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RATINGS: 388   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. Elbowís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Opaque hazed orange, small head. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same, just chocolate. Overly sweet, not enough texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Had this on tap in Oklahoma City of all places earlier this year. I enjoyed the beer but didnít rate it at the time. Tonight I find this delicious brew at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park...op tap! The most striking thing about this beer is that itís not brown or black. I recall it being a light golden color before biput tonight itís a dark, translucent, orange color with no head. Cocoa Puffs cereal aroma. Flavor is cocoa powder up front, followed by a short blast of dark fruit, and then a heavy molasses colored dark brown sugar flavor lingering on the palate. The flavors again differ from my original experience where I got tons of cocoa and a bright golden ale. I remember the original taste being like a cocoa powder flavored Belgian Golden. This is chocolatey for sure but more Sugar in the Raw on the finish. I remember a fuller, oily mouthfeel, but this is a medium palate with a slight (but pleasing) booziness. Overall this iis a remarkable beer and very tasty, I will get it whenever I have the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4556) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Base beer is ok but the chocolate flavoring is awesome. Rich creamy chocolate in here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38685) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium orange colour with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, dusty chocolate, cacao, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bitter chocolate, chocolate, vanilla, milk chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120128]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7845) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap @ Radio Maria. I was expecting a dark malt base, so it was a surprise to receive an orange-amber beer! Pure milk chocolate aroma, hints of toast. Creamy milk chocolatey flavour, lightly toasty, lightly hoppy. Nice silky mouthfeel. What a nice surprise!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #1, kinda worried that itís infected. Pours a lightly cloudy dark orange with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma is slightly sour with just a hint of milk chocolate. Taste is medium-heavy sour...like "sour patch kids" sour. Green apple with a little milk chocolate that starts about in the middle and continues into the end. Light bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, Iím not a fan. Iíll try it again if I can find a "non-infected" bottle and re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4601) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
750ml bottle corked and caged, was worried about this one due to horror stories of infection, however this was not one of those bottles. Poured a hazy amber color, not at all the color I was expecting for this beer, I was expecting it to be pitch black, so this was already a nice surprise. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, and a touch of fruit. Flavors of nuts, vanilla, and sweet chocolate. This was a real nice beer that surprised me overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a moderate off white head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of milk chocolate along with some sweet malt. The flavor is similar with milk chocolate and sweet malt but a bit more intense than the aroma suggests. Mild bitterness at the finish. No problems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
This brewer is really growing on me. From the 4/2012 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a hazy caramel color with a large foamy/soapy orange-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was faint fruity hops with hints of chocolate and nut. I really expected more from the aroma. The flavor lived up to the promise with a strong sweet chocolate syrup presence and notes of vanilla, coffee and marshmallow. The finish was long with chocolate syrup and marshmallow lingering. Fairly full bodies and quite smooth. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours dark amber with light chocolate and grain notes. Taste cocoa notes up front with a nice back end of complex grains. Good light finish.

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