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RATINGS: 337   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. 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. 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 Dont get me started on what i went through to get my hands on a bottle of this. Anyway....Pours light brown amber color. Head fizzed up and the immediately went away. No head on thhis beer at all ? Aroma is belgian ale spicy yeast, faint hint of fruit and mild chocolate aroma. Clean upfront amber malt flavor gives way immediately to cocoa flavors. More of a bitter semi sweet flavor of chocolate. Finishes dry and almost a grainy feel. This is more of a cocoa flavor than a chocolate flavor. Its a good novelty beer the media machine turned this into to something more than it is. On its own, its a very unique beer never had anything like this from a flavor standpoint aroma isnt much though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (587) - Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 A hazy dark orange beer with a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is pure chocolate. The flavor is sweet malt and cocoa powder with a bittersweet finish. Much better on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
750ml .. . pours a shimmering brown .. great foam .. . light pure chocolate, milk and cooking .. . slick stuff, but a sample was ample .. . well made
.. .. ya right?? how can you smoke a brownie??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8251) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Sample at OH! Growlers! Tasting on 01/31/2012: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium foamy off-white head that burns away steadily. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Cocoa powder aroma along with a bit of malt. Medium body with a sweet chocolate character and notes of malt, vanilla and a touch of hops. The finish is chocolatey with a sweet aftertaste. Kind of reminded me of ABC’s Dirty Summer Blonde Chocolate Beer but richer. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Pours a hazy orange-amber with an off white head. Aroma is cocoa and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey, hint of vanilla caramel, and a bit of balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Draft @ Sunset Grill. Clear transparent amber color. Sizable head with lots of lacing. Nose is light chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is not a normal chocolate dominated brew, a spicy herbal, peppery hops in the finish. No heat of any kind, not hot spice, just Peppery. Yeah it does taste like a chocolate bar was melted into the brew. I think it was very tasty. However you need to like sweet brews. The 9.1% is completely hidden. Really fun to try. I really like this brewery, haven’t had anything bad from them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Sampled at 2012 Black Hills Beer Fest. Poured a dark brown with a large tan head. Hot chocolate aroma. Thick and creamy. Somewhere between chocolate milk and hot chocolate taste and finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
high_on_hops (633) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
On tap at Martin City Brewing Company. An amber body with a foamy off-white head that fades quickly. The aroma is malt and cocoa nibs, different than most chocolate beers. The chocolate dominates the taste, with a little bit of malt and some spice. A great aftertaste too. Unlike any other beer I’ve had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Drank 3 on draft in boulevard tulip glass. Chocolate aroma and slight alcohol smell. Dark copper color with 1 finger white head in 1 glass. First 2 glasses had no head. Lightly sweet taste. Medium body. Soft carbonation in the first 2 glasses and average carbonation in the 3rd. Slightly bitter finish and aftertaste of chocolate and slightly alcoholic. Very good beer. Would be good with a sweet desert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rockchalkpa (3) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
Nice cider color. Very little, if any, head. Good chocolate aroma with caramel. Nice chocolate flavor, caramel, burnt sugars and vanilla undertones. Hardly any hop notes. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Not as good as 2011, but a nice dessert beer nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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