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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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. Elbowís 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7046) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Murky Amber pour with a thinning light beige head. Medium nose full of light fruity undertones, boozy Amber malt, and a lift bit of semisweet cocoa. Smooth and nutty chocolate flavor thatís not overly sweet of chocolaty, just kinda tempered cocoa and mild mellow Amber malt on a slightly boozy warm malty backbone, and a light bit of fruitiness. Mellow warmish, semisweet, slightly fruity finish. This isnít a chocolate ale so much as its a mild Barleywine with light cocoa notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Reviewed March 27, 2014. A: Pours a dark amber color. The head is about two and a half fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. Very fluffy and soft-looking, the retention is quite good. On the other hand, no real lacing is left behind. S: Opening the cork reveals a borderline spectacular bouquet of dark chocolate. Then I pour it into the glass, and Iím left wondering - what happened to the chocolate? In the glass, Iím getting notes of vanilla, banana, roasted nuts, caramel, but minimal chocolate. Iím also getting touches of spicy Belgian yeast. Somewhat disappointing; if this smelled like it did from the bottle as it does now, it would be an easy 4+. T: Some sweet dark chocolate opens it up, along with some caramel and vanilla. Thereís a genuine white chocolate vibe with the flavor profile. Itís even brownie-esque at times. After that, this one stumbles somewhat - some fruity, mildly spicy yeast enters in the middle and finishes it off. The yeast character seems to lack definition (disappointing considering who makes it) and obstructs some of the nice chocolate notes. M: Rather heavy on the palate, and quite sweet. This doesnít have the deceptive drinkability Boulevardís other 750s have. The carbonation is pretty low, as well - put simply, itís a sipper, not a chugger. O: A solid beer in small doses - the chocolate flavor (despite the disappointing aroma) is moderately prevalent, but itís a bit of hard work to imbibe. If this were closer to a stout or even a brown instead of an amber/red, Iíd like this much better. This is something that you split between 6 or so people instead of drinking by yourself.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (1042) - Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
A ruby/brown color with finger of white head. Strong smells of milk chocolate, reminds me of Nestlť chocolate syrup, oatmeal, a little earthiness. Taste is big chocolate taste, with some earthy hop oatmeal like tastes, smooth drinking. Ends in a slight bitter with caramel maltiness. Too gimmicky for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2016
It's a year old, and this doesn't look, smell or taste of chocolate. It does however taste of sherry, cherries, and other fruits. $16/22oz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma is sweet roasted malts, caramel, apple, pear and slight tart. Chocolate blend in and isnít the main aroma which is what I like. Taste is rich malts with a nice blend of dark fruits and mellow chocolates. Balanced quite well. The high abv isnít noticeable. Rich, complex and smooth. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8899) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma had nice chocolate character, some caramel and hints of fruit. The flavor has more cocoa like chocolate, creamy, caramel, sweet, some earth and a background fruity character, I donít know that this fits any category, ok in small doses but this falls below the Smokestack series expectations for me.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Dull blood orange in color. Decent carbonation. Akward almost chaulky mouthfeel. Tastes of malt and malt chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Pours hazy orange-amber with a small, thin bone-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aroma of citrus mixed with bittersweet cocoa. Maybe some nutty malt too. Body is medium-to-full and lightly syrupy. Mild astringency to the finish. Earthy flavor mixed with mildly bittersweet chocolate. Notes of citrus and nutty malt too.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiveacestx (923) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Bomber - Light brown/rusty pour. Sweet malts and caramel, a little bourbon and some light chocolate on the finish.


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