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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (186) - - FEB 14, 2014
Appearance is a murky light brown with a creamy slightly off white foam cap. Aroma very close to your typical amber ale with caramel dominating, but with a slight hint if vanilla. Hops not evident. Taste is interesting. Starts really sweet caramel, gives way to a bit of toasted malt and vanilla, and a slightly woody and earthy taste. I might get the slightest hint of bittersweet chocolate, but itís barely there. Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. At the finish the body seems to dissipate and become light and dry, which causes the alcohol to stand out and dominate. There is the slightest indication of bittersweet chocolate that lingers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (313) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Chocolaty earthy aroma. Pours murky orange with a thin white head, a lot of yeast got kicked up from the bottle. Nice balanced flavor, not real bitter, malty up front with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (103) - - MAR 25, 2015
750 ml bottle from binnyís. This looks very interesting. Dark yellow bordering on tan. Aroma is cocoa with some vanilla and alcohol. A touch of bourbon? Taste is cocoa with some earthy tones. This is interesting if not amazing. Caramel throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2015
One redeeming feature: very smooth, but I was mostly dissapointed in this budget buster. The flavor profile gets muddled. Iím not sure what this ale wants to be. Alcohol well hidden, but I canít sign off on this one. Serving: 750ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CopterScott (170) - Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Thick amber color with about a finger of off-white head. aroma is malt with some chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and malt. not as much chocolate as I expected but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fujimo2000 (6) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2015 does not count
No chocolate aroma, powdered chocolate finish. Very low key but good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1034) - , Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
I was expecting a stout so very surprised when I saw the amber orange pour. Sorry, but I got ZERO chocolate in aroma. Great palate; taste did have powdered chocolate. well balanced beer with the hops not overly sweet - well done and different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (7782) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
750ml bottle, shared with friends. Pours kind of an amber color. Minimal head off-white head, loose bits of lace. Basic flavor... Some chocolate, cocoa. Kind of spicy, caramel malt. Bigger sweet taste. Moderate bitter. Medium body. Kind of soft lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Mild slick. Ah, I donít know. We were wondering if thisíd be a chocolate stout or chocolate amber, and we were prepared to be ok with chocolate amber. But even to style, itís not as impressive as Iíd hope for a Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bomber, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F. Appearance: This pours like some sort of amber ale, complete with massively frothy head. Smell: Sugar and chocolate waft out of the glass, as if the contents were liquefied candy. Taste: And the aroma lied. Thereís nothing sweet about this beer at all, and no taste of chocolate that I could detect. The entirety of the flavor profile was earth and wood, bringing to mind a pile of old pallets left to sink slowly into a rainy field. Spices were also along, a muddled jumble of white and black pepper with something like ginger along. Mouthfeel: Medium of body, and otherwise unremarkable. Overall: I truly dislike when a beer is billed as having a particular adjunct, and yet nothing of that adjunct can be found in the flavor. It feels like false advertising, even if said adjunct is actually in the beer. Iím also not a fan of expecting something sweet and getting hit in the tongue with a clod of wet, woody mud. Not a repeater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (408) - Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Nice ale but I canít really discern any chocolate flavor to speak of. Nevertheless itís a decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agrumke (4) - Leeís Summit, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
On tap at Waldo pizza, deliciously chocolat-y without being dark or heavy. Much more chocolate flavor on tap than in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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