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RATINGS: 1039   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Poured from the bottle a pitch black into a snifter with a nice dark brown head. Had a bready aroma, along with coffee, chocolate and smoke. Bitterness really stood out with this beer. Also in the taste was cofee, chocolate and some smokey oak flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Not impressed at all. Hoping for a nice chocolaty flavor but got a bland, alcoholish chocolate. Opaque black with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alochol. Slightly bitter but a strange bitterness that doesn’t come close to hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
So it looks like the trick to enjoying stone beers is to sit on them for a few years. This one is a couple years old an is the most enjoyable stone I have had. Pitch black beer with mocha colored foam. Tastes subdued with creamy flavors. Chocolate for sure. The bitterness has dissipated. Very fun!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (349) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with small head. Aroma: tons of cocoa and chocolate. Taste: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, dark malt. Nice palate of dark chocolate and hops. Smooth and ABV well hidden. Could be more intense in the aroma but overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bomber. Pours much darker black than I expected with a small, but thick brown head. The head on my beer is much darker than the picture on this page. Aroma is baker’s chocolate, coffee, and burnt oats. The flavor is really more potent than the aroma lets on. Lots of heart oats, rich chocolate, and very roasty malts come through. The flavor stays really sharp throughout, and has some qualities that make me think dry stout, only bigger. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the glass warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (343) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours black with nice pillow of clingy cocoa foam. Looks like its gonna be super chocolaty, but... aroma has only the faintest note of dark chocolate, more dominated by rolled oats and fantastic roast. Smells great but subdued. Flavor likewise is absolutely delicious, with some sweetness at the front. While the dark baker’s chocolate is detectable in the mix, it’s not prominent, with again some very tasty roasted malt and classic oat. Extra smooth mouthfeel and a semi-bitter finish make fast work of this bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rick_91709 (338) - USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Inky black. Short-lived light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Starts out on the sweet side and ends with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 19, 2008
A great dark pour. Aroma is dominated by the dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts. The oatmeal seems to hold it all together as well. Bitterness seems to be a more alcohol bitterness, than from the hops. Maybe this was what they were going for? Either way, some ageing would do some good to tame it. I likey, and you should to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2008
bottle. thick like oil but not too sweet. no head. full body but dry. smooth licorice flavors. alcohol is present but not unpleasant. low level carbonation, prickles through the huge malt profile. slightly bitter. pleasant i.s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (335) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2016
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head. Nose is huge roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smokey. Taste is heavy bodied, bitter. Finishes boozy on the palate. Good beer.

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