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RATINGS: 887   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Draft @ Uber. Black with a nice mocha head. Very nice roastiness, chocolate, caramel in the aroma. Taste is roasty with chocolate and espresso. Not too impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours jet black with small, dark tan head. There’s not a lot of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is still decent. The aroma wasn’t what I expected: some chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and slight coffee, but nothing spectacular. Taste was similar. Black coffee finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080728 Bomber thanks to dickinsonbeer. Black with brown, lasting head. Aroma of vinyl pool toys, roasty coffee. Dry and harshly astringent stuff. Nothing about it says oatmeal stout, but quite a bit screams Stone. harsh, but drinkable and would probably give it another shot.

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