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RATINGS: 345   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
A golden / amber ale with notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, malt and bread. It also has a mild sour fruit note, especially in the nose. I pick up some pear and fermented pineapple which reminds me a little of a Jolly Pumpkin ale, but not quite as funky or sour. Unique and complex. The 9% booze isn’t obvious in the flavor. So smooth. The flavor evolves nicely. This should appeal to fans of Belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
It poured a hazy dark orange color with a small tan head. The aroma was of some chocolate, dark berries and hints of roasted nuts. The taste was sweet, a little chocolate with some vanilla and more roasted nuts. It seemed the chocolate taste was left behind in the aging process.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilnatp (617) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
BOTTLE at Darkness Day 10/22/2011. Smokehouse Special Release Chocolate Ale. Taste like chocolate covered cherries. Amazing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2012
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (sampled Feb 2012, fresh; either late 2012 or early 2012 release): Clear autumn fire-orange with a frothy, large bubble, off tan head. pineapple-cocoa aroma with a touch of citrus and stoney bitterness. Strong alcohol presence on the tongue, as a vanilla bean blanket wraps my tongue and soothes the alcohol bite. I shared half of this bottle with my Super Bowl chili and it brought out a depth that I hadn’t had before. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (376) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
This beer is all about the chocolate. It is cool to see a chocolate beer that is not a stout, so everything plays a supporting role to the chocolate. All kinds of complex cocoa flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Amber pour with a think light cream head. Nose is rich malts, chocolate, light spice, and yeast. Nice on the palate, flavors are chocolate, spice, yeast, light musk, and dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
750 bottle. Orange with white head. Smells fruity, chocolate. Smells like a quadruple, that kind of fruitiness. Has a very fruity taste as well, tastes a lot like a quad with some chocolate in it. Different, good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours pale amber/gold with an off-white head and great retention. Aroma is tootsie rolls, hersheys kisses, and cacao nibs. Taste is chocolate; pure and simple. Some beery flavors are noted, but chocolate is the star of the show here! Body is medium/heavy, low carbonation, lush cocoa finish. Overall, this is unique and incredible. Never would have guessed a chocolate ale to NOT be an imperial stout... great idea!

   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 (593) - 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.

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