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Great Lakes Brewing Chocolate Orange Peel Ale

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Great Lakes Brewing Chocolate Orange Peel Ale
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Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
Nice idea. Flavour is well done, but I found the body too watery. More hops could have overwhelmed the taste of chocolate and orange peel, so perhaps it was a tricky one to make. Solid and worth trying, still.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
[1314-20080420] Tap. Milky powdered chocolate grain aroma with a slice of tangerine. Clear, bright amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. More orange rind than chocolate in the flavour but both dominate over a grainy malt base. Medium body is heavy. At first is exceptionally nice then dulls a bit to just quite nice.
(@ Volo; Toronto, ON)

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
Brownish orange with no head, ridiculously thin and plastic-smelling, covered up with notes of Cointreau or chocolate-orange Kit Kat all over it. All I detect is some orange peel in the finish, but it’s painfully watery and tasteless. Nice concept, but not executed very well.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2008
On tap at Cest What
Appearance: Light amber with gold touches , smallish top.2+
Nose : Light fruity aroma , sweet ripe orange.
Flavor/Palate : Dominant two themes , chocolate and very ripe , unpleasant oranges feel. Those two themes are not working together producing harmonious symbiosis. Missed target.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
Draught. At C’est What. Clear light amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of chocolate liqueur and sweet oil grain malt, a little herbal bitterness. The taste is even more like a sweet cloying chocolate/orange liqueur with extra orange zest - it’s thick, styicky and has a little herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad, but really only just okay.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Draught at Volo’s 20th anniversary. Clear amber with a small head. Aroma and flavour bring to mind Terry’s Chocolate Orange - i.e. more of a milk chocolate character than the dark chocolate you find in chocolate stouts and the like. I enjoyed it, but as the others have noted, it would be tough to drink more than one - just a bit too sweet for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Orange, small white head. Mild chocolate aroma - dry, artificial like milk chocolate,along with some malt. Flavour features tons of chocolate, dry milk like stuff, and some sweetness. Medium body. There is tons of flavour here but it is more of a neat one -off - I did not think too much of it really and it is not something I would want to have again. The orange kind of gets lost int he shuffle. Kudos to Great Lakes for anotehr adventurous beer though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
Draught at Volo for ’Volo’s 20th Anniversary’. Pours a nice clear orange with a small creamy white head. Aroma has more chocolate then I expected along with some sweet malt and fruit. Flavour’s alright, there’s definitely chocolate and orange there, but I’d prefer more of a dark chocolate then the sweeter milk chocolate flavour used. Light bitter finish. Medium bodied. I wouldn’t be able to drink more then one of these but it’s reasonably well done for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2008
2008-04-20. Orangey amber body with a modest creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate cocoa and mild underlying fruit. (6+) Flavour is fruity with the cocoa as a secondary note. Pleasant light bitterness throughout. Smooth slightly fuller than average palate. (3+) Pleasant, mildly flavoured overall, quaffable. Numbers might be on the generous side, but it hit the spot at the time. On tap at Volo, Toronto

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2008
On tap @ Volo’s 20th anniversary. Aroma of mild tootsie roll, copper, small tan head. Taste is like the malted milk chocolate bar, light bodied, not too sweet and enjoyable. Neat.


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