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RATINGS: 296   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 15, 2012
This cork and caged bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated semi-hazy orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was malty orange and cocoa. The off tasting mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The soft flavor contained notes of sweet cocoa hops and malt. Not one that I would likely drink again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamT (112) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
750ml bottle from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. Amber hue, murky clarity with 1-1/2 finger thick slightly off-white head. No lacing. Fruit, light milk chocolate, some citrus hop, cocktail sauce, spice aromas. Light bitter citrus hop up front with milk chocolate & malt finish. The flavor and aroma got worse as it warmed up. Lively carboation on the palate. There was a hint of light chocolate all the way through. This was disappointing especially for the $12.00 I paid for it.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (753) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (708) - 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

   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.

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