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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Chocolate Ale



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RATINGS: 336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1104) - Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Silky smooth chocolate, but more dark chocolaty and cocoa than milk chocolate. Really good. Split bottle w Carter at Pearl Cafe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5463) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared bottle at Aaserød. Pours hazy dark golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma is weak sweet, light chocolate. Taste is light sweet, weak chocolate finish, strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (883) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Copper with a big off white head. Aims is caramel and chocolate,. Malt forward with some chocolate yes, but less than I had expected. I hope this has faded on chocolate somehow because it s lighter than I wood have thought, but so is a nice beer and a surprising beer and I liked it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (173) - - OCT 11, 2014
Look: pours a copper color. Off white head very clear. Smell: sweet. Chocolate. Taste: Chocolate. Sweet. Feel: slight dryness. Overall: ok beer. Ok flavor. Mouth feel is good. First drank: mom and dads 10/10/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mrnoluv (165) - long beach, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Sweet honey, fruity smell, appearance is dirty blonde good tasting ale, but where is the chocolate?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (886) - 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 (154) - 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 (785) - 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 (543) - 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 (12314) - 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.

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