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ROBINSON’S OLD TOM CHOCOLATE MALT BEVERAGE

Precariously labeled an ‘old ale,’ this chocolate-flavored moderation (6% ABV despite equally misguided strong ale appellation) needs to increase its sweet ‘n sour cocoa-dried brown chocolate spicing and Madagascan bourbon vanilla influence. Instead, the watered-down flavor profile remains distant. Whimsical molasses, toffee and port notes never fully integrate. And its mildly coarsened hop toasting becomes a tad phenol.

KUHNHENN FOURTH D OLDE ALE

Tranquil updated 2013 version of Fourth Dimentia Olde Ale shows tremendous depth and complexity. Aged for nine months, barleywine-styled full body triumphantly blends marshmallow-toasted burnt caramel malting with ripe dark-fruited sweetness, lilting sherry-burgundy-port wining and syrupy molasses sapping. Massive prune, raisin and sugared fig overtones enrich candied toffee-chocolate-vanilla surge. Bruised cherry, orange and apple uprising further enhances decadent dessert treat.

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DOGFISH HEAD THEOBROMA

Insanely interesting ‘food of the gods’-referenced old ale built on a recipe scientists claim may be earliest kiln-smoked alcoholic chocolate elixir (from 1200 BC). Subtle honey-dripped brown chocolate and vanilla influence upended by lingered chili-peppered burn. Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs bolster sunflower-seeded ginger-snapped cinnamon spicing and teasing orange-cherry fruiting. Just a tad elusive to be perfect.

HARVIESTOUN OLA DUBH (SPECIAL RESERVE 12)

Debonair old ale matured in whiskey barrels brings Scotch-candied sweetness to hickory-charred peat-smoked chocolate roast. Viscous molasses richness coats mild bourbon, port, and Muscat wine illusions as well as ancillary prune, black cherry, and raisin puree nuances. Rich dessert treat, aged in Highland Park single malt whiskey casks for a dozen years, is perfectly suited for dark ale, barleywine, and stout devotees.