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RATINGS: 885   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

rcasta's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (842) - - OCT 11, 2009
gracias ramenend adonde raulc viendo a nuestra selecta eliminarse del mundial 2010. ni modo, pero la cerveza es pura stout con chocolate bien oscuro, muy deliciosa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (565) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours jet black with a medium head with good retention. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, oats. Really good mouthfeel; tastes like bitter chocolate, malt, oats. Straightforward and pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2743) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Pours a slick oily looking black color with a nice dark brown head. Rich roasted malty aroma. Fairly bitter with quite a bit of coffee. Strong roasted malty flavors. Some bitter coffee in the finish. Kind of hot at the moment

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
On tap in The Olive Tree tasting room. Sweet roasty vanilla and chocolate aroma. Opaque black under a ruddy, light brown cover. Sweet roasty and chocolate and bitter flavour that is spicy and with lots of vanilla. Moderate bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter fudge brownie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (102) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours black with a brown ,bubbly head. Chocolately, roasty and malty. This is a tasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2675) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Black oily pour with a nice attractive tan head and lots of lacing .... Aroma of chocolate/cocoa, bitter roasted malts and dark fruity yeast ..... Taste is of bitter dry/dark cocoa, roasted malts and bitter dry hops on the back end .... The finish is very dry and dark with a big abrupt semi sweet chocolate finish .... Solid and dark with bitter chocolate being very true ... Mouthfeel is oily and slick .... Not bad at all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours a jet black color with excellent lacing and a decent bit of head retention. Smells like coffee and bitter chocolate. Tastes like bitter chocolate. The flavor is not too complex here, but it doesn’t have to be. This is reeeaaaalll good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4263) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate brown head on there. Nose is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate and a hint of oats. Taste is sweet and roasty with hints of cocoa. Really tasty and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rick_91709 (303) - USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Inky black. Short-lived light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Starts out on the sweet side and ends with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (806) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Pours a deep, deep black with a head that almost looked purple. Aroma has some nuts, coffee, chocolate, booze, raisins, licorice. Flavor is fairly sweet, with chocolate, creamed coffee, licorice, raisin. Booze is well-hidden in the flavor. Just a touch of bitterness to the finish/aftertaste. Pretty well-done stout.

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