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RATINGS: 1074   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5162) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at Brewski 140516. Fantastic beer that tastes as good as it looks and smells. Deep black in colour with a high bitterness level that reminds me of bitter dark chocolate. Smooth and goes down a treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 19, 2016
Tap. Black,frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (915) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle, 65cl. Opaque dark brown with a frothy to minimal brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, dried fruits, alcohol. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, thick and creamy. Medium sweet with medium to heavy bitterness. Rich roasted and chocolate flavors into a heavy bitter and alcohol finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (634) - MEXICO - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle, 650ml. A dark beer with a small brown head. Aroma is of coffee, lactose, alcohol and I guess some oatmeal. Taste is bittersweet with a roasted malt character. Robust bodied, oily and with soft carbonation. Somewhat strong alcoholic finish with bitter dark coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11050) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2016
Tap at CBC ’16. Black with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlennHendry (288) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Gorgeous pour. Smells of dark chocolate, strong roasted coffee and dark ripe fruit. Tastes of bitter chocolate, more coffee, dark malts and a bit of molasses. Very rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1888) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2016
Sample at CBC. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma and taste of oatmeal, bitter chocolate, cocoa, roast and slight coffee and vanilla. Sweetish but creamy and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (5995) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Dark malty smell, toasted and roasted. Very roasted taste with a roasted bitterness and dark bitter chocolate. A bit too roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (7804) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Black with a small tan head. On the sweet side with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, light wood and cocoa. Kind of smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2016
appearance: very dark brown, with a rich, billowing, creamy dark tan head; minimal lacing but good legs. aroma: bitter dark chocolate, espresso, talc, hint of smoke. taste: bitter, straight bitter dark chocolate (like a baker’s bar), with roasty espresso, a bit of ash, and maybe some vanilla sweetness as it warms. finish: extremely dry, with lingering bitter chocolate and general roasty notes. notes: Excellent. Felt more like a big dry stout. Chocolate was pronounced. Oaty smoothness in the palate was subtle. Chewy palate.

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