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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2168) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Hazy dark copper pour with a tall, super creamy beige head that has great retention, is sustained by an active, but small bubbled effervescence. Aroma is bakers chocolate, toast, toffee, roasted nuts and crusty wheat bread. Flavor is full of toffee nuts and bread crust up front, followed by interesting chocolate notes, something, fruity, yet chocolaty, almost what I would expect chocolate beans to taste like, possibly at various stages of processing, caramel, dark fruit, boozy warmth and a little pie spice. Medium body, warm, chewy feel throughout medium, blanketing carbonation. Good stuff overall, definitely not what I was expecting.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (938) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bomber. Hazy caramel with a small, beige head that lasts in a ring. Aromas of caramel, coco, nuts, light spice and earthy notes. Flavor is coco, caramel, toasted malt, nuts, spice, light vanilla and dark fruit. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, warm end.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (819) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Interesting. Pours hazy brown. Aroma is primarily chocolate. Smooth in the mouth, with a weird sour chocolate finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (801) - - JUN 2, 2015
on tap somewhere in Washington DC; cloudy, deep amber color; malty aroma with chocolate notes; malty with chocolate notes; fruity character; fairly bitter wit a chocolate finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Light and airy. Nice chocolate mix. A bit artificial, but like a Three Musketeers bar, you know its not real, yet you enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (518) - - MAY 23, 2015
Strong milk chocolate notes, caramel malts, light bitter hops and Belgian yeasts. Very good!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
S_Side_Smitty (578) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Pours light brown with a thick but quickly dissipating head. Aroma is light malts & chocolate. Taste is very much like the aroma with a chalky chocolate layer at the finish. The alcohol in this one is well hidden. Itís not bad, but kinda mellow and one dimensional - the more I do this, the more picky I become. Iím spoiled.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Chocolate and light hop aroma. Chocolate and light malt flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate lingers with light hops and light malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2674) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2015
Tap at Verdugo. Strange, quite flat, but that probably makes sense, milky choc. Confusing but nice though.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PatmanBeer (12) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Wow, was I surprised. Iím used to chocolate stout and wondered what a chocolate ale would be. For me, it tasted like a mild Belgian trappist ale. The chocolate is very subtle. Itís almost like you are drinking a beer where the malt has really good chocolate overtones. It doesnít taste like a chocolate beer. Really nice blend of hops and malt. Iím not a big malt fan and the blend between malt and hops is really nice. It doesnít taste like a 9.1% beer. Itís nothing like a hot double IPA like finish. Itís smooth, balanced and is very food friendly.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2784) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2015
on tap @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Surprisingly light coloring - clear dark amber; ivory head cover, strips and dots of lace. Taste is light-bodied malt that adds carbonation and mild chocolate on the swallow, only adding enough hops to balance. Danger!!: This tastes nothing like 9% abv. Good, but much more mild-mannered than I expected.


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