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RATINGS: 1084   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (429) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with small head. Aroma: tons of cocoa and chocolate. Taste: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, dark malt. Nice palate of dark chocolate and hops. Smooth and ABV well hidden. Could be more intense in the aroma but overall very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1728) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle. Deep, dark brown almost black with a large light brown head. Aroma is roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate and dark roasted grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa, mild coffee. Taste is bitter and creamy. Full dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a great bitter balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2016
How: Draught.
Where: The Bishops Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, liquorice, dried fruit, some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1141) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2016
22 oz bottle pours a black color with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Full bodied, a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1771) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
On tap at Bir&Fud in Rome-Italy. Super Black pour, brownish tick head. Nose: zabaione, cream, nuts. Mouth: nutty, roasted, more nuts and super dry. Bravo! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1966) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
On tap @Bir&Fud (Rome). Pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, nuts, mocha, licorice, hops. Flavour of roasted malts, mocha, medium sweet leading to a good bitter end. Full body, low carbonation. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle to pint glass Consummation: Dark chocolate, malts, oatmeal, soy, motor oil, and clove Adjunct: Primarily chocolate oatmeal aroma; dark brown/black with a 3 cm frothy light brown head with little retention, but nice lacing; full bodied and a little boozy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patersoi (152) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours oily black with a dark dense honeycomb head that never goes away. The bitter choc is quite confronting and never relinquishes its grip on the flavour despite the best efforts of the sweet oatmeal . Tha alcohol is masked well and the finish brings a warm glow with a sweet finish the final throes.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (574) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Pours an almost black with a fair tan head......aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness.....taste is dark chocolate, booze, toffee, quick sweetness, ends with a coffee grounds type bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, well built.

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