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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ Too many Geuzeís - only one toilet , Ulfborg 2012. Pours hazy orange with a small creamy head. Chocolate and grain. Sweet and powdery chocolate. Artificial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Pours lighter than all the chocolate talk had me believe, but very attractive, a bright cloudy copper with substantial off-white head; looks like a quad. Aroma certainly has a chocolate presence but its subdued, with hops, a faint vegetal element, an earthiness, dried fruit, vanilla; a complex aroma. Creamy and palate-coating, bitter dark chocolate integrated quite well with a fruity character, some brown sugar too, finishes very long. I feared the chocolate would overwhelm but this is very well balanced. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 1/24/12, from Batch 2011-1, best by 08-2012

Aroma: The nose has some bread/yeast notes, a little earthy hop, fruit, and just a hint of chocolate
Appearance: It pours a cloudy caramel-orange color with a fizzy, bubbly, long lasting, off-white head
Flavor: Tastes mid-sweet up-front, some mid-palate earthy hop bitterness, and a strong chocolate finish
Palate: It is fairly light, but not watery, with a solid drinkability, average carbonation, and a smooth finish
Overall Impression: You know, I didnít get what I was expecting at all here, but I still found myself enjoying it. Silly me, I saw Chocolate Ale, and didnít read past there, so I just assumed we were looking at a nice, rich chocolate stout. Well, that surely isnít what I have here. Instead, I found myself drinking a much different kind of beer. The second thing that surprised me about this one is how subtle the chocolate presence is. It is much more subtle then I would have expected in the nose, I mean, thereís just a hint of chocolate there. Even in the flavor, the chocolate doesnít really show up until the end palate; however, it ends up being fairly strong there in the finish. Regardless of the differences of the expectation vs. the actual, it still ended up being a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AxDxMx (8) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012 does not count
I know people go crazy for this beer here in Kansas City, but I just canít get into it. Itís interesting, but to me itís more of a novelty. If it werenít for the beer flavor up front with the chocolate finish seemingly coming from out of nowhere behind it, this would basically be an ale that somebody stirred Nesquik into. This beer does seem to be more female friendly, especially for the segment that doesnít really go for beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap at map room Chicago. Pours amber brown with a small cream tan head. Aroma is very cocoa powder, chocolate milk and vanilla, very sweet and reminiscent of childhood with my nestle and milk. Flavor has the same qualities, super rich dark chocolate with a light fruity cherry note. Finishes sweet caramel and vanilla and of course more cocoa. Medium body and crisp carbonation. Definitely the most chocolate milky beer Iíve had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (995) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle via Tyler, thanks! Pours a hazy yellow/orange with light white head of about 1/8", small. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is more semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of milk chocolate at the finish. The beer is light and airy if that is possible and between my eyes, taste and mouthfeel Iím totally thrown for a loop. No coffee notes and not an overly sweet beer. This one is almost a year old so I know the chocolate has lost something but to say it is "gone" is totally wrong. This is chocolate through and through. Looking forward to trying this one fresh in a couple months.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kcdrew (5) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2011 does not count
One of our hometown favorites. We killed one keg of it in 2 hours!!! Amazing. Light bodied and not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremysoucy (1) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2011 does not count
Good color and aroma but the chocolate flavor was lost with aging. What was left was a very bitter semi sweet chocolate flavor over a relatively thin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Murky amber with a brown large head that slowly recedes. Aroma is a mix of earth and chocolate with malt, chilies, spices Ė a touch odd to say the least. Taste of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of spice. Somewhat of a plasticity to it Ė sort of like one of those boxed chocolate covered cherries sans the cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2011
(750ml bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a lightly hazy dark orange-amber color with tan head. Nice carbonation. Aroma rich, chocolate, dark berries, roasted nuts. Taste is sweet, velvety chocolate with some vanilla, and more roasted nuts. Lightly bitter. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is a bit dry. This is a flavorful beer, yet still delicate. Really nice job on this one!

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