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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (9924) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2016
75cl bottle shared at August THT. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (2201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with an espresso head. Notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Medium body, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (4617) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
25-AUG-2016, draft @Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival. Black with a lasting, tan head. Roast, chocolate, coffee. Sweet roast. Full body. Easy drinking. Nice chocolate drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (13634) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
Sample from a bottle. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, bitterness, malt, nuts, bread and licorice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (2456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2016
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Pitch black, tanned head, some lacing. Licorice aroma, milk chocolate and roasted barley. Full bodied, medium carbonated, soft and silky. Licorice taste, bitter cocoa, chalky, roasted, ash and oats. Alcohol well hidden, mild warming finish. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2016
650 ML bottle Pitch black color, dark brown head that falls to a thick collar. Bits of spotty lacing with this. Nose is licorice, molasses, chocolate, roasted grain, some burnt tire. Dense nose. taste is rolled oats, licorice, lots of roasted grain, baking chocolate, bitter dark chocolate. Dense as heck. fairly smooth for all the malt. Chewy but not overly chewy. Lifted by the oats. Medium feel and light on carbonation. Nice deep beer

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2016
Un stout assez rapeux et aux notes de bois. Il y a trace de noix, de chocolat noir non sucr et de houblons amres non fruits. Cest agrable boire, lalcool est bien intgr, mais cest quand mme assez intense pour un dbut daprs-midi dt de cong! Pas un coup de coeur, mais une bire que je boierais nouveau si loccasion se prsente.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1346) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Pours black with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, licorice, big time roastiness, a little soy, and smoke. Heavy palate with some slight tingling carbonation. Flavor is of malts, chocolate, grain, bark, roasty/toasty, hops, and oats. Fantastic flavor on this! Leaves a chocolaty malt finish. Great stuff. Well balanced. Worth the $10.99 per bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (2404) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Aroma has bitter chocolate, roast, toasty bread, caramel. Taste is bitter, chocolate, toast, burned bread, malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4245) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Blue session. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is roasty as few with dark chocolate, ashes and anise. Taste of sweet malt with a robust roast bitterness, chocolate, licorice, hazelnut. Lasting dark malt finish. Very nice.


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