Friday, February 17, 2012

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

  • SRM Color : 16
  • Brewer: Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Brewer's Description: One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting 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. In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip Glass
  • Russ' rating: Drought: 10 of 10 Bottled: 7.5  of 10
  • With the brew: Your Beloved
  • Comments: This is one of Boulevards most anticipated yearly releases. They made 8,000 cases and all that was allocated to the Kansas City area was sold out in just a few hours. I stood in line for 45 minutes at 8am just to get my two bottles. Fortunately I was also able to find a local place that had the brew on tap. Even at $8 a glass it sold out the day they tapped the keg. Both the drought and bottled versions has the same beautiful caramel color, and the same average size bubbles (0.5mm - 0.7mm). With the head lasting the entire beer.  The nose and flavor of the two is where the difference lie. The bottled brew had s nose of bitter sweet chocolate, and a slightly hoppy hint. The body was good but not great. It was slightly flat in flavor with the chocolate only barely perceptible. The drought beer however was simple wonderful. The nose was of pure milk chocolate with just the mildest scent of the alcohol. The flavor was spot on with the smooth rich chocolate dominating the other milder flavors like only a lover could. The hop and yeast were only barely detectable but still managed to keep the beer from being too sweet or syrupy. 

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