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RATINGS: 1083   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 650ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, nutty, licorice, coffee and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Well I had to go to Vermont to find this in the bottle at a local shop in Stowe. Rating #600. This is a kick ass beer. Pours a jet black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma is(shocking)all chocolate. I also smell a hint of coffee and maybe some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, coffee and some molasses hints on the nose too. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness, just a hint of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, creamy milky sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted and dark chocolate to bring out a milky chocolate

Date: June 13, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, huge brown head, layers of lace
Aroma: black chocolate aroma, touch of licorice and sweet caramel, hint of fruityness and sherry
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness balances the bitterness from the dark chocolate, touch of fruityness is emerging and enhanced by the sweet sherry character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Bitter chocolate malt and herbal grass aroma. Black with small head. Dry bitter chocolate malt and wood ash flavor. Light grapefruit peel flavor. Medium body. Interesting - nice dry beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Simple, straight-forward aroma and flavor… dark, bitter chocolate nibs and cocoa powder. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Chocolaty, bitter finish. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Thin mouthfeel with a syrupy chocolate and light roast. Easy to drink a very impressive Imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10455) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Thanks to Aaron for holding on to this one for me. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel, oat, light smoke. Taste is malty, rich dark chocolate,sweet slightly dark fruit, bitter orange, port, oat. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter sweet chocolaty finish. 280212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and woody notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10249) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didn’t realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact that’s it’s 9%. I’d compare it to Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavor has a strong dark chocolate note with underlying coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish.

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