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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
trevor211 (1358) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Pours lighter than I expected -- I’m used to chocolate being associated with porters and stouts. Muddy amber, with a large beige head. Aroma is primarily funky vegetal notes, with some overripe fruit and just a hint of chocolate in the background. Hmm. Nutty tree bark over raisins and the same vegetal/overripe fruit combo, backed by old, stinky cheese. I keep taking sips, hoping that they might be better than the last. Alas. This one’s a stinker. Half wondering if this batch was infected. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
S: slight haze, gold/tan color, white head A: creamy, round, slightly sweet, soft T: mild, milk chocolate, a little funky, but clean, refined O: this is a cool beer, very unique, you get chocolate from it, but it’s not overpowering, well balanced without being sweet or weird. Its very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4594) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Pours cloudy mahogany into a snifter. Off-white micro head with medium retention recedes to skim surface and hug rim. Chocolate, roasted nuts and vanilla aromas. Dry with sweet roasted nuts, toasted pumpernickel and milk chocolate. Lasting toffee and vanilla finish becomes slightly cloying over time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildcatIPA (4) - Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2012 does not count
this is a nice beer and i really like what they did with it for 2012 release with the additional nibs. it gave it that cocoa bitter bite i was looking for more of last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (753) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bomber. Opaque iced to color with tons of head, great retention and a tad of lacing. Nose of faint chocolate and bready malts. Taste of dark fruit, chocolate, and toasted malt. No hop profile which works. Pretty good. Would like to try it a little fresher. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1218) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle from choice beverages. Pours a muddy amber with a thick off white head. The aromas are leather, earth, vanilla. The mouthfeel is bittersweet and slightly dry with a medium body and medium carbonation. You definitely taste the chocolate in this thing. Great beer! Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
750ml Unfiltered tea color, thin head, smell of sour chocolate. Sour chocolate, earthy notes, spices. Cocoa and hops on the finish, Interesting. This was sitting in the snow for a bit so I will let it warm up. <time passes> Okay, vanilla tang, but still a sour bakers chocolate hop finish. Unusual. Interesting, but I doubt I would go back.

   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 (2842) - 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 (629) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
BOTTLE at Darkness Day 10/22/2011. Smokehouse Special Release Chocolate Ale. Taste like chocolate covered cherries. Amazing!

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