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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
750mL bottle, best by 09/2011 from Lukas Liquor back in November of last year. Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head, OK retention. Big fruity cacao nose with some fruity English yeast behind. Fitting moderate sweet caramel malt behind. Flavor follows suit--wonderful how they’ve managed to throw so much chocolate character into this beer, and it works surprisingly well for not being a stout. The finish is semi-dry, with some very nice warming alcohol that kept this dessert beer from ever becoming too sweet. Despite being past the best by date, this was fantastic.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014
Vegetal nose. Clear copper, medium head. Marzipan flavor with only a wisp of chocolate. I’m not sure what this was supposed to be, but it didn’t quite get there. Not a complete disaster, but has some issues.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a bright amber color with a beady canvas colored head. Notes of peanuts, coco powder, dirt, earth, cookie crust, and a little bit of fruit maybe banana. Supple mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ The WWGT2D? Tasting. Thanks to Travlr for the pour! Amber pour with a small off-white head. Nutella bar and chocolate wafers. Some peanut butter. The taste is full of trail mix. Some raisin, chocolate, honey. Not a lot of chocolate to be honest. Almonds. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, OK stuff. Not transcendent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dansrc51 (45) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
this beer did not really come together like I had hoped it would. A lot of the flavors seem to be opposed to eachother and it had a drying bitter finish that just didn’t quite work. Overall, it was an intersting and good beer, just not up to the smokestack series quality

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NotoriousJ (35) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
Really interesting beer not what I expected but I still liked it. Golden body with thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is a solid ale that doesn't bring out chocolate until the end as it finishes on your palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (752) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Aromas of chocolate, peanut, and raisin. Clear orange-copper with a fading white head. Not too sweet, flavors mostly reflect atoma profile, boozy. Medium bodied, hot. Interesting, but a mere tasting will do.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Mocha, café, caramel, chocolat, vanille, menthe, houblons verts et se boit comme un bonbon. Buvabilité intéressante.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Not a bad chocolate stout out I boulevard. Nice hint of vanilla and it pours almost black in color. Smells like vanilla. Ha at 3 aces. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Clear bright amber pour with faint off white ring of head. Notes of cocoa and toffee. Kinda vaguely has a cinnamon esk kick to it. Honestly, not all that great IMO. A rare miss in the smokestack series.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours very light in color. But is definitely unfiltered. Not much in aroma. I would say this is a spiced chocolate. But I like it.


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