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RATINGS: 384   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7624) - 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 it’s 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, I’m not a fan. I’ll 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 (4438) - 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 (3564) - 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 (5332) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
2011 bottle batch 3. Pours with a murky amber hued body with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are earthy, husky, vanilla, dusty cocoa, soil, spicy and a touch vegital. Flavors are of banana, vanilla, earthy, coffee, mild vegital notes, berries, estery, bready, biscuity, grainy, earthy chocolate. Lively bubbles, fuller bodied and slightly warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2012
750ml from phaleslu - thanks, Peter! Unexpected beer and mostly in the disappointing way for me. Dingy amber pour with a fairly unimpressive carbonation. Some strong chocolate notes in the aroma were promising, but they seemed barely present in the the taste along with more prominent pepper. Very forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to Scott! Pours a clear amber with an off white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of earthy chocolate with a bit of backing sweet grain. Flavor begins with sweet grain, but quickly became full of sweet chocolate.

   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.

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