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RATINGS: 1083   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

hamsterglory's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9538) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle shared at the level 42. Canary wharf tasting 20/10/2016. Many thanks to Colin for this one. A jet black brown coloured pour with a a dark tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate malts, nutty, jammy fruits, nutty, hazelnut. Flavour is composed of earthy, big dark choc, nutty, hazelnut, coco nibs, blackberry fruits. Lingering ashy roast. Palate is semi sweet. Creamy, rounded, moderate carbonation. Lingering dark choc. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - OCT 22, 2016
Being a stout fan I am in awe of this one. The unique idea to use bitter cocoa instead of hops create a stout that is big and bold on toast with oatmeal to smooth out all the rough edges. Not too sweet nor too dry. Doesn’t rise to the level of IRS but a damn good Stone stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6741) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
22oz bottle shared in CW. Thanks to Colin. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasty and lightly bitter with notes of bitter chicolate and wood. Taste is also roasty and astringent with notes of cocoa and coffee. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty number

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Cloon. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Good roast in those, milk chocolate, ash. Medium sweet flavour with jammy dark fruits, berries, cocoa, roast. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Nice balance in the finish, more luscious chocolate, moderate roast, raisins. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours black with a thick tan head. The taste is rich roasted malt, bitter - sweet, blueberry muffin, juicy, candy, Eccles cake and tangy fruits. The taste is smooth, bitter - sweet, toasty, earthy roast, cacao nibs, wood, blackcurrant, fruit cake, muffin, wood, earthy and some spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle split at Level 42, picked up in the US, 20/10/16. Black with a well appointed tan cap. Nose is charr, chocolate biscuit, spice, toffee, light dark fruit rinse. Taste comprises chocolate, spice, charr, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Easy drinking impy but no Ww.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1705) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy, mashed-potato, lacy, tan head. Nose is smoke, licorice, baking chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and marshmallow (?!?). Very, very rich and bitter on the tongue; an immense dark chocolate punch wreathed with a custardy texture, as well as notes of dried plum, date, coffee, and vanilla. Intense without being overwhelming. Finish is superlative, as is the mouthfeel. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steven_B (148) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Pours black with a small slightly off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and a little chocolate. Flavour is full of chocolate and malts. Slightly sweet and bitter. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1318) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2016
Aroma is slight burnt with chocolate coming through together with slight hints of coffee. Taste is as you would expect, roasted malts, dark chocolates and a small faint note of darker autumn fruits that sends some sweetness. Mid bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 650ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, nutty, licorice, coffee and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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