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RATINGS: 889   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


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
this beer is stupid good. there’s no way around it. blacker than life before Jesus, with a cleveland browns ballcap to boot on a head. this thing smells like whoa. then it tastes like whoa. and then, when you go in again, more whoa. huge chocolate aroma and flavors. very dark, nearly burnt chocolate. my first impression was charred liquid fudge, but in a good way. the alcohol burn hit the back of the throat fairly hard in the first few sips, mellowed in the middle, then rears its hothead in any serious pause. yes, the alcohol bites here. but that’s okay. coffee and bleeding heart juice round out the edges making this as much of an afternoon treat as a midnight sleeping pill. i like it. my buddy here, in the flannel shirt, he likes it. we agree that, at times, the flavor is almost overpowering. while punching where it should punch and smoothing where it should smooth, sometimes it throws in a kick and belts me just below the tongue-belt. whoa. and wow. i said to my buddy josh here, just now and meaning it, "this is one of the more intense drinking experiences i’ve had." and it was. and it is. for about two more sips.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (346) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Cocoa aroma. Pours thick black with a tan head. Good bitter chocolate and oat flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2016
22 oz. bottled Jan 15, 2016. Deep jet black with a thin topping of creamy foam. Aroma is baking chocolate, oats, soy and a hint of blackstrap molasses. Heavy body has smooth, low-medium carbonation. Flavor is bitter chocolate, oats, caramel apple, lactose and a hint of green herb.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1647) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bomber, encore series. Pours inly black with a large brown head. Aroma of chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is bitter and semi sweet. Flavor of dark chocolate mixed with McDonald’s chocolate milkshake. Not fucken bad.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (610) - - FEB 6, 2016
Dark copper, some lace. Medium body, thin texture for an oats stout, moderate flavor, longish finish. Moderate bitterness, sharp acidity, almost dry. Strong roast flavor, chocolate, instant coffee, smoky note. Good, not great for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2747) - 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

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4732) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (104) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours black with a brown ,bubbly head. Chocolately, roasty and malty. This is a tasty stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2682) - 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


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