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RATINGS: 1056   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pour is thick black with a foamy brown head. Sweet chocolate and dark fruits are present up front followed by a dry, bitter cocoa finish. Wow, this is really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cobaink2 (412) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a deep dark licorice color.very nice dark Mexican chocolate, bit of biscuit and caramel. Really nice and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (410) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate. Taste of coffee, a touch of bitter chocolate. A nice roasty flavor. Very Pleasent!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Pours like oil. Dark as can be and sporting a nice brown head leaving a nice light brown lace. The aroma is a great blend of coffee and chocolate. The taste is great... It’s a rich blend of chocolate, coffee, malts, oatmeal, and a bit of alcohol. This is overall a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Joe Canalís, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10. Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again - amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2011
So Iím flying off memory here. I canít believe I missed rating this one. I know it was a nice brew. Thick, creamy, definitely chocolatey. I had it several times and enjoyed it every time. Bitter chocolate is the way to go folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
The beer starts off with a malty cereal, caramel/ dark chocolate aroma mixed in with a burnt smell. The head’s initial appearance is lightly fizzy and its color is light brown. The head lacing is mostly diminshing and the body looks like a dark cloud, with a very dark brown hue. The initial flavor is bitter - kind of tastes like a spoiled chocolate bar because it is so bitter, and the finish flavor is definitely very bitter. The finish duration of the beer is average length. The body feels medium to full to the palate and oily and syrupy in texture. The carbonation is flat. This beer is exceptionally thick and after drinking it makes you feel as though you have just finished a very filling meal!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Oily black pour with nice tan head. The head dies quickly, but leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is boozy, with some chocolate, dark fruits and burnt malts. The flavor is kind of bizarre. First bitter burnt malt, then a strange cherry/plum fruit flavor, then the chocolate hits making for an excellent bitter finish. The palate is the standout aspect of this beer. Awesome, thick, chewy. Almost like drinking a bowl of oatmeal prepared with an imperial stout instead of water. Interesting, complex, but a little disappointing. The palate alone however makes this beer worth the price of admission.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a rich deep brown/black with a lot of dark chocolate on the nose. nice roasted malt charicter with a bitter sweet chocolate finish. really decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2008
22ozbomber. Pour is black with a lacy off white head. Aromas of hops, coco, and roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, malt, and some alcohol with a bitter finish. This one is way too thin to be called a stout. Good but not too impressed. Sounds better than it is.

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