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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Who knew a worldwide hop shortage in 2008 would give rise to such a memorable, delicious beer? When it came time to craft a commemorative offering for our 12th anniversary, we decided to trade in the bitterness of hops for the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate, and paired that with flaked oats. Featuring a thick, rich, roasty mouthfeel and chocolate-heavy flavors and aromas, this onyx-colored, malt-forward beauty became an instant classic that shares space on our liquid trophy case alongside our hop-focused fan favorites. Rebrewed for our 20th Anniversary Encore Series.

Hops: Summit, Willamette, Galena & Ahtanum

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wrlangin (136) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2016
22 oz bottle from Goody Goody in Houston. Pours pitch black with dark tan head. Average fermentation. Toasted malt and bittersweet chocolate definitely present. Slight softness from oatmeal. Somewhat drier finish than other sweet stouts. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (2531) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 7, 2016
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016 Bottle shared at RedHot. Black color with small tan head. Aroma is lacto and chocolate, a bit roasted. Apple and phenols, brandy-barrel like flavours which don’t fit in there. Taste is burnt, chocolate, a bit roasty, full-bodied. Silky mouthfeel. Not excellent, but alright. A bit disappointing though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (453) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2016
APPEARANCE- Super dark pour. Huge head s the top of the tulip poured on draft. NOSE- Chocolaty goodness emanates from the luxiourios head that smells as good as the best chocolate I’ve had. Some carmel/roasty notes as well. FLAVOR- roasty carmel flavor. A bit of alcohol sting gives away the alcohol content on this one. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2016
650ml bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted grains and coffee. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and coffee bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a quality brew that goes down a little easier than it should. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2016
Tan head cratered look dark pour black dense mild carbonation aromas roast coffee chocolate dark fruits spice rich malts the flavours malt rich chocolate really good taste smooth coffee good medium bitter salty touch grassy note plums prunes sultanas currants classic imperial warming on the palate the finish best aftertastes the chocolate was superb other good malts fruits abound nice balance excellent IMPERIAL STOUT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2016
Draft to pint at the Blind Pig Pub in Fort Collins. Black appearance with a lacy light brown head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and roasted grain. Similar flavor, dark and malty with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Medium to full body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PabloZab (1107) - Wroclaw, POLAND - APR 3, 2016
Tap (Targowa, Wrocław). Black colour, beige head with nice lacing. Roasty in aroma with small hint of chocolate and alcohol like liquor. Taste related to aroma with very nice sweetness and chocolate in aftertatse. Bitterness medium with roast character. After few sips you feel nice warm starts in the throat and ends in the stomach. Beer is smooth with oil consistency, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (111) - - APR 2, 2016
From a bomber. Very dark pour with a thick dark tan head. Nose of chocolate and roastiness. Somewhat light bodied with the expected chocolate forward roasty goodness, less sweet as promised with some hoppy spice mixed in. The off-sweet taste seems intentional and works well. Excellent, well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6042) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Flavors of chocolate. Mellow, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1633) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Black with foamy thin brown almost orange head; aroma is mild chocolate; flava is rich hoppy spicy roasty smoky; feels medium to light little fizz; finishes dry roasty bitter

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