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RATINGS: 373   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
two7offsuit (313) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2015
Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. The chocolate is subtle in the aroma but comes through in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basaywhat (74) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
750 ml bottle. Light brown with a thick white head. Aroma is roasted cocoa and a bit of spice Flavor is roasted cocoa with a bit of bitterness and a surprisingly clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (743) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Pours a hazy orange. A shocking aroma for the appearance - strong with chocolate. A strong cocoa powder taste with some caramel and very light coffee. Lingering chocolate taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a thin, off-white head. Slight hops with a strong cocoa aroma. Amazing chocolate presence in the flavor. Light, hoppy bite in the finish, but tons of cocoa. Really good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6638) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
bottle shared at Moor Pat, Williamsville NY. amber & coffee with cream coloreed pour. not the color i was expecting. flavor wise it is chocolate heavy. not desserty but more cocoa than chocolate. vaniilla notes, some hazelnut. decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3173) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2015
On tap at House Beer. Copper pour, off-white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, chocolate. Tastes are big chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Strange, ok. - 6.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle; poured a bog water type brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, with notes of caramel, fruit and cocoa. Flavor had a lot of nuance for a chocolate beer. Layered w/ various notes at various times. Finish lingered with some boozy heat. Nutty, caramel and chocolate. Mild to low bitterness. Probably would have liked a more chocolate centered beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (321) - 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 (127) - - MAR 25, 2015
750 ml bottle from binny’s. 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 (964) - 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. I’m not sure what this ale wants to be. Alcohol well hidden, but I can’t sign off on this one. Serving: 750ml bottle.

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