
Strong milk chocolate notes, caramel malts, light bitter hops and Belgian yeasts. Very good!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
S_Side_Smitty (591) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Pours light brown with a thick but quickly dissipating head. Aroma is light malts & chocolate. Taste is very much like the aroma with a chalky chocolate layer at the finish. The alcohol in this one is well hidden. It’s not bad, but kinda mellow and one dimensional - the more I do this, the more picky I become. I’m spoiled.


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