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RATINGS: 1064   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swesson (365) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Pours inky black and makes a medium tan head. Aroma is of cocoa, malted barley, and baker's sugar. Tastes of chocolate, molasses, and malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (2621) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Pours black with low tanned head Aromas of leather, tar, soy, coffee, hints chocolate Taste has notes of tar, soy, leather, brown sugar, chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7468) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 13, 2016
Tap at CBC 2016 Blue session. Poured almost black with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, light coffee vanilla. The flavour is moderate sweet with a smooth roasty liqourice malt palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation. All the pleasure is up front with this beer. The aroma was awesome but it never quite delivered when I tasted it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (2433) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2016
Tap at cbc16, copenhagen. Black color, brown head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, cocoa. Roasted malts, coffee, some hops, cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3963) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2016
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of molasses, cedar wood, ancho chilies, chocolate. Taste is sweet, slightly chocolatey, mild coffee sweet finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Humlehode (585) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Tap at CBC. Pours black with brown head. Roasted aroma. Banana, dark chocolate. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
On draft at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena. Dark brown pour with a slight tan head. Malty chocolaty nose. Dry, but lacking the mouthfeel I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. Roasted malts seemed to overpower the chocolate character in the taste. Nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (557) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 22 oz bottle. Appearance: Pitch black. The brown head retains well, but eventually settled into a quarter inch cap. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Rich aromas of double chocolate cake. Fudge sauce. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Taste: Tastes of dark bakers cocoa, heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, oats, molasses, coffee, a semi vegital bitterness, hint of brown sugar and a slight nip of alcohol. Palate: full, smooth, creamy feel with fairly soft carbonation. Overall: Very good, but not a surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (6332) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Tap@ Mikkeller and friends. Black colored beer with a thin off white head. Ashy, roasty, some licorice, wood in aroma. Flavor has ash, roastedness, licorice. Too ashy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (5401) - FINLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Tap@mikkellerfriends. Black. Bready malty, dark bready, slight chocolately nose. Med bodied, smooth, feels bit thin even. Malty. Some slight herbs in finish. Feels like a brown ale, with spicing.

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