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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13232) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. It is indeed a black pour with a 2-finger tan/brown head. Aroma is primarily chocolate over dark roasted, not burnt, malt. Full bodied with chewy carbonation. Flavor is a touch of heat, dark roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate bitter. Very well integrated. The hop doesn’t stand out until things have pretty well gone down. Guess that’s a deScription for the finish. Really outstanding. Great nose.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12755) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium to heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex standout brew.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12647) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Smallish brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, roast, light coffee liqueur. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, burnt coffee, alcohol, some dark chocolate, roast. Smooth medium-full body. Alcohol presence detracts from what otherwise would be a very enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, burnt grain, roasted malt, and coffee with a dry, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12207) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Jet black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of malt, toffee, licorice and bourbon-like alcohol. Roasted malt flavour ranging from licorice to charcoal, some alcohol in the finish.

RBESG August 2011, The Rake. Much more vineous with dried fruits and sherry notes. Just about the same numbers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap (Rake, post-RBESG2011 Monday)
Lovely rich cakey aroma. Very smooth roasty palate, much like a US porter. A touch buttery in the finish. Very rich and roasty, but no burnt astringency. A lovely bitter bite and tingle, but not really hoppy. The immediate finish the instant you swallow is just gorgeous - it feels great, and the vapours moving around the back of the nose make you go "goddam!".

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bomber poured a nearly opaque dark brown almost black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and hints of licorice and smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with slightly warm finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of pepper with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (12142) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of sherry, roast chocolate, toasted oats. medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head, viscous appearance. Sweet chocolate aroma, chalky, licorice, and alcohol. In mouth, a bitter chocolate, chalky and powdery, smotth hops, rich and pleasing. Bottle at American Flatbread, Post Vermont Brewfest Dinner, July 19 2008 with TaktikMtl and Goldorak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11865) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, medium to dark brown head. Smell richely coffee, chocolate, caramel, bitter, burned and roasted malts. Taste very rich as well, lots of flavours, mainly coffee, chocolate and roastyness. Nice bitter finish. Nice carbo, full body.


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