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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bhensonb (15191) - 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.

hopdog (12510) - 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.

daknole (11049) - 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.

DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
750 cc from Blue Dog. Pours turbid orange with big fluffy 2-finger eggshell head. Nose is caramel malt, hot pepper, banana, cacao. Tastes malty, semi-sweet, with notes of peppery spice, hops, mild cacao, and finishing fruit. Medium complexity level, and overall decent but not great.

arminjewell (9646) - 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.

nimbleprop (8382) - 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.

drfabulous (7941) - 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.

BMan1113VR (7931) - 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.

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.

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 baker’s 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!

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