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 Barbara’s 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!

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2016 At rather unusual beer. Highly carbonated with fine effervescent bubbles. The cacao might have worked a little better in a darker stout like beer but this was a amber. Aroma and flavor like some one sprinkled cocoa power in your abbey style ale. The missus liked it. Serving: Bottle

Shark_Pants (769) - 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 don’t work together though. Light bodied. The cocoa notes would’ve been so much better in a stout or something like that.

arminjewell (9720) - 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 there’s 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.

StefanSD (2468) - 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.

nimbleprop (8808) - 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.

daknole (11402) - 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.

hopdog (13102) - 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.

bhensonb (15843) - 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 haven’t had one in decades. They are taffy and peanut butter. Full body. Quite smooth. I’m still thinking Abba Zaba. Definitely peanut butter with some chocolate. Or maybe it’s tobacco! It does have mixed fruit. It’s tasty, amazing ale. Just a bit hard to pin down on flavor components. Finishes towards dry, and , sorry, Abba Zaba.

5000 (6862) - 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 don’t come into play.   Can’t 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.

Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, 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.

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 wouldn’t get this again but I liked it better than I thought it would based off of other reviews.

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