Beer of the Week: Boulevard Chocolate Ale

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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Boulevard Chocolate Ale

If you need a beer that will help ease you out of this romantic week, Boulevard Chocolate Ale is the perfect pick.

Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting different works of art with chocolate for around 10 years. He is known for his sweets being distinguished by unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients, and this concept brought about the creation of chocolate ale.

In this particular beer, Elbow, along with Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels, wanted to create a beer that combined chocolate and malt to enhance the flavor. The two decided to use a chocolate from the Dominican Republic because of its “robust flavor and aroma.”

Boulevard Chocolate Ale combines a lot of dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla nibs and a little bit of hazelnut. Beer expert Doug Alberhasky of John’s Grocery, 401 E. Market St., describes the brew as “a bittersweet finish with a nice amber color.”

— by Samantha Gentry

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