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RATINGS: 375   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Technically I had an "infected" bottle, but I still really enjoyed this brew. Lots of chocolate aroma and a taste similar to chocolate milk. Have a few infected bottles left, curious to see what happens going forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1897) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2012
On tap- pour is a murky orange, with thin white head..nose is chocolate, orange peel,lactose...Taste is just like a cold glass of chocolate milk, some orange, sweet chocolate, and vanilla, palate is medium with chocolate lingering..The best chocolate beer ive had to date..Pretty much tasted like alcoholic chocolate milk.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Infected batch - a little dirty feet aroma with chocolate and nice maltiness. The beer actually tastes good, it is just HIGHLY carbonated, but great chocolate malt and toasty finish. I wonder what this tastes like not infected... was great, but had to rate according to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1665) - Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2012
750 ml. bottle- Pours cloudy dark orange with a thin off white head that reduces almost immediately. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and oranges. The taste is not what I was expecting, it has a sweet fruity flavor, mangos, I hope the chocolate taste permeates as it warms, because I am having a hard time tasting any chocolate. As it warms the smooth velvetiness of the chocolate really starts to show itself. The body is medium, carbonation is high. This reminds me of a very good Belgian beer, it tastes and feels like one. I enjoyed it, but I think the dark roasted beers are better suited for chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Draft at Lemon Tree, 2/28. $3.25 for half-off Tuesday. Served in a Delerium Tremens chalice, it looks just a little darkish brown, with a thin Belgian style foam atop. smell is a nice, sweet milk chocolate, maybe even a Godiva. Taste is equally sweet and milk chocolatey. The cocoa taste shines in a beer that is not a stout, the usual style to which chocolate is added. So no roasty notes, just a wonderful chocolate sensation. This is the first Boulevard "extreme" beer I’ve gotten to taste, and it’s a winner./

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/1/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. The beer itself is surprisingly effervescent, with a slightly cloudy orange caramel color. A light off-white head forms and fades gradually. There is Belgian chocolate in the background of the nose, with candy sweetness, vanilla, and a bit of caramel. The taste is fairly sweet throughout. The malt presence up front is lightly roasted with a caramel flavor, with a nutty flavor as well. Vanilla and toffee add further sweetness. Belgian chocolate steps in strong at the end. A touch of booze right at the end hurts the score a little bit. Medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation. A bit sticky and a bit boozy. Kind of a weird juxtaposition of light and heavy. Overall, I thought this was an interesting experiment - a light to medium bodied strong ale with a chocolate flavor is not something I would have thought of. The variety of flavors was nice, but in the end the sweetness kind of dragged this into the ’ok’ range for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Draft at Fountainhead. Kind of intrigued to give this one a go. Pours a deep gold, hazy. Frothy offwhite head. The nose is pure chocolate chips, milk chocolate. Some vanilla, but not a lot else. On tasting, very chocolate, good bitterness to balance it out. Not overly sweet at all. Really interesting beer and probably one of the better chocolate beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1415) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
On tap: pour is murky golden Brown with a fine bubbled off white head in this glass. The nose is very cocoa heavy. Obv. The mind is a little confused because of the color. The. Flavor is milk chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, caramel, molasses.... This is an interesting one for sure. It is lightly bitter and sweet as well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle with Carla. Pours dark gold with tan foam. Smells sweet and lightly of alcohol. Tastes mildly of vanilla, and earthy ending with something that might be cocoa and lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Hazed peachy pour with creamy off white head and lace. Sour maltiness, paper, and spice. Chocolate, sour malt, and a decent medium earthy bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

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