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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
750mL bottle, best by 09/2011 from Lukas Liquor back in November of last year. Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head, OK retention. Big fruity cacao nose with some fruity English yeast behind. Fitting moderate sweet caramel malt behind. Flavor follows suit--wonderful how they’ve managed to throw so much chocolate character into this beer, and it works surprisingly well for not being a stout. The finish is semi-dry, with some very nice warming alcohol that kept this dessert beer from ever becoming too sweet. Despite being past the best by date, this was fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
i have had 3 bottles over the last year. lets just say it doesnt age well. pours amber / orange with a nice beige head. aromas of chocolate, some light spice and a vanilla presence. lightly sweet with chocolate and vanilla present. also notes of caramel and hazelnut. fairly well balanced, medium body. im not really impressed with the chocolate flavor seems almost faked, which is surprising given how much my wife spends at elbow’s chocolate shop. it finishes with some astringency and vanilla. that was the first 2 bottles. the 3rd had gone bad after being in the cellar for nearly a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2012
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2010-2 (I don’t think this is one of the infected batches), best before 09-2011. I saw this on sale at Bridge Liquors recently, and I’ve never had this beer before so I figured why not buy it? Served in a tulip (as recommended on Boulevard’s website), the brew pours a hazy dark amber with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bittersweet and milk chocolate, tootsie rolls, nuts, and some booze and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, although I would like to try a fresher bottle sometime. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2012
[1pt 9floz bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Amber suspension, floating particles. Aroma of cheap chocolate. Big, sweet flavour of cheap Easter egg. No real bitterness at all, and it doesn’t taste anywhere near 9%. Reminds me of a chocolate Baileys. Fake powdered drinking chocolate. Booze on the end, however [06072012]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1321) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On tap. Pours a hazy copper-brown with a slight creamy khaki head. Nose includes some light citrus and earthy hop notes, but mostly is just tootsie rolls. Taste is plenty sweet with a fair amount of bitterness on the end. Palate is fuller, medium bodied with fairly active carbonation and a bitter blast on the end. Fairly drinkable, but I did it all wrong ordering it before dinner. The chocolate seemed artificial and forced to me rather than that kind of natural deep chocolate you get in a good porter or stout. Not having a roasted component to compliment hurt it for me too. I can see how this could be enjoyable in small doses, but it just bothered me after a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2012
This beer is a classic case of inaccessibility over taste. Its not a bad beer, far from it, but its not a particularly exceptional beer either. Lighter appearance than you’d expect, but the sweetness is off balance and far too rich to drink anything more than a small amount at a time. Had the first iteration at Dempsey’s Pub in Lawrence and the second (infected) at the Cunigan’s tasting party in 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1279) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours a clear amber/orange color with a big white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, vegetable notes, some grains. The flavor is dominated by sweet and spicy peppers, malts, chocolate and some coffee. Very unusual, not a normal chocolate dominated brew. In the back end I can pick up some vanilla and nuts. Interesting and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
6 July 2012, bottle at cagarvie's legendary tasting. Light copper, clear, occasional bubbles. Nose is faint chocolate powder. Med body and mildly fizzy. Lots of chocolate, like Nestlé quick. That's about all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (19016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
bottle at home ... copper .. thinest white lacing ... soft coco powder ... swweet toffee roast nose... little over fizz ... big big chocolate malts ... artificial chocolate malts ... soft mellow ... little vanilla ... itsfun ... but i think its too artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
In bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden colour with a fair beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Lingering milk chocolate and candy sugar.

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