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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 Africaís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2895) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1012) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, 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. Itís 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 canít be overlooked (particularly at this price point). Think of this beer as an imperialized version of Furthermoreís Oscura.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft: Poured a brown color with white head. Aroma was malt and coffee. Weird mix of chocolate malt with hints of coffee bean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5495) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Creamy coffee aromas. Sharp with watery coffee upfront turning to sweet mocha before the dry medium length bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1665) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nocsimian (11) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Poured from a growler, pale brown in color. Instant coffee aroma and if not for the carbonation could easily be confused for iced coffee. Small off-white head develops immediately but fully drops within a minute. It leaves a small lacing on the edges and the high abv gives it legs. Tastes of blended roast coffee with undertones of caramel and small bit of raisins. Tough to gauge the bitterness with the coffee but it isnít cloying. Probably the best coffee beer Iíve had - will given even Oatmeal Breakfast Stout a run for itís money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (783) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is coffee green peppers. Taste is coffee and pencil lead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Aroma of coffee and malt. Pours a translucent brown with garnet highlights, a very foamy none-lasting khaki head and little to no lacing. The taste is a nice combination bitter and sweet. Coffee flavor is fore most with sweet malts finishing the colabration. There is alao a bit of graininess in the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very refreshing change from the usual coffee stouts and porters. Well done, Boulevard!

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