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RATINGS: 1015   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Midnight brown with a medium tan protectorate. Aroma of dark and roasted malts, bitter chocolate with a mild hop presence. Taste is moderately bitter at first with chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, light black licorice and alcohol. The bitterness of this one overpowers the flavors a little too much. While it was a decent imp to try once, I won’t be running back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Draft. Gravity Head 2009 "The Liver Olympics." Opaque black body with an enticing, frothy, brown head that slowly recedes. Malty aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee with notes of alcohol and a hint of plastic, but not enough to be off-putting. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter, especially in the finish where it turns heavily bitter. It leaves tastes of bitter coffee and chocolate (more bitter than chocolate) and burnt malts and, finally some plastic. Medium to full body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. The beer did not wow me, but I did enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
2009-02-28. Pitch black with a modest khaki head. (4+) Sweet aroma, sweet malt, rich cocoa and mild dry roast malt, light alcohol notes. (7+) Flavour is similar, fairly dry overall impression, dry roasty malt, and dry cocoa has a dusty character somehow, sweet underlying malt base. Very light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate is a touch under carbonated. (3+) Pretty decent. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Dark pour with a big head. Aroma has roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roasty. Oats and bittersweet chocolate and a hint of pine bitter hops. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
22oz courtesy of dpjuart. Pours jet black with a three finger brown head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is a bit salty, some green olives, Kalamata olives, light tobacco, cocoa powder, chocolate cupcake, rich caramel as it warms. Taste is a bit salty, some olives, unsweetened dark chocolate, a little bit tart. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavor has a strong dark chocolate note with underlying coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
Bomber from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with a medium creamy expresso like head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Chocolate and oatmeal. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. A bit resinous. Some wood.
Taste : Nice chocolate and roasted malt. Finish has great notes of chocolate. Light acidic notes. Some resinous hops also. Green hops. Sticky finish. Light liquorice.
Overall : Nice chocolate notes on nose and taste. Deceptive light acidity. Feels a little bit too young maybe. Still enjoyable but it could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (1092) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
can a beer get any darker than this? Beyond black (what ever that means). Aroma is faint for a beer that holds so much promise (bitter, chocolate, oatmeal, stout). Actually there is a hint of sweet chocolate here. The head is really not much more than a string of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The flavor, also quite mild all things considered. Some sweetness, again cocoa, then the bitterness both from hops and malt. There is a lingering prickle on my palate and roast on the back my tongue. Overall a really nice, well balanced, hearty yet subtle brew. 9.2% can’t be :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Really surpised me; kicked my butt. Darkest pour I think I’ve ever seen. Thick brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, bitter notes, cereal. Taste is very much dark chocolate, also nutty, solvent. Big stout. Tough for me to finish the whole bottle but pleased to say that I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours black with a medium tan head. There is about once inch of dark tan head. The first half inch fades quickly, but the second half actually stays for ahilw. Good lacing. The aroma is medium, and full of lots of sweet chocoalte. At the end there is light hint of hops. The taste ia also super sweet, bordering on too sweet, but doesn’t cross it. There is TONS of sweet chocolate, but that’s about all I get. A little to simple. The feel is on the lighter side without much of a finish. Overall, it was decent for a chocolate beer, but nothing special

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