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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
extremely dark and coffee in appearance. lacy oatmeal residue. a long lasting head. very strong and a lot of bitter. long, huge, bitter lingering finish. a bit out of balance and hard to find the subtleties, but still a well crafted beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Great especially for an oatmeal stout full flavor with good mouth feel and a not overly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bitter, chocolate, oatmeal? Indeed. Smooth and creamy, with DARK chocolate coming through. Alcohol is well-hidden (well, fo the style.) A delicious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
This stuff is good...scratch that GREAT!!. Chocolate and Coffee. Very smooth. You can taste the ABV% Everyone should try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered coffee beans and dark roasted malts. Taste is warm with alcohol followed by a rush of bitter cocoa and sharp coffee notes. IMO, this is a great stout but it will be amazing in a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Pours dark with ample head. Complex nose, mostly on chocolate. Caressing on the palate with a long, elegant finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a light brown film on top.Aroma of malted hops and chocolate. Thick and creamy to the palate. Flavor has a chocolate start , carmalized barley middle and a bitter chocolate finish. This is a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
This was great. It was very thick and poured like motor oil with a thick dark tan head. Smelled and tasted like the name suggests--bitter dark chocolate.This well-put-together imperial stout got better with every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (103) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours black with a brown ,bubbly head. Chocolately, roasty and malty. This is a tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Totally black pour, lots of thick creamy head...great bitterness from the roasted chocholate malts and coffee undertones...great mouthfeel

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