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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8860) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle that I got in a mixed case from Beers of Europe, consumed 20-02-09 Pours black with a brown head and is quite busy on the fizziness front. The aroma was initially quite creamy and had some vanilla and then all I got was rusty nail. Taste is undeniably dark, bitter chocolate, its an oily mouth clinger and so bitter. Some cold coffee dregs show but the chocolate and roasty flavours dominate. Strange that the rusty nail aroma is really taking over now. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV13 3.4

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share. A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass. S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats. T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char. M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish. O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely. Serving type: bottle

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black with a think tan colored head. Aroma is predominantly alcohol, with some chocolate and roast notes poking through. Flavor is again predominantly alcohol with some slight hints of chocolate, roast, coffee. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished extremely bitter. I did not care for this at all in its current state, perhaps some age will work wonders for this. I do not care much for RIS fresh either. Somewhat of a disappointment.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 To be fair -- I only had a small sample of this brew at a release tasting in Arizona, but the advertised chocolate and oatmeal in this stout were unfortunately overpowered by a smokey (nearly burnt) roast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Bomber, recently released. Black color with pretty dark foam, and a head that diminishes in a short amunt of time and leaves an oily layer of foam. Smells mostly of dark chocolate, roasted grain, and alcohol. The flavor has a strong baker’s chocolate bitterness, some malty sweetness, alcohol hotness, and some burnt notes. The roasted flavors leave a slight burnt and acidic flavor. The body is a little lighter than I expected, considering the oatmeal. A little syrupy feeling, with lower carbonation. A little too much straight alcohol and bitter chocolate for me. A nice sipper, but I can see how this could improve a good deal with some time. (3.8) Rerate: A ten month old bottle doesn’t even quite seem up to a fresh one I had. Too boozy, with a weird mouthfeel, and the chocolate seems detached from the rest of the flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of semi-dark chocolate, charred cracker, sweet and alcoholic raisin and anise. Flavor has a sweet characteristic likely derivative of the oatmeal, bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate turns to a bitter finish. Very full-bodied, a chalkiness attempts to keep heaviness and cloying sweetness at bay. Still, though, as the glass goes down, it just gets harder and harder to drink. Not as bad as their regular imperial stout fresh, but a very similar heaviness nonetheless. A beer that would have scored very well had I had a 2-oz. sample, but with 11 oz. in front of me...tasty but hard to get through. Put it in the cellar with the Imperial Russian Stouts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Poured from tap and inky black with medium sized brown head. Aroma of roast coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol vapor. Flavor was full with roast coffee, bitter coco powder, caramel, a rather pronounced alcohol note, and touch of smoky grain. The flavors were not well blended at this time. Palate was a bit harsh with the alcohol but shows nice flavor tones that should mellow and mesh well with age. I’ll be coming back to it in 6 months to re-rate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Chocolate, light roast flavor with some espresso, alcohol, and a bit of raisin. Somewhat fuller bodied. Lingering chocolate, espresso, licorice, alcohol, and earth. Needs aging. I’m betting it’ll become a very nice beer, but it isn’t there yet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as a nice pitch black in the glass. Head is dense and mocha-colored and fades fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malts. There are also some dark fruits and alcohol burn in the nose as well. Taste is big on the sweet malts as well with the significant bitterness of the baker’s chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a little carbonation on top of the bitterness of the chocolate. This is a decent, but quite bitter, stout and the flavors are are a little too abrasive for me. This one could use some time to bring the flavors together.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
A Sim rate (gravity cask at GBBF): This beer was the opposite of the old phrase "It does what it says on the tin". It was the anti-thesis of what it said on the tin. Reading "bitter chocolate oatmeal stout", I was convinced this would be my beer of the festival and I b-lined straight to it upon entering, but must admit, I was a bit let-down. Bitter, chocolate, oatmeal it wasn’t. And certainly not hefty enough to be called stout. Aroma of excessive alcohol, whiskey, oil. It’s good, but almost wrong in combination. Oily appearance for some reason. I quite like that. Flavour is good, but just way too alcoholic and oily (again) to be great. No oatmeal in it. And lacking that grainy texture in the palate that usually makes oatmeal stouts so outstanding. It slips down the throat like vegetable oil.. certainly not like stout. I quite enjoyed it to drink, but the whole was not made up of the sum of its slightly-lacking parts.


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