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RATINGS: 1081   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2903) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Pitch black with tan head... Velvety pour... Aroma of roasted malts, oat, cocoa nibs... Flavor is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cocoa nibs, ash... Bitter chocolate and smoky finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Aroma is dark fruit, medium sweetness and creeping chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit/funk, dryish chocolate, dark malts, very complex fruit and a mix of sweetness and earthy/slightly Brett acidity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2016
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: black pour, brown head, strong lacing. aroma of cocoa, roasty, oat. tastes are sweet then bitter dark malts - slight charred. creamy medium palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2223) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2016
draft the poured a dark brown to almost black with mocha head in a chalice glass. the nose was deep and rich of roasted malts, lots of chocolate. the flavors are rich and full bodied deep roasted malts some thickness from the oats and plenty of chocolate. loved the richness of the smooth chocolate flavors start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (381) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours black with nice pillow of clingy cocoa foam. Looks like its gonna be super chocolaty, but... aroma has only the faintest note of dark chocolate, more dominated by rolled oats and fantastic roast. Smells great but subdued. Flavor likewise is absolutely delicious, with some sweetness at the front. While the dark baker’s chocolate is detectable in the mix, it’s not prominent, with again some very tasty roasted malt and classic oat. Extra smooth mouthfeel and a semi-bitter finish make fast work of this bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Bitter chocolate malt and herbal grass aroma. Black with small head. Dry bitter chocolate malt and wood ash flavor. Light grapefruit peel flavor. Medium body. Interesting - nice dry beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2016
Bomber. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of coffee and oatmeal. Taste is of chocolate along with oatmeal, roasted malt, and coffee espresso notes into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1994) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2016
With Z, pours a deep rich black pour with a beautiful chocolate Java colored head. Nose is malt and chocolate . Taste is upfront alcohol followed by bitter chocolate heavy malt with some oaky notes. Finish is chocolate malt with a moderately long bitter ending. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate and roasted malts. Taste jumps out with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
romankosecki (14) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 19, 2016
[tap in Jabeerwockie, Warsaw]
Appearance: deep black, with very small ruby/brown clearences. Head brownish, small bubles, long lasted, nice.
Aroma: Good... Intensive roasted notes: ash, chocolate, coffee, with some smoked hints. A little sweet caramel (raisins, bread, biscuits, burnt sugar). rich malty flavour without strange elements.
Taste: Compatible with aroma. On first plan roasty notes: coffee, milk chocolate, a little bit ashy. On back: sweet malts, grain, biscuit, a little bit of nut, vanillia and muscavido. Taste wasn’t very intensive, rather bottom of style...
mouthfeel and bitterness As Imperial Stout - body was rather light, thin, watery, creamy. I missed oily and rich texture... Bitterness was medium-high, balanced, a little bit of taninns, but acceptable.
Pretty good, but not intensive. I expected a little more taste, but I can’t say I was dissapointed. Drink and forget, nothing fancy.

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