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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Only 7 ratings so far? Corked bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber hue with a fizzy but lasting head , spotty lacework. The aroma has notes of tropical fruits (mango, starfruit, and banana) along with slight toasted and biscuity malts, surprisingly minimal cocoa but it is there along with some strange but approachable peaty like smoke essence.

Wow, I am really digging the flavor profile, fruity and grainy with a bakerís dark chocolate tone. Add some light allspice and earthy yeast character then you have a very unique brew that I am sure will not be for everyone but is for me. The palate is light and lively, perhaps my only complaint is the lack for a cleaner and "poppin" finish that would have driven this beer to otherworldly status. Much like the first time I had the Reserve Wheat, I am floored and wonder why more people have not jumped on this bandwagon? You want something out of ordinary then this could be your beer. MIKEY LIKEY!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14077) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6570) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2012
750. Batch No. 99. From a shop in Chicago next to where my wife was buying running clothes. The shop was not in the greatest shape, but there were some ok beers in the cooler, including this one. Big carbonation in pour. Bit of chocolate/cocoa powder in taste. Not dark in color. Pretty decent. Some fruit in finish, maybe blueberry like. Not so much a chocolate beer but ale with some chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11532) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle from batch 99. Pours with a hazy, deep copper-orange hued body with a massive, lightly tan head. Odd aromas. Estery, apricot, fruity, banana, dried stone fruit, earthy, dusty, cocoa, coffee, mild roast, vanilla, anise, pepper and dates. Flavors are of dried banana, plantains, vanilla and chocolate. Earthy, tons of cereal character, lightly tangy yeast esters. Earthy chocolate. Lively bubbles, light tartness, fruity and dry. Estery finish. Weird beer. Not bad, but very strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
750ml bottle. Rating #6. Hazy orangish/brown color with a dirty white head. Fruity and sweet, brown sugar, banana and a little apple. Earthy, a little chocolate more fruit, apple peel, pretty decent. (2330)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dark golden honey liquid with a soft pillow of foam topping as a head. In the aroma, there is a fruity nose of banana and banana bread with a slight background of chocolate and mint like that of a York peppermint patty. The flavor is initially tart with a strange astringent taste of cocoa powder and bitter grounded coffee bean that is a little harsh to drink. Not at all what I was expecting since I was under the impression this was a stout. It certainly is an interesting recipe but I didnít enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Advocate_Ames (570) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
750 ml bottle. Semi cloudy amberish pour, with small chunk floaters and foamy very light tan head. Banana, apricot, stone fruit, yeasty, definite cocoa, sweet sugars, a bit of roast, and some earthy pepper. Really weird, the chocolate is noticeable, but I just donít like the beer that much.

   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.

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