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RATINGS: 1048   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a high viscosity opaque black with an ample tan head that soon faded. The aroma was moderate in strength with mocha, chocolate, roasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor featured well burnt malts that had a chocolaty character, dark fruits and good bitterness. Also, in taste there was a bit of hot alcohol. The mouthfeel was creamy, full and smooth. The finish was long with lingering bitter dark chocolate. Overall: The alcohol showing thru was a bit distracting at first, but soon became unnoticeable as I finished the bottle. Other than that, great concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle: The chocolate aroma is not to be denied. It pours like motor oil with a minimal brownish grey head. I was aprehensive about the taste of bitter chocolate oats and malt but it works well. To me the bitter was not too bitter... Not your everyday beer but very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours midnight with a thin brown head. Not much of an aroma, some chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor, however, is a different story. Bitter chocolate dominates with undertones of coffee, roastiness, oatmeal. Alcohol strength is a bit harsh, but I have a feeling that it will level out after being cellared for a while. Creamy mouthfeel with a short bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Weak nose with soft tones of chocolate and malt. Dark chocolate head, short but very thick. Bitter hits first then smoke and an alcohol finish. Smooth with good carbonation. I agree with some other posts that this is a bit harsh. I know what they were going for and I think they hit it well. It just doesn’t thrill my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle pours jet black and opaque. Dark khaki head rises tall and laces well. Aroma is lots of chocolate, a hint of booze, and some dark fruits. Really nice feel on the palate, with prickly carbonation leading into a silky velveteen. The oatmeal at work here. Taste has a dominant bitterness, from dark chocolate, hops, and some dark roasty malts. Dried dark fruits add some sweetness. Oatmeal adds a really fine texture. Still a little boozy, but just fine to drink now. A few months on this one should improve it nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Bottle: Pours a very deep brown with a ring of wispy white head. Smells hot right off the bat. Aroma is alcohol, sweet chocolate malt, tobacco. Flavor is very, very dry reminiscent of cocoa, loaded with chocolate malts, and scalded milk. Has a nice velvety texture to it, however, finishing a little too warm. A bitter element is present in the finish as well, but not exceedingly so. Some age on this would be a beautiful thing.

   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Aroma is of baker’s chocolate. Definitely tastes like it’s on the dry side for an IS. Dark roasted coffee flavor with hints of charcoal. Light whisper of red fruits from the chocolate on the aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
22 oz. Opaque brown pour with a dense, creamy caramel head. Aroma of... bitter chocolate. Chocolate malt powder, hops, nutty. Roasty. Balanced and creamy flavor. Metallic though. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but I find the chocolate less apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
I wanted to give this another flavor point, but it seems unfinished to me. The bitter chocolate is nice - and the oatmeal base is quite smooth - but it lacks depth! From the first sip I maintained that this brew needed some time in some oak, and that stayed true through the end of the bottle. Could use some coffee as an alternative.

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