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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2013
bottle found in box at Coles. Held up very well. Medium to thicker black pour. roasty, chocolate notes in both aroma & flavor. pretty mellow at 9.2%. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (990) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottled. Tucked away in the closet for the past 5 years, got some age on it. Pours silky black with minimal carbonation. Aroma of anise, dark fruit and chocolate. There is a slight character of wet cardboard/band-aid that I take as slight oxidation. Flavor is tasty sweet and smoky up front with tones of coffee and chocolates underneath. Fades rather quickly and overall seems a bit thin. Could be the age. More strange funk notes on the end of the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good; I really wish I would have rated it fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Thanks Frostyone! bottle pours deep black with a small light foamy brown head. Nose is moderate fruits with primarily plums, and ripe peaches. Also aroma is complex with almost a sticky sweet burnt coffee with mild grilled chocolate bars. Flacor is some smooth sweet sugary malts and bitter, and mildly acidic roast notes. Dark chocolate come through nicely but is masked slightly by bitter hops. Lovely at 4 years old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (4298) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with a lighter brown head. Aroma is big chocolate cake with a nice toasty caramel touch. Taste is more of the same. Age has done this beer very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2016 22oz bottle, shared by brew3crew. Dark brown more clear color. Thin lighter brown head, couple dots of lace. Big, chewy texture. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Very interesting herbal raw mint leaf aroma. Dark chocolate, light oatmeal. Good bitterness, light bitter sweet. Very light alcohol in the finish. Very light coffee note. Still drinking good. Very happy for the opportunity to try this. 8/4/7/4/16

Re-rate, 2/1/16: 22oz bottle, 20th Encore series. Bottled 1/15/16. Enjoyed from my Sahm Hamburg goblet, partially with my sandwich. Nice earthy bitterness up front. Dark chocolate, oatmeal. Nice roast malt, hint of coffee. Impressively dark color. Damn near pitch black. Good thin brown head. Nice ridges of lace. Bigger bitter taste, lighter to moderate sweet, some alcohol heat. Sort of a bigger hoppy heat in the aftertaste. Mild sweet bite. Bigger body, nice chewiness. Lighter carbonation. I’m not convinced that the bitterness here is coming from a "shortage of hop". And I like the big hop character here, kind of drinks like a very dark black IPA. More my style of black IPA than Enjoy By Black, honestly. Very hoppy, but still with excellent dark roasty malt character. Enjoyable hoppy oatmeal stout. Kind of reminds me of Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7397) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared by brew3crew). Looks good; a fairly opaque black with sticky beige lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and chocolate with a bit of mint and oxidization. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share. A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass. S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats. T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char. M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish. O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1700) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from trade with Hop20, cheers buddy! Pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma: chocolate mousse, coffee, dark fruit, licorice. Taste: loads of licorice, cocoa, dark wine gums, coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal cookies with raisins, creamy. Full-bodied, smooth. Man, this is so delicious! If this was bitter from the chocolate when it was released, then instead time has made it very smooth and well-balanced. Thanks again for suggesting this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle shared with Aj over christmas. Pours black with a small tan head which quickly disappears. Nose shows bitter dark chocolate, oats, a touch of alcohol, plum, raisins/sultanas and vanilla. Taste is sweet vanilla and raisins. Like chocolate covered sultanas but boozy. Bitter sweet finish to this one. Higher carbonation than I was expecting. A very well made beer. Not sure if the ageing has improved it or now but it is good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
From July 2008 bomber. Alcohol, vanilla, licorice, chocolate and chocolate malts, some papery essence or a bit of oxidation. No obvious hop variety aroma. Deep dark black opaque with thin lacing cocoa-tan head. Heavy body, almost chewy, with medium carbonation and light alcoholic warming. Starts with carbonic acidity, mild sweetness, lot of dry bitter chocolate, licorice, and molasses. A bit of coffee and smoke, too. Tangy finish with nutty bitterness and light chalky chocolate notes in the after. Certainly not over sweet.

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