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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
We teamed up with our friends at Santa Barbaraís Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate to create Orbscura Cacao. Made with whole Dominican cocoa beans---prized for there subtle, fruity character and rich chocolate flavor--- Obscura Cocoa emphasizes notes of apricot, banana, and tropical fruit, all in perfect harmony with an underlying and unmistakable cocoa character. Pair this unique ale with one of the Twenty-Four Blackbirds artisan chocolate bars for the ultimate chocolate experience!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shark_Pants (535) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2015
Deep copper colour with small beige head. Aromas of dried apricots, over ripe bananas and some cocoa and herbal notes. The taste is exactly as the smell suggests but with a strong emphasis on the cocoa. The cocoa and fruity flavours are contradictory and donít work together though. Light bodied. The cocoa notes wouldíve been so much better in a stout or something like that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
arminjewell (9152) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pour out of bottle, clear orange pour with white head, aroma is dirty trash, grain, some husky note, touch of earth and if you really twisted my arm I could see cocoa, but thereís too much other crap. Taste is a mix of cocoa, slight earth, some slight trashy off notes into a bit of spice, finishing sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a copper color with a small off-white head that soon recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is mild with spices and cocoa. The taste is vanilla and washed out cocoa. The palate is thin and disappointing with soft carbonation. The finish is short and forgettable. Overall: blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nimbleprop (6657) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
750ml bottle pours a clear copper amber with some spitty, white head. Nose of raw peanut shells, toasted sesame, some cheap lager. Flavor is the same, raw peanuts, a little tobacco leaf, sesame oil. Nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Hazed dark orange pour, off white head. Peppers, chocolate, and apple juice. Fruity notes up front, graham cracker, apples, light chocolate, and some peppers. Very odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10493) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with an off white head. Fruity, cocoa, citrus, and toasted caramel. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
750 c&c from Bine & Vine. Pours clear copper with a slight off-white head. Aroma reminds me of an Abba Zaba bar. And I havenít had one in decades. They are taffy and peanut butter. Full body. Quite smooth. Iím still thinking Abba Zaba. Definitely peanut butter with some chocolate. Or maybe itís tobacco! It does have mixed fruit. Itís tasty, amazing ale. Just a bit hard to pin down on flavor components. Finishes towards dry, and , sorry, Abba Zaba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, sediment settling, moderate to large frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Soft cocoa nose.   Other characteristics donít come into play.   Canít tell what this is, other than cocoa.   Interesting at least.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Moderate cocoa on the finish.   Not hoppy, not malty, just straight forward cocoa.   Its almost like a Belgian with its slight mustiness and then cocoa added.   Very unique.   Nothing really off, but its a bit odd.   Would work better had it been a porter or stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Advocate_Ames (549) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
A highly carbonated beverage. A nice scent of tropic fruit, bananas, with a sweet bread like malt note. There is a mild cocoa aroma too. The flavor is off character to the scent. The cocoa and malts are much more noticeable and potent than the fruits. I would of like more of a fruit flavor since the aroma was very enticing. Telegraph tried to balance everything but the cocoa and malt selection check the other ingredients. The finish has a bitter yeast taste, which was pleasant. Overall the Obscura Cacao is a nice drink but the not worth hunting down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours a deep amber-brown color with very little head. Aroma is fruity smells exactly like a banana split with some bread. Drier than the aroma; hints of bitter chocolate, fruit; not terribly complex. It improved as it warmed. I wouldnít get this again but I liked it better than I thought it would based off of other reviews.

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