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RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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3.6
mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - AUG 21, 2008
pitch black appearance covered with brown head, it has deep coffee aroma, slightly burnt, and chocolate flavor. full bodied, very delicious.

4.5
mmmbeer (1428) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22 oz. bottle in trade from Snojerk321- if you don’t know who, you need to know. Served in tumbler- poured like motor oil out of a ’81 Chevy Citation, low-medium carbonation of tiny bubbles, whisps of thin tan wafers for a head. Aroma of a heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hatred. Hits the mouth with a wide and heavy body, malt kicks you right in the nards and continues to pummel you, dark molasses and hard 24 hour old on a burner coffee comes in the middle, finish has a selection of fine hops that puts a tag on your toe and declares you clinically dead. It reminds me of drinking SA Triple Bock, the whining of narcissistic Obama supporters, and nipple twisting TINKER Bell fans that haven’t step foot in MI, let alone da you pee, eh! MUST... GET... MORE!!!!

3.7
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
pours straight black with a tannish head. Aroma of chocolate, and flavor of chocolate and oats, smooth drinking. Bitterness seems to come from the hops exclusively. Interesting beer.

3.9
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bomber. Pours motor oil black, with small tan head. Smells like chocolate, but doesn’t taste like it. Doesn’t stand out as decidedly chocolate, or distinctly oatmeal stout-ish. balanced beer, nice smooth finish, and quite strong at 9.2% Overall a nice beer, especially when warmed at the last stages.

3.8
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle: pours a jet black color. I would say it has a silky smooth feel with chocolate/coffee taste. I was hoping the bitterness would be more distinct as bitter chocolate can not of course replace hops. Balanced taste.

3.7
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
pitch black with tan head. very little carbonation. flavor has a lot of crystal malt for a stout and obvious roasted and chocolate components. the mouthfeel and sweetness of oats, the bitter chocolate aspect doesn’t really become obvious, maybe it is a combination of the hop bitterness and the chocolate malt? the beer becomes so much more flavorful when it is near room temperature. very nice though

4.4
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Creamy earthy sweet oat aroma. Pear, molasses and currant. Dark chocolate, espresso, burnt barley. Big bitter chocolate and espresso flavor. Licorice, molasses, charcoal, hazel and walnuts. Minor cherry and plum fruitiness. Hops gives a perfumey spicy character. Some alchohol burn but in a good way, like acidic coffee. Some smoke in the finish. Killer silk texture (from oats) on the Uber-smooth palate. Astringency puckers mouth at first, then mellows to a rich semi-sweet finish.

4
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
At Vero. Dark black-brown warm and milky hue. Sweet malty aroma beckons and reveals a super-smooth, silken and sweet body. Really nice and smooth throughout, neither too roasty nor too sweet. Good job.

3.7
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Dark pour, minimal tan head. Nose is somewhat floral rounded out by light citrus, hops, and dark chocolate. Flavor is bitter (surprise!), with molasses and an overall roasted flavor. Not unlike the Russian Imperial Stout by Stone. Moderate fizzy mouthfeel.

4.3
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bomber->snifter: Pours a rocky, light brown head that exhibits spare lacing atop a muddy amber body. Aroma is of toasted and/or burnt toffee, light hops, and of course a wonderful chocolate aroma. The body is medium, the texture oily, and the finish bitter. Long duration on the flavor and moderately sweet and bitter as well. A great beer for sure!


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