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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 tap at Dash In (Mar 7, 2012) - This draft beer has a good milk chocolate aroma and a small off-white head. It tastes of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Also did I mention chocolate? Yeah, itís there. The finish is still sweet but not cloying. Good. Sampled again at Ft Wayne RB tasting - My notes are similar the 2nd time around and my rating is exactly the same. 7/3/7/4/14

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange with a small, sticky white head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Not what I was expecting after having the Renaissance Craftsman next to it. Sweet and subtle chocolate on the nose is masked by some herbaceous and floral tones which work in unison. Loads of toffee and chocolate mix well in the taste. Sweet vanilla comes through and almost gives it a whiskey feel to it. Nicely done

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Pours a lot lighter than I expected. Chocolate, but also caramel and some flowery hops in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet with cereal, then finishes with lots of bittersweet chocolate. Not what I expected, but still a really good effort from one of my favorite microbreweries.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2012
On appearance, this looks like IPA. The nose and palate show chocolate and there isnít much more to say. Excellent palate weight balances the rich flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Opaque hazed orange, small head. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same, just chocolate. Overly sweet, not enough texture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Had this on tap in Oklahoma City of all places earlier this year. I enjoyed the beer but didnít rate it at the time. Tonight I find this delicious brew at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park...op tap! The most striking thing about this beer is that itís not brown or black. I recall it being a light golden color before biput tonight itís a dark, translucent, orange color with no head. Cocoa Puffs cereal aroma. Flavor is cocoa powder up front, followed by a short blast of dark fruit, and then a heavy molasses colored dark brown sugar flavor lingering on the palate. The flavors again differ from my original experience where I got tons of cocoa and a bright golden ale. I remember the original taste being like a cocoa powder flavored Belgian Golden. This is chocolatey for sure but more Sugar in the Raw on the finish. I remember a fuller, oily mouthfeel, but this is a medium palate with a slight (but pleasing) booziness. Overall this iis a remarkable beer and very tasty, I will get it whenever I have the chance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Base beer is ok but the chocolate flavoring is awesome. Rich creamy chocolate in here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium orange colour with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, dusty chocolate, cacao, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bitter chocolate, chocolate, vanilla, milk chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120128]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap @ Radio Maria. I was expecting a dark malt base, so it was a surprise to receive an orange-amber beer! Pure milk chocolate aroma, hints of toast. Creamy milk chocolatey flavour, lightly toasty, lightly hoppy. Nice silky mouthfeel. What a nice surprise!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #1, kinda worried that itís infected. Pours a lightly cloudy dark orange with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma is slightly sour with just a hint of milk chocolate. Taste is medium-heavy sour...like "sour patch kids" sour. Green apple with a little milk chocolate that starts about in the middle and continues into the end. Light bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, Iím not a fan. Iíll try it again if I can find a "non-infected" bottle and re-rate.


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