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RATINGS: 234   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2013
750ml bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Batch Number/Best By Date: 2013-1 10-2013.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, opaque, mahogany body with a rather tall, lofty layer of browned suds.

Smell: Heavy coffee scent atop what seems to be a big, bolstered brown ale with dense notes of toasted bread crusts, packed brown sugar (dark, natch), cocoa powder. Some cutting alcohol tones noted, some estery kicks, too.

Taste: Dive into a thick pile of bread crusts layered in sweet-tasting dark brown sugar given a pinch of chocolate powder. Yeah, you’ve got a little caramel, too. Some raisiny fruitiness noted. Hops are present, yielding some bitterness and struggling citrus to adjoin the alcohol warmth. Plenty of coffee character throughout. The booze ratchets up, eventually overtaking the other tastes, and lasting until the dry, boozy, coffee-laced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, though it settles out within a reasonable timeframe.

Overall: Imperfect, but shows hopeful promise. I would revisit a later batch. No, really, I would!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3712) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tap. Comes reddish brown with a nice biege head. Aroma of coffee and caramel. Taste is coffee, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Coffee does not overpower. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Medium amber with a white head. The aroma is tons of freshly brewed coffee and a bit of caramel. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee and some milk chocolate. There is also some toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I really like that this is a coffee beer that is not a porter or stout since the roasted malt notes don’t accompany the coffee. Reminds me a lot of Boulevard Chocolate Ale. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3831) - - MAR 29, 2013
bottle. clear brown with stable, medium, foamy, beige head. strong bitter, ground coffee nose. robust coffee flavor. probably the most "coffee" flavor as coffee beers get, but with an appropriate malt sweetness. lighter notes of caramel. medium body. it’s good...it manages robust bitter coffee with enough sweet malt backing with the addition of creamy oats. awesome. if you want a coffee beer, this is it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (679) - - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 2013 bomber to a snifter. Colors is dark brown and amber with a fizzy off white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is vegetal with coffee. Roasted coffee taste with a slight grassy hop taste at the end. Medium dry mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (431) - USA - MAR 23, 2013
Medium brown with a lot of cream head. Smells of coffee ground, weeds, vegetal. A strange taste with the same sort of vegetal, weed, herbal taste. Not a lot of coffee though, coffee ground a little, roasted. Not sure what to think of it, very unique. You should definitely try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle pours mahogany brown with beige fizz that filled half the glass. Earthy aroma of coffee, toasted bread and some dark tree fruits. The toasted barley is quickly matched by earthy coffee with a nice feel that is paired well with fruits of the yeast. Earthy spiced hops equal the dryness to almost recreate toddy palate with a carbonated backing. Rye grains show slightly with the peppery earthy tone. Hops and coffee linger for spicy earthy feel of toddy with a zing from the acidity from coffee and lively carbonation. As it goes it starts to feel like a toddy mixed with a ruby English brown ale, really not a bad approach, works quite well as a happy medium of beer graced with coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2526) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
750mL c&c bottle. Pours a ruby brown color. I will say this is a pretty good coffee beer b/c it is not full of over the top coffee. The coffee is still the main aspect of the beer but you are not beaten over the head with it. The underneath beer is a bit of an non-distinctive strong ale. I understand its purpose, to let the coffee shine and at the same time they don’t want to pound you with coffee. I like the elements more than the final product b/c at the end it is just a coffee ale but a well made one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mike_in_Kansas (23) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Got on tap at Barley’s Brewhaus in OP and served in a tulip glass. Brownish red in color with tall light brown head. Good lacing; head reduces to thin layer but remains throughout. Obvious smell of coffee, but more of roasted coffee beans and vanilla. Definite roasted smell with malt. Tastes sweet and also of roasted coffee beans with a slight bitter aftertaste. VERY easy drinking and hard to resist just gulping it down. Full bodied and creamy, almost thick. Possibly more of a novelty but a great beer nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (791) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy mahogany color. Aroma of espresso beans and vanilla. Flavor is coffee beans, caramel, vanilla, citrus. Well crafted to taste like coffee beans rather than having the malt impart the flavor.


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